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Originally Posted by mcmnck 1. Try your Windows CD in another computer. If it is very scratched you may find that a copy made with a DVD reader/CD writer will ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmnck
    1. Try your Windows CD in another computer. If it is very scratched you may find that a copy made with a DVD reader/CD writer will work. A DVD drive is better at reading damaged discs.

    2. It is more likely that the partition table and/or mbr has been corrupted. Get hold of a LiveCD such as Knoppix or DamnSmallLinux, mount the drive, open a terminal and use the command:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1

    which gets rid of all partitions including the MBR and the file allocation table- it overwrites the entire HD with zeros. Then you should be able to start from scratch with the Windows disc.

    Please note that I have not tried this, but it would seem a suitable method in your predicament. For more info on 'dd' have a look at this thread: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=174058

    Good luck!
    my windows cd is fine, works on anything but my laptop for now, ill try yer suggestion in the morning, but thanks

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    i just tried it and it gave me a 'permission denied' >_<

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    Umm - you need root privileges for this, but I don't know how you go about that in Knoppix or DSL.

    With a Mepis live CD you have the option to boot as root or demo: choose 'root' at the login screen and the password is also 'root'. Slax also gives you a root option (pw is toor) and is half the size to download. Both are available from distrowatch.

    Good luck!

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    By default, Knoppix has no root password set. You become root by simply typing sudo su.
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    thanks for the knoppix root login, i have windows running and im looking for another distro to install as a dual boot os

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabhan
    FC isn't a great distro, and a lot of people have had problems with it.
    Sorry for the thread-jack, but why is FC a 'bad' distro?

    As a n00b to Linux i started out with FC and then tried Unbunto. After much messing around I returned to FC as it offered me more of what I wanted (It is also less brown)

    Granted I have not tried SuSe or Mandrake - after all, getting hold of them is a right royal pita.

    Just interested to hear why my choice may be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munkster
    Quote Originally Posted by Cabhan
    FC isn't a great distro, and a lot of people have had problems with it.
    Sorry for the thread-jack, but why is FC a 'bad' distro?

    As a n00b to Linux i started out with FC and then tried Unbunto. After much messing around I returned to FC as it offered me more of what I wanted (It is also less brown)

    Granted I have not tried SuSe or Mandrake - after all, getting hold of them is a right royal pita.

    Just interested to hear why my choice may be wrong.
    Your choice isn'twrong, it is personal choice.
    Fedora just doesn't fit some people(I am one of them) I keep it around because I have space to do so.
    Suse, Vector, Yoper, and Gentoo are much better fits for me.
    Some people swear by FC and hate SUSE, and vice-versa.
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