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Old 10-26-2005, 04:32 AM   #1
marmo
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Problem Installing Mandrake Linux 2005 LE


Hi everyone I want to be a part of the Linux community but first I need to get it installed. I am currently running Windows XP SP2 and would like to install Linux as a secondary OS. I am trying to setup a dual boot with Windows XP as my main and Mandrake Linux 2005 LE as a secondary. I currently have Windows installed on a NTFS partition. I used Partition Magic to make a new partition without deleting my current. I created the new partition as a Linux ext 2 primary partition. I placed the Mandrake CD1 into my CD-ROM and rebooted. When it booted from the disk I got the main screen asking me to press F1 for help or enter to install. I pressed enter and it finished the loading bar. After that I just got a blank screen. My monitor just went black and stayed that way indefintely. I had to hit the reset button on my comp to get out of it. I have tried reading posts on installing Linux but none of them I found addressed this issue specifically. I thought it could be my video drivers, but without Linux being installed first I did not see the purpose in downloading a video driver for Linux.
I am curious if I need to install LILO or GRUB before trying to install Linux from the CD, but I read it does that automatically later in the installation. But I can't even get that far in the installation. Perhaps it is because I am running a 64 bit processor I'm not sure. Any help would be much appreciated.

My system has the following specs:

AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+
ATI RADEON 9800 Pro
2.00 GHz, 1.00 GB of DDR Ram
120 GB Hard Drive ST3120026A
 
Old 10-26-2005, 06:12 AM   #2
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Lilo or Grub will be installed at the end of your Linux installation. Are you using the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Mandriva? Also what monitor are you using?
 
Old 10-26-2005, 06:37 AM   #3
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I downloaded the i586 version of the ISO. When I first downloaded the file I could not find the 64 bit version, so I assumed this would work for both. I took your advice and looked over their website again, and found the x86_64 ISO. This should fix the problem. Thanks for your help.
 
Old 10-26-2005, 03:17 PM   #4
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Ok, hope the 64 bit version works fine. If it doesn;t just post back and I am sure we can help you out.
 
  


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