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Old 11-02-2003, 05:14 PM   #1
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trying to use Dell Restore disk wipes RH9 except for GRUB


OK, I have two HDDs; this one is 4.3 G and currently runs RH9 very well. The other is 12G and currently runs win98 as poorly as win98 runs on anything. What I want to do is use my Dell Restore disk(this laptop was bought by a company I bought it from so it was preloaded with softwares and I don't have a 98 disk) to load win98 on the 4.3 and then load RH9 on the 12 but here's what happened when I tried: I booted with the restore disk and then told it to go ahead and reimage the disk. It went like it always does erasing everything and then telling me it was done. I rebooted the machine and after going through BIOS it shows GRUB at the top of an otherwise blank screen and hangs. So apparently somehow the GRUB Loader installed by RH9 is still in the system and looking for something that it can't find.
So, I reloaded RH9 and then did the dread rm -rf /devhda or whatever it is called and tried the restore disk again to get the same GRUB hang. So it seems that maybe I have to do some repartitioning or something else pryor to the win98 install. Anyone know what I should try? Thanks
 
Old 11-02-2003, 05:24 PM   #2
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grub lives on the master boot record, which is apart from the rest of the hd. it sounds like you hosed the rh hd, but the hosing process didn't get rid of grub. now when the box tries to boot, the bios looks at the mbr, sees grub and boots that, but since the rh partion is gone, grub shits itself in confusion. if you have any sort of windows98/dos boot disk with the dos fdisk program on it, boot to a c:\ prompt and type c:\fdisk /mbr to wipe the grub off of the mbr. you may have to reinstall windows, redhat, or both after this is done... i don't know. hope this helps...
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Old 11-02-2003, 05:25 PM   #3
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well did you totally wipe your hard drive? usually you should be able to just reformat, reinstall windows with no problems and it shouldn't do anything to your linux partition except overwrite the mbr which usually isn't on your linux partition anyway. do you have 2 different physical hard drives or one hard drive with 2 partitions?
 
Old 11-02-2003, 05:31 PM   #4
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I have 2 different drives, 1 is RH9 and the other win98. I manually switch them. Is there a way to scrub the mbr from, say, command line linux and then wipe the disk and reload win98? I don't know if this restore disk has fdisk on it and dell won't send me an actual 98 disk.
 
Old 11-02-2003, 09:52 PM   #5
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umm... why are you manually switching your hard drives, if i may ask? that seems like an enormous pain in the ass. why not just install one as master and the other slave?

anyway, that being said, it's strange that the image from dell doesn't fix the bootloader. i'm not sure if the unix fdisk has an -mbr option... i've never heard of it so i'd tend to think not (anyone who knows otherwise please correct me). but if you have a functioning computer (as it would seem you do, since you are responding to posts) you should be able to download a 98 boot floppy from somplace like bootdisk.com, and that disk will have the dos fdisk on it.
 
Old 11-03-2003, 01:31 AM   #6
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I have to manually switch the drives because this laptop(Dell Latitude) will only boot from one HDD position. I still need windows for some things that linux doesn't do yet. I will check bootdisk.com.
 
  


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