LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 07-25-2004, 09:09 PM   #1
pantheman
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: North East UK
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0 KDE
Posts: 5

Rep: Reputation: 0
Dual Boot gone horribly wrong, help!!


i recently (26th july) formatted my system and cleanly installed both winXP pro and Mandrake 10.0.

All seemed to be going well and I could boot into both windows and mandrake. After customising Mandrake to my liking (nothing too dangerous/riské, just using the desktop editor + other items in the configuration tools section), i proceeded to find out how to get ICS (internet connection sharing) working to a laptop also on my 'network'.

The PC with the dual boot has always been the one directly connected, so i figured i would have to find a way to do it with linux. After searching on the net i found a rather complex method, and, rather stupidly, followed it perfectly (not thinking to check the mandrake config section, even though there is a section called "internet connection sharing", i know, im n00b).

I did find this about 20 minutes after setting up the complex method, and proceeded to also set up using the handy user interface. I then went for a bit play in windows and when it came time to boot back into mandrake, disaster had struck.

It broke!

to be more specific, the kernel itself seemed fine, however it refused to boot into any graphical system. Now stuck on the kernel login screen, i found myself unable to do anything (told you i was n00b).

Heres what i do know:
when booting, i watched it in verbose mode, and some things got a fail... as far as i can remember, it was
mixer (my soundcard couldnt be found? its onboard, dunno if that matters)
dhcpd
also there was one other thing, but i cant remember its name...

has anybody got any clues what could be wrong with it? i dont wanna go to the trouble of reinstalling mandrake + setting it up again...
 
Old 07-25-2004, 09:21 PM   #2
misterflibble
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: Debian UnStaBle
Posts: 123

Rep: Reputation: 15
Are you absolutely sure it froze completely? It's been a while but I seem to recall Mandrake 'freezing' on dhcp for me, because it spent several minutes waiting to get it initialized.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 09:22 PM   #3
kilgoretrout
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,549

Rep: Reputation: 212Reputation: 212Reputation: 212
I'm guessing you pooched your /etc/modprobe.conf file and maybe moore. If your using the nvidia driver, I am very sure that's what happened. The sound card, nic and nvidia drivers are loaded from that file if your using the 2.6 kernel.
For a quick fix you can try doing an "upgrade" install. Boot off install cd-1 and when you get to one of the earlier screens mdk will detect the prior installation and ask if you want to install or do an upgrade install. Choose upgrade and don't select any new packages. The whole thing will go fairly fast and will probably redetect and reset up your hardware.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 04:11 AM   #4
pantheman
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: North East UK
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0 KDE
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
thanks for the advice

misterflibble:-
it didnt freeze at all. it just refuses to boot into any form of GUI. thanks for enquiring anyway though

kilgoretrout:-
thanks for the advice, ill try doing an upgrade install (need to get mandrake 10.0 again though, *sigh*, it wasnt mine, it was my friends disks, i didnt make copies *foolishly* and now i'm gonna either have to get them back or download them *he said you could download them?*)

thanks for replying so fast even though i didnt *blush* if i tried this on a windows forum it may _never_ have been answered
 
Old 07-26-2004, 09:19 AM   #5
kilgoretrout
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,549

Rep: Reputation: 212Reputation: 212Reputation: 212
If you don't have the cds and you are using an nvidia based graphics card with the nvidia drivers, you can probably get back into a gui by manually loading the nvidia drivers. It's not too hard. Just login at the command line login with your user name and password and run:

$ su
# <enter root password>
# modprobe nvidia
# exit
$ startx

If you get into a gui, post back and we can try to recreate your /etc/modprobe.conf file.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 03:58 PM   #6
pantheman
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: North East UK
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0 KDE
Posts: 5

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
KDE returns...

i am posting this from Mozilla Firefox on KDE

i tried what you suggested, modprobe nvidia spat out an error saying FATAL: no such module (or something like), however, running startx loaded up KDE without any troubles.... now my question has changed slightly! is there any way to stop it from requiring me to type startx in? it _used_ to load automatically, but now it wont.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 09:43 PM   #7
misterflibble
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: Debian UnStaBle
Posts: 123

Rep: Reputation: 15
If you're using the download version of Mandrake, you're probably using the nv driver not the nvidia.

If it's not loading automatically and everything else seems fine, then it's probably just an issue with starting X with a display manager. There should be a display manager option somewhere in the Mandrake Control Center. If it's set to kdm, try setting it to gdm (or xdm if you don't have gdm) and see if it will start that automatically.
 
Old 07-28-2004, 01:49 AM   #8
kilgoretrout
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,549

Rep: Reputation: 212Reputation: 212Reputation: 212
You should be able to set that in mcc>Boot>Autologin.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dual boot gone wrong slap Linux - Newbie 34 11-17-2005 10:58 AM
Kernel compilation gone horribly wrong sleepisforwimps Slackware 1 06-04-2005 04:08 PM
Dual-Boot gone wrong? RallyMonkey Fedora - Installation 7 05-17-2004 10:41 PM
LILO using wrong kernel on dual boot system MS3FGX Linux - General 7 03-08-2004 12:50 AM
Something's gone horribly wrong zikhermm Linux - General 4 08-13-2001 08:13 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:07 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration