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Old 12-09-2003, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question Mandrake 9.2 not booting on laptop


I am new to linux in general. I purchased Mandrake 9.1 PowerPack with 60days of support about 90 days ago, but I have been too busy with school and work to utilize the resource. I now have Mandrake 9.2, and I tried to install in on my Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. The install went extremely smooth, but when I rebooted Linux did not start. I thought that maybe it was Mandrake, and I downloaded and installed the latest Red Hat distribution, but I get the EXACT same thing happening.

The last things printed on the screen before it hangs up every time are:

Welcome to Red Hat Linux
Press 'I' to enter interactive startup.
Mounting proc filesystem: [ OK ]
Unmounting initrd: [ OK ]
Configuring kernel parameters: [ OK ]
<blinking cursor>

Can someone please help me?
 
Old 12-09-2003, 02:38 PM   #2
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Does your box meet the minimal hardware requirements of your distro and install method?
 
Old 12-09-2003, 04:58 PM   #3
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Yes, I am pretty sure that my box meets the requirements. I have:

- Intel Pentium III 850MHz processor
- 256MB RAM
- ATI Rage 128 Mobility 8MB Video Card
- 10GB HD
- ESS Maestro sound card (not sure what model # or anything)

It recognizes the keyboard and the touchpad because I used it during the graphical install procedure.


Mandrake also lists Dell Inspiron 4000 as a supported laptop on their website:

http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/hard...ptop&F_ID=7932

I just flashed my BIOS to the most up to date version and reinstalled Mandrake 9.2 and it seems to have done nothing. I also noted that this time around it had problems writing the LILO bootloader, so I used GRUB instead. I don't think it was the bootloader in the first place though, because it definitely starts to boot, it just stops after it configures the kernel parameters, displays [ OK ], and leaves a blinking cursor on the next line down. I am able to type things there, but it doesn't seem to recognize anything that I type (not that anything I know to type would mean anything to the Linux system anyways because I am completely new).



 
Old 12-09-2003, 05:18 PM   #4
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Just as a matter of interest ... can you download a CD distro e.g. Knoppix and see if that runs? If Knoppix runs and all is well with it, perhaps you can rule out hardware problems?
 
Old 12-09-2003, 05:24 PM   #5
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I tried downloading and installing Red Hat and it did the same thing... is Knoppix that much different than both Mandrake and Red Hat?
 
Old 12-09-2003, 05:39 PM   #6
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I don't know the current releases of MDK and RH too
well, but Knoppix is debian based (Mdk is RH based)
which may make a big difference ... with Knoppix it's
also quite easy to switch of certain features on the
boot prompt (F2 will list the options), and see whether
it makes any difference....

The alternative would be to check whether MDK will
allow you for instance to switch off dma from lilo (grunb?).


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 12-09-2003, 05:40 PM   #7
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Well...you don't install it. You just boot it from the CD - it makes no changes to your HDD.
http://www.knoppix.org/ If it boots and there are no hardware problems, then your problem is probably not hardware - it's set up. My box is of similar specs to yours (with twice the RAM) and I have no problems with Mandrake 9.2 (which runs like a dream!!) or SuSE 8.2. Knoppix also boots and runs more than effectively. Try it. It takes the set up out of your hands and you can try the results - without affecting your HDD etc. Good luck!!
 
Old 12-09-2003, 05:49 PM   #8
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I have a Knoppix cd that came with my "Moving To Linux: Kiss The Bluescreen Of Death Good-Bye!" book. Knoppix won't boot either. It gets to the line:

INIT: version 2.78-knoppix booting


and then it leaves the cursor blinking on the next line...

any ideas?
 
Old 12-09-2003, 06:02 PM   #9
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Press F2 and see the booting options you have

Try booting

knoppix lang=us screen=800X600

Knoppix cheat codes
 
Old 12-09-2003, 07:05 PM   #10
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I tried... and it failed... I also tried several other combinations of cheat codes from that website that you posted... all failed. The only thing that I got to work was:

knoppix -b

the Quick-n-dirty boot that does almost no hw detection

This is what I get with "knoppix lang=us screen=800x600":

Accessing KNOPPIX CDROM at /dev/scd0...
Total memory found: 256420 kB
Creating /ramdisk (dynamic size=201360k) on /dev/shm...Done.
Creating directories and symlinks on ramdisk...Done.
Starting init process.
INIT: version 2.78-knoppix booting
<blinking cursor>





 
Old 12-09-2003, 07:34 PM   #11
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Apparently you have some sort of difficult hardware and Dell is known for that, expecially for non-standard mother boards, power supplies, sound cards and video cards.

Have you tried testcd and knoppix-txt? If it passes the testcd and will boot into text mode, you may have a video driver problem and I would try fb800x600 and screen=640x480 next
 
Old 12-09-2003, 08:06 PM   #12
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how to you use testcd?
 
Old 12-09-2003, 08:18 PM   #13
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I would guess you type knoppix testcd and press the enter key
 
Old 12-09-2003, 08:22 PM   #14
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I tried booting knoppix in text mode and it stopped at the same place that the normal mode, and everything else that I tried did. I haven't tested the cd yet because I don't know how, but I don't thyink the problem lies there because the cd is brand new and I'm having this problem with more than one distro.

I've installed (full install) slackware and it boots fairly far before it stops... It gives me this right before it stops and hangs:

Checking non-root filesystems:
fsck 1.34 (25-Jul-2003)
/dev/hda3: recovering journal
/dev/hda3: clean, 40/1728224 files, 62367/863493 blocks
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,3), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
/dev/hda3 on /usr/local type ext3 (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
Setting system time from the hardware clock (localtime).
<blinking cursor>

I also tried the fb800x600 and the screen=640x480 and i got stopped at the same place... I do see the cool little penguin every time up in the left hand corner tho



 
Old 12-09-2003, 08:25 PM   #15
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I typed in 'knoppix testcd' and it either just didn't do anything or it didn't load far enough to be able to do anything...
 
  


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