| At my company we're having no success in getting our hard drives to
| be usable by DOS once they have been set up with native Linux
| partitions (i.e. totally reconfiguring the hard drive to be DOS
| only). We are using mostly Western Digital Caviar's (21200's &
| 31200's), but I doubt that has anything to do with it. We have
| tried using fdisk from both DOS and Linux, but neither seem to help.
That is good and normal. You should never return to MSDogs, stay with
us forever ahhhahahahah. :)
..but I know a hack to get back into prison: FDISK /MBR
Fdisk with that option will install a basic boot record in the
partition tabel, even though it can see that already seems to be one.
| This doesn't seem right. Are we missing something? I must admit we
| have not messed with setting boot flags and the like; maybe our
| problem is in this area?
Yep. More general, if you're uneasy about the state of the disc,
eg. the partition table and boot records, try wiping it clean like
this: Install it in my machine and boot Linux (yes), somehow.
Assuming the disk is hdc fire away this command: cat /dev/zero >
/dev/hdc This will fill your disc with zeros. When MSDogs later sees
this, it assumes it is a fresh disk and you should have no problem