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dolphans1 10-23-2003 01:57 PM

Best Way To Uninstall Mandrake
 
I have a question to ask. I have to Uninstall Mandrake 9.2 for my PC. I have a triple boot system with Windows98 WindowsXP and Mandrake installed on it, version 9.2.

Anyway, I had Thiz-Linux installed on it instead of Mandrake because my web-browser would not open open, after several reinstalls to try and fix it, i gave up and removed Thiz and installed Mandrake, and the Mandrake browser is doing the same thing as the Thiz-Linux system was doing, it won't open up any web-pages. I am connected through kppp.

The only thing I could think of that may have done this is I defraged my Windows "C" and "D" drive, could this possibly have screwed it up my Linux browser?

My second computer has a Pentium II with a 397 MHZ processor. Can Mandrake 9.2 and Thiz-Linux 7.0 run off this system. I have 256 RAM.

What is the best way to remove Mandrake 9.2? I am going to write zero's to that particular drive, but wanted to uninstall it first.

What is the best way to acheive this goal?


Thanks,

d-1

aaa 10-23-2003 02:14 PM

For your web browser, maybe your connection isn't configured properly? I don't see how a defrag on Windows could affect a web browser on linux.
For your old computer, Mandrake & Thiz (not sure about thiz, it should work unless it's one of those distros optimized for newer processors) should work. Fancy stuff probably won't work to well...
For uninstallation, you delete partitions & uninstall the bootloader:
Boot the Mandrake from the cd into rescue mode or the graphical installation if you like. From the rescue, use fdisk to delete all Linux partitions. If you use the installation, get to the custom paritioning part, delete the Lin partitions, and that's it. Now, your bootloader may stop working, if it's grub it'll give you a command-prompt, but eventually it might stop working totally, so you'll want to get rid of it. To boot Win w/ command-prompt grub, use these commands:
grub>root (hd0,0)
grub>chainloader +1 #<<No space between '+' & '1'
grub>boot
Boot with the XP cd and use the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console to uninstall the bootloader. I think the Mandrake rescue also has an option for reinstalling the Win bootloader, you can try that too.

magicvash 10-23-2003 05:14 PM

$su
[root]$ rm -rf /

;-) j/k If you're going to zero the drive, then don't really worry about uninstalling it...just format the mandrake partition

dolphans1 10-24-2003 01:05 AM

Here's what happened aaa
 
Originally I was having trouble with my windows xp browser not opening any websites I typed in. It had some kind of trojan virus or something because it kept going to this one website as my home page. I tried everything in the book to get rid of it. i.e. install several programs etc and noting worked. In the end after trying to defrag my "c" and "d" drives, I went to an older registry restoration date. Actually it was the 15 of October 2003. This cleared up my windows xp browser issue. Up to this point Thiz-Linux worked fine.

Today (I mean yesterday) I couldn't open up any websites with Konqueror browser using Thiz-Linux. I tried to reinstall 3X occasions and nothing.

At that particular time I assumed Thiz was just junk, because I hand't played with it or downloaded anything, so I figured how can anything be wrong with it, so I uninstalled Thiz and reinstalled Mandrake 9.2, and I got the same exact problem. Couldn't open any website, it opens some partially, then it just freezes and sits there stalled at 25% or so loaded.

Let me see if I get this right, I uninstall the boot-loader and Linux particians through the rescue mode?

d-1



Quote:

Originally posted by aaa
For your web browser, maybe your connection isn't configured properly? I don't see how a defrag on Windows could affect a web browser on linux.
For your old computer, Mandrake & Thiz (not sure about thiz, it should work unless it's one of those distros optimized for newer processors) should work. Fancy stuff probably won't work to well...
For uninstallation, you delete partitions & uninstall the bootloader:
Boot the Mandrake from the cd into rescue mode or the graphical installation if you like. From the rescue, use fdisk to delete all Linux partitions. If you use the installation, get to the custom paritioning part, delete the Lin partitions, and that's it. Now, your bootloader may stop working, if it's grub it'll give you a command-prompt, but eventually it might stop working totally, so you'll want to get rid of it. To boot Win w/ command-prompt grub, use these commands:
grub>root (hd0,0)
grub>chainloader +1 #<<No space between '+' & '1'
grub>boot
Boot with the XP cd and use the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console to uninstall the bootloader. I think the Mandrake rescue also has an option for reinstalling the Win bootloader, you can try that too.


quatsch 10-24-2003 01:18 AM

mdk9.2 uses lilo I believe. It's fine to leave lilo there. It will still work for loading windows. If you don't want lilo, you have to make sure that there is a bootloader of some kind in the MBR or you won't be able to boot from your hd so don't just get rid of the bootloader. You can create a bootable dos floppy using win98 - I think the option appears in the formatting dialogue. Boot from the floppy and then do
fdisk /mbr
or do what aaa suggested if you have an XP installation CD.

Also, you can format the lin disk/partition from inside windows: right click my computer, choose management and then disk management.

dolphans1 10-24-2003 01:55 AM

Do I type the letters "fdisk" inside the rescue mode and in the graphical mode and inside installation delete particians?

d-1



Quote:

Originally posted by aaa
For your web browser, maybe your connection isn't configured properly? I don't see how a defrag on Windows could affect a web browser on linux.
For your old computer, Mandrake & Thiz (not sure about thiz, it should work unless it's one of those distros optimized for newer processors) should work. Fancy stuff probably won't work to well...
For uninstallation, you delete partitions & uninstall the bootloader:
Boot the Mandrake from the cd into rescue mode or the graphical installation if you like. From the rescue, use fdisk to delete all Linux partitions. If you use the installation, get to the custom paritioning part, delete the Lin partitions, and that's it. Now, your bootloader may stop working, if it's grub it'll give you a command-prompt, but eventually it might stop working totally, so you'll want to get rid of it. To boot Win w/ command-prompt grub, use these commands:
grub>root (hd0,0)
grub>chainloader +1 #<<No space between '+' & '1'
grub>boot
Boot with the XP cd and use the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console to uninstall the bootloader. I think the Mandrake rescue also has an option for reinstalling the Win bootloader, you can try that too.


quatsch 10-24-2003 02:11 AM

either use rescue mode and then type
fdisk
at the prompt. You have to be familiar with the command.

It's probably easier to use the installer. Just go along with the installation until you get to the point where you choose your partitions. You will be able to delete/create partitions there. Do it and then just quit the installation.

brew1brew 10-24-2003 05:29 AM

sounds like you need to use "add-aware" or "spybot S&D" to fix your XP explorer issue.

dolphans1 10-24-2003 12:19 PM

I did install ad-aware and spybot
 
I did install ad-aware and spybot, but neither of them could take care of the problem I was having with my windows XP browser. It was really weird.

I almost ended up re-loading.

Here's what I did to reinstall Mandrake after getting rid of Thiz-Linux.

Thiz-Linux has a unistall mode in their start-up directory task area. When I installed Thiz, I just clicked uninstall and it didn't take very long to uninstall Thiz. I am guessing what was happening was all I was doing was uninstalling the boat-loader with Thiz, and then reinstall a new install over the old. Could this have created a possible problem affecting the konquerer web-browser?

I used mandrake's 9.2 installation CD and deleted the Linux particians and recreated new ones and reinstalled Mandrake.

I really like mandrake 9.2 and I feel, IMO, it beats the Thiz-Linux 7.0 version hands down, as far as performance goes. It just seems to work smoother and a lot faster than the Thiz-Linux product. Mandrake also offers a better varity of games.

Thanks for you help.

I now have Mandrake 9.2 running on 2 different PC's.....

d-1











Quote:

Originally posted by brew1brew
sounds like you need to use "add-aware" or "spybot S&D" to fix your XP explorer issue.


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