Dos partition

I was trying to create a link to a folder on my Dos partition when my pc froze. I had to reset, after which I couldn't open Dos_hdb5 on my desktop without it freezing again. Also, several other KDE links were unresponsive. I examined KDE packages with rpm and it says there are file attribute differences with /usr/share/applink/. I'am using Linux mandrake 6.1. Perhaps I damaged these files ? Any help would be appreciated
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Daddy101399Asked:
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Daddy101399Author Commented:
Hdb5 files are recognized with Xplorer, perhaps a problem with KDE.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
1) You shouldn't try diagnozing your system from the graphical environment. The GUI is only for working when everything is already ok.

 2) KDE has lots of problems and I don't recommend using it.

 3) Mandrake is a very poor distribution. Consider upgrading to Slackware or Debian.

 4) Doing anything with old FAT partitions other than just copying it's data to a ext2 filesystem is dangerous. The link would work just fine in Slackware, though.
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DeTavioCommented:
First thing is make sure you have the richt filesystem built into your kernel. After you verify that then try the following:

From the consol mode login as root.  mount your dos partion using:

mount -t msdos /dev/hdb5 /mnt

If it successfully mounts, then cd to mnt and do a list (ls) of mnt.
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Daddy101399Author Commented:
In console Dos-hdb5  mounted ,  list of mnt showed DOS_hdb5,CDROM,disk, Floppy. list of Dos_hdb5 showed all files as it did in xplorer although It  freezes when I try to access it through the link on the KDE  desktop. I need Dos_hdb5  to be  accessable  from KDE as I'am not the only user.
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DeTavioCommented:
The mnt command does not lock up in console, correct? Try kfm or another file manager with KDE and also try another window manager.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
DeTavio: He ain't got a problem with mounting the FAT partition.

 Daddy: In the console, can you cd into the link and list it's contents without a problem?
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DeTavioCommented:
EatEmAndSmile: I think your're right....
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
DeTavio: I dunno, I'm still waiting for Daddy to tell me if the link works out of KDE.
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Daddy101399Author Commented:
Dos_hdb5 mounts with no problem. console& Linux explorer shows all of the contents of  Dos_hdb5. I was able to copy the needed folder into my root directory as a temp fix for now.
  When this first happened I was logged in as root. I created a link to a folder on  dos_hdb5. the link was fine until I attempted to change the icon, thats when it froze.Each time I logged in as root thereafter It was still frozen, so I logged in as user and went into KFM to delete the created link, which accomplished nothing, it was still frozen. I had to delete the whole desktop folder in root directory , & after restarting and logging in as root, the Desktop folder was recreated  without the offending link & wasn't frozen anymore. Since then, When I click on the KDE link to Dos_hdb5, KFM window opens up & displays the first few folders and then freezes, afterwhich I must use the xkill command to close the KFM window, in the process my desktop doesn't respond until I restart again. I  apologize for not being more specific earlier.
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DeTavioCommented:
It sounds like this is a KDE problem. What if you try putting the original icon back?
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Daddy101399Author Commented:
I can't recreate the link on my Desktop, as I can't  even access Dos_hdb5 from KDE (it Freezes), never mind changing it's icon . When I try creating the link in linux explorer, It says the file already exists. I'am confused.
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EatEmAndSmileCommented:
Please... See if the link works out of KDE. If it is a KDE problem, you'll find out this way.
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Daddy101399Author Commented:
AS it turns out, when I changed the icon on the link, it created a  KDE file on Dos-hdb5 containing a "mini-icon". I found it while in win98 and deleted it. Now I can access Dos-hdb5 with no problem. Thanks for all the help
                                                            
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