I have just loaded puppy linux on my pc because xp will not load up due to the hard drive being nearly full and not having enough virtual memory. Using puppy I can explore the hard drive and I have tried to delete some files on the hard drive but it will not let me do that (protected?)I tried dragging files to the trash can but it left a copy on the hard drive anyway. I just want to create some space on the hard drive so that xp might start working again.Any suggestions?
Linux, whatever variant, is a very secure system and it will not let you alter files that don't belong to you.
If that seems double Dutch, then I'll explain further.
Each file has an "owner" and in Linux, you are free to do whatever you like with files that you own. However, when you load up a live CD like "Puppy", it will see all your XP files as being owned by someone else and therefore you cannot change them. Many Linux live distros are like this, but Knoppix (as suggested by recap) was designed as a sort of "live toolbox" and overcomes a lot of these restrictions.
The other thing that may help, is if you have the option to log in as "root" (that would be administrator in Windows), you can do what you like with any file almost without exception.
Hi Maj, when I switch on the pc it goes through the process as if all is ok and you get the black screen with windows XP on it as if it is loading up but then it should go to the welcome page but instead I get the message about virtual memory being low and that windows is trying to increase it "OK" I press enter then nothing further happens it just hangs on a black screen. I get the same with safe mode except when it hangs it shows a black screen with safe mode written in the corners. what can I do now.