Linux software and questions

  bemuzed 19:56 23 Feb 2005

I read about Linux and thought i would give it a go. I downloiaded the 3 disc mandrake 10.1 and if I get used to it will buy the full retail package. But first I have a few questions I hope you can help me with, bearing in mind all I know is Windows.
1. can I deinstall Mandrake?
2. When I boot up now I get a virus wanring fo BIOS. IS that a real virus or just the BUIOS is confused by Linux?
3. Is ther eanywhere I can download free AV, firewall,Ad blocker software from? The sites i knwo about seem to do Windows stuff only?
4. On booting up it spends a lot of time on Eth0 interface thne moves onto eth1 whcih takes some time but is OK. I think ethe0 is a firewire port.
5. any other useful advice welcome.

  JonnyTub 20:04 23 Feb 2005

If you just want to give linux a go to see if you like it wny not try a live cd ? You get all the trimminngs but no hassle of installing an os, and once your done, remove the live cd, reboot and hey presto there's windows back.

  JonnyTub 20:05 23 Feb 2005

p.s. a live cd will give you an insight into how your hardware will cope with linux, before a full installation, something to think about.

  bemuzed 20:07 23 Feb 2005

I tried the LiveCD and system seemed OK. I have now installed mandrake 10.1 (3 CD free version) and that looks OK. At some point I would like to deinstall. Any ideas on my questions above?

  JonnyTub 20:12 23 Feb 2005

1. no, you have to format and re-install windows

2. It's not a virus but a common error message apparently (never experienced it myself)

3. click here

4. Common on load up, adaptors always seem to take the longest to load up.

5. Don't give up on it, they are many specialist linux forums out there who have fixes for bugs should you find any, and we're here to help too, so enjoy!!!!

  bemuzed 20:17 23 Feb 2005

Thanks for the help. Sounds like you are a Linux user. I have Linux on one hard disk and Windows on another. I was hoping I could just reformat the hard disc and start again when I decided to go for Linux full version. However, in another thread someone describes reformatting their hard disc and reinstalling Windows, but it wouold not workas ther was either something in the BIOS o. does this make sense?

  JonnyTub 20:22 23 Feb 2005

ahh, i get you now. If linux is one hd and windows on another, and the linux hd is set as the first to boot in the bios then a quick muck about with the boot options should bring back windows no probs.
no need to reinstall windows :-)

  JonnyTub 20:25 23 Feb 2005

or have i missed the point ? :-(

  bemuzed 20:33 23 Feb 2005

I can bott up with either Windos or Linux. But I want to delete linux and get my hard disck space back. But after reading another thread that implies I will have boot up problems as sometign is left on my system but I was not sure if that was in BIIOS or somwhere else.

  JonnyTub 20:38 23 Feb 2005

You shouldn't have any problems, if the windows installation is on an entirely different hd, can you provide a link to said posting ?

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 20:42 23 Feb 2005

Linux should create a new partition.

You can delete the partition and then you will erase linux and all the files on the partition.

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