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I can't upgrade to Mandrake 9.0. My system was working fine with a dual boot Win XP/ Mandrake 8.1 When I upgrades to 8.1, I got these 3 errors during the installation:
There was an error installing packages
X Free 86_4.2.1-3mdk.i586
(I suppose this means the X will not work,but I should still be able to work without X,right?)
An error occured mkinitrd failed.
(This one is about my boot loader.)
An error occured mkbootdisk failed.
(I can't create a boot disk.)
When I rebooted, I got the error "LI" after bios. I restored my boot sector so I could at least boot windows. I tried un upgrade in text mode -same result. Tried completely wiping the non Windows partions and reinstallling from scratch -same result.
I'm considering reinstalling 8.1 or looking for Mandrake 9.1 or Redhat 8.0, unfortunately I'm living in AFrica so it takes awhile to get these things.
Anyone have any suggestions?
How could I make a boot disk for my 9.0 system using either Windows or another Mandrake 8.1 system?
They probably are. Try cleaning them, just in case someone put their greasy fingers on them.
If the upgrade still doesn't work, try an full install without erasing/reformatting the partitions. Back everything up first. Since Mandrake will recreate the user account and probably overwrite your /home/username directory, you would need to create a temporary folder where you could put your files in. That should keep everything safe.
A google search on newsgroups lead me to the errata page at mandrake.com, where I discovered that my Cyrix III chip was misreporting it's speed - causing installation problems. It gave an alternative installation method which worked fine.