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Old 03-09-2004, 11:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Boot error message:

I need help. I recently tried installing Mandrake Linux 9.2 to a partition on my hard drive with Windows XP and when I went to start Linux, I got this message:

BIOS data check successful
Uncompressing Linux...

invalid compressed format (err=1)

-- System haled

I'm not sure how to get around it. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. I'm new to Linux and want to make this work to get away from Windows.
Old 03-10-2004, 01:13 AM   #2
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Interesting. Did you play around with anything after installing. If not maybe you should pay more attention to the install and the options. Mandrake should work with no hassle on the initial install on a computer with xp on a different partition. I don't like saying this but read the directions that come with mandrake. while not the manly way it saves a lot of time and errors.
Old 03-10-2004, 03:45 PM   #3
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Actually, I did read the directions. I wanted to make sure this went as smoothly as possible and I went through the installation and configured things to match my computer specifications.

That's what kind of shocked me when I got the message. I guess I'll try installing it again and see what I get this time.
Old 03-10-2004, 03:54 PM   #4
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is there a way to install it with just default settings. If you are very new to linux, this is probably the best way to go.

You may have inadvertently changed the wrong setting.



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