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Old 09-19-2003, 08:05 AM   #1
gyk
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Can't install Mandrake 9.1 why?


I've partitioned my hard drive, i've lost win xp, reinstalled it after some
problems. Now my pc boots floppy, then cd, then hard drive, but when I get to
win xp to install mandrake says me to reboot it, it reboots and does
nothing, gets to win xp again. I've done a MS-dos boot disk but the
only disk I see is a: neither c: neither other partitions neither
nothing. I wish somebody could help me
Thanks a lot!!!!
 
Old 09-19-2003, 08:11 AM   #2
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Maybe the Mandrake CD is not bootable? There must be some instructions how to boot from a floppy, using rawrite. Search in the CD's directories.
 
Old 09-19-2003, 08:12 AM   #3
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I dont understand your question. If your hdd is partitioned in ntfs, then you cant read it using MS_DOS disk. If you want to boot into linux, you must have installed it into your MBR, or you must have a linux boot floppy.
 
Old 09-19-2003, 08:41 AM   #4
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How to make a bootable floppy

Yes, I've tried to make a "install from floppy" but it requires an image to be written in the flopppy, what do I have to write?
 
Old 09-19-2003, 08:56 AM   #5
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use "rawrite" which you should find somewhere on your install cd's (try dos_utils or similar) and you should also see some kind of readme file that tells you how to make to bootable floppys and which images to use
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Old 09-19-2003, 09:14 AM   #6
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Are you working from a purchased mandrake CD set or a downloaded CD set?

If you downloaded, did you "create a CD from an iso image" or did you copy the iso file to the cd. There is a difference (although I'm not sure exactly what it is) If you "copied the iso file", the disc won't boot.

If you are working from a purchased set, you might have a bad CD. Test it on another box to see if it starts.
 
Old 09-20-2003, 05:49 AM   #7
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Re: Can't install Mandrake 9.1 why?

Quote:
Originally posted by gyk
problems. Now my pc boots floppy, then cd, then hard drive,
I know this is the most obvious question but have you set the boot sequence the boot "cdrom" first. I don`t want to insult your intelligence but I thought i`d ask.

Steve
 
  


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