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Old 08-05-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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Can't install PCLinuxOS 2007..


Okay..I'm trying to install this OS. I have it burned to a CD and all, booted up from startup. Then, I click enter and the "Boot Live CD" option runs, and I see the bar at the bottom-left-hand side of the screen load, and eventually say "Booting system..." and then it comes to a black screen with white text, asking me my "localhost login". Now I have no clue what it's talking about, but whatever I enter, it says "Login failed" and it just makes me enter something else. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, I just want to install this OS =\.
 
Old 08-05-2007, 04:40 PM   #2
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Okay..I'm trying to install this OS. I have it burned to a CD and all, booted up from startup. Then, I click enter and the "Boot Live CD" option runs, and I see the bar at the bottom-left-hand side of the screen load, and eventually say "Booting system..." and then it comes to a black screen with white text, asking me my "localhost login". Now I have no clue what it's talking about, but whatever I enter, it says "Login failed" and it just makes me enter something else. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, I just want to install this OS =\.
Hum? Well, did you check the quality of the download (the md5sum number). Theres a little utility that you can install under windows called md5summer (freeware). You do the download, followed by the md5sum number (it's usually in a small file at the same location where you found the download of the iso file for the distro).

You then run the utility against the downloaded ISO file, and the resulting number should check correct against the one from the download mirror.

It's quite important as small irregularities can make the difference between being able to install or not.

If it all checks out, then burn the ISO as per the instructions for your burning software.

Your symptoms suggest that it's starting the boot, but getting no further. The "localhost login" is a prompt that you might use to login to console mode i.e. the graphic interface hasn't started. If you haven't managed to complete the install (irrespective of whether the graphic interfaces starts or not) then you won't have either a root password or a username and password to log in to the local host.

Sorry if that sounds a bit confusing, I'd suggest making sure that the downloaded ISO is correct first, then when you burn, burn it at a lower speed.

Then boot the CD and see if you get the graphic interface (I believe that PCLOS works as a "live CD" as well so you should, if your BIOS is set to boot from a CD/removable disc).

I suspect that should then work (if theres no other reason why it won't install of course - but I think that it's better to confirm that the basics are correct first).

regards

John

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Old 08-05-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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I just started my PCLOS 2007 CD. This is the order of events. The CD starts to load. Eventually you will see a graphic screen showing the name PCLinuxOS. On the lower left is a message that tells you to press the escape key for verbose boot. Then a white box appears in the middle of the screen. It will ask you to choose a keyboard, choose a time zone, choose a time server, and configure your network card. Then the login screen will appear. The upper left corner of the screen tells you the two possible accounts to log in to and their password. The middle of the screen shows you the two possible accounts to log in to. The lower left shows two pop up menus. One is for sessions, which is the only place that I can imagine you would have a localhost login screen. The other pop up menu is a system menu.

If you don't see that then you may not have PCLOS 2007 or, as bigjohn suggested, your ISO image on the boot CD may not be working properly. When you burn a CD with a Linux distribution you should always tell the burning software to verify that the CD has no errors. Any errors at all will cause problems.

When you do get it working properly and you want to install PCLOS 2007 then you log on as root and click on the desktop icon to install PCLOS 2007 onto your hard drive.

Let us know if you continue to have problems.

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Old 08-05-2007, 05:00 PM   #4
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According to the md5summer test, it passed. Yet I'm still unable to install. Everything just grinds to a halt and asks me for my login, which I would have no clue since I just ran the LiveCD the first time and wouldn't know what my login/pass or anything is. Still drawing blanks...
 
Old 08-05-2007, 06:30 PM   #5
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According to the md5summer test, it passed. Yet I'm still unable to install. Everything just grinds to a halt and asks me for my login, which I would have no clue since I just ran the LiveCD the first time and wouldn't know what my login/pass or anything is. Still drawing blanks...
What passed? The ISO file or the CD burn?

Didn't you read the posts above? It sounds like you didn't.

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Old 08-06-2007, 09:07 AM   #6
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You might also check your hardware against the compatibility list. I could not get PCLOS 2007 (I think RC4) to boot the live cd on a AMD dual core with the 690G northbridge. I didn't try with the final release because by that time I found a distro that worked with the board.

Sometimes it takes a while for new hardware to get their drivers to appear in the distros.

To test previous poster's suggestions on the possibility of a bad cd, try booting your cd on a friend's computer and see what happens.
 
Old 08-06-2007, 11:19 AM   #7
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After some messing, I found the problem last night. It was a problem with my video card, as the LiveCD setup couldn't find a default video driver for my card, and I had to boot in the fbDev graphics driver and go from there. After that, pretty much smooth sailing.

(My video card = ATI so yeah..I've read pretty much everywhere that ATI doesn't play nice with Linux =\..Seriously want to upgrade to a Geforce 7600GT really soon T_T..)
 
  


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