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Old 03-11-2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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Unhappy Mandrake 10.1 installation problem


Hi,

I am new to Linux and I have been using Ubuntu and Suse for a few weeks but have decided to give Mandrake 10.1 a try.

After completing the installation the result was a black screen with GNU GRUB press tab for commands but the OS does not start.

I have tried some of the suggested commands but I am not really sure what to do.

With my installation I did erase all previous partitions and completely started from scratch as I wanted only Mandrake as the OS (read in a review that it was the best distro for multimedia).

I really need help to understand what is going on.

Chris
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:24 AM   #2
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hi there

could u elaborate more on this
" After completing the installation the result was a black screen with GNU GRUB press tab for commands but the OS does not start."

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:26 AM   #3
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When you say this "I have tried some of the suggested commands but I am not really sure what to do.," you mean that you tried "startx"--minus the quotes too? Can you add more details?
 
Old 03-11-2005, 12:35 AM   #4
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Hi,

After I completed the installation clicked to reboot and a DOS-like black screen appears.

On the top it say GNU GRUB.

And also says to press TAB to view commands.

Chris
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:36 AM   #5
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don't u get any entry in grub???
 
Old 03-11-2005, 12:39 AM   #6
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Hi,

No I didn't get any entry in grub.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 12:47 AM   #7
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then u must boot into rescue mode with ur 1st Cd and reinstall the grub bootloader

also post what u have in /etc/grub.conf

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:48 AM   #8
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Hi

I'm not sure if there is anything I need to type in the GNU GRUB screen in order to get Mandrake to start.

Is there a command I need to enter?

Chris
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:55 AM   #9
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there are some commands for grub which u can use to boot the image file u may be having
pressing TAB will give u list of those commands
i haven't used them so i cannot comment here

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:59 AM   #10
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Thanks for you help.

What is the recommended place to install the bootloader ?

During the installation I selected to the First sector of the drive (MBR) but these are also options:

- First sector of the root partition
- On Floppy

Chris
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:05 AM   #11
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MBR is what you want...according to what you said earlier.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 01:22 AM   #12
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yes go for MBR
 
  


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