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I've been running Mandrake 9.2 and I decided to upgrade to the 10.1 version. Initially, I just updated using my existing partitions (linux and xp are both on my system), which went fine until I tried booting. Lilo bootloader was fine, but when I selected "Linux", the boot would hit a snag at the "searching for new hardware" stage. When it hits this, there seems to be nothing I can do but crash the system and try again. (I tried waiting it out overnight thinking that since it was the first boot into the new operating system there may be problems, but that didn't work either.)
I redid the entire install process again to the same result. I made sure to remove all external hardware that wasn't essential (printer, usb flash drive that I can't get to work with linux anyway, zip drive, etc.)- no luck.
I then wiped the linux partitions and started from a clean slate and a fresh install. I'm still getting the same problem. Would anyone have any idea what the problem may be? I'd really like to get it up and running (I've been swearing to move from xp for about a year now...)
F**k Mandrake! It's the worst Linux! I also was using M9.2.
And what do u think? When I installed ANY app, menu in KDE and GNOME was soiled so much, that... I decided to f**k M9.2.
Then I got Slackware 10.0. I use it now. It's much more harder, but IT WORKS CORRECTLY!!! No, Mandrake is just like f**king Windows. WHY DO YOU NEED ANOTHER WINDOWS??? TELL ME! Get Slackware and enjoy it. It's the best distribution I ever tried.