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Old 11-30-2002, 02:28 PM   #1
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Going to Mandrake 9.0 from Redhat 8.0

I hev had red hat 8.0 installed on my comp and to tell you the truth... its a horrible version of linux. THere are so many things wrong with it that i recommened no 1 using it heh... Instead im going to Mandrake 9.0 which from seeing and hearing from many people is a lot better and more managable. In that case I have d/l Mandrake 9.0 have burned onto my disk....

Here comes my question... Do i go into linux and run the Mandrake Install cd or do i do it from windows?
Old 11-30-2002, 03:02 PM   #2
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I have only installed SuSE 8.0 on my system so my knowledge is limited. When I did I had the disk in the disk drive while in windows then I restarted. The computer then went to the a setup wizard thet did the rest. Before I did any of this I changed my Bios to boot from the disk drive and not the hard drive.

Hope this helps.
Old 11-30-2002, 04:56 PM   #3
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Just enable your box to boot from the CD-ROM, put the MD 'install' disk in the drive, and let her rip. You should be able to use the same partitions your Redhat installation was on, unless you prefer to change them for some reason.

I run Slack, Redhat, and Mandrake, and find that I like certain things about each of them better than the others. It's probably whatever you get used to.

Good luck with the new Mandrake installation.
Old 11-30-2002, 09:53 PM   #4
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If your bios cant boot a cd, then on the first Mandrake CD there should be a boot floppy image, i think in the 'images' directory.

Use rawrite in windows, or in linux use: 'dd if=/pathtoimages/imagename.img of=/dev/fd0' Most times the floppy drive is /dev/fd0
Old 11-30-2002, 10:43 PM   #5
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nono... my bios are set to boot off a cd-rom first.... never changed it from when i installed red hat... Will it give me the option to reformat the drive that red hat was on and then it will installit on there?
Old 12-01-2002, 12:57 AM   #6
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Yep, after the partitioning portion, which you can leave default, it will pop up and ask which partitions you want to format, at that point you can select the old RH partitions if you so desire.

Old 12-03-2002, 06:01 PM   #7
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I d/l the files from the mandrake ftp i went to install and it got to disk 2 and give me an error saying there was soemthign worng with the disk and it could not continue... so i had to reload up red hat inorder to boot back up into windows because the grub boot was still trying to go.... but i was able to change it now im using lilo to boot heh... but I HATE RED HAT!!!
Old 12-03-2002, 06:12 PM   #8
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Did you check the md5 sums before burning the disks? When downloading really large files, there is quite a high chance of errors creeping in, so you should always check tyour Linux bootloader into the bootsector of your main Linux partition, and use something he md5sums. There will have been a file called mandrake90sums (or something) in the same place as the .iso files you downloaded. You should download that as well. In Linux (if you choose to boot to RH ), there is already a program called md5sums which you can use to check the iso images, if you choose to use Windows, then you can go to and download ther Win32 version of the program.


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