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Old 01-25-2004, 05:00 PM   #1
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Unhappy Uninstalling Red Hat 8 gone bad

I was trying to get rid of Linux Red Hat 8, to install Red Hat 9. Being a newbie at linux I did some stupid stuff, that I can not believe I could do. So that aside, this is what I have done:

I tried fdisk /mbr to get rid of grub and that got me a message unable to open /mbr. Then I just went into fdisk /dev/hda and deleted the partitions of linux (linux and swap). When I rebooted nothing happens. I don't have a linux boot floppy and the discs of Red Hat 8 don't seem to do anything. Win XP disc doesn't do anything either.

The only message I get is:

If I try to boot of Windows 98 floppy disk I get: REMOVE FLOPPY AND OTHER MEDIA AND PRESS ANY KEY. (this is because of linux I think)

Booting from WIN XP CD or RH9 CD gets me nowhere: PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT.

Booting from hard disk gets me the same: PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT.

Is there anything I can do? I know I messed it up real nice.
Where can I get a boot floppy for RH8. I am curently using win 98 on the other machine. If all else fails I will have to take my HD out and take it to another machine to reformat it.

Any suggestions?

Old 01-25-2004, 05:43 PM   #2
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I suggest that you boot a rescue CD such as the one that comes with your Red Hat install CD and use that system to fix your problems. If you do not have a CD-ROM on your machine then you could try a rescue floppy like tomsrtbt.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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Old 01-25-2004, 05:45 PM   #3
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if you still want to install red hat 9, just boot off the first cd and specify to make a new installation with auto partitioning, using the current linux partitions [all linux partitions will be formatted]
I changed from red hat 9 to suse 8.2 that way
Old 01-26-2004, 06:59 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!

I have managed to get my HD back to life. Did a full format, because I have deleted the partition tables before. I have just finished installing Win XP and am now up to installing RH9 to be a happy linux user.


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