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Old 08-31-2009, 01:16 AM   #1
jfenn
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Is it me or Mandriva?


I am making another attempt to my first linux install for a linux learner pc. This was to be a linux only machine. My last attempt had a SATA hard drive attached to a SATA host card. I could not get linux to install, but thought it might be a hardware issue. So this time I built a basic and now outdated pc with a 40 gig Samsung ATA hard drive.

I erased and formatted the hard drive using Samsung's ESTOOL.exe utility. The drive is clean and has no errors.

I set the boot sequence in CMOS to boot first to the floppy drive and then to the CDROM, then rebooted with my Mandriva 2008.1 cd inserted in the drive. I'm pretty sure its a good cd. When I view its contents on my Windows pc, the disk is named MandrivaOne, and it has three folders on it: boot, isolinux, and loopbacks.

Upon boot of the CDROM, I get the Mandriva splash screen, and briefly get some keys that I can choose, none of which prompt me to install Mandriva onto the hard drive. They are: F1 Help, F2 Language, F3 Other Options.

If I don't choose one of those three pretty quickly, I have no options, and the splash screen remains but I cannot do anything. The keyboard is unresponsive.

A couple of times, after I've chosen F3, I've gotten a couple of screens full of lines of text. Eventually the lines quit coming, and the last one is always "hdc: lost interrupt." Then the cursor quits flashing and I'm back to not being able to do anything.

I read the reviews of this distro and they are none too spectacular. So it may be that I had the misfortune of choosing a dog that won't hunt for my first distro. If you think that may be the case, I welcome your recommendations for a different one. I had chosen Mandriva because I thought I wanted to build a linux based PVR (a tivo on the cheap, so to speak). Now I'd be satisfied with a linux machine that will play back an mp3 file.

Many thanks to those of you who've made this forum available.
 
Old 08-31-2009, 01:38 AM   #2
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Did you download the iso and then burnt the cd or it came with some magazine or something? If you got the iso from the net did you check the mdsum to see if iso was downloaded without errors?
Also check with some other distribution cd. Also check if you burnt the iso as image or as data cd?
 
Old 08-31-2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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I strongly suggest PCQlinux and opensuse 10.3.

With regard to your Mandriva experience :
It seems to be a corrupt CD. Viewing the directory stucture is not a good test, you can try copying the contents of the CD to hard disk. But the MD5 checksum test is the best.
 
Old 09-01-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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I downloaded the iso file, saved it to my hard drive on my windows pc, then opened NTI cd maker plus and selected "create cd from iso cd image file". I did not know about the MD5 checksum when I downloaded the file. I've downloaded a checksum app and am looking for the iso file's checksum on the net. But meanwhile, I believe I will try one of the two distros recommended by htnakirs. Many thanks.
 
Old 09-01-2009, 11:27 PM   #5
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Got it done! After reading some of the replies to questions on the mandriva site, I selected F3 at the splash screen, then selected "text". Then selected F4 and selected "noapic" (?). Then chose "Boot Mandriva etc. etc.", and it installed without a hitch.
 
Old 09-01-2009, 11:40 PM   #6
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Got it done! After reading some of the replies to questions on the mandriva site, I selected F3 at the splash screen, then selected "text". Then selected F4 and selected "noapic" (?). Then chose "Boot Mandriva etc. etc.", and it installed without a hitch.
Hi there

Sounds like success to me!

I just popped in because I noticed the (?) after the "noapic" option you gave the kernel, and figured you might like to know what it does:

An APIC is a chip in computers. It stands for "Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller" if I remember exactly correctly, and it allows the operating system to reconfigure interrupts within the machine, on the fly.

But on some machines, the APIC can give problems and cause weird stuff to happen.

The option you gave the kernel, tells the kernel not to use any I/O APICs that may be available in the system. In other words, leave them the way the BIOS configured them.

Sometimes, down the road, and with further configuration, you can enable APICs again, since the OS os now installed, but then, some machines never like it enabled :/

Anyhow, cheers & continued success,
Sasha
 
  


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