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Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 11:48 am:   

Hello. I apologize ahead of time if there is a solution to my problem already posted. I have looked everywhere and asked many people but have been unsuccessful.

First of all my specs:

Pentium 3 600 mHz
Windows 98 SE
Western Digital HD 19.6 GB
ASUS motherboard (can't remember model number)
Voodoo 3800 16MB VRAM

I hope these are enough.

Anyway, I currently have Win 98SE on my computer, partitioned to the whole hard drive. As of yesterday, I had around 4 GB of free space. I tried to install Red Hat Linux 6.2 onto my system. Everything was fine until just before Linux began partitioning and everything stalled. I let the computer runs for a few hours thinking that is was doing something important. When I returned and it was still in the same state, I reset my computer. Just after detecting my hardware, I received an error that said "cannot read from c:" or something similar to this. I could detect the c: in the BIOS, but I could not access it, even using a boot disk. I tried to reinstall Windows thinking that it was formatted, but Windows setup could not find a drive to install to. Sorry for the long speech, but does anyone have an idea of what's going on and how to fix it? A friend I talked to said that Linux might have overwritten the boot sector, but never actual wrote anything to the boot sector, so there is nothing to boot with. Any suggestions?
Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 8:53 pm:   

Bootup on a win98 bootdisk. Run fdisk and repartition the hard drive. Next bootup on the bootup disk again and reformat the hard drive.
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 11:05 pm:   

hey ive been having the same problem... but my computer wont even let me run fdisk off of a boot disk... and it doesnt recognize any hard drive, and i no its no the hard drive kus i went out and bought a new one..soo im thinking its the motherboard/cpu?... please help..thanx

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