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Also, I don't currently have the linux box password. The person I got the PC from forgot what they used when they installed the software...I don't think I have any other problems.
Can anyone help? Pretty please?
Windows 98 wont recognise any of linux and should just blindly overwrite it all.
Make sure you make a copy though of anything you might still want from it (scripts, etc?).
"Setup cannot install windows 98 on your computer. A disk error was detected while writing a new boot record to your first hard disk."
Press enter to quit setup.
Arg! Why am I doing this? Beginning to wonder myself...
known M$ it could mean just about anything. Looks like you're going to have to track down a win98 boot disk (floppy) and reformat that hard drive and try again. I don't know anything about what linux does to a boot sector but it's always a good idea to reformat the entire drive rather than just write over it.
Cleaning up a pc and installing/reinstalling has got to be some kind of divine punishment for some past sin. :)
boot from the win 98 CD, when it offers boot options choose boot with cdrom support (i.e dont start the full setup). You will be left in dos. Type fdisk /mbr (enter).
Then reboot and try booting again from the CDROM and choose the install option.
If it still fails its possible that you have virus protection in the bios thats preventing your MBR being updated. (MBR=master boot record which tells your computer where to load its OS from when booting)
got to the same part as before, when it told me it couldn't reformat the hard drive, and then when it bailed out of that, it there was a command/ memory error of some kind.
any more ideas? thanks, all this is great to have some people at hand that know their stuff. ( can't do anything with a computer, it now seems :) )
There are third party disk partition managers and other types of programs that can write to the MBR, and DOS doesn't recognize them. If memory serves, fdisk/mbr rewrites only a portion of the master boot record. I think using fdisk to completely repartition wipes it all. If not, I'll get a utility to you that will.
Let us know...
Under DOS and the FAT file system, the partiton table contains the MBR (the bootstrap loader code) and up to four partition records. FDISK/MBR only updates the bootstrap loader, a handy trick to eliminate a boot sector virus. Deleting and recreating the partition table as I suggested earlier will wipe and rebuild it all, normally. I did encounter a partition table with third party code in it that FDISK didn't completely clean up, although it reported that it did. Norton's GDISK utility (available with Ghost) with a /WIPE switch cleaned it up properly.
I tried and failed 8 times to load it with about every distro out there. Throughout this 6 month ordeal I learned a heck of a lot about Linux the hard way.
By far the best in my opinion is Mandrake 7.2. Grab a copy of Leech ftp and just hit the universities and start threads and pick the fastest one and roll with it. It's free that way. If you have a dsl or cable modem that is.