XP install from Linux

Acer / 1100
January 24, 2009 at 16:43:03
Specs: XP PRO, 512mb
Hi people,

I was wondering if someone can help me.

I installed XP PRO today, but my harddisk says it about 10gb! 3gb of which is used for the OS. I suspect it is because I may still have Linux on the laptop. However, I thought me deleting all partitions on the harddisk would do the job of removing Linux.

Please point me to the right direction to sorting this problem out.

In addition, now I have windows installed, certain things like the SOUND, and WLAN does not work and I suspect it is because I need to install the drivers?? Again, please put me on the right path.


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January 24, 2009 at 17:33:50
It seems that you did not delete the partitions, there are two.

Most OEM machines like Acer, have a small hidden partition on the drive that holds the recovery image. It appears that you probably installed windows into that small partition.
I suggest that you redo the install and read the screens carefully. When you get the option, choose to delete all partitions. Then repartition the drive the way you want, and continue with the install.

You might consider downloading DelPart. It can be put on a bootable floppy diskette and used to delete all partitioning on the drive.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 24, 2009 at 19:06:55
As for the drivers, Windows has generic ones for some devices but not all. Considering XP is almost 7 yrs old now, any drivers on the disk are pretty outdated anyway. You're gonna have to identify your hardware, then humt down the latest compatible XP drivers. You'll need them for the motherboard chipset, video, sound, network, possibly more. The place to start would be the Acer site.


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January 25, 2009 at 04:54:58
thanks for reply.

Can I not just delete Linux using the
lilo -u in the command prompt? This would free up space on my harddisk and possibly repartition it using fdisk?

The installation took ages and if possible would like to avoid having to re-do. In addition, aegis1 suggestion of using DelPart is I haven't actually got a floppy drive to boot from. Any other suggestions?

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January 27, 2009 at 16:52:18

You are in a heap of trouble, my friend, i have had similar problems, and i ended up having to replace the hard drive. i run a computer shop, so it is probably easier for me, but if you try getting a boot-up partitioning disc on CD, it may help you more. I use Partition Logic. It works great for me, all you have to do is download the disc image and burn it to a CD, the image size is roughly 4.5 MB it uses Visopsys a mini operating system. i wish i knew this trick before i opened my shop, it would have saved me a lot of money!

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