July 23rd, 2004, 07:37 PM
this one goes especially to sword fish _13
hey you guys , well i changed my mind and well wanted to get on the right road to start using a free and a pirated free operating system , now that i have laied my hands on a original version of a red hat linux , i was wondering if you could help me install as i am accoustomed to Microsoft products. here are is my system config
and k6 , 64 mb ram , 40gb hard disk which is partioned into two c & d 19.0 each , now i have total of 30 gb of invaluable data which i cannot loose at any cost .
i heard that you have to partion and format your hard disk before install a linux , ive two os already in my computer 2000,98 in c & d respectly i can uninstall both the os but can i install linux in that with out formating the hard disk.....
thanx for your patience ,
spl thanx to sword fish _13
July 23rd, 2004, 07:49 PM
Swordfish isn't replying so I'll fill in . IMO you should keep the 2000 and partition a linux distro on the D drive (perhaps Redhat, Mandrake, Debian, etc). You would choose that. As for your question, I'm pretty sure you can, and if not, backup all your data on floppy's and whatnot. You should be safe from there.
July 23rd, 2004, 08:09 PM
July 23rd, 2004, 08:11 PM
yaar 10 gb of data to be backed up ina floppy is a not easy but a hindrous task , isn't there any way i can install linux with out formatting
i mean thats what keeps windows people from going to linux , isn't it ??
and hey sword fish don worry i mean you no harm , i mean what can i do to you ??
July 23rd, 2004, 08:14 PM
Before you jump into it your gonna wanna make sure you have the correct drivers for your hardware. Especially your modem. I found it really hard when I was younger to play around in linux because I couldn't get my modem to work in linux. It was a little harder to find drivers for winmodems back then but it was also a pain to have to keep booting into linux then back into windows trying different things.
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July 23rd, 2004, 08:15 PM
Ahh, sorry old friend. Didn't see the post. Yeah, I was kinda weirded out that he named a thread after yah. I was hesitant about helping him too
and Spyder i did post earlier...don't know something happned and my system crashed ..how could you miss a thread that is named after you
July 23rd, 2004, 08:26 PM
i named the swordfish coz he was quite pissed off with me on this post
so to make it up to him i wanted to be sure that he read this post so i named it after me :=D
sorry for raising an alaram
July 24th, 2004, 05:38 AM
Download knoppix or another linux distro that runs off a cd, check it out and see. Its easy and you have no risk to your windows stuff then. (it will run pretty slow due to your small amount of ram and old cpu)
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July 24th, 2004, 06:58 AM
Mmm, well this depends on the file system you are using (FAT or NTFS).
Win98 uses FAT, and Win2k uses either FAT or NTFS depending on how it was installed.
Redhat comes with a utility that will repartition your hard drive, whilst keeping your existing data intact if it is in FAT format, much like the way PartitionMagic works.
So, no, it is totally incorrect to say you have to reformat your hard drive to install Redhat, assuming you have enough free space on an existing FAT partition.
If you are really planning to remove your existing OS's then you can free up loads of space by deleting C:\WINDOWS and/or D:\WINDOWS itself before installing Redhat.
EDIT: Should have added that you'll have all sorts of fun with the MBR (master boot record), as Redhat will want to overwrite it. Which means that your Windows OSs will seem to disappear. The simplest solution is that when you get to this point (consult the manual or look it up on their website), create instead a bootable floppy disk.
Then when you boot from your HD, you'll get your choice of Windows systems, and when you boot from your floppy you'll get linux. Once you are comfortable with linux, you can install and alter its boot loader to give the option of booting Windows as well.
July 24th, 2004, 09:31 AM
hey thats what which will keep me busy for this weekend!don't you just love creating and solving your own problems , and hey once they get out of hand you know where to ask for help
and thanx to th MOD for changing the title as my cyber care fellow was having problems of his own!!