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Old 09-26-2003, 10:27 AM   #1
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Mandrake Install - Ram Drive error?

Trying to install mdk 9.1 on my 600 mhz duron with 512 megs of ram.. about 1 minute into the install I got a dialog box up saying something to the effect of "Can't intialize second level ram drive, this could be a hardware error or a kernel error" ..

err.. k.. any suggestions ?


Old 10-03-2003, 08:10 AM   #2
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Did you verify your ISO images before you burned them to CD? It is possible that your error is caused by:
a) a faulty ISO image which contains a corrupt 'ram drive' image
b) a faulty CD drive which is not reading the disc properly

If you are certain that your ISO images are fine, you can install Mandrake from the harddrive! You should keep your ISO files in a directory off the root (something like C:\Mandrake). Since you have already burned install disc 1 to a CD (I presume), then you can access it and make a bootfloppy... check under the images subdirectory on the CD - it should contain all the programs needed to make the bootfloppy as well as the floppy image.

Hope this helps.
Old 10-04-2003, 09:20 PM   #3
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thanks for your response.. my problem appears to have been caused by something that has bitten me in my linux-installing as* before.. if i dont burn linux install discs at near the lowest speed my burner will do (8-10x) I tend to get strange, fatal, install destroying errors... as was the case with this .. i re-burned all 3 discs at 8x and it worked great.

well..until my other problems occured..but at least I got it installed




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