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Old 10-23-2004, 01:41 AM   #1
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Problem installing Mandrake 10 on laptop

Hy there!
Have a real problem! Want to install Mandrake 10.1 but can'T do it. It doesn'T boot from the cd rom .... and i ve no floppy drive on my laptop ... have tried it with boot.iso cdrom and with cdrom.img cdrom and with alternative installation images ... doesnt work. Have also WinXP installed .... but doesn'T matter if it is installed or not ... doesn'T work anywhere.

So what can i do ... .I DONT WANT TO HAVE WINXP ANYMORE!!!!
Old 10-23-2004, 09:25 AM   #2
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Have you checked your BIOS settings to make it boot from the CDRom before the hard drive?
Did you burn the iso correctly?
Old 10-24-2004, 12:08 AM   #3
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I have mandrake on my IBM thinkpad. When the computer is loading up there should be a button like F1 etc that will lead you to a menu from which you can select the way computer boot including boot from cdrom.
I think burn your iso is better since you may need those disk to install software in linux system quite often
Old 10-27-2004, 02:08 AM   #4
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Yeah ... I did burn the iso and set the cd rom drive on first place ... but didn't help ....
When I put in the WinXP install disk it starts without problems but with the mandrake linux it doesn't even start (I mean the setup) and then the notebook starts winXP

I've also tried to burn a boot.iso disk and cdrom.img disk ... doesn'T help
Old 10-27-2004, 05:39 AM   #5
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why not try SUSE Linux Live CD

I did have the same problems with Mandrake that's why I think it
will be better to install SUSE Linux 9.1 Personal or Pro.
It is the best distro in terms of laptop compatibility - it recognises
everything on my laptop (Compaq Presario) and works smoothly
(ACPI, usb etc.),
You can evaluate the distro by using the SUSE live CD and then
do a clean HD installation.

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