I have to reinstall Vista on my laptop and I am having trouble doing that after installing Fedora 12. I think its because I am using ext4 and I don't know how to reformat to a place where I can get Vista to recognize any of the partitions.
When I try to reinstall Vista there is not a drive that Windows will recognize so I am a bit stuck. All the guides in the world for reformatting the drive seem to be a cluster and I am hoping there is someone here that can tell me what will work for sure before I start trying anything.
Does anyone have instructions on how I can dual boot Vista and Fedora with a separate /data directory so that I can keep my data (.thunderbird, .mozilla, .purple, etc)?
I have to reinstall Vista because I think that my wireless switch has been turned off by Dell. (Linky here: http://support.dell.com/support/topi...40A68F5B282502
This happened before when I went from Fedora 8 to 9 and I reloaded Vista and Dell drivers to fix it. Although I see some bugs flying around about the RFKill switch being disabled by a kernel I am not sure that this is the problem in my case - although up until some point in Fedora 11 I had wireless working just fine.
I will be updating my BIOS and other things from Dell using Vista when I get it loaded. (I also want to play WoW).
So, can anyone help me format this drive, partition it the way it needs to be, and get into a dual boot situation with Vista and Fedora 12 with an extra drive on the side for my data? I would like to be able to blow away and recreate whatever I want on my hard drive without having to move everything to an external drive and then back again if I can help it.
I have the distros for Ubuntu, CentOS, and Fedora handy but if I must I can go downstairs and get Windows ME, XP and Windows 7 disks as well.
If this is too much work and my Dell wifi-radio does this to me again then I am going to buy a small USB wifi receiver and be done with it. Any suggestions on a small and well-supported USB wifi receiver are most appreciated.
Thank you all for any help and guidance you can provide.
Some info for you about my laptop:
The current hard drive structure:
[root@localhost ~]# df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
301459960 3356616 282790040 2% /
/dev/sda1 198337 32804 155293 18% /boot
tmpfs 1996884 1908 1994976 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sdb1 120024384 22327264 97697120 19% /media/FAT_32 <-- external hard drive with data on it.
I have 4GB of RAM on this guy:
[root@localhost ~]# free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 3900 1065 2834 0 61 407
-/+ buffers/cache: 596 3303
Swap: 5951 0 5951
Fn + F2 doesn't produce anything in dmesg and I see nothing about the RFKill switch in the logs.
[deirdre@localhost ~]$ uname -a
Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.31-0.125.4.2.rc5.git2.fc12.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Aug 11 21:00:45 EDT 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[root@localhost ~]# /sbin/lspci
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
I switched the wifi/bluetooth to off and then back on and here is what dmesg says:
usb 7-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 6
usb 7-2: New USB device found, idVendor=0a5c, idProduct=4500
usb 7-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb 7-2: Product: BCM2045B2
usb 7-2: Manufacturer: Broadcom
usb 7-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
hub 7-2:1.0: USB hub found
hub 7-2:1.0: 3 ports detected
usb 7-2.1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 7
usb 7-2.1: New USB device found, idVendor=413c, idProduct=8126
usb 7-2.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb 7-2.1: Product: BCM2045
usb 7-2.1: Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp
usb 7-2.1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
usb 7-2.2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 8
usb 7-2.2: New USB device found, idVendor=0a5c, idProduct=4502
usb 7-2.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
usb 7-2.2: Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp
usb 7-2.2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
input: Broadcom Corp as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.2/usb7/7-2/7-2.2/7-2.2:1.0/input/input15
generic-usb 0003:0A5C:4502.0003: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.11 Keyboard [Broadcom Corp] on usb-0000:00:1d.2-2.2/input0
usb 7-2.3: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 9
usb 7-2.3: New USB device found, idVendor=0a5c, idProduct=4503
usb 7-2.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
usb 7-2.3: Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp
usb 7-2.3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
input: Broadcom Corp as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.2/usb7/7-2/7-2.3/7-2.3:1.0/input/input16
generic-usb 0003:0A5C:4503.0004: input,hidraw1: USB HID v1.11 Mouse [Broadcom Corp] on usb-0000:00:1d.2-2.3/input0