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Old 10-25-2003, 11:33 PM   #1
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Post install Dos partition changes/removal?

After some difficulty, alleviated by those on this forum, I have been able to "successfully" put a dual boot on my rather shoddy machine. However, I am really finding the behaviour of Windows troubling. It seems that it moves at less than a snail's pace now, will only boot up after about five minutes of sitting on each screen (which previously would fly by), and if you try to view anything which gives reference to the drives (i.e. My Computer, Windows Explorer, or even the drop down address bar on a directory screen) it completely freezes up. It seems that the existence of the Linux partition has been deadly in this regard. At one point I used Partition Manager to change the second partition which was intended for Linux to a linux native, and boom, this happened. So, I changed it back. Then, when the install finished successfully it happened again. So, I really have no practical use of Windows 95 at this point, not that it was much to begin with. :-)

I am wondering if this has happened to others, or if somebody knows what I can do about it? Would it be possible to correct the prob with Windows? Or even remove it entirely, as it seems Linux will do anything that Windows will? In the brief time I have been using RedHat I have liked it greatly, though I am lost just as greatly, and now could live without the other OS. But, I do not want to go through the entire install of Linux again. Whoa! What a monster! But, at this point I am not solid enough to know what I can do inside of Linux in this regard. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. So is all the previous advice and suggestions, which were able to get me to this point.

Many thanks,

Old 10-25-2003, 11:40 PM   #2
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If you're sure you don't want Win95, just delete it. Mount the partition and 'rm -rf'. Or you could fdisk it - 'fdisk /dev/hd?' 'd' 'number of partition' and then make a 'n'ew partition in the same space and format it as a Linux file system and mount it somewhere - make an empty directory under your home and edit /etc/fstab or something. Or you could just ignore it if you don't need the room. Several options, but no need to reinstall your Linux.

If you do delete it, go ahead and remove the entry from LILO or grub and set it to boot into Linux automatically. Won't hurt anything if you don't, but why waste the boot time and display a non-option?

I've heard of this problem several times before but never really paid attention - I don't know what causes it. Possibly Windows is just confused as to where the rest of the hard drive went, since it doesn't recognize Linux partitions.

Last edited by slakmagik; 10-25-2003 at 11:41 PM.


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