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I have aAMD 2400 machine with 2 harddrives. One is 80 gigs and the other 6gigs.
Recently I installed Win 98, Win 2K and Win Xp Pro on the 80 gig hardrive with the following config:
c: Win 98 2gigs (FAT32) - active primary partition
d: Win 2K 15gigs (NTFS) - primary partition
e: WinXP 9 gigs (NTFS) - primary partition
remainder is extended dos partition and has various logical partitions in it (e.g photos, data, work, games)
The second hardrive is a slave and I installed Mandrake 9.1 onto this beasty.
The problem is that when the first time the PC booted up (after Mandrake installation) it came up with a menu and when I choose to run Windows NT it said 'NTLDR missing press CTL ALT DEL). I rebooted and pressed Win XP it came up with the same error.
Btw the Mandrake menu thingy doesn't name these as proper windows names - they appear as Windows1, Windows2, Windows 3)
I got frustrated with all this mickey mousing around and just formatted the 80 gig hd and will install the 3 windows again. I also ran fdisk /mbr.
My question is how should I install Mandrake again (I haven't formatted the drive that this resides on). I defoinelty don't want anything to go to custard again. ANy ideas??
Well here is the deal, i tried to install both RH9 and Mandrake 9.1 on a few machines trying both manual and autoconfig, and sure enough it came up with the same bad results... On one machine i got the infamous L99 99 99 99 and on the other i got nothing at all.... So i figured screw it, if the linux community wants a major breakthrough in usernumbers, then ffs make it EASIER to comprehend or focus on matters that actually matters to ANY OS. Fact: WinXPpro dont give me anything but pleasure. W2003-Server aswell. But I figured if so many worships Linux (i.e. and i always thought that focus was suppose to be on the applications...hehe). So i decided to give it a shot, but nahh, the shit wont even boot on a Compaq-Server (Manufactured 2003) or a custom-made pc alltogether.
I eventually got the shit to boot, but not thanks to any of the support-options at either RH or Mandrake. So for now im sticking to good o'l windows, it works, and boots from start :P
Ti'll the developers take one (or two) steps back, and looks at the distro's from a user's perspective.... /wave
Well thank you for that, Profanity. It didn't, as far as I can see, actually provide any clues what-so-ever as to the problems had by Mailmarshall., but thank you anyway (note sarcastic tone-of-keyboarding )
The problem probably stems from your bootloader's configuration file. If you can boot into Mandrake successfully, then the problems can (probably) be rectified. Could you, please, boot into Mandrake (if possible) and post the contents of the file /etc/lilo.conf here? From that we can see what is causing the problems.
when you did FDISK MBR you over wrote lilo boot loader, if you boot disk 1 of your install disks and hit F1 then type "rescue" then follow the instructions you should be able to reinstall the boot loader.
You can boot from your Mandrake install CD #1 and enter 'rescue' mode. From here, you can fix the system, or even boot it! In order to get into 'rescue' mode, you need to boot from the CD and press F1 when it loads, and then type 'rescue' followed by enter. Shortly you are presented with a text menu - you can try reinstalling your Linux bootloader (I think that's one of the options) from there.
I installed my windows partitions again and then did the rescue bizzo.
Seems to bring the bootloader menu thingy back up and hey presto I can get onto my windows partitions.
BUT (there is always a but) now my Linux has gone to the dogs. It starts up with a [localhost login] thing. I remebered back to my old dos days and checked on some websites. After logging in as root I entered startx but got some horrific text based error message and couldn't really do anythign! BAsically pressed the power off button....
I am reinstallign Mandrake again as I type on my other machine. I really hope it won't screw anythign up but I figure this is the only way to learn.
Would you guys know any good website that would explain all this /usr, /var, /home, / bizzo?? I get the feelign Linux is not all GUI based. You have to use the txt based prompts to get more power out of this OS.
Thanks very much for the links etc. I have a new problem - Mandrake 9.1 doesn't seem to recognise my video card (Inno3D GeForce4 Ti4200, 128MB DDR)
I went to the nvidia site and downloaded the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4363.run file and then burnt it onto a cd (using my other PC). Having done this I had to learn the joys of mounting cdroms in Linux as all I had was a shell window (I am learning the lingo!).
Anyway I managed to get the sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-4363.run command to go and "something" got installed. I was then promted to edit my XF86Config file - which I did using some crazy editor called vi. I typed startx to see if the GUI woudl come upbut it came up with an error and basically I am back to square one..
But I still can't get the vid card to go and the other problem is that I can't really copy the log file or the XF86Config files onto a floppy and post it on the net - beacuse I don't know how to do that!!
ANy ideas of what to do next or has anyone else had video driver issues??
Oh BTW my bootloader problem was solved when I reinstalled Linux on the second partition. My Windows partitions are workign liek a charm.. just Linux not working.
In order to copy your XF... file onto a floppy:
Format a floppy under Windows.
Boot to Linux.
Insert the floppy.
Type mount /mnt/floppy
Then type cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /mnt/floppy -v (make sure you get it all)
Then type umount /mnt/floppy
Eject the disk
Reboot to Windows and post the file.
A word of warning, though. Do not open the copied file under Notepad, open it under Wordpad - it'll look weird otherwise because *nix systems use a different method of putting in a linefeed.
Another note, however, is that you shouldn't have problems with your videocard. You should get a GUI fine by using the 'nv' X driver. It won't be 3D accelerated, but it should work.
Here is my XPF86Config-4 file:
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
# This is a set of standard mode timings. Modes that are out of monitor spec
# are automatically deleted by the server (provided the HorizSync and
# VertRefresh lines are correct), so there's no immediate need to
# delete mode timings (unless particular mode timings don't work on your
# monitor). With these modes, the best standard mode that your monitor
# and video card can support for a given resolution is automatically