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wilk51 12-22-2003 02:48 PM

CD rom packs up after 'base system missing'
I have just puchased a 3 disc set of mandrake 9.2 from ebay. I am a bit of a newbie by the way. I tried to install on to a P3 450mhz PC. All went well up to disc partitioning. Managed to set up partitions with expert mode, i.e linux native and swap, both formatted. After this installation started, after about 3 mins a meesage appeared saying there was 'no base system', after which my cd drive stopped and has not worked since. Even after removing drive from computer and trying a different power source, there is no life whatsoever. This has happened twice!! Can't afford any more cd drives! Help!! I'm scared stiff of Mandrake 9.2 at the moment.

wapcaplet 12-22-2003 02:59 PM

Yikes! Do you have another drive you can try? I've had a lot of CD-Rom drives kick the bucket on me, but never while I was in the middle of using them :) It might also be something simpler like a wiring problem; if you're comfortable messing with your hardware, try switching the CD drive to a different IDE cable or something.

Does your computer's BIOS detect the drive?

wilk51 12-23-2003 06:24 AM

Thanks for the reply, bios does not detect drive. Even tried Windows98( sorry for swearing!) start up disc, it says 'no drives found'. When I replaced the cd drive, it was recognized immediately. Unfortunately when i tried to install mandrake 9.2, it did it again!!! I have since replaced that cd rom drive, again it was recognized instantly. HAVE NOT tried to install mandrake 9.2 since!!! Anyone any idea what is going on???

whansard 12-23-2003 06:34 AM

Hello. Goldstar. LG. Lucky Goldstar. Mandrake.
Kills drives.

wilk51 12-23-2003 01:05 PM

Did not understand last reply, but it made me do some more research. Now i understand!!! Anyone else with same problem, have a look at this page:-

whansard 12-23-2003 09:50 PM

there's a large thread about it on this site.

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