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ksm211
Hey, I have a problem that I do not know how to approach at all. I currently have 2 hard drives in my pc. One has windows and other has redhat9. I installed redhat because I wanted to get familiar with linux, im very much interested. But i cant seem to do much with redhat because i cannot get the internet to work, everyone tells me to get slackware or mandrake, so i would like to remove redhat and install a different distro, but i do not know how to remove it. When i boot my pc i have a grub loader with the redhat logo asking me to choose windows or redhat. How would i remove redhat and install a different distro, if so, which one?

Thanks for taking your time to read this.
Robert83
Hi,

well you have 2 choices (as far as I can tell) :

1. just boot the computer with the Slacware 10.1 (I think this is the latest) cd, and remove all the linux partitions and create new ones , then modify the grub boot loader by removing red hat from the options that's it.

2. insert a windows boot cd and type fdisk /mbr , that way grub will not show up, and you can install the other distro by removing the linux drives (formating em) again.


Better options would be :

Mandrake Linux
Fedora Core 3
Suse Linux 9.1

Slackware is kinda harder...

But it's your decision

Sincerely
Robert B

ps.: Red Hat 9 is seriously outdated... chances are you will have a higher success ratio with a more recent distro
ksm211
i have 2 hard drives though, windows and redhat are on seperate hds.
Robert83
Hi,

that aint changing to much, you probably installed linux on the second hard drive and windows on the first one.

use the same methods as above to solve the problem.


Sincerely
Robert B
DS2K3
Just install mandrake over the top, it should figure out where RedHat is, and overwrite it all for you

I wouldnt recccomend Fedora, mainly because the package manager is crappy (no search function, or ability to install just a library) and because they removed all MPEG (eg MP3, MP4) support, citing legal reasons

Mandrake 10.1 is quite nice, and the inswtall is very straightforward. Also, the configuration tools are excellent, no text-file editing required

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dishawjp
Ksm211,

The advice the others gave you is fine. Somewhere during the install, during the disk partitioning process, you will be asked where to install your new disrto. Point to the correct hard drive(s) and tell it to "remove all Linux partitions." That will remove the RH9 install and use the space it had for the new install.

But the bigger question is why you were unable to access the internet with RH9. Although RH9 is a bit old, it should have been able to detect and configure your interface (ethernet, modem, whatever). If it couldn't, then there's a chance that whatever you decide to install will also not be able to automatically configure your interface.

You wouldn't be trying to connect to the internet with a winmodem, would you? Have you checked all the other options needed to set up an internet connection, like setting DHCP and etc.?

If you've already gone through all this, and troubleshot your original RH9 install, then sorry, just go ahead. But if you're new to Linux and maybe haven't properly configured RH, you may run into the same problem again.

Just my $.02

Jim Dishaw
DS2K3
Mandrake has support for Winmodems, so maybe that will help. I have had network problems in mandrake, that were fixed when i switch the system to Fedora, and vice versa

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