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    Angry CentOS Removal


    Please help i have a major problem with my computer!
    Well i know its not that major problem but i really need some one with experience with centos 4.4 removal!!!

    Here is my v-big problrm...

    I installed centos 3 days ago and have been no0befied with all its really confusing apps n stuff... when i say stuff i really dont know wtf to do with it, so. my task for you is to give me information on how to remove this leet software which is giving me one awfull headach.

    i have tryed to boot up with windows boot disk from xp floppy format and that works to get me to a: drive.. i cannot do anything from there, copy ect

    I have tryed to use my windows xp cd but as soon as it says inspecting computers hardware configuration it just goes black and then nothing happens

    i have read on other forums that u need to repartition your hdd and reformat but i cannot do any of these things with the cd or a boot disk with fdisk

    i herd somthing about the computer wont know what the windows cd is becausee my hdd aint fat32 or raw {when you buy a new hdd the drive is raw right?} is there any thing i can do to get it off my hdd because it is annoying

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    hi No0B !

    Welcome to Linux Forums !!

    boot up CentOS, ( i assume its still bootable ), log in as 'root' and execute this code in terminal/konsole.
    Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=521 count=1
    ( if your harddisk is SATA, replace hda with sda. )
    reboot. Windows Installation CD will work now.





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    Unhappy No0b need help

    umm i try to run fdisk and it says abort/retry/fail
    its like the partition wont read it because its not a valid file to run under a centos partition or w/e

    how can i get my drive back to raw state so i can clean windows install
    i hope this aint a bother i grew up on windows so u can see ware imcomming from

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    Thumbs up No0b Need help

    boot up CentOS, ( i assume its still bootable ), log in as 'root' and execute this code in terminal/konsole.
    Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sta bs=521 count=1
    ( if your harddisk is SATA, replace hda with sda. )
    reboot. Windows Installation CD will work now.
    [/QUOTE]

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sta bs=521 count=1

    if this works im gonna kiss your butt!
    Also im glad you put sta there because it i had hda what would have happend :O? lol
    anyway i hope this works and im glad u helped me so fast! i love this forum allready XD


    [matt@localhost ~]$ dd if=dev/zero of=/dev/sta bs=521 count=1
    dd: opening `dev/zero': No such file or directory
    [matt@localhost ~]$

    This is what i got?

    Oh i forgot to login as root XD

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    dd if=dev/zero of=/dev/sta bs=521 count=1
    its sda not sta and you must be logged in as root. OR execute su - first.
    Code:
    su -
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=521 count=1
    if this doesn't work, post the output of 'fdisk -l' here





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    Unhappy No0B Need Help

    [root@localhost ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sta bs=521 count=1
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    [root@localhost ~]#


    Am i doing somthing wrong? or do i now boot with windows cd

    O0O0O SDA!!! sorry ROTFL!

    im logged on as root now i go to terminal and type
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=521 count=1
    Correct?

    ----

    [root@localhost ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=521 count=1
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    [root@localhost ~]#

    Consider me a very big noob of CentOS! I installed mandrake with no problems and reinstalled windows with out any either, i wonder why centos is so fiddly

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    yes !! its correct ! try Windows Installation CD now......

    Consider me a very big noob of CentOS! I installed mandrake with no problems and reinstalled windows with out any either, i wonder why centos is so fiddly
    it depends on type and version of Boot Loader. GRUB writes Stage 1 and 1.5 in Master Boot Record. Harddisk Signature and Partition Table is also written in MBR. Windows Installer doesn't read Harddisk Signature and Partition Table correctly sometimes and it just stuck in Hardware detection stage.




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    Talking Woot Thank You!


    I'm back on windows woot!

    It worked {Kisses your butt} XD

    THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH WOOT!!!

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    How i did it:

    i got into the user account called root & password i made when i installed it
    then i went to system tools in menu then i clicked on terminal

    type in this if you have a sata hdd: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=521 count=1
    type in this if you have a IDE hdd: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=521 count=1

    Then when you get this in the terminal:
    [root@localhost ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=521 count=1
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    [root@localhost ~]#

    Then reboot with windows cd in and bios set the cd-rom to boot first.

    It will work people!! no more looking for floppy software to get rid of it woot!
    I hope this helps many noobs like me wanting to get rid of it!

    CREDITS: devils_casper for sorting me out {dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=521 count=1}{sda/hda}{terminal}

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    i am glad i could help you.
    'dd' command is quite distructive too. it deletes *Partition Table and wipes Harddisk*. So, use it with care.
    if you have other OS installed and you want to 'repair' windows, dont use 'dd' command. it will erase everything. there are other ways to repair Windows.






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    Thumbs up lol

    thanks again! if it wernt for you i would be playing music.....not nvidia games

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