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DESPERATELY NEED HELP INSTALLING

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March 16, 2004 1:58:04 AM

Now that I have your attention.

I do need your help desperately.

See, I'm a windows dork, and I wanted to experiment with Linux. I took my old Celeron 400MHz (*sigh*) setup and refurbished it. It's good as new, with it's 64 Mb of RAM and everything, lol, but I've come to a dilemma. On start up, it simply says at the top, "Operating System not found"

So, reboot, press F11, and sure enough, it's telling me that it has Win98/2000 installed on it. Can't get to it, can't get anywhere past that "OS not found" screen.

After I get that fixed, I want to install Redhat, cause I hear that it's gentle on old antique machines. Exactly how do I install Linux on a machine that already is SUPPOSED to have Windows on it? (I'm a major newb when it comes to this)

Please help me!!

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March 16, 2004 4:22:31 AM

fixed my own problem, thanks anyways :) 
March 16, 2004 6:04:08 PM

Just in case your accidentally fixed it and didn't know what you did to fix it...here's what you'll need next time:

1) Win98SE OEM boot disk (bootdisk.com)
2) boot up on boot disk before installing ANY new OS
3) type >fdisk /mbr (erases the master boot record)
4) Install new OS and enjoy!

I've experimented around a lot with linux and I think the best for a transition from windows is <A HREF="http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en-us/" target="_new">Mandrake</A> 9.2 or 10 or <A HREF="http://www.mepis.org" target="_new">MEPIS</A> Linux. I currently run MEPIS but plan on experimenting with Mandrake 10 soon. Prolly will go back to MEPIS when it upgrades its kernel.

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<b>It is always brave to say what everyone thinks. </b> <i>Georges Duhamel</i>

TKS
March 16, 2004 8:47:48 PM

fixed my problem---the issue was with the hard drive<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by johnnyboy on 03/17/04 10:32 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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