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Old 03-08-2003, 07:07 PM   #1
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Unhappy I think only half of Mandrake installed...


Well, I finally decided to partition my hard disk and install Linux Mandrake 9.0 on there. I created a cool 2.8GB partition and after several tries I got it to install in under 60 minutes.

I downloaded the cd1 iso image, mounted it on a virtual cd drive and copied the files to a win folder. Then I created a boot floppy and installed Linux on my new partition.

But then , a problem! About halfway through I get these error messages about certain files failing to install, I proceeded to tell the installer to continue but I kept getting these error messages! I decided to select no and I thought the installation had aborted. But no! I kept going as of it were done. Now I have a fully functioning Linux OS but I think I'm missing many of the programs that came with it. There's no OpenOffice.org or gzip or glib or any games.

What should I do? Try to reinstall?
 
Old 03-08-2003, 08:15 PM   #2
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For the fewest headaches, yes, reinstall. Do you have a CD drive? Installing from the hard drive is fast and all, but there seem to be a lot of people having problems with hard disk installs. Besides, installation is just a one-time thing (hopefully)...
 
Old 03-08-2003, 08:18 PM   #3
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I do have a CD drive just not a CD burner.

I guess the best option would be to reinstall...
 
Old 03-08-2003, 08:26 PM   #4
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Well, you could also manually try to install the software you wanted piece by piece. If you use rpms, then it will inform you of dependency issues. Actually, I've seen the command "urpmi" thrown around a lot when discussing Mandrake. From what I gather, it automatically obtains necessary dependency packages for you based on the package you're trying to install. You may be able to fill in the gaps that way...
 
Old 03-08-2003, 08:54 PM   #5
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Do you think it was the partitions I created?

I made big 2.8GB ext2 partition and one 56MB swapfile partition. If I reinstall I'd like to try a different partition style. Any suggestions?
 
Old 03-08-2003, 10:12 PM   #6
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No, I don't think the partition scheme would have caused the problem you encountered. However, I think a 2.8 GB partition is kind of small. Specifically, my Red Hat 8 installation consumes (coincidentally) 2.8 GB. Unfortunately, I don't remember what I've installed on this machine, because I've added some things post-install. I know, shame on me... I should keep a log. Anyway, if you can give yourself more space, I'd suggest doing so. If you do, and the errors magically disappear, it was because you ran out of space on your 2.8 GB drive.

Other than that, I'm not sure what to suggest.
 
Old 03-08-2003, 10:33 PM   #7
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Nose bleed how much space do you have on your drive? for mandrake you probably want 4 gigs minimum at least 6 would be better if you want to have some room to experiment and add some extras later. Use the auto alocate w /user btw You can install from the burner thats what I have to do since my reader has problems with iso's.

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Old 03-09-2003, 09:48 AM   #8
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I have 10 gigs. I guess the 4 gig minimum would best suit me!
 
Old 03-09-2003, 10:05 AM   #9
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Here's another question! I have 64MB RAM and 500 MHz processor. When I used KDE and Gnome they were slow.(When I used IceWM the speed was quite admirable although programs did take a while to load) How can I best remedy this!? Create a bigger partition like I mentioned previously!

Remember:
 
Old 03-09-2003, 10:21 AM   #10
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Well my best guess would be that the speed that Ice loads at is just due to the size of your cpu and ram I doubt that partition size would affect this much. you're probably just going to have to deal with it 500 megs nowadays does seem a littleon the slow side. barring that maybe if you could enlarge your swap file while setting up partitions may help some what but dont quote me.
 
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The performance depends on a number of factors. For loading programs you're looking at available RAM, available swap space, processor speed, and hard drive speed (latency).

Unfortunately, you've got low counts on at least two of those four: RAM and swap space.

For faster performance in that area, the two biggies are more RAM and a faster hard drive. Most opt for RAM since it's relatively cheap these days and all you have to do is drop it in; no data transfer and all that business.
 
Old 03-09-2003, 12:26 PM   #12
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Oh yea and maybe turn off some sevices at startup so they only run as needed that will cut down on how much ram & swap you're using at any given time
 
Old 03-09-2003, 01:37 PM   #13
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My RAM seems to be the biggest problem but I'll also try a bigger swap file. My hard drive writes/reads at around 20Mbps...
 
Old 03-09-2003, 02:26 PM   #14
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KDE or Gnome wont be very fast with just 64MB of ram and a 56MB swap partition.The swap should be twice your physical ram until you get up to running ,say,512 MB of ram.Then the swap could be smaller.
I run at least 256MB of ram on all my comps.Ram is pretty cheap now and www.crucial.com ships for free.Id get some more ram or keep running ICEwm.
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You may want to use Blackbox. Its better for systems that don't have lots of memory and speed. Its not like Windows but it should give your computer a break. You can still use GNOME and KDE programs with it though.

People recommend creating a swap partition that is two times larger than your memory. It can be larger than this if you want.

Put your swap partitions near the front of the drive if you can.
 
  


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