Mandrake 9.1 install goes fine, but X & mouse don't work.
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I was dual-booting Win2k and Mandrake 9.1 (installed over an existing 8.2) without a problem for a few days. I guess I somehow messed up some important files in Mandrake (modules.conf seemed to be generating a lot of errors when the system would start up for some odd reason). Instead of trying to sort out what happened to the system, and since I had just gotten Mandrake installed a few days ago and didn't really do much configuration on it yet, I decided I'd use the old Windows technique - wipe the drive and reinstall Mandrake from scratch.
I went through the re-installation without a problem, rebooted and nothing failed during the system initialization. But, when the X login manager was supposed to come up, I just got a blank screen. I thought I must've missed something during installation, because the day before X was working just fine. So, I reinstalled again and this time chose not to automatically login to X. Everything looked normal and I logged in via the console. When I started X, it came up properly, and I was presented with a "First Time Using X" screen. But now for some reason my mouse wouldn't work, and that screen wouldn't allow any keyboard input, so I was stuck again. This confused me also, because my mouse was also working fine before the re-installation, and it worked fine under 8.2 for the months prior to 9.1.
So - I've been going through the install process all day today, trying different hardware configurations just in case. I keep trying to get X to come up automatically (which is what I'd like), but always just get the blank screen. It can't be a hardware problem since 8.2 ran on my hardware for months, and 9.1 did for 2 days, but what else can it be? I've wiped the drive numerous times and I've allowed Mandrake to auto-allocate the partitions across the full drive during installation, but I'm having no luck.
Interestingly, ever since this happened, my Win2K installation seems screwy as well - which doesn't make sense to me, especially considering the 2 installations are on different physical drives. When I shutdown Win2k, instead of powering down, Win2k shuts down and then hangs. Also when I try playing mp3s, it plays about 1 second worth, then stops. I don't see how these problems can be related to my Mandrake problems, but they certainly both came around at exactly the same time as my Mandrake issues did.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? Any ideas as to what may be causing these problems? Any recommendations on how I can get Mandrake to install properly? Please lend a hand before I start crying!!
Yup - sure enough... thanks for the suggestion. I didn't think there would be a hardware problem (I hadn't changed any hardware before or after the installation, and everything was working just fine before the install), but I did find an IRQ conflict between my sound card and ethernet controller. Popping out the sound card fixed the problem Now I'm just using my onboard audio and am relieved everything seems fine. Thanks again.