Reviews |Techie Talk by Judy @ 7:35 PM
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So I figured out how to fix my master drive partition table and reinstall XP from backup. 3 hours. I reinstalled SuSE – several times because each time it didn’t install correctly, each time for a different reason. I kept thinking about that old saying about the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, each time expecting different results. I kept doing the same thing over and over, expecting the same results, and each time it was different. (This is not a Linux slam, as Windows will do the same thing.) I finally blew away those partitions, reformatted them — thank goodness for Partition Magic 8 — and reinstalled. Total time to install SuSE: 3 hours.

I had Mandrake CDs lying around also, so I thought I’d give Mandrake a try. A friend told me that it would probably be an easier install than SuSE, and definitely easier than Fedora. I booted to the install CD, and it complained that it didn’t understand my master drive partition table, but it would be happy to destroy all partitions on that drive and start over. I shut the computer off and unhooked the master drive (I can be taught). Then I tried again. This time it said that it didn’t understand the partition table on my slave drive, but it would be happy to blow that drive away and reformat it. Did I want it to do that? I shut the machine off, hooked the master drive back up, and threw the Mandrake CDs into my “software I’m not playing with anymore” drawer.

Maybe SuSE is enough for now, eh?

So I booted up into SuSE. I figured out how to change my screen resolution and refresh rate to something usable. Not bad so far. Popped an audio CD in the drive…

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