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Hi All, i thought id install fedora core 4 on my laptop, and it installed with no problems but when it starts up it crashes when loading it gets to checking PCIMA Cards or something so i decided to try put windows back on to it so i rebooted and this is what i get Press any key to boot form CD... i hit <enter> Sytem is checking hardware and then a black screen and nothing happens Any ideas... any help is appriecated Cheers Richard

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get an external hard drive. Install windows to it from your laptop. fdisk and reformat your laptops hard drive. Install windows to your laptop again.

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What version of windows are you trying to install? 2000 and XP shouldn't have any problems with an ext2 partition, they can't read it but they should still be able to delete and re-format the partition. Still, try the manual fdisk anyway, you never know your luck.

As for Fedora, do you have any PCMCIA cards plugged in? If you do try removing them, if not try booting fedora in interactive mode (can't remember the key combo to do it, it shows a message telling you as it boots what to press). This way you can step through the boot sequence and skip the check for PCMCIA cards, allowing you to get to the OS and fix whatever the problem is (at the worst, you could totaly disable the PCMCIA check).

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I am a complete noob to linux and its starting to piss me off beacause all i want to do is get windows back on it and i cant use fdisk beacause i cant get a command prompt and i dont know how to fomat in linux cos i dont know any of the commands so if anybody know how i can fix this please let me know

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I had the same problem when trying to install Windows XP after having FC on there. From the command line try 'cfdisk' or 'fdisk'. You're going to want to remove all the partitions. Don't bother formatting them because Windows will do it when you install it.

If all else fails, you could get a third-party partitioning system that will fit on a floppy or some such. I used this to revive many a broken system.

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Isn't there a partition manager in Fedora Core's installation? You could just "reinstall" it, but bail out before doing any of the installing and just delete all the partitions.
Worth a shot.

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