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Old 05-09-2002, 05:25 PM   #1
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Reinstalling Linux

Hey everyone. I'm currently dual booting Windows XP and Mandrake Linux 8.2. I want to reinstall Linux but everytime I boot from the CD-ROM, it brings just brings me to screen where it asks which operating system I want to boot into. I checked the documentation for Linux and it said to make a Linux boot floppy and boot with that while the install CD is still in. Sounds easy right? Well, the thing with my laptop is its got a removable floppy/CD-ROM so if I want to put the floppy in I have to take the CD-ROM drive out and vice-versa. So whats the best way to reinstall Linux without it giving me the biggest pain in the a**.


(Oh yeah...I also tried using Partition Magic in XP to try and get rid of the Linux partition and the swap file but it kept saying that there was a 510 error and I can't delete it. Grrr...)
Old 05-09-2002, 05:34 PM   #2
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u should try the old way


first u have to remove the lilo config. from ur windows bu using this commmand in ur command prompt in windows

fdisk /mbr command

and then u will be able to format ur ext2 partition

and another solution
r u sure ur cd copy is good
i think it must have the option to make it boot from the cd when u insert it after restarting

and u may check ur setup to make sure that computer first boot from cd and then from the harddisk
Old 05-09-2002, 05:34 PM   #3
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well a bootable floppy is second best to a bootbale cd-rom, can you not boot directly to cdrom?
Old 05-10-2002, 05:21 AM   #4
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The error 510 means that it doesn't support the file system. You probably are using ext3 and partition magic doesn't support it. You can read it here .

Have you set your boot sequence so that the cdrom is first?
Old 05-11-2002, 12:59 AM   #5
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well there is an alternative method to install, dump all the ISO images into windows partition preferably in C drive of windows.

for example C:/tmp/redhat

no make a boot flopppy with "boot.img" file from the distribution. once you have it on the floppy. reboot the computer with your flopppy drive.

Linux would problem your divises and prompt s you with some elementary questions like language etc. when you are faced with the screen where it ask you to locate the distribution, (CDROM / HARD DRIVE), choose HARD DRIVE.

it will then open a new window in the window type the following line


where /dev/hda1 would be your C drive in windows and /tmp/redhat would be the directory where the distribution is located.

i hope this helps you

Old 05-11-2002, 04:32 PM   #6
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PartitionMagic works with ext3 as well as with ext2, it's works with ext3 as it iwill be ext2. I think, that you just forget to select cd-rom as first bootable device.


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