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Old 11-08-2009, 12:21 PM   #1
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I need to start over - how do I re-install linux?


well I think it is self explanatory in the title. I have been dealing with an issue that has not been able to get resolved, and at this point I am fine with just reinstalling Linux so I get enjoy it. I just installed it last night and I have had nothing but issues. Er well rather, one issue and I Am sure that I Am the cause of it.

So I am going to re-install as I could have done it many, many times at this point.

Just one question:
How the heck to I re-install it?
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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Not hard...

You put the linux CD/DVD you used the first time into the drive and re-boot the system. If your BIOS is still set to boot from the CD-ROM, it will find the bootable linux CD.

This may be the time to choose the manual partition option just to see how it works. You can note your present partitions with the command "fdisk -l" in a terminal of your running linux if you want to recreate the partitioning scheme that you now have.

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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Not hard...

You put the CD/DVD into the drive and re-boot the system. If your BIOS is still set to boot from the CD-ROM, it will find the bootable linux CD.
I tried doing that and the system just booted up like normal. There is nothing else on this system but linux. Just a project computer to tinker and learn with. How do I make it look at the drive when I reboot?
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:46 PM   #4
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When you formated your partition, did you erased your drive by accident? Please post the result of the
ls /dev/sd*
command.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:48 PM   #5
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When you formated your partition, did you erased your drive by accident? Please post the result of the
ls /dev/sd*
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I erased the system on purpose. I was going to make this a linux only machine.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:52 PM   #6
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When you boot the computer, press
f2 or f12 or esc or del, depending on your bios, to get into the bios.
Then set the bootorder to cd first.

Since you did this before, you should know how to boot from cd.

Then just reinstall, it will erase all current content, and install a fresh OS
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:52 PM   #7
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OK...

What distribution are you using? What is the installation medium? Is your BIOS setting for "First Boot Device" set to CD_ROM? Did your linux CD/DVD boot the last time?
 
Old 11-08-2009, 01:24 PM   #8
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When you boot the computer, press
f2 or f12 or esc or del, depending on your bios, to get into the bios.
Then set the bootorder to cd first.

Since you did this before, you should know how to boot from cd.

Then just reinstall, it will erase all current content, and install a fresh OS
that was it. It worked! I just told it to look at the disk first. Easy from there.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 03:10 PM   #9
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It worked, but what do you want as a result...

Did you open the BIOS and permanently change the boot order, or did you use the key stroke for a one-time boot?

If you do the first, your system will always boot a live-cd when one is in the drive. If you do not, you must remember to hit the right key for linux to boot live.

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:39 AM   #10
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It worked, but what do you want as a result...

Did you open the BIOS and permanently change the boot order, or did you use the key stroke for a one-time boot?

If you do the first, your system will always boot a live-cd when one is in the drive. If you do not, you must remember to hit the right key for linux to boot live.
I just did it as a one time deal. I was not looking have it boot from the CD drive every time. Is there some advantage to having the CD drive higher up in the boot order?
 
Old 11-09-2009, 12:59 PM   #11
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Any advantage...

I have set my BIOS to change the boot order as a matter of convenience. It might also make it easier to boot a live-cd for rescue or repair if there was a problem with my hardware.
 
Old 11-10-2009, 01:46 AM   #12
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that is an iteresting point. I never thought about that. I may switch it for that reason.
 
  


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