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Old 08-12-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Booting issues

I recently attempted to install some distros of linux on my xp box. I tried fedora, redhat and mandrake and they all were working fine until I tried fully installing fedora, it wiped my previous xp partition as it wasn't allowing me to dual boot. But now when I try to install Fedora, Mandrake or Red Hat it says :

input/out error during read on /dev/hda

And is having all sorts of bootloader problems..
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Old 08-12-2005, 08:54 PM   #2
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are you manually partitioning or letting it do it automaticcly, i NEVER do it automaticly
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Old 08-12-2005, 09:04 PM   #3
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Well, I am new at partitioning so I let it do it automatically, but now it has wiped xp fully is it is not formatted, I called my PC distro and they won't send another copy of XP without a fee (I am still trying on them) but I am trying to just make an only Linux partition, but being that it isn't formatted at all it isn't letting me for some reason.
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if I ever get problems like that with partitioning etc... I just completly wipe the disk and start over.

to do a low-level format create a DOS boot-floppy and put the Active@ killdisk trial on it then just follow the instructions to format.
I have never had any probs installing linux to a blank disk.

just create a swap partition and a linux native partition and you can install (it's easy really)
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Do I add Active killdisk on the floppy as well? (enough room?)
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Old 08-13-2005, 06:21 AM   #6
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just copy and paste the 2 .exe files oto the floppy
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Ok its been fully formatted and I tried installing DOS but when I inserted the diskette it said :

Disk I/O error,
Rplace the disk, and then press any key

It was with MS-DOS 6.2
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why do you want DOS on your HDD?
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Old 08-13-2005, 10:43 AM   #9
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I don't, don't I need to make a floppy with DOS on it though?
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I tried doing a format with XP as well, but tha came up with the same error.
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