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Re: [SLUG] Uninstalling a distribution preparatory to re-installing it
- To: Leslie Katz <lesliek@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Uninstalling a distribution preparatory to re-installing it
- From: O Plameras <oscarp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 22:26:07 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
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Leslie Katz wrote:
I had one hard disk in my computer, with Windows XP on it. I installed
a second hard disk and put Fedora Core 3 on it. I choose between the
two OSs at bootup via the Windows bootloader, called (I believe) NTLDR.
I have been trying to compile a Linux webcam driver (my first attempt
at compiling anything). However, I discovered that the FC3
installation type I'd chosen did not include a compiler, so I tried to
install one. When I tried, I was told it couldn't be done because I
needed other files to be installed first. I therefore downloaded the
other named files and tried to install them. That was not permitted,
because, as I was informed, they were already installed. I then tried
again to install the compiler, only to be told again that the files
were not installed. I'm in an endless loop, it appears.
It seems to me that the only way forward is for me to uninstall FC3
and then re-install it, selecting the installation type that includes
the necessary compiling files from the outset.
However, I can't find any straightforward instructions on how to
Can anyone tell me whether there's an easy way to do it?
Also, I'm assuming that, when FC3's been uninstalled, I'll still be
able to boot into Windows. I can't see why I wouldn't, since the
bootloader's set up to default into Windows.
However, if anyone thinks it would be a problem, I'd be grateful to be
Providing you have broadband connection to the Internet - faster the
better - no need to re-install.
I am using Fedora's and Redhat's and have save me lot's of headaches
Just try, the following procedures:
As root do this one first if you have not done yet:
#apt-get install kernel=2.6.10-1.770_14.rhfc3.at (There is a 2.6.11.XXX
but has problems).
Then, re-boot your linux to the above kernel.
Then you may install/upgrade any development module you like, e.g.,
#apt-get install gcc (or the like).
'apt-get install' is a smart user-tool that knows dependencies and will
install them when required. No need to figure out yourself. If you
are not familiar with 'rpm' command it is usefull to read up on it.
Hope this helps.