Right, missed Liz, because I suck, but did manage to get Windows 98 and Debian GNU/Linux reinstalled and running. So, um, yay me?
And since Windows cheerfully overwrites the MBR every time I reinstall it -- maybe shouldn't use that tense, only did it twice and I swear this is the last time -- a Quick Guide to Getting Back Your Linux Install From the Clutches of Bill Gates' Bastard Offspring:
- Boot from the Debian install cd, using the boot command rescue root=/dev/hda2 (or whatever partition your root directory is in)
- Log in, then back up /etc/lilo.conf (shouldn't be necessary, but do it anyway)
- Uninstall lilo, using apt-get remove lilo
- Reinstall lilo, using apt-get install lilo
- Replace your original lilo.conf, if the one what gets generated ain't to your liking
Or, you know, you could just back up the MBR and restore it afterwards. Or install Windows first, Linux second, and not re-reinstall Windows. Or any one of a number of other things, but that'un's quick and dirty and gets the job done. Sorry, am in a "results count, fuck the method" sort of mindset.
On the plus side, Windows boots a hell of a lot faster, is more responsive once it does, and seems more stable. Plus, you know, the free space created by reformatting and not reinstalling everything yet.
That was the first time I'd actually ever run format c:, oddly enough.
This might fit in with the whole purging thing, but seeing as I'm gonna have to reinstall the stuff as I need it, maybe not so much. . .
Apropos of nothing, but good to know:
• Wednesday, March 17-Sunday, March 21
WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR
23rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
This year we'll feature old-favorite programs, such as Homegirls and the ever-popular Dyke Nite, plus:
… Many guest filmmakers present to discuss their work, including Trinh T. Minh-ha!
… Brand new work from Trinh T. Minh-ha, Diane Nerwen, Emily Vey Duke, Dee Mosbacher, Lisa Hayes and many more!
… Screenings/panels on issues dealing with ethnographic media making (Semishe Manwe by Maura Smith and Resort by Anna Abrahams) and with women as national commodities (Parai by Leena Manimekalhi and Something Between Her Hands by Sonia Shah)
… Compelling features includingPrison Lullabies by Linda Matta, Christine Cynn's gripping account of the Haitian Raboteau Trial, Poke Mat Sonje, and Beah: A Black Woman Speaks from Lisagay Hamilton
… New work by women from more than 15 countries!
And there's a benefit/screening with Catherine Hardwicke and her film THIRTEEN, um, last night at 5.
I mentioned the suckage, yes?
Off to do more of that reinstall stuff.