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Old 09-27-2003, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question Getting error messages when install Mandrake linux 9.1

hello there,
New 2 linux and wonder if someone can guide me. bought new mandrake linux power suite 9.1 for an old ibm thinkpad 390 pii 233mhz. cant get it 2 install. as i go thru installation process when it starts installing packages i keep on getting error messages "there was an error installing packages: readline-4.3-4mdk.i586" then i click yes for continue and keep on getting other messages for other packages like "locales-2.3.14-6mdk.i586" and "Setup-2.3.0-1mdk.i586" and other numerous error messages of the same type. some packages would install it seemed. after 2 1/2 hours of installation process i gave up and tried the installation in text mode and same exact trouble. the hardware is standard for the thinkpad except i added a linksys etherfast pc card. does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed. is something up w/my distro disc's? is this common and should just keep on going till end?? Like I said any and all help welcome.....


p.s.- I bought the disc's on ebay @ the linuxbsd store.
Old 09-27-2003, 12:07 PM   #2
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I would suspect either the cd's or the cdrom drive. I can't tell you right off the top of my head but there is a way to copy the contents of the cd's to a hard drive and install off the hard drive. You might try that if you have some extra space on your hard drive.
Old 09-27-2003, 12:20 PM   #3
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I do have plenty of room. i have the whole 6gb hard drive. But how do i get it onto the harddrive and install it?

Old 09-27-2003, 12:36 PM   #4
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You'd need to copy the contents of the CDs onto the harddrive and then create a boot floppy. But if it's a problem with the CDs, then it won't help you.

Try installing minimally. When it comes to choosing the packages, uncheck everything. It will then ask you if you want a truly minimal installation or not. Tell it that you want X installed. This way, it will install a graphical desktop (icewm which kinda looks like Win95) and also the mandrake tools that you can use to install other things from the CDs. Maybe this'll allow you to at least get started.


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