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Old 01-19-2003, 12:25 PM   #1
lonesniper
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Question Mandrake 9.0 install halts.


Hi I am new to Linux, but want to increase my "geek" status and start using this OS. I choose Mandrake because most reviewers say it is the easiest to install. But here is my problem.

I downloaded the ISO's and burnt the CD's. I created a partition for my Linux install and booting off the CD or a floppy gives me the same problem. The problem is using a graphical install the thing just hangs and if I choose a text install it halts at the line.

ESR value before enabling vetor: 00000002

Now my mobo is a K7VMM with integrated everything, sound, NIC and graphics as I am on a budget. I tried looking on mandrakeclub.com but could find no help.

I am hoping someone here can.
Thanks in advance,


Colin
a future Linux user.
 
Old 01-19-2003, 05:44 PM   #2
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Hey come on guys (and any geek girls)!!! I see people reading this, someone must have an idea. Don't let me go back to just my MS partition. I thought this install would be so easy, and this problem is really bugging me.

Please help.
 
Old 01-19-2003, 06:33 PM   #3
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Well I have been looking around the web and it seems that the ECS K7VMM is not tested to work with Mandrake 9.0. So I guess that explains my problem :-)

Does anyone know a work around? Or another distro that works?

Can anyone hear me????!!!
 
Old 01-19-2003, 06:49 PM   #4
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Not even an hour between posts, sheesh j/k
Maybe look for some generic options, not mobo specific, but that' unlikely I think. It may just be that all the intergrated stuff isnt supported.
 
Old 01-19-2003, 06:56 PM   #5
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Can anyone hear me, ba ha ha

Something that doesn't really try to guess all your hardware might be a little better for you. Maybe look into Debian although the install on that is sometimes a little rougher than most Debianites would admit.

Also, see about Redhat since it's not optimized for anything better than a 386 might be a bit more better on the install. I'd also think you might wanna let us know what CPU you are using

Cool
 
Old 01-19-2003, 07:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for answering me. :-)
My CPU is a Althon XP 1800 with 608MB Ram.

I looked at RedHats compatibility page (and also Mandrakes) and the EliteGroup K7VMM is not listed.

I have exhausted google searching for an answer, and am now looking through www.distrowatch.com tying to find a possible version that might support it.

Each review I have read about Linux in the past few months keeps mentioning the improvements in the installation and how easy a switch from Windows it really is. But I am just amazed that my new-ish mobo is not supported, it just makes me laugh in this day and age with all these different companies working on Linux.
It reminds me of the old days using BeOS and having to replace nearly all my PC to get supported parts. I did not think I would have to do that again.......and sadly I don't think I will. :-(
I don't wanna go back to MS but looks like I have to.

Colin
 
Old 01-19-2003, 07:27 PM   #7
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Support for hardware is in your kernel, for the most part. The thing about checking out all these distros to see what each supports is kind of a not what you need to do. Best chance would be to install a distro that doesn't do alot of guesswork on your hardware, something like Slackware. Then from there, rebuild a kernel to better support your hardware, you can use this new kernel on any distro, one of the many luxuries of linux.

I wouldn't give up just yet if I were you, but I would give at least 2 more distros a try, and if I were to suggest 2, I'd say Redhat or Slackware (and Redhat for ease of installation, but Slackware for better chance of it working and learning linux better).

Cool
 
Old 01-19-2003, 07:42 PM   #8
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I think I will give Slackware a go.
Because as you say it has a better chance of working and for learning Linux better.

I will let you know how it goes, tomorrow that is, cause it is just too late here. :-)
Thanks again.
Colin
 
  


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