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Gawd I hate being a newbie.
I am running : windows XP, LiLO, and a corrupted version of Mandrake 9.1 on a single drive.


Ok... I think that my earlier problems with Mandrake 9.1 were because I hadn't wiped SuSE 7.1 off.

I have been told that I can go in through windows and type "fdisk /mbr" and delete the MBR and LiLO.

Will this hurt anything on my windows partitions (or the ability to boot up to windows?)

no that wont hurt your windoze install.....just make sure you are using the correct command to format the mbr....
i think the command changed for XP....i think its fixmbr ....maybe?
Ok, I will do some more research.

One other question. If I just knock out my Linux Partition using Partition Magic... is it the same thing.

I think that I am seeing that it isn't, and that it won't get rid of LiLO.

Can anyone clarify?
You are correct it isn't the same thing. The MBR is a seperate section on the drive from regular partitions.

Use fdisk /mbr if you have a win98 emergency boot disk or a install CD.
Use fixmbr with the XP install CD.
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