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Old 04-04-2004, 04:06 PM   #1
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Install Dramas. Redhat 8.0 on new laptop. Installation dies no keyboard

I have a fairly new Acer laptop/desktop replacement, 2.66 512M 120gig etc

a few months ago i bought redhat8.0 in the box.

I just paid for partition magic and followed the wizard entitled 'install new os' in order to non-destructively create partitions for linux

in this way, i created a 16 gig partition and a 524meg swap partition.

i then booted the computer from cdrom with redhat disc 1 in the drive. (partition magic had made the new 16 gig partition the active one)

the redhat start screen and graphic was displayed and as per the instructions i hit enter. at this point the keyboard worked.

heaps of text wizzed by as the installation prog searched for hardware etc...

then i hit a blue screen. in the top left it said 'welcome to redhat linux' and there were various navigation intructions along the bottom. nothing else happened. i waited a long time. the instructions imply that at this point i should get a graphical installer.

i have now tried just about every option. linux text, linux noprobe all received exactly the same result. linux mediatest gave me a menu but the keyboard didn't work. linux expert asked if i had a driver disk but the keyboard didn't work. linux askmethod seemed the best - it gave me the select language dialogue but again the keyboard didn't work.

i've been trying for hours and hours and getting nowhere.

i am worried i partitioned in error. firstly, partition magic only created two partitions, and not a tiny '/boot' partition. secondly, not knowing any different i placed the two partitions at the end of the disk (after the NTFS 'C:\' drive), but maybe they should be at the front.

i don't know. do you? please help!

Last edited by verloc; 04-04-2004 at 04:08 PM.
Old 04-04-2004, 04:15 PM   #2
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There is no problem with partitioning. In fact RH would probably let you partition the drive during the installation. RH 8 is already pretty outdated. If I were you, I would get a newer distro, but I guess since you bought the boxed set you might not be to pleased about that. I've had installation trouble on my laptop with Slack 9.1, but it Mandrake 9.2 and Gentoo worked like a charm. If it's a hardware compatibility issue (since your laptop is new, it might well be), then a newer kernel would solve. Otherwise, I don't know what else to tell you. Maybe someone else had a similar problem and resolved it.


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