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Old 04-01-2005, 12:54 PM   #1
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Mandrake 10.1 will NOT INSTALL!! PLEASE help


I burned the Mandrake 10.1 DVD.

Try to boot from it, and I get a really garbled screen and I cannot read anything or even make out what the pictures are. Pushing enter gets me to another screen, but I can't get past there.

I installed Windows XP just to see if that would help me. No. I put it in the drive, it autostarts and I click 'Install Mandrakelinux' and NOTHING happens. I mean, nothing. The three links on the right work, but I cannot install it.

Please help.

Running a FRESH install of XP (no drivers, nothing) with SP2 on an Athlon64 3400+ on the MSI K8N Neo Platinum board.

If you read this, at least respond with something! Using someone else's computer right now, and I have a lot I need to do with mine!
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:03 PM   #2
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I was waiting for a response and looking around and found to push F1 for low-graphics mode, seems okay...
Any general hints or tips for the first time?

I have a 40gb partition for Windows, 20gb for Mandrake, and a 9gb for whatever distro I try next, all on a 74gb Raptor.
I hear Mandrake is 64-bit, if so, how do I enable this during install?
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:03 PM   #3
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sounds like the disc image was corrupted (either during download, burning, or at some later point (damaged disc))

try downloading it and burining it onto a new DVD, (you could also try burning it to CD (3 disks) and installing from thoes)
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:05 PM   #4
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You must currently purchase the 64 bit version of Mandrake.
if you want native 64bit Linux then try Fedora (fedora.redhat.com)
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:08 PM   #5
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I've heard Fedora is harder than Mandrake... true?
Either way, I guess it's good I have two seperate partitions then!

It seems to be stuck on
"installing driver for disk/ide|scsi|hardware_raid|firewire card nVidia Corp"
How long does that usually take?

Is it good that I made the partitions while installing Windows, waiting to actually format them until Linux (because I don't know what file system it uses)?
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:18 PM   #6
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Actually, that one just finished, it just seems to be going MEGA SLOW. How do I even know that it isn't installing to my Windows partition!? After I chose low-graphics installation and then my language, it started doing this...
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:26 PM   #7
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no, the installer isn't working It's easy to install w/ great help and descriptions and stuff.
try Fedora Core 3, it's native to x86_64.

*one problem w/ Fedora (Red Hat)
The free versions do not come w/ mpeg or mp3 playing ability you must add that your self.

check out
mplayer or xine for movies (build from source)
and
rebuild xmms from source as well (to include mp3 support)

often times redhat (and mandrake) will complain about faild dependencies.
this is know and dependency hell, and can be a nightmare.
don't get frustrated, write stuff down, read carefully (one char can make all the difference)
and you should be fine.

In my opinion both distro's are broken.

If I were in your shoes, I would start w/ slackware.
it will give you a more realistic picture of how linux really works.
A little harder to learn at the get-go (not much tho) but it will save you many many headaches in the future.
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:30 PM   #8
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I just got:

insmod'ing module sata_nv failed at/
usr/bin/perl-install/modules.pm line 302

what does this mean, and does it have anything to do with me using a SATA drive (BUT my board has the drivers built in so that is no worry)

i cant believe this is so hard just to install!
i might go BACK to my windows partition, spend hours getting it usable, go on the internet, download fedora, reformat and everything ALL OVER AGAIN!

that really isnt something i want to have to do though
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:32 PM   #9
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here,
http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pu.../3/x86_64/iso/

which do i download, the first set of four or the second set of four?
and what about the last one?

if fedora were not 64bit, would it be better than mandrake? mandrake appeared the best was the only reason i chose it, i was also under the impression it used 64-bit.
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:51 PM   #10
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someone anyone
i have no idea on any of this stuff

im already getting illegal ops in windows because of shitty ati drivers
stuff like this is the reason im trying linux
but still i cant even get the damn thing installed, or even downloaded
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:54 PM   #11
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WOW, IT SEEMS DISCS 3 AND 4 OF FEDORA SEEM TO BE DOWN

seriously someone help me with this crap
i have an unusable computer on what was originally an open friday
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:55 PM   #12
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the last set of 4
the first set are the source code RPM files
RPM -- Redhat Package Manager (like a zip or cab file)
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:55 PM   #13
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here, do you have a chat program? I can give you more realtime help that way.
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:56 PM   #14
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what about the fact that the last two are unavailable
and is it correct to have

partition 1: xp is installed right now
partition 2: unformatted
partition 3: unformatted
 
Old 04-01-2005, 01:56 PM   #15
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i have aim, that is it
 
  


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