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Well, I decided i wanted to make the leap and install xandros on my laptop and remove windows. For those that may remember I wanted to dual boot Xandros and XP but was having problems. I got it to work on my fiance's laptop just fine and have been using her's to get used to Xandros. Well I backed up on to CD all the files on my laptop I wanted to keep (only a few songs, old college papers, and pictures). I restarted my laptop and booted off the CD drive and started to install Xandros and told it I did not want to keep Windows. Well, it got about 40% done and the laptop just shut off. I restarted and it tells me I have no operating system (understandable because Xandros did not finish installing). I though maybe my laptop had gotten hot so I set it out in the car (35* out) andafter it had cooled down to outside temp, I tryed to install this time I did it outside. Smae thing happened, now I know it did not overheat and shut down because the laptop was cool to the touch due to the temp outside and the wind that was blowing. What is going on here? Do I need to just wipe out the HDD and start over? Anyone able to help me here?
 


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snocross1985 said:
Well, I decided i wanted to make the leap and install xandros on my laptop and remove windows. For those that may remember I wanted to dual boot Xandros and XP but was having problems. I got it to work on my fiance's laptop just fine and have been using her's to get used to Xandros. Well I backed up on to CD all the files on my laptop I wanted to keep (only a few songs, old college papers, and pictures). I restarted my laptop and booted off the CD drive and started to install Xandros and told it I did not want to keep Windows. Well, it got about 40% done and the laptop just shut off. I restarted and it tells me I have no operating system (understandable because Xandros did not finish installing). I though maybe my laptop had gotten hot so I set it out in the car (35* out) andafter it had cooled down to outside temp, I tryed to install this time I did it outside. Smae thing happened, now I know it did not overheat and shut down because the laptop was cool to the touch due to the temp outside and the wind that was blowing. What is going on here? Do I need to just wipe out the HDD and start over? Anyone able to help me here?

Unfortunately, you don't have an active operating system since Xandros wiped the XP. You can however recover it but it ain't cheap. Essentially you have to use a program like Ontrack's Easy Recovery to recover the old partition.
 




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I don't need anything on my hard drive, all that i need is already backed up.
 




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I am having a bit of a brain fart. How would I go about wiping the drive and starting over w/ Xandros? I have done this kind of thing before, just been a while.
 




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Is your Xandros a bootable cd? if so, boot from it and then have it partition/format the drive.
 




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Xandros Cd is bootable. Do I need to wipe out my drive first?
 




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Yea, boot off of the xandros cd and have it completely format the drive. ALso try burning another copy of the xandros cd, prehaps yours is damaged (ive had the same thing happen)
 




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snocross1985 said:
Xandros Cd is bootable. Do I need to wipe out my drive first?

before xandros begins copying files, it should give you an option to partition/format your hard drive. thats what you want to do
 




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Got it to work. Thanks guys!
 




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No problem. Cant wait for you to ditch windows all together and just run linux alone like me :D
(slackware 10.1)
 




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Oh, I did ditch Windows. I only have Xandros on my laptop now. My fiance will not let me get rid of Windows on her laptop, o well.
 




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Now, the question is, does anyone know how I can get my internal wireless to work with Xandros? I can use hardline, but wireless is more fun. :D
 




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See if there is a wireless driver available in Linux.
 




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I dual booted my gf's desktop with slackware and windoze, she actually uses linux most times too :D

as for wireless, its a whoel bunch of fun to get working. your best bet is to use ndiswrapper and windows drivers to get your card working with minimal hassel. check out ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/ for info
 




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