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I am trying to install linux mandrake 9.1 on my Packard Bell iDesign system but I can't get it to work. The disks are fine and they installed on my old computer which I have just sold but I can't get it to install on this computer. It starts up presents me with the graphical menu( F1 or Enter) I press enter then nothing. I have also tried text mode but it still does the same. The screen goes blank. I have gone into my bios and disabled everthing I can although I don't really know what I am doing in bios but it hasn't made any diffrence can anybody offer me any advice.
my spec( not sure what is relevant)
AMD Athlon 1900+
ACPI uniprocessor PC
ST340810A Hard drive
S3 graphics prosavage
Logitech keyboard and mouse
Is there any other spec you would need to assist you with helping me?
My prob was that I have more than a GIG of mem and a TI4200 128MB.
Apperantly there is a bug in the bootloader that causes the machine to freeze just after boot. so I found out after a quick check on the MDK website.
the work around is to hit F1 and enter the following
I give a low VGA install but does not affect the final result.
I borrowed Red Hat of a mate of mine but that did exactly the same so it is odviously my computer, but I have know idea what or how to get round it so unfortunately for me I am stuck on Windows for the time being :-(
well since your saying you are screwing around in the bios, why don't you try just to go into the bios and "load setup defaults" and then try to install...maybe you did something that was a no no, and if it don't work after setup defaults then it shouldn't be a mistake you made in there...
and also if that don't work , i noticed in your specs you didn't mention your make/model of your mobo so how bout filling us in with that info if the bios defaults don't help