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Before somebody jumps to any conclusions, it's not the command prompt. There is no prompt of any kind. It starts up with the initial 'press enter to run setup' and another option graphical interface. I press enter... monitor screen goes black and caps lock key flashes for about 5-10 minutes, then everything goes silent.
It appears that the monitor is still getting a signal, because the power led stays green, instead of flashing amber.
Now, I would just love to blame it on the cd and download it again, but after several attempts at installing this, including by using the command-line startup of the installer and trying lovidmem (I think that's what it said, I figured it was worth a try), I got fed up and tried it on another pc. Less than half an hour later I had an up-and-running Mandrake 9 installation.
Knoppix runs fine on the machine that Mandrake won't install to, and Debian will at least begin the install (corruped iso-I won't go there)
thats part of the knoppix syslinux.cfg
i was just hoping that maybe something in there that
helps your machine boot would halp mandrake boot
those options would be passed to the kernel when
you press f1 to boot mandrake and type something
vmlinuz setup vga=491 noapic apm=power-off
replace the vmlinuz setup with whatever mandrake
says you need to type to start set or install.
after trying every possible option two or three times and in a multitude of different combinations, the 'text' switch worked for the installation. Which is odd, because the first time I tried, it did the same as all the rest. The installation went smoothly except it didn't give me any options as to what packages I wanted to install. No big deal there.
Now I just have no X. WHEEEEEEE!!!
Distribution: RH 6.2, Gen2, Knoppix,arch, bodhi, studio, suse, mint
or other suggestions you will get here
if it never does set up right
you can copy your XF86Config from your knoppix
that works to a floppy and put it in the mandrake
its in /etc/X11/