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Old 08-09-2002, 01:00 AM   #1
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Mandrake Linux Installation Help!


Hello, I'm trying to install Mandrake Linux and I have run into a problem. When I try to load Mandrake, It begins to boot from the CDROM but only about 1/4 of the first installation page appears. I couldn’t get past this point. I have built a computer out of spare parts to run Mandrake here are the specs:

200 Mhz Intel Processor
128 MB SDRAM
14x CDROM
4 MB Stealth 3D 2000

A pretty sorry sight to behold, but I was under the impression it would be enough to run Linux. I would appreciate very much any help.

Thanks alot,
Peter
 
Old 08-09-2002, 01:37 AM   #2
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Did you try a text based install?
 
Old 08-09-2002, 02:35 AM   #3
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your computer is an ideal machine for linux.
very advanced hardware for linux .
no worries as MR.NEO have said try to install in text mode . not with GUI.
 
Old 08-09-2002, 06:35 AM   #4
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Or you could try a low res install...

At the startup prompt Hit F1, then type 'vgalo' and hit enter.
 
Old 08-09-2002, 11:27 AM   #5
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I tried to do a low-res install, but I guess the program is non-responsive after only about 1/4 of the screen shows up. How can I force a text based install? That might be more ideal. I appreciate your help!
 
Old 08-09-2002, 01:45 PM   #6
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Hi Johnsernickle,

I'm curious, how did you manage to get 128 Mb SDRAM in your Intel 200 Mhz? This being a 168-pin stick began to replaced the 72-pin SIMMs used by Pentium systems. Maybe there is a chance that you are having compatibility issues.
Is your PC freezing when the problem occurs?

 
Old 08-10-2002, 03:40 AM   #7
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I am using 72 Pin SIMMs; I tried switching out my RAM with 32 MB of RAM that came original with the system. I still have the same problem; only about 1/4 of the first boot screen shows up. Help me!
 
Old 08-10-2002, 03:57 AM   #8
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Also, during the bootscreen, press F1. In there, if you read around you will have the option for a text install. Probably typing 'text' will do it. But fish around a bit.
 
Old 08-10-2002, 03:21 PM   #9
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It freezes on the first boot screen and becomes non-responsive. I cant force a text based install. Nothing seems to be working. I would appriciate any help...
 
Old 08-10-2002, 04:06 PM   #10
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Try to install without mouse, probably the port cause any conflict or check BIOS options
 
Old 08-10-2002, 06:10 PM   #11
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try booting from a boot diskette should take about a minute to make.
 
Old 08-10-2002, 09:17 PM   #12
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I am not fimilar how to make a boot diskette, ive done it with Red Hat, but not mandrake. Could you run me briefly through the process? I tried without a mouse, but i got the same affect. im using a serial port for my mouse -- is that alright? Thank you all for your help.
 
Old 08-11-2002, 06:06 AM   #13
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If I remember correctly just running the Mandrake CD on a windows box should give you a pop-up menu with one of the options being make bootdiskette if I'm wrong, that program is somewhere else on the install disc.
otherwise use RAWWRITE to copy a install image (*.img file)
to a diskette.
explore the mandrake install CD ... it's somewhere there..
 
Old 08-11-2002, 10:31 AM   #14
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Are you checked the same CD in another PC??? probably the CD be corrupted.
 
Old 08-11-2002, 02:54 PM   #15
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Hmm, i tried RawRite using "*.img" and i get an error 123. I have tried the CD on another computer and it sucesfuly installed. what could be going wrong with mine? well, on another note, if any of you have used Red Hat linux, i just tried to install 7.2 on the same PC today. when i try to begin a standard install it hangs on the very first insall file - initrd.img - maybe theres something wrong with the reading of my CDROM drive? This is a very strange situation. thanks again for all of your help.
 
  


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