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Old 06-04-2004, 09:02 AM   #1
Zman111885
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Exclamation Why won't Mandrake boot?


I did a fresh install of Windows XP Pro and partitioned off a 15 GB sector for Mandrake 9.2. I installed Mandrake, and followed the directions very closely. I reboot and the boot loader appears and i select any of the 3 that have to do w/ Linux and it begins to load and stops after loading about 1/8 of the way. It stops when it is at the line "Finding module dependencies", and the cursor just flashes for ever. After playing around a bit I found that an "image was unmounted improperly." What does this mean and how can I fix it? Has anyone else had this problem before? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
 
Old 06-04-2004, 09:56 AM   #2
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The message means that a filesystem was not umounted, when the system run last time.
usually this happens during a power outage or a system crash.

Do you have USB devices attached ?

If yes try to detach them and re-boot your system ?
Do you have S-ATA drives ?

Try to boot with following options:
acpi=off noapic
 
Old 06-04-2004, 01:11 PM   #3
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Re: Why won't Mandrake boot?

Quote:
Originally posted by Zman111885
I did a fresh install of Windows XP Pro and partitioned off a 15 GB sector for Mandrake 9.2. I installed Mandrake, and followed the directions very closely. I reboot and the boot loader appears and i select any of the 3 that have to do w/ Linux and it begins to load and stops after loading about 1/8 of the way. It stops when it is at the line "Finding module dependencies", and the cursor just flashes for ever. After playing around a bit I found that an "image was unmounted improperly." What does this mean and how can I fix it? Has anyone else had this problem before? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

DO YOU HAVE NVIDIA FX5200 OR A SIMILAR GPU???
 
Old 06-06-2004, 10:38 AM   #4
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Vlad-A:
NO, I dont have SATA Drive(s).

Stardust2678:
MAGOR SYSTEM SPECS:
Windows XP PRO
AMD Athlon 1.204 GHz
nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200
Sound Blaster Live Platinum
512Gb RAM
80 Gb HD (Partitioned 58.8 GB WinXp - 15.654 Gb Mandrake)
 
Old 06-06-2004, 01:08 PM   #5
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Well it's a little bit difficult to say what really happens, since I do not have your boot screen in front of me.
Si I have to *guess* now:

Your Boot-Loader can boot the kernel. However the kernel needs to mount the root (/) filesystem in
order to load the modules. E.G: a FS driver, like raiser or EXT 3. EXT2 is usually precompiled into
teh kernel. This modules are provided by the initial ram disk (initrd) image. So also the initrd with
the needed modules is loaded (fs driver and also some HW drivers). The initrd is mounted
by the kernel as temporary root (/) filesystem. The kernel loads then the included modules in the initrd and now trys to unmount
initrd and to mount the real (/) root filesystem. If this mount does not suceed (e.g. problems
with disk or whatever reasons) then the kernel attempts to umount the initrd. But if no / filesystem is mounted
you simply can not load the needed modules.

I *guess* it can be a problem when accessing your hard disk, due to some driver problems.

It can be related to ACPI or DMA or chipset so try to pass as boot argument:

noapic ide=nodma
if this does not work then
acpi=ht ide=nodma
if this does not work then try:
acpi=on nolapic ide=nodma

I also recommend to update your BIOS and also to take a look for updated drivers for your chipset.
(Is it a VIA Chipset ??? )
 
Old 06-08-2004, 06:20 AM   #6
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Hi,

I experienced the same problem on a ASUS Mainboard.


I played a little bit with the BIOS settings:

Try to disable:

Plug and Play OS support
and
Legacy USB devices support
in your BIOS!

This made the stuff work!
 
  


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