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Old 04-24-2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Unhappy Trouble installing Linux on Toshiba Satellite Pro M40

Hello All

I'm a newbie to Linux though I've got Mandriva and Red Hat on PCs. I've recently bought a Toshiba Pro M40 with XP Home on it.

I wanted to install Linux on the machine so used Mandriva 2006 on it with the standard graphics screen. The splash screen with the progress bar went to about 80% then blacked out then returned with the next screen with the progress bar at the bottom and froze. Trying with text only mode and Logs I get as far as:-
succeeded usbkbd
have to insmod keybdev
needs keybdev
/modules/modules.mar no such file or dir
warning insmod failed (keybdev(null)) (1)
the PCMCIA probe seems to work as we get
succeeded pcmcia_core and
succeeded yenta_socket
then we get
have to insmod ds
needs ds
/modules/modules.mar no such file or dir
warning insmod failed (ds(null)) (1)
have to insmod pcmcia
succeeded pcmcia
CM: cardmgr/hacked starting, version is 3.1.29
CM: watching 1 sockets
CM: warning, Card Services release does not match kernel (generally harmless)
then flashing cursor and nothing happens until the power is switched off.

I'm at a loss as my previous installs have gone without a hitch.

The machine spec is XP home 5.1.2600 SVPk 2
Celeron 1.6Gh
0.5Gb ram
60Gb HDD
Video ATI Radeon Xpress 200M vers 1280x800 resolution
Matshita DVD

Any ideas please?

Last edited by Tianabhaig; 04-24-2006 at 10:29 AM.
Old 04-24-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
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It appears to be PCMCIA. Do you *HAVE* to have pcmcia during install (are you using any cards in the slot during install?). Some installers have a boot option to instruct the kernel not to probe or install modules for the pcmcia card. If you dont need it during install, look at your boot options to disable it. You can always 'tinker' with it after install to get it working.
Old 04-25-2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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Hi justanothersteve

Thanks for the info but I do not have a card in the slot. As it happens I've found another item which suggests I install using 'noauto' and it worked. However I've now got another problem which is the ATI card is not recognised but the forums have an answer to that as well except that I can only get the command line screen which is not a lot of use. I'll hunt the HOW-Tos to see if they can assist as Ill have to download the driver on another machine and then install it on the laptop Hey-Ho!


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