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Old 05-06-2004, 02:54 PM   #1
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big problems installing mandrake 10!

the disk boots ok but when i pres enter to start the setup the progress bar runs to the end and the screen blanks shortly after my computer stops responding!

i re ran the setup thistime in text mode, the last text to be displayed was...
ESR value before enableing vector: 00000002
ive tryed to install other distros on my computer but none of them have suceded they have all failed at different points during the install process.
Including: Corel linux 2.0, Red Hat linux 6, Gentoo 2004.
I got furthest with red hat... i got to loading linux after the install process before it failed on me.

Ive managed to boot the mandrake setup fine on my other computer.

Some basic system info:
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
64 MEG ATI Radion 7000 / VE
AOpen CD-RW & Sony DVD-RAM
40Gig hdd, currently NTFS file system.
20Gig hdd, unpartitioned

--i have a via cipset on my mother bord not shure wot one thho.--

I am currently running windows XP pro.

i'm trying to install ether mandrake 10 community or Gentoo 2004

I am a complete linux , ive never had a play with it and i really want to help me please.

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Old 05-06-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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anyone? anything?
dose my computer just not like linux?

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Old 05-06-2004, 06:02 PM   #3
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maybe try a different OS then try Mandrake. It might be your computer, hardrive, linux disk, or pretty much anything. I'm kinda new, so if this doesnt work, sry
Old 05-06-2004, 06:18 PM   #4
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Ya I just built a p4@3.2 with a FIC 865 chipset and I wanted to put linux on it just to see how it felt with a higher-end PC but I had the same problem, couldn't put RedHat9 or Mandrake10, froze on installer load in both cases. Didn't really care that much cus I was planning to put XP on it anyway.
Old 05-07-2004, 06:00 AM   #5
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so im guessin it might be a chipset problem, im gonna try and find a bios update and see if that helps in anyway.

I need an os! i formatted my hard disks before i checked to see if it whoud work! For anyone else wanting to use linux see if its gonna install b4 u make any big changes to ur hdd!
Old 05-07-2004, 09:09 AM   #6
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nope ive got the newest bios i can find. looks like im going back to play-doh XP.
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Maybe the disk wasn't burn well.
Old 05-07-2004, 11:11 PM   #8
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I mean disc
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ever tried to run KNOPPIX from the CD rom?
Old 05-08-2004, 06:22 AM   #10
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I'm suprised that you're having snags like this with mandrake 10. It's very uptodate (with only a few updates to install after), so if I was in your shoes, I'd probably be trying knoppix as well.

their hardware detection is second to none (IMO) also, if you find that it boot's OK, you can always do a hard disc install, and you can find more about that at the knoppix forum's (or if you prefer it in German, there's a different URL).

I should mention that knoppix on the hard drive is great, it's debian based so you've got shit loads of app's/packages available. You'd probably find all the usual suspect's are installed by default.

In truth, I can't see anything that stand's out as to why the disc's won't install OK (maybe something with the hard drives i.e. if they're SATA, but that still shouldn't present to much of a snag, or is you've got them set up as some sort of raid array, but again the same).

Just a quick pointer though, you may need to get the hard drives partitioned/formatted first (especially if you're trying to install gentoo), though in theory, at least, mandrake should normally be able to handle that (though I'd point out that I've done all my partitioning with Partition Magic 8).

The gentoo install instructions are excellent, well explained, and pretty clear (which is saying something for linux doc's). But don't forget, you should opt for the stage 3 + GRP install if you're going to try gentoo, because if you don't and you just get the first disc, then when it comes to installing a window manager (kde for example, and gnome for that matter) then the download doesn't take too long, but the compile takes forever. By this, I mean that when I first installed gentoo, I got through the first disc part of stage 3 (as this was suggested to be the quickest, it took about 2 hours), I couldn't work out how to get the packages off the second disc and just did
emerge kde
the kde packages totalled about 180 meg's, which should have taken me about an hour and a half of download at "half a meg", but the compile took about 15 hours, it get 1 package then compiles it, the moves on to the next part in the "portage tree".

So that's why I say use the "GRP" bit, that's pre compiled packages, you can always update things later, and that's gotta be quicker than 15 hours of compile.

What I will definitely say is that the doc's should be printed off, it makes life so much easier to follow (if you can't find a link to a printed version, change the URL. Instead of the .xml that it opens as in your browser, change it to .xml?style=printable). You will probably need the basic installation doc's and the desktop setup guide to start with.

Once installed it's very very easy to manage and keep up to date. Plus there's absolutely load's of stuff/assistance at the gentoo forums though at times they do expect some prior knowledge - suck it and see!

Good luck (and follow gentoo's default partitioning scheme i.e. /boot /swap and /root and you shouldn't normally have a problem).


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Mandrake 10 - Gentoo et al

Well in my experience (personally speaking) I have had problems with every single Mandrake installation - never had a smooth installation of Mandrake and it has NEVER recognised my bog-standard USB mouse. Other distros I have tried have installed ok and recognised a much greater proportion of my hardware than Mandy. Not sure I would recommend Gentoo though - its a bit of an expert's Linux and if you're a noob like me I think it might scare you off for good!

I would suggest Redhat but Fedora Core seems to be a bit ropey at the moment (well it is effectively a *new* distro) but I have very recently installed SUSE 9.0 which is absolutely superb. I've found it to be all the things Mandrake promised to be with none of the associated installation/hardwre recognition problems.

I've found that different distros either like or hate your hardware set up and SUSE seems to have no problems with mine - can't hurt to give another distro a try...

... or if you are feeling brave and have a masters in computer science try Gentoo (with the greatest respect to the previous poster )


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