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I was trying to upgrade my server machine to Mandrake 9.1. Unfortunately, I can't get very far into the install without it grinding to a halt. If I hit "Enter" for the Upgrade install path, it will freeze in the second stage install just after it correctly detects the CPU. A funny note is the last line printed before the freeze, the screen says something like "Console: Color VG 80x25". Reasoning that it may have something to do with my video card, I started over and set it to do the install in text mode. This time, it gets further, to the point of trying to install packages. But, every package it tries to install says that it can't find GLibC 2.0. This was driving me nuts!!! How could this file not be there? When I downloaded the images I checked the md5sums and everything was fine. I even used these disks to upgrade a different machine. (That install went smooth). I am going to try and burn a new copy of this disk to see if maybe the disk is bad. But other than that, are there any suggestions on how I can get this machine to upgrade?
Mandrake is notorious for having broken upgraders, which is why I eventually switched away from the distro.
Assuming you have a separate partition for /home, you could do a fresh install. Just DON'T format /home, and create all of your users in the same order, you'll be fine.
If you don't want to recreate your users you could copy your passwd, group and shadow files into /home before formatting and then copy them back afterwards. If you're keeping around things like mail/news spools be sure to back them up from /var (or don't format it if it's a partition).
After playing around a little last night, I actually was able to install it with little hassle.
The first thing I did was upon getting the choice to either hit "Enter" or "F1", I selected "F1". From there I entered "vga16". This got the ball rolling.
Unfortunately, it would not read the rpm packages. To get around this, I swapped out the CD-ROM drive from a computer that the install worked on. This did the trick. Mandrake 9.1 installed without a problem.
The vga16 issue is something I think Mandrake has to work on. The other problem is due to buying cheap drives (they aren't always the best!).