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I have windows xp on my dell but I lost the drivers disk so I want to install linux Fedora 13 instead and wipe the windows xp.

I burned the iso to a dvd and loaded up the live session user and used "Install to harddrive" but when I get to the partitioning window there is no harddrives to install to so I cant overwrite the windows drive (/C:)..


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removing [osx] tag since this doesn't appear to have anything to do with Mac OS X. – quack quixote Jun 12 '10 at 12:58
Can't you download the XP drivers from Dell's website if you lost the drivers disk? If drivers are the only reason you are shifting away from Windows, you should try this. – Om Nom Nom Jun 12 '10 at 13:23
No. Its not just the drivers I want to have linux. and osx must have slipped in there when i meant "OS" – user38008 Jun 12 '10 at 13:28
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You should try a liveCD first. Ubuntu for example. Write it out / copy it to a pendrive. Boot it, and check your partitions by opening a terminal and typing:
sudo gparted

Here you can create a new partition table. (You'll lose all your data!). Try creating one ext2 partition for example which covers the whole HDD. (In the Fedora installer you'll make your partition setup what you want, this is only for the sake of being detected.)

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Or a Fedora Live CD. Those do exist. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 12 '10 at 15:43
Yes, indeed. But I don't know if it comes with gparted. Ubuntu is easier in this aspect (and they have the same size.) – Shiki Jun 12 '10 at 15:49
I'll try this. downloading the ubununtu iso now! – user38008 Jun 12 '10 at 16:48
Also, if Fedora is not the ONLY way, then if you try with Fedora and it won't work, just install Ubuntu. (Or try openSUSE if you hate Ubuntu for some reason.) – Shiki Jun 12 '10 at 16:50
Ok Shiki, I used gparted and formated the space it was ntfs, so maybe it needs to be ms-dos to be reconnized. Anyway I now have a working installations of ubuntu thanks to you!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! – user38008 Jun 12 '10 at 17:27

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