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Old 10-29-2003, 02:52 PM   #1
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Other install methods?


I have been unsuccessfully trying to install Mandrake 9.2 rc1 for like a week now. I have the ISO's for CD 1 and CD 2, but no CD burner. I also don't have a floppy disk drive (long story), I *DO* have other computers on my network.

I heard of a way to install directly from the ISO files by mounting them or something. But is this possible to do without a Floppy drive? What about a network install, possible without a floppy drive? I currently have WinXP installed on my comp, and would like to dual-boot for awhile until I get everything running perfectly in mdk then I will remove the winxp partition.

Is there anything anyone can think of that would allow me to install Mandrake? I have a program that mounts the ISO image as a virtual CD-Rom drive, and it autoruns and pops up a mandrake install thing, but none of the options there are any help.

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Old 10-29-2003, 03:04 PM   #2
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One option is burning your cds at a computer that has a cd burner. I did it at my college. You will need to somehow boot Linux. If you can't get a floppy drive or a cd, you are probably out of luck.
 
Old 10-29-2003, 09:43 PM   #3
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I figured it out on my own, I had an old mandrake cd1 laying around, scratched up bad and wouldn't actually install, what I did was I booted from that CD, then before it started Loading Program Into Memory, I ejected the drive and took CD out, it gave an error and I said not to retry, then I kept cancelling out of everything until it let me choose what I wanted to install with, I chose Hard Drive then chose the right partition then typed in the path to the ISO files and it worked! All that without a Floppy drive NOR a working mdk CD, all I did was boot from it then took it out right away.

So if anyone else has a similar problem someday (doubtful), hope this helps.

Thanks anyways though guys.

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Old 10-30-2003, 12:04 AM   #4
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hd install

if u have a fast connection, u can download all mdk dist (/586/...), it must be about 4 gig (maybe more). i think it represents everything available on the dvd version.
put everything on a partition on ur hd and make a hd install.
no iso, no virtual cdroms!
 
Old 10-30-2003, 12:46 PM   #5
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Well what I did since it wouldn't look for the CD2 ISO and I kept getting errors, was I simply extracted both ISO's to the hda3 partition (D:\Mandrake\), and made it install from there, worked fine with no problems, Mandrake 9.2rc1 is now up and running!

However, I ran into a few problems. First off was my OnBoard SiS sound. After many headaches and artsd problems I finally got sound working perfectly on my own! Now, I'm having problems with my ATI Radeon 9100.

I've tried everything I can think of, I installed the ATI linux driver (RPM) and it gave an error when trying to install it (something inside it conflicted with something else) ATI support said to use --force to force it to install anyway, so I did that, it gave another error, but it installed, and I set it up, and now KDE is running at 1024x768 at 24bit color, BUT, games and stuff, even Chromium, run EXTREMELY slow and laggy, I can barely move anything. Somehow I think my AGP or something isn't working, or my 3d card is set up wrong.

The error it gave is described in this thread.

Anyone know anything about this? Oh btw my XFree86 version is 4.3.0 if that helps. I tried everything I could think of, and I searched ATI's support over and over and the half that makes sense to me doesn't help any.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 10-30-2003, 11:49 PM   #6
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first, linux is not a gaming machine so dont expect great perf.
second, i heard that ati linux driver sucks...

have u got latest Xfree?
 
Old 10-31-2003, 11:51 AM   #7
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I'm not expecting great perf, I'm expecting ANY 3D perf at all. My problem is not really low fps, my problem is the driver not installing correctly. And yes I have the latest XFree86 (4.3.0).

Oh and the error tells me to go to my /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod directory and run ./make.sh then run ./make_install.sh from /lib/modules/fglrx directory... but when I try to run ./make.sh it gives me another error, something about a missing version.h file in my /usr/src/linux/includes or some similar directory (don't remember exact location)... the problem is, I don't HAVE that directory let alone the file version.h that it needs.

I am very limited at the moment as to what I can do to try and fix this problem, because that computer isn't on the internet at the moment (I don't have a network cable long enough to reach my room all the way upstairs from the router that is in my roomate's room in the basement), but I'm buying either a super long cable or a wireless ethernet card later tonight so there is a few more things I can try, if I get it working I will make sure to post exactly what I did in all applicable threads to help those others here that I see have the same problem I do.

But before I start screwing around to get it working (and I always eventually figure it out), if anyone has a solution already, I would be very grateful to you.

Oh and a question, I enjoy supporting open-source communities that I find useful, but exactly how helpful is it to join the MandrakeClub from their main site? I don't really need the extras they offer, and I don't like monthly fees, so is there a way to donate directly to them via paypal without actually signing up for their club thing?

Thanks!

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Old 11-01-2003, 05:14 AM   #8
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Oh and the error tells me to go to my /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod directory and run ./make.sh then run ./make_install.sh from /lib/modules/fglrx directory... but when I try to run ./make.sh it gives me another error, something about a missing version.h file in my /usr/src/linux/includes or some similar directory (don't remember exact location)... the problem is, I don't HAVE that directory let alone the file version.h that it needs.
You need to install the kernel-sources.

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Oh and a question, I enjoy supporting open-source communities that I find useful, but exactly how helpful is it to join the MandrakeClub from their main site? I don't really need the extras they offer, and I don't like monthly fees, so is there a way to donate directly to them via paypal without actually signing up for their club thing?
You could become an Associate Member in the Free Software Foundation.
 
  


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