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Windows98 doesn't like my drive, which has Linux on it

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Hello,
I recently installed Linux on one of my hard drives. Now, when I either go into "my computer" or "internet explorer", WIndows pauses for 15 seconds, because, I presume, it cannot read another file system. Is there any way I can tell WIndows to forget about this Linux drive?
Any help would be appreciated,
VIctor
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by:gunny051499
ID: 1629412
windows should not be affected by "drives", which it does not recognize - they should not even be visible as "drives". partitions are made up in "drives" at boot-up and are not being checked afterwards (why should you have to reboot if it was otherwise?).
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by:tsar
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Well, bu this hapens in my case. As I described before. Can you suggest anything?
Regards,
Vic

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by:gunny051499
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try deinstalling some windows software (you can reinstall it afterwards). the linux-partition cannot be the reason for it.
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SlackerJer earned 300 total points
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A more likely cause is that either your CDROM or hard drive(s) is/are powering back up from powersave mode and My Computer/Explorer is waiting for them. That is what happens on my computer with my CDROM. You can try changing some settings for when your HD and CDROM power down and see if that helps. It is almost definately not Linux doing this.
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by:tsar
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Hello, guys!
Let's try again. As I described before, the delay hapens every time I open the URL in Internet Explorer with CTRL-O, that's when the history profile is being scanned by IE. ALso, whenever I open either "My computer" or "WIndows Explorer", the same delay hapens, even if I opened them twice in a rraw. So, it is definitely not a power-down interference. Another thing. If I drop into DOS box, I can switch do the D: drive, but any attempt to either run a certain command, such as DIR, or changing to the directory , CD, causes that same delay. After a 15-20 seconds delay, I get a message saying that "WIndows cannot read the D: drive, Abort, Retry or Fail". Now, the funiest thing. I thought, well. Let me try to reformat the drive, perhaps the d:'s MBR wasn't cleaned up, strange idea, but well. So I do "format d:" and the message I get back is:
"Cannot format network drive". I went into all possible network properties and could not find any reference to my drive being either shared or registered as a part of "Network neighborhood". The last thing. If I drop into plain DOS, this drive doesn't show up at all.
Guys, any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
Vic

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by:SlackerJer
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What was your procedure in installing Linux onto the drive. Did you install it onto what windows thinks is your D drive. Is it a linux native partition or UMSDOS or what. Let's get some more specifics on what your install procedure was and what that D drive is set as.
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by:gunny051499
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go into dos-fdisk and see what (where) drive D is.
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by:tsar
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Thanks, guys.
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by:tsar
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Hello, experts! I finally resolved my problem and wanted to let you know how. It turned out that after I unloaded the CDROM drivers from both config.sys and autoexec.bat, the drive letter disappeared.
Thank you all for your help,
Vic

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by:gunny051499
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so, people linux doesn't mess up, does it?
that's only the magic of windows.....


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