The first thing I want to say is I'm sorry if this forum isn't in the right place; it seems like the best place for it though.
Secondly, I have a question. I have one computer that runs Win98 and another with Windows XP. I want to install DSL onto the old computer but the CDROM drive won't work; I can't even boot a cd from a grub4dos prompt. I'm going to unplug the old hard drive from the old computer and plug it in to my newer computer and install Damn Small Linux onto it. I want to format (erase) the whole hard drive of the old computer; I don't care about Windows 98 any more. But a long time ago, the one hard drive of the old computer was partitioned into two sections and make it look like there are two hard drives. Is there any way to "undo" this partitioning?
Second question: After I "undo" the partitioning I now need to actually install the OS. I have downloaded the newest embeddable version of DSL and I run it in windows. I open a terminal and type:
sudo -s dsl-hdinstallDSL install then asks me what hard drive I want to install it to. My computer with windows XP normally only has one hard drive, so what would I type in? DSL gives "hda2" as an example; what is the "a" for? How do I know which hard drive is which? I'm guessing that my newer hard drive is hd0, so the older hard drive would be hd1. Am I correct? After I answer dsl-hdinstall's question, what do I do next? Do I need to setup a boot manager, or anything else?
Lastly, the old computer can barely access the internet, so I won't have the opportunity to install any packages. Would I be able to download and install any packages I want when the old hard drive is still connected to Windows XP? How would I do this?
Thanks in advance for all the help.