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Old 02-23-2004, 05:16 PM   #1
halestorm
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error installing packages mandrake


I am trying to install Madrake 9.2 on my Gateway Solo 5300 laptop. There is an existing Windows 2000 version on another partion. I downloaded the ISO's and burned them. When I start installation I get to the part where it installs "packages" and I get this error..."error installing packages...Go on anyway?" Check yes it goes to another error. Check no and it stops install. I also noticed I cant open my CD ROM drive at this point. It spins but there is no access to it from my computer. What could be the problem???
 
Old 02-23-2004, 06:12 PM   #2
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You may have a bad disk...if you still have the ISOs on the windows partition check the md5 checksums against the ones located on the server where you downloaded it from. If they match, burn a fresh copy, perhaps at a lower speed. if they do not match, then you will have to download a copy of that iso until they do. If you dont have the iso's anymore then download a fresh copy and burn again.
 
Old 02-23-2004, 08:03 PM   #3
Robert52
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Halestorm,

My sincerest sympathies on your current computer problem. I too had the identical problem. It would seem that the error messages were different on each install attempt. They varied in number between 23 and 40. I never could get the GUI to work. Now for the bad news:

I used four independently secured copies of Mandrake 9.2 and got the same result. One copy was the Discovery pack they sell retail for the laughingly low price of only $40 dollars. I might as well have flushed two twenty dollar bills down the drain. I swapped CDROM unints, I swapped hard drives, I swapped cables, I SWAPPED RAM!!! And still, I could not get away from this. I did text installs, I did Graphic installs, I tried the "Rescue" feature of Mandrake, and all to no avail. The way I finally got around the problem was a friend of mine gave me a copy of Fedora Core 1 and it installed perfectly on the first try. I'm still using that copy. I have video, sound, modem, cd, Zip, floppy. etc.

What ever problem exists, it seems we share it and I'll bet it's a hardware conflict somewhere. I'm on a desktop computer I built about two years ago. It has an AMD 1400Athlon, Soyo sy-k7v dragon Mobo, 768megs o' ram, two 80 gig Maxtor ata133hdd's, NOT raided, I never could get that to work. I have two CD burner units, one is a DVD burner as well. I hope this info jogs some similarity ideas in your mind, because you and I apparently are on the cutting edge of knowledge about this problem. We're it.

Maybe my fix will assist you.

You have my sympathies.
Robert
 
Old 02-23-2004, 08:35 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip. I have tried downloading the ISO again, to no avail. I can see the files on the CDROM that Mandrake says it cant install - so I know it should work. I tried to install on another system with similar problems. You saved me 40bucks as I was about to purchase a copy thinking that would work. I am surprised that nobody else has this problem. I wonder is Fedora Core 1 as easy to use as people say Mandrake is?
Thanks again for the help...

Jason
 
Old 02-25-2004, 03:11 PM   #5
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Jason,

I don't know how easy Fedora Core 1 is to use as compared to Mandrake, because I never could get Mandrake up and running. Sorry.

Did you see any similarities in our hardware? I'm thinking it's got to be hardware related. I have 133ata hard drives, but only 100ata capability on the motherboard. I'm using pc2100 ram. I have no other operating system installed or connected. My hardware configuration is not at all unusual or complicated. I don't understand where the problem is. I have an internal Zip that would halt the install if the drive was empty. I put a blank zip disk in and the install would continue. The screen would stop loading stuff and repeatedly say "lost interupt" over and over. It went away when I put in the zip disk.

I'm glad I helped save you fourty bucks. There is a program called md5checksum. It is used to verify the integrity of a downloaded program, but I don't have a clue how to use it, so I went through the four independent copies I mentioned. Your copies are probably fine.

It's got to be hardware, right? It isn't software, because there IS no other software during an operating system install.

Robert
 
  


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