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    Question about Windows reinstall/Linux video driver

    Q1: I have Linux and Windows installed, but I can't boot Windows anymore, I tried some things with the bootloader but it doesn't work. Is it possible to reinstall Windows without removing Linux?

    Q2: I have an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro, and everything graphical runs slow on my computer now (256mb RAM, 2.66 Ghz) I tried to install an ATI driver but it still doesn't work, that's why I can't play windows games (installed with wine) like Warcraft III properly (If I move the mouse ingame, it lasts 5 seconds untill the mouse is on the new position!)

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    Q2: Are you running with with -opengl (or whatever the use opengl flag is)? I could run warcraft III just fine under wine with a mobile radeon 9000, 64MB RAM on my old laptop.

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    Q1: I have Linux and Windows installed, but I can't boot Windows anymore, I tried some things with the bootloader but it doesn't work. Is it possible to reinstall Windows without removing Linux?
    what bootloader do you use, lilo or grub?

    yes you can install windows without disturbing linux, long as you know what is where on you disk(s).. know that if you reinstall windows it will overwrite the mbr. so if you have your boot loader installed to the mbr, you will have to boot from cd to get back to linux to reinstall the boot loader.

    tell which bootloader and you might get some more detail.

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    Q1: Very possible to do that. Get yourself a liveCD with lilo or grub on it (which ever you prefer) then install windows. Then boot up with your liveCD. Mount you linux partitions with a little difference... mount / on /dev/hdxn (or what ever it is) then mount everything relative to that so if you have a home partition... mount /home/part /dev/hdxn/home. Then chroot to /dev/hdxn and run the grub/lilo installer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perspective
    Q2: Are you running with with -opengl (or whatever the use opengl flag is)? I could run warcraft III just fine under wine with a mobile radeon 9000, 64MB RAM on my old laptop.
    I experience this with graphical linux appilications/games and my own made OpenGL too, and I tried to start with argument -opengl. I use the bootloader GRUB.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wraithan
    Q1: Very possible to do that. Get yourself a liveCD with lilo or grub on it (which ever you prefer) then install windows. Then boot up with your liveCD. Mount you linux partitions with a little difference... mount / on /dev/hdxn (or what ever it is) then mount everything relative to that so if you have a home partition... mount /home/part /dev/hdxn/home. Then chroot to /dev/hdxn and run the grub/lilo installer.
    A little bit too difficult for me :P I'll ask my friend who knows a lot about linux (He made me use linux:P).
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    Q1: Does your distro install disk have a recovery console? On Mandriva, the recovery console has an option to reinstall lilo. Had to do this after reinstalling windows. Couldn't have been easier.

    Q2: Did you install Mesa prior to the ATI drivers? Do you have the DRI module installed? Use an OpenGL information utiltiy (I think KDE has an app called "OpenGL" for this. There may be a command line utility to return the info too), and see if your renderer is software or hardware. If it's software, google "Mesa DRI", or "Linux OpenGL hardware drivers". Getting an ATI card to work in hardware with linux is very tedious, in my experience.
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