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Old 09-13-2004, 10:12 AM   #16
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hello there!

well, after taking your advice on how 'you may have to break/reinstall your distro many times in order to learn', well, i just decided to reinstall Mandrake. It worked actually quite well! I solved my Internet connection problem by configuring it as a LAN connection instead of ADSL (i have two computers running into an 8 port hub). I DO have an ADSL modem, however, when i was installing M.10 for the 2nd time i realized that there was a warning during installation on how certain ADSL modems may cause you grief - so, instead i configured the connection as a LAN connection and it's been glorious! it worked all weekend!


anyway, thanks for the advice
 
Old 09-25-2004, 09:27 PM   #17
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Hello could some one help me. I have a machine that was running W2K. I then split the drive useing partition magic 8 and installed mandrake 10 on the 2nd partition. I get the LILO boot manager when I start up. I believe it was put on the MBR how can I safely remove LILO. Once I do that I should be able to just del the linux partition and expand the W2K. This should put the machine back to the original setup. Correct? I'm accually going to a mandrake 10 verbose firwall instead due to family things.
 
Old 09-26-2004, 07:32 AM   #18
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Hello could some one help me. I have a machine that was running W2K. I then split the drive useing partition magic 8 and installed mandrake 10 on the 2nd partition. I get the LILO boot manager when I start up. I believe it was put on the MBR how can I safely remove LILO. Once I do that I should be able to just del the linux partition and expand the W2K. This should put the machine back to the original setup. Correct? I'm accually going to a mandrake 10 verbose firwall instead due to family things.
Theoretically, you are absolutely correct. Lilo writes to your master boot record, so you would need to recover that. Probably you could use Fdisk that is on the W2K installation media to fix your master boot record. But be careful, it may just erase the MBR and leave you unable to get into anything. Back up all documents, internet bookmarks, etc before you do this. I think fdisk has a command line option to fix the master boot record, something like

fdisk /mbr

Backup first! Don't say I didn't warn you! Cuz I did!

There may be another option - Windows 2K may have a boot loader configuration option in it somewhere. If you do that, your Linux partition will be unbootable, and then PM8 should be able to kill all linux partitions and stretch the windows partition back out to full size.

However, if it were me, I would still have at least two partitions for just Windows 2k:

1. Operating system
2. Swap file
3. Program Files & Documents and Settings

As long as you are about to break your machine anyway, hey, why not get creative and set it up right instead of the insecure way Windows prefers using one giant partition?
 
Old 09-27-2004, 02:10 AM   #19
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I have 3-10 gig drives. 1 is all data 1 will become all programs. but how do i set up a swap drive.
 
Old 09-27-2004, 09:56 AM   #20
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I have 3-10 gig drives. 1 is all data 1 will become all programs. but how do i set up a swap drive.
Hard disk drives are unbelievably cheap. You've really got no excuse for running 3 hard drives of only 10 gigs each in your machine. 3 drives consumes a LOT of power, and they generate a lot of heat, which can impact both the performance of your machine and the lifespan of the components inside. Spend $67 and pick up a Western Digital 80GB hard drive with SATA and an 8MB buffer on it. You will have more than double the space and it will run quieter, cooler, consume 1/3 the electricity. There are EIDE versions available too. For less you can get slower and smaller drives --- the price of two tanks of gas. That's not a lot of money.

If you were going to use the 3 drives because you are stubborn, cheap, and unemployed, then partition the first drive so that you have 500mb at the end of it for the swap partition.
 
  


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