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Old 07-05-2003, 10:49 AM   #1
liamcody
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Angry Mandrake install hangs when mounting /dev/hda6


I am attempting to install Mandrake 9.1 onto an old PC - a much-re-fitted Dell Optiplex.

The current configuration is:
- 32MB RAM
- 2.7 GB hard drive
- 4x CD ROM

I am having trouble with the installation. I've tried it a few times, but with no success.

Each time the installation gets to "Mounting partition /dev/hda6", it seems to hang.

I am doing a "clean install" of Linux (i.e. removing the Windows partitions).

As I have only 32MB RAM, I am installing in 'Text' mode. I've also tried it in normal mode, and it seems to hag at the same point.

Is there something I'm doing wrong?

I used Windows 95 scandisk to check the drive, and it reported it was OK.

Any hints gratefully received. :-)



Liam Cody
 
Old 07-06-2003, 01:45 AM   #2
dalek
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Lightbulb Check this link

Try patch at this url: http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/errata.php3
Maybe this will help.
 
Old 07-06-2003, 07:13 AM   #3
liamcody
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Thanks for that.

I downloaded patch.pl, and placed it on a DOS-formatted floppy. However, I can't boot from CD ROM with this machine.

I boot from floppy, and at the splash screen, press F1. Then I remove the boot install disk, and place in the DOS disk with patch.pl on it.

At the boot: prompt, I enter "text patch" and it gives me an error messsage.

I think that the patch.pl needs to fo onto the boot floppy, but can't copy it onto it using Windows. Is there a DOS command to copy the file onto the Linux boot floppy?
 
Old 07-06-2003, 07:44 AM   #4
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Lightbulb OK

Try typing in "patch" or "patch.pl". You should put the patch file on whatever floppy is in the drive when the installer is loading. It looks for it when the little blue box comes up and says something like 'loading program into memory'. See if it looks for the file, the floppy light comes on, when the program starts to load. If it does and you get the error then it's looking for the wrong file or something else is wrong. Check to make sure it is named correctly and there is only one copy there.
I boot from CD on mine so I'm at a bit of a disadvantage. Why can't you boot from CD? Is it that old?
If you still have trouble post back. I'll keep thinking about it.

 
  


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