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Old 05-12-2007, 04:40 AM   #1
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Smile installation problem

I tried to install Mandriva 2007 on my system on partition D. I got windows xp on partition c.
When i insert linux CD and boot the system to install linux, the installation initializes from the CD and while the message " Program loading into memory" is on , it displays this error message "FATAL ERROR FINISHING INITIALIZATION".

I tried to install it on partition C, but it gives the same error message.

Iam new to Linux and would like to try linux.

Could someone please helP ???
Old 05-12-2007, 06:18 AM   #2
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Linux does not use the same file systems as windoze.

I would recommend you get a live CD and run linux from it to gain a little experience first. There are many good ones available. For a live CD you do not need your hard drive, it will run from the CD. Try Knoppix, it has good hardware detection, and has many good programs on the CD to try.

Once you have gained some experience, then try an install. You will need to get a partitioning program, this can be done under windoze or linux. Basically, you shrink the windoze partitions, keeping all windoze stuff as it is. This will give you free space on the drive to install linux to. Most linux distros have a tool for partitioning. You create separate linux partitions, format them and install linux there.

If your drive does not have enough space, you can always add another drive, and install linux there. This has the advantage of not doing anything to your windoze install. There are some tutorials around on how to install a dual boot system. I would suggest you do some looking, reading and understanding before you try a linux install.


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