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ive just bought a laptop secondhand for my wife and its got fedora core 6 on it ,im use to xp and cant load the wireless usb on it or ...
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    Help restoring XP


    ive just bought a laptop secondhand for my wife and its got fedora core 6 on it ,im use to xp and cant load the wireless usb on it or aol so i want to take this off and put xp on it ive tried booting from cd with xp in it i get the press any key then it flashes with the checking system then blue screen nothing else please help me resolve this ive never used fedora before so please explain in detail thanks

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    Welcome to the forums!

    The easiest thing to do might be to simply wipe the drive and start fresh, then your WinXP installation CD should work again.

    If you know the root password on Fedora, you can su to root, then run the following command from the command line:

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    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
    This will write zeros to the entire drive giving you a totally fresh start.

    If you don't know the root password, download the PartedMagic LiveCD, burn it to CD, boot with it, go to a terminal, and then run the command above.

    Let us know if that works for you.
    Last edited by oz; 01-31-2008 at 03:04 AM. Reason: command correction
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    su to root ???

    i do know the password but how do i do the su bit im so lost

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    Boot Fedora, look in the menu for "Terminal", open it and enter su -, then enter your root password when requested. Note that if you are logging in as root user, you won't need to bother with the su - command.

    Then you should be able to run the command above.

    Or, if you are booting directly to a command line (console) in Fedora, just log in as root user then run the command.
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    ive opened the terminal and it says (user@localhost -$
    so do i need to put password in or what

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    That's a regular user prompt.

    Enter su -, then the root password when requested, and then the command to wipe the drive.

    If you don't have the root password, you'll need to use the LiveCD method.
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    now its came up with
    1+0 records in
    1+0 records out
    521 bytes (521 B) copied, 7.4032e-05 seconds, 7.0 mb/s
    (root@localhost user)#

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    i will follow anything else tommorow night as its 1-40 am and im up at 6am to go and do a 12 hr shift thanks for all your help up till now

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    Ok, it looks like it worked, so you should be able to use your Windows install CD again now, and install Windows.
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    ozar is the best

    thanks very much ozar for all your help i now have xp on you are a legend thanks

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