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UMSDOS & Windows 95

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I bought a computer with a Win '95 preinstall on it.  I want to keep Win95 but also install Linux.  Because of the way the preinstall is I can't partition the disk because the pre-install wipes it when you put it back on.  I tried FIPS, which can't read the partition table, saying it is corrupted (I think this is more to do with it being a Win95 table).  

I therefore decided to leave the partition table well alone, and use UMSDOS FS so that no partitioning was necessary.  I managed to get the boot and root disks working (Slakware Linux), but it won't let me run setup to do any real installation because it says no disks are flagged for Linux.  I thought the point of UMSDOS was that wasn't necessary.  How do I fool setup into running on the UMSDOS file system?
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mauricetokyo earned 80 total points
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First of all, your partition is probably somehow messed up. If you use Partition Magic it will re-partition your disk in a breeze. FIPS is overly sensitive to small inconsistencies.

The reason why Install doesn't work with your UMSDOS system is that it wants a swap partition, which you obviously don't have.

The truth is that the UMSDOS way of installing is supposed to be just for small testing purposes. You will always encounter problems if you don't install a real unix file system. So you might just as well buy Partition Magic for 49.95 and re-partition your disk. There is a new Win95 version, but the old will do just as nicely.
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