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Old 08-15-2003, 12:46 AM   #1
crafty_guy
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Unhappy mandrake9.1 won't load anymore after upgrade...


I dualboot between Mandrake 9.1 and Windows XP constantly without any problems. The other day, I bought a new video card and some more memory. Now, mandrake goes straight to a black screen when I try to boot to it, and when I put in the install cd and boot to it, I get the main menu, but when I select "install or upgrade," I get the same black screen, and the 'caps lock' and 'scroll lock' lights on the keyboard blink. The memory I put in is 512mb pc2700, and the memory I already had in there was 2x 256mb pc2100, not sure if this would do anything. The video card is a GeForce FX 5600 w/ 256mb. The video card I used to have was a GeForce2 ti w/ 64mb, and it worked great.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 06:36 AM   #2
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Can you use F1 to enter the 'more options' part of setup in the first setup dialogue? Among other things this will give you the ability to have a text-based install which would otherwise be hidden by the graphical setup, and you will then be able to see an error message before the system stalls (my bet is on a kernel panic - seen a couple of them but can't actually say how to remove them yet )

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Old 08-15-2003, 12:56 PM   #3
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The RAM may be bad, and your X86Config-4 file is probably not set to your new card.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 01:01 PM   #4
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I tried the text install and reinstalled the kernel, and it all works again! Thanks for the quick replies! Now if I can only get my sound card to work in linux
 
Old 08-15-2003, 07:11 PM   #5
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Well, I'm right back where I started, when I rebooted, it started doing the same thing all over again Anymore ideas as to why it won't boot?
 
Old 08-15-2003, 07:41 PM   #6
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In terms of installing Mandrake 9.1 on a computer with 1gb or more memory - it can cause frame buffer trouble with certain video cards - giving those symtoms you mentioned in the first post - Personally I would re-install Mandrake from scatch - in doing so press F1 and type

linux vga=0

This might set the relevant "options" up at the start and hopefully aviod any problems later. (also probably not important but your new memory is rated at a different speed to the previous memory - not sure whether this is an issue?)
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:10 PM   #7
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for your video card, make sure u reinstall the nvidia drivers just to make sure all is well

also, like the other posts have said, 1 gig or more of memory can be a pain in linux right now: either consider taking out one of the 256 meg sticks or do one of the following commands: vga=0 or mem=880

as for sound, what kind of sound card is it?
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:17 PM   #8
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My sound card is SoundBlaster Live! 5.1. When I reinstall Mandrake, what size do you recommend I make my / partition, /usr partition, and swap partitions on a 20gb hard drive? Also, is there a way i can save my network configuration that I currently have on Mandrake, because I'm still very new to linux, and it was a real pain setting it up, not sure i remember how to either...
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:22 PM   #9
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well, soundblaster live should be well compatible with linux and there may even be linux drivers (there should be a sound configuration tool in mandrake, use that and see if u can get linux to detect it)

for your / partition, try making it 4-6 gigs so u have plenty of room to install packages, try out a few small apps and then maybe some larger ones like vmware (which will let you run windows within linux) or winex (which may let you run some advanced windows-based games)

your swap should be twice your ram, if u don't want to waste hdd space on that, u don't have to; with mem=880, u should have not hard times with amount of ram

also, there is no need to separate your /usr partition, don't do it

/boot can be separates (and i recommend u do so in case u try other distros and don't want to have complications then) and should be about 100 megs

as for saving network config, sry, no info here
 
  


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