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    linuxnoob2008 NNTP User

    Question Problems with Installing XP from CD

    I have suse 10 on this laptop and I am trying to reinstall Windows XP.. but I have 2 problems..

    1) I am a complete Linux noob and cannot code anything, use the terminal, or do anything that really takes thinking whatsoever... I dont know how to make a partition or remove suse 10 from the laptop...

    2) It will not let me run windows from the CD to install and That is the only way I know how to install windows XP.. as soon as I "press any key to boot from CD" it says "checking computer hardward configuration..." and then it flashes away to a black screen and does absolutely nothing.


    Is there any way to install windows on a separate partition or is there any way to completely remove suse 10 and then let windows reformat the disk...



    Any help would be appreciated but only a Full tutorial would really help me because anything other than XP confuses me

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    Default Re: Problems with Installing XP from CD

    Cant really think of a reason,why this is a linux/opensuse problem.Some instructions have been given on the other double post.
    Contact your xp distributor,call M$ support line,visit M$ help center,mail to M$ support, read the manual of xp installation.After all u have paid for it and they have to provide any help considering xp installation.
    "Keyboard not found. Press any key to continue"

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    Default Re: Problems with Installing XP from CD

    linuxnoob2008 wrote:

    >
    > I have suse 10 on this laptop and I am trying to reinstall Windows XP..
    > but I have 2 problems..
    >
    > 1) I am a complete Linux noob and cannot code anything, use the
    > terminal, or do anything that really takes thinking whatsoever... I
    > dont know how to make a partition or remove suse 10 from the laptop...
    >
    > 2) It will not let me run windows from the CD to install and That is
    > the only way I know how to install windows XP.. as soon as I "press any
    > key to boot from CD" it says "checking computer hardward
    > configuration..." and then it flashes away to a black screen and does
    > absolutely nothing.
    >
    >
    > Is there any way to install windows on a separate partition or is there
    > any way to completely remove suse 10 and then let windows reformat the
    > disk...
    >
    >
    >
    > Any help would be appreciated but only a Full tutorial would really
    > help me because anything other than XP confuses me
    >
    >


    I generally zap the linux install with the following command, then reboot by
    pressing reset or holding power button for 4-5 seconds until it turns off,
    then turning system back on. This will zap the first Gig of a drive.

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/xxx bs=1024 count=1M

    Of course, change 'xxx' to your drive device, sda, sdb, hda, hdc, etc.

    This overwrites the MBR, partition table and initial part of the drive with
    zeros, and windows then works "properly" (haha!)

    I've had issues going from windows to linux too, and this command fixes that
    as well. Seems the OS sometimes incorrectly detects the MBR and doesn't
    install a new one as it should. This removes the old MBR so everything
    starts anew.


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    L R Nix
    lornix@lornix.com

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