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I got a copy of Mandrake 10.1 so I could learn Linux on an old desktop. I partitioned the hard drive and the install seemed to work.
After the reboot, the bootloader loads and I see many prompts (everything says OK) and then....a blank screen. That's it, nothing else.
OK, I posted the rest of this original post in the Mandrake forum but I also have another newbie question.
I am really hoping to get Mandrake up and running so I can learn Linux. I see that the real knowledge comes from using the command line. How does one go about learning that? Do I get a UNIX book and hope the commands are the same in every distro or does each Distro have different commands?
Originally posted by masand what do u meen by a blank screen???
do u get any blinking cursor or a prompt or a busy icon etc etc
After the bootloader asks for a OS choice, I select Linux and it proceeds to run through a large series of prompts (everything says OK) and then the monitor shows a blank, black screen. There is no desktop, no command prompt, no mouse cursor, no icons of any kind, nothing...just a plain black screen.
To learn cmd line you can:
1) type 'man bash' in console;
2) read FAQs (somewhere in /usr/doc/Linux-FAQs, etc);
3) buy any book about Linux (I learned basics from RH7 book);
4) delete Mandy and install Slackware It'll teach you the basics of cmd line within a week
Slackware is the shortest way to learn Linux
Thanks for asking me all those specifics. It made me verify what I had on my desktop. The thing is so old that I had forgotten.
I escaped work for lunch and went home. I did YET another reinstall, this time I did not leave the xserver as Intel 820. I chose the nVIDIA card and I have Mandrake running!
I have one last concern however. I selected only to confgure this card, not the Intel one. The startup prompts show everything as OK, except eth0. that one has a FAILED status. What is that, should I be concerned?