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Old 08-14-2006, 01:15 PM   #1
Hosser
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Unhappy Mandriva 2006.0 Installtion Woes


Hi everyone.

I've been using Mandriva 10.2 LE and Mandriva 2006 happily on my laptop for a while now, and I recently tried to set up two of my desktop PCs as Mandriva clients on my network. However, after I finished the install process and clicked "Reboot", one of the following errors would occour:

1. After logging in, the KDE splash screen would progress to the "Setting up system services" stage, then would simply freeze. The icon on the splash screen stopped flashing, and there was no HDD activity.

2. After logging in, I would get a nice garbled mess of colours.

3. After logging in, the hourglass would rotate endlessly, with no HDD activity.

I have had these results on 2 of my machines, and I'm completely at a loss for what to do. I'm a relatively new Linux user, with little knowledge, but I'm very experienced with Windows, and I'm able to do a few Google searches and solve most of my problems, but as I can't even log in to the system, I have no control over it, so I can't even begin to install new drivers or figure out a solution.

By the way, during the install procedure I installed the "radeon" and "nvidia geforce 4 generic" drivers respectively.

System specs of my systems were

1. Dell OptiPlex GX100, 433MHz Intel Celeron MMX CPU, 512Mb PC133 SDRAM, ATi Radeon 7000 PCI 64Mb DDR.
2. 1300MHz AMD Duron CPU, 512Mb PC133 SDRAM, nVIDIA Quadro4 580XGL AGP 64Mb.

I used the same monitor on both these machines; Acer AL1916W.

I suspect the Video Cards are to blame, but I'm at a loss for what to do, and any help would be appreciated.

Last edited by Hosser; 08-14-2006 at 01:17 PM. Reason: Typo
 
Old 08-14-2006, 05:05 PM   #2
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It may be the drivers, but it's worrying that you have the same effect with two diffeent machines and different cards. My first idea was to check the installation media, but you have already made an installating using it and it's working fine...

So, check a small trick that may get you access to the system. At the login screen, don't log in. Instead, press Ctrl+Alt+F1. You should get a text mode login. Use it. You should get a command line. Do you have it?
 
Old 08-15-2006, 08:10 AM   #3
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It may be the drivers, but it's worrying that you have the same effect with two diffeent machines and different cards. My first idea was to check the installation media, but you have already made an installating using it and it's working fine...

So, check a small trick that may get you access to the system. At the login screen, don't log in. Instead, press Ctrl+Alt+F1. You should get a text mode login. Use it. You should get a command line. Do you have it?
Yeah I can get to a command line =)

I only know MS-DOS commands though... Nothing that will help me here. Surely we can't fix the system from here?
 
Old 08-15-2006, 10:57 AM   #4
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You may start fixing things from now. If you know DOS commands... Well...try 'mc', that should make you feel like at home.

Oh, and if you don't have it installed...
su - the command to became root (required root password)
urpmi mc
A method to install a package, command-line one. You can install other things this way, too.
cd
Basic moving between directories:
cat and less
Show file content

It's important to look into the logs now. The main log you should be able to read interesting things from is /var/log/messages. Browse it and try to find error messages (should be many).
 
Old 08-15-2006, 03:19 PM   #5
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Cool, thannks Mara, I'll try this out later. =D
 
Old 08-15-2006, 06:50 PM   #6
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First remark : if there's a non-visible but lethal scratch on your mandriva disk, downloading and burning it again, and giving it a new try, will be an ideal solution

Then, the usual propositions ^^

Just in case, if that's linked to the graphical setup. Boot your computer until console mode, then enter the Mandriva's CDrom, then in the console mode, log as root (su, enter, provide root password, enter), then run "XFdrake". Chose again every of the elements and make apply, then run Test.
Does the test succeed ? If yes, then that is not linked to your graphical setup, that's one point excluded.

You can also chose system repair. Boot with your Mandriva CD in the CDrom, chose system repair. Let the program run around, answer the required questions, and then you'll finally arrive, at the end, at the list of your hardware and settings.
Chose every element and manually check the settings. When nothing is checked, make sure to check it correctly according to your system.
Reboot without the CD... does the system work now ?

Last chance, a complete reinstall (the partition manager step : chose to delete the linux created partitions), and chose gnome instead of KDE as the default desktop. Perhaps gnome won't die at startup...

Good luck
 
  


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