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Old 01-17-2006, 03:36 PM   #1
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Unhappy Mandrakelinux HELP!

Hello. Im new to linux and i need some help. I installed Mandrakelinux and when i start the pc after it boots from the HD something like MS-DOS comes up. What is it? is Mandrakelinux something like MS-DOS? or what? i typed help and it gave me some command. i tried the boot bout it said that the kenrel or something is not loaded?? when i typed kenrel i again said some thing. the same happened with Debian. so i had to install again windows to seek help.
Old 01-17-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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You probably chose to boot into text mode. Enter your username and password at the prompt and then type "startx" and press enter. You will then be logged into a gui.
Old 01-17-2006, 07:37 PM   #3
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To me, that sounds like grub. If that happens, here is what I usually do.


root (hdx,y)
kernel /boot/[kernel-image]
initrd /boot/[initrd-image]

Where x is disc number starting from 0, and y is partition number starting from 0.
kernel image is usually vmlinuz-[something-or-other]
initrd is initrd-[something-or-other].img
For me, the [somethng-or-other] is the output of `uname -r'

Be sure to record the commands, so that if they work, you can insert them into /boot/grub/menu.lst


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