You can use the following command to format and prepare your partition for linux.
Please be careful to adjust the command to reflect the new partition and the one you want linux on.
So if you want /dev/sda1, change the second piece of the command. You can also use gparted to achieve this. But you seem to be wanting the command line version.Code:sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2
Keep the good work, you old dog.........