Recently, I was given 2 unit of Dell PowerEdge computer with Intel Pentium 4 processor running at 2,4GHz, 256MB RAM and a 40GB hard disk. It was install with a Linux OS but I don't know what Distro it is. When power on it show bunch of text and it hang and the last message was a Kernel panic. But it is still ok since I am going to format the computer with another Distro. That is where the problem start. I cannot format the computer at all. Is it possible for a Linux Distro to protect the computer from being formatted or is it the hardware already fail? Thanks in advance to anyone who help.
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If you are starting to use a CD / DVD with a linux distro (distribution Oerating system) on it then it should format hte disk automatically. (Using EXT 2 or EXT 3 format. If it does not do this either the computer bios is not set up to bootDC as …
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As far as I'm aware; once you start booting from a Linux live CD, whatever OS is on the HD is completely ignored. So the resident OS will not be able to stop the machine booting from the CD (The BIOS settings usually determine whether boot from CD/DVD is allowed!). …
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