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Old 02-26-2005, 12:31 AM   #1
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Linux installation prob


Hi,
I am having problems installing mandrake on my system which already has winxp. I have a seperate partition for linux on which I want to install but when I put in the CD and click on "install Mandrake" nothing happens. I also tried to restart the system with the CD inside thinking it would start from the CD but it just restarted in win again. is there a mistake in what I am doing or have I been delivered a defective CD.

thanks in advance,
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Old 02-26-2005, 01:08 AM   #2
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Have you set your bios to look at the cd for boot before the hard drive?
 
Old 02-26-2005, 01:52 AM   #3
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oops, I am sorry. I didnt go through the installation tutorial. But I dont get any messages for pressing hot keys for going to bios when winxp loads, I tried F2,F8 but no use? any ideas. I have an intel 865 GBF mother board and intel 4.2GHz proc. how do I know if its compatible with mandrake??


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Old 02-26-2005, 01:58 AM   #4
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linux dual boot with xp

hello i have had the same prob .. try changing the boot priority in the bios and then booting the system.change the first boot device to cdrom. and remove HDD from any other boot device priority just to make sure ti doesnt boot ur XP. it will work fine then. best of luck. have fun.
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Old 02-26-2005, 02:00 AM   #5
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Your probably fine as far as compatibility.

One of the easiest ways is to produce a stuck key error on boot. Turn it on, hold space or something. It may ask to go to bios setup or give you the key combo. You can also try and find it on the web. Your bios setup is definately the problem.
 
Old 02-26-2005, 02:03 AM   #6
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Re: linux dual boot with xp

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Originally posted by fireflyanant
hello i have had the same prob .. try changing the boot priority in the bios and then booting the system.change the first boot device to cdrom. and remove HDD from any other boot device priority just to make sure ti doesnt boot ur XP. it will work fine then. best of luck. have fun.
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firefly
Thats right but how do I get to bios to set it to boot from CDROM. I dont see any "press F2/F8 to go to bios"" messages while loading xp
 
Old 02-26-2005, 02:11 AM   #7
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try F12 (hell, try all the F## keys) and try the delete key
there is some way to do it...
 
Old 02-26-2005, 02:43 AM   #8
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Check the home page of the mfg of your mobo.

Google is your friend.
 
Old 02-26-2005, 02:54 AM   #9
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fatblueduck is right. there is not standard key to get into the bios. just try them all. ctr + del ,ctr + tab. Some manufactures use the most fuc&^d up keys. Also, you ain't gonna see jack at boot. The second the computer boots you got about 5 seconds to hit the right key combo to get in that sucker or you're gonna see the windows xp boot screen and have to turn it off and restart. Try F1. That's what mine is. Go to the manufactures sight and look it up for your computer model. hp, compaq, dell, whatever.
 
Old 02-26-2005, 03:06 AM   #10
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To look under the hood in Windows (without actually taking the cover off), try the Belarc Advisor.
 
Old 02-26-2005, 03:10 AM   #11
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fancypiper wtf does that have to do with the question he asked? it's not even closely related?
 
Old 02-26-2005, 03:52 AM   #12
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Perhaps he can trace the mobo down to find out the keypresses he needs to access the bios, as was his origional problem?

I'm sorry it it doesn't help or leads someone astray..

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