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Old 10-08-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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Mandriva 2007 installation problems


Hi everyone,

I dont know anything about Linux but have just tried to install Mandriva 2007 on my computer from a magazine coverdisk. I'm running it together with windows XP. My computers a Dell dimension 3100, 512 Mb Ram, 80 Gig hard drive (the partition splits the hard drive approx 50:50).

I managed to get through the set up process fine, but when i try to start the computer in linux it freezes as it tries to boot. I have tried to boot it under all possible startup modes but none of them work.

I get the following text when comming up when I try to boot in one mode

Mouting tmpfs on /dev
Creating root device
echo: cannot open/proc/suspend2/do.resume for write:2
Trying to resume from /dev/sda6
No suspend signature on swap not resuming
Mounting root file system/dev/root
Kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds

and then a little later

Welcome to mandriva linux 2007.0
Press "I" to enter interactive startup
Configuring kernal parameters [ok]
Setting clock ....... [ok]
Loading default keymap [ok]
Setting hostname loacl host [ok]

And then it just stops doing anything and freezes


Windows still works fine, but i dont know how to rescue this. Does anyone have any ideas?

Last edited by Fanboy; 10-08-2006 at 11:43 AM.
 
Old 10-08-2006, 12:40 PM   #2
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Is this a beta? Unless I'm wrong, I don't think 2007 has an actual CD or DVD available yet, just to download, but I could easily be wrong on that.
Anyways, you said everything seemed well in the installation?
I"m jsut going to take a wild guess, could be wrong again, but how was your graphic card set up?
With me anyway, it seems like the graphic card is the one that gets messed up.
 
Old 10-08-2006, 01:49 PM   #3
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I'm afraid I cant remember how I set the graphics card up. Everything seemed fine on the installation.

I got the DVD off the front of Linux Magazine in the UK. It seems to be the full version but I'm not particularly knowlegable

Is there any way I can go back into the setup and mess around with the graphics card settings?
 
Old 10-08-2006, 09:11 PM   #4
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Is this a beta? Unless I'm wrong, I don't think 2007 has an actual CD or DVD available yet, just to download, but I could easily be wrong on that.
Anyways, you said everything seemed well in the installation?
I"m jsut going to take a wild guess, could be wrong again, but how was your graphic card set up?
With me anyway, it seems like the graphic card is the one that gets messed up.
Mandriva 2007 is ready to download and it's final version release, not a simple beta version. I have the same problem withg graphics and I'll keep you posted.
 
Old 10-08-2006, 11:19 PM   #5
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You could do a number of things. As long as you have KDE going, you can go here:

K Menu - System - Configurations - Configure your computer

From there, go to 'hardware' and then "set up your graphical server"

If in text mode (konsole/terminal), in root, type "XFDrake"
This works in telinit numbers or runlevels, whatever they're called. so in case you can't get into KDE, you can still type in "XFDrake".
 
Old 10-09-2006, 07:25 AM   #6
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I'm unsure exactly what KDE is as I've never seen Linux running but I'm presuming that is like the windows desktop. At present I don't manage to get that far.

When I let the computer set up linux in the default startup mode I get the mandriva background comming up, soon followed by a loading bar at the bottom of the screen. The loading bar moves a couple of centimeters in the right direction but then it freezes about the same time as a small message comes up above the bar saying if I press escape it will do something.

I'm not sure how I can change the configuration of Linux without getting past this.

Would it be easier (or possible) to try and reinstall linux again over the previous install?
 
Old 10-10-2006, 08:55 AM   #7
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I would reinstall from scratch. Pay attention to your graphics setup. Don't get too ambituous on your settings. You can change them later.
 
Old 10-10-2006, 02:32 PM   #8
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I've checked out my graphics card and I'm not sure that it is compatable with this version of Linux. Its a intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL. According to the Intel website this card may not run with windows.

Do I need to try a different version of linux
 
Old 10-10-2006, 02:39 PM   #9
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I'm unsure exactly what KDE is as I've never seen Linux running but I'm presuming that is like the windows desktop. At present I don't manage to get that far.

KDE is graphical, like windows XP/2000, etc. When booting up, you should see it loading applications, etc, check to see if it says KDE, or GNOME, etc.
The default is KDE. I'm not saying by checking will solve the problem, just letting you know what workstation you're under, if it's KDE or something else.

You'll understand the names in time. When I started, I had little to no clue, but it gets easier soon, as long as you stick with it
 
Old 10-14-2006, 07:54 AM   #10
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I have finally got the bloody thing to boot after about 8 back to back attempts at installation. However, now the mouse(USB) pointer that worked fine on installation refuses to move after linux loads.

I've started a fresh post in the hardware section as this new problem seems better suited to that forum

Thanks everyone for your help and encouragement, I wouldn't have got this far without it
 
Old 11-06-2006, 10:47 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Fanboy
I have finally got the bloody thing to boot after about 8 back to back attempts at installation. However, now the mouse(USB) pointer that worked fine on installation refuses to move after linux loads.

I've started a fresh post in the hardware section as this new problem seems better suited to that forum

Thanks everyone for your help and encouragement, I wouldn't have got this far without it

Check that the /dev/mouse is pointing to something meaninful
use ls -l /dev/mouse from the console
 
  


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