[conspire] Re: 3.1_r0a i386 iso-cd files available on 2 DVD's

Daniel Gimpelevich daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Fri Jun 17 18:16:56 PDT 2005

On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 16:00:24 -0700, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting jtav (jtav at indiatimes.com):
>> somebody can tell me how I can un-install linux and shrank the linux
>> two partitions to one, as was before?
> Jose, the easiest way to "un-install Linux" is to just install an
> operating system onto your hard disk and tell the installer to use
> all the space (or whatever portion of the space you have in mind).
> The wording of your question left it a bit unclear what your specific 
> situation you're in, and thus what problem you're trying to solve.
> You might want to just bring the system to SVLUG's installfest in
> Mountain View, tomorrow.  See:  http://www.svlug.org/installfest/

José called me up and was able to provide some more details. It seems the
disk had two partitions before, one for Win2k and one for Win98. At the
recent CABAL, Peter replaced the Win98 one with a huge swap partition and
a Linux partition onto which he installed Knoppix. Apparently something
about the installation wasn't right, because it would start up and shut
down at a snail's pace even compared to running Knoppix from the CD on the
same machine. Rather than try to figure out what went wrong and fix it,
José opted to ditch the Linux that was installed. Here are the steps as I
outlined to him over the phone:
1) Boot Win2k and defrag the Win2k partition. This is to facilitate
resizing it if so desired.
2) Boot Knoppix from the CD.
3) Open a Terminal/Konsole window and type "sudo swapoff -a" to stop using
the swap partition that the Knoppix CD autodetected on the hard disk.
4) Choose "QTParted" from the appropriate menu in Knoppix.
5) Delete the swap partition and then the Linux partition.
6) Resize the remaining primary partition to the desired size.
7) Create a new logical partition to fill the remaining free space, and
format it as FAT32.
8) Save changes and exit.
9) Boot the desired Windows installer CD for installation to the new
partition, which should appear as the "D:" drive.

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