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Old 09-03-2003, 07:24 AM   #1
Beano
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MDK 9.1 Fatal Error in Stage 1: Exec Format Error




When I tried to install Mandrake from CD (ISOs downloaded from the internet) I got the following message:
Code:
error in exec of stage2 :-(
trying to execute '/usr/bin/runinstall2' from the installtion volume,
the following fatal error occurred
FATAL ERROR IN STAGE1: Exec format error

I can't recover from this.
You may reboot your system.
at which point I had to reset and come back to WinXP

System Specs
  • Asus A7V333 MoBo
    Athlon XP 2100+
    256MB DDR RAM (PC2100)
    Ricoh CDRW

Has anyone any idea what I can do? I searched about google with no joy.
 
Old 09-04-2003, 09:46 AM   #2
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This sounds very much like a corrupt cd. Either the download or the actual burning must have gone wrong. I have installed lots of Mandrake versions on all sorts of computers (or what just resembled computers) and have never got any such error.

greetings, kamstrup
 
Old 09-12-2004, 09:52 AM   #3
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Hmm, I get the exact same error message when trying to install Mandrake 9.0 over NFS,
and the files were copied off of the commercial Powerpack I bought a long time ago.
I tracked it to the file 'runinstall2', which is an empty file. I suspect that the installation
process expects to see some commands in that file but since it is empty, it barfs and halts.
I could not find a non-empty 'runinstall2' file on any Mandrake 9.0 disk I have in
my posession, commercial or download version. they are all 0 bytes and produce
the same error. It would be a great help if someone could just list the contents of this
file or put it up for download somewhere.
 
Old 09-12-2004, 10:18 AM   #4
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i have never dealt with this issue, but if it helps, here's the contents to that file. this is from 10.0 official, CD #1. it's a perl program. the runinstall2 file is on CD1->Mandrake/mdkinst/usr/bin. it's symlinked to install2 in that same directory, which in turn is symlinked to CD1->/Mandrake/mdkinst/usr/bin/perl-install/install2. again, no idea what this does or if it helps, but here's the contents.........

Code:
#!/usr/bin/perl
BEGIN {
    
    (my $f = __FILE__) =~ s|install2$|list_modules.pm|;
    -e $f or symlink '../kernel/list_modules.pm', $f;
}

use lib qw(/usr/bin/perl-install .);
use install2;

$::testing = $ENV{PERL_INSTALL_TEST};
$::isStandalone = 0;

install2::main(@ARGV);

c::_exit(0);
otis

Last edited by otish1000c; 09-12-2004 at 10:20 AM.
 
Old 09-12-2004, 10:58 AM   #5
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Excellent.. i'll try that right now, thanks a lot

Edit: Edited the file, and the error changed to an I/O Error.
one step further but not at the goal yet

Last edited by Xolo; 09-12-2004 at 12:50 PM.
 
Old 09-12-2004, 03:04 PM   #6
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I got suspicious.. there are about 20 more files on my cd's that are zero bytes
no wonder I can't install over NFS.. makes me wonder though how in the world
I was able to use these disks to install workstations and servers in the first place??
 
  


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