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gwhlevy 07-11-2002 02:26 PM

Changing distros
I want to know how to uninstall Redhat, and it's GRUB, so that I can cleanly install Mandrake 8.2. I currently have Redhat 7.2 loaded on my second harddrive (40gigs). I don't really care for Redhat, so I purchased a copy of Mandrake 8.2, which I was told is much better for newbies like me. (I used Redhat very little, it seemed too complicated to get up and running.):newbie:

shoot2kill 07-11-2002 02:34 PM

During the installation of Mandrake, you are allow to fdisk, this will allow you to remove your RedHat cleanly.

gwhlevy 07-11-2002 03:38 PM

I forgot to mention that I have 2 40gig harddrives. I have Win98SE on hda and Redhat is on hdb.

When I booted up the Mandrake 8.2 Install CD-ROM, it did it's hardware checks and saw both drives. But then, it goes to perform a partition check on hda (the Win98SE drive) and it just halts with a blinking cursor.

What do I do now??

jglen490 07-11-2002 03:42 PM

Install Mandrake with the "Expert" install option, that should allow to get around the Windoze partition when you get to the partitioning step.

gwhlevy 07-11-2002 05:18 PM

I hit F1 and typed in the "expert" on the install options text screen. The install then lists the hard drives I have, "hda" and "hdb" (two 40 gig Maxtors), but it still halts when it gets to the "partition check" for "hda". The cursor just sit there, flashing, at the "hda:" I don't reach any of the GUI screens in the installation process.

gwhlevy 07-11-2002 08:51 PM

I finally decided to use the "brute force" method. I formatted my Linux drive to remove Redhat, and then reinstalled Win98SE to remove Redhat's GRUB. This time I'll install Mandrake completely on the Linux drive and use a boot disk instead of GRUB. That'll keep everything nice and separate. Hopefully it'll work.

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