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    Default Installation - Refurbished PC

    I purchased a refurbished PC (being cashstrapped!) and am trying to load 12.2. Instruct to use whole drive but Windows XP remains with 12.2 loaded as sdb 2. Don't seem to find any way to remove. Any ideas?

    2 x Intel Core2 cpu 6300 2 @ 1.86GHz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmidl View Post
    I purchased a refurbished PC (being cashstrapped!) and am trying to load 12.2. Instruct to use whole drive but Windows XP remains with 12.2 loaded as sdb 2. Don't seem to find any way to remove. Any ideas?

    2 x Intel Core2 cpu 6300 2 @ 1.86GHz.
    That is a bit strange. When you found your way in the installer until the "use the whole disk" that should use the whole disk regardless of what is on it.

    An alternative is going (I cite from memory) from Suggested Partition to Create Partition Setup and then you land at Preparing Hard Disk where you go for Custom partitioning. You can there remove all partitions one by one (best is from the last show to the first) and then create them as you want them (like1 or 2 GB for Swap, 20 GB for / and the rest for /home). This must work always.

    A second thing would be to remove all partitions before you start installing. Then the installer would not "see" Windows. You can do this with any standalone system which has (or is) a partitioner. E.g. use the install DVD and boot Rescue Mode..
    From there use
    Code:
    fdisk /dev/sda
    You can use the m command to see all possible commands. p will show you your current situation.
    Either use the d command to remove the partitions one by one, or use the o command to create a new, empty table.
    Then use the w command to write this to disk.
    Last edited by hcvv; 06-Jan-2013 at 08:39.
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    Default Re: Installation - Refurbished PC

    On 2013-01-06 15:06, johnmidl wrote:
    >
    > I purchased a refurbished PC (being cashstrapped!) and am trying to load
    > 12.2. Instruct to use whole drive but Windows XP remains with 12.2
    > loaded as sdb 2. Don't seem to find any way to remove. Any ideas?
    >
    > 2 x Intel Core2 cpu 6300 2 @ 1.86GHz.
    >


    Copy here the output of "fdisk -l" inside code tags.

    View this
    thread for instructions


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    Default Re: Installation - Refurbished PC

    Two harddisks? One now holding XP (sda, first disk in the BIOS), the second one holding openSUSE and GRUB (sdb, second disk in the BIOS) ?
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    Default Re: Installation - Refurbished PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Two harddisks? One now holding XP (sda, first disk in the BIOS), the second one holding openSUSE and GRUB (sdb, second disk in the BIOS) ?
    Agreed, this is the situation. openSUSE installed on "all" of the second disk.

    IMO simplest solution is to simply remove the second disk, then re-install.
    But, IIRC the default selections actually will not remove Windows but will use "all" of <free space> on the disk and will not wipe out the original so you really should verify by looking at your proposed partition disk operations on the screen immediately after authorizing the partition setup.

    You can always add the second disk later after installation.

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