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Old 09-03-2005, 06:06 AM   #1
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Fatal error finishing initialisation?

When I try to install MandrakeLinux 10.(2(?)) which I got with a copy of Linux format Magazine.

I Keep getting an error that says "Fatal I/O error" and when i press ok, it restarts and I get the same thing again.


all I want to do is get started and this is starting to change my mind about Linux!!!

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Old 09-03-2005, 11:05 AM   #2
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It could be a hardware problem. Whats the exact error message and on which part of the installation does it happen?
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Like redazz said, we need a little more info before we can help you...
Old 09-03-2005, 07:43 PM   #4
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you are talking about the June 2005 Linux Format edition
on DVD - yes ?
or CD

your disk may have an error on it
is it possible / feasible to return the disk for an exchange

Old 09-09-2005, 02:37 AM   #5
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I got a set of CD's with the Special Edition Get Started with Mandriva Linux pub'd by Linux Format. I think it may by a hardward problem as I put the pc together out of a load of "Odds-n-sods" from my girlfriends dad.

I dont have the full error msg at hand as I'm writing this in work but it happens shortly after the CD boots, it may take me a day or two but I will post it as I am doing this for my girlfriend!

The PC is already a dual boot (win98 & FC3), could that be contributing to the problem?


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Old 09-17-2005, 04:56 AM   #6
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OK, it has taken quite some time for me to get this but here goes.

I place the disk into the drine and it boots (usually after several attempts).

#boot: *enter*

Does the usual hardware detection and goes on to start the install when a box pops up saying;

Fatal error finishing initialisation

I had a look at the log and saw;

*have to insmod usbkbd
*needs usbkbd
* succeeded usbkbd
*have to insmod keybdev
*needs keybdev
*/modules/moduler.mar: No such file or directory
*warning, inmod failed (keybdev (null)) (1)
*PCMCIA: probing PCIbus . .
* not found.
*PCMCIA: probing for Intel PCIC (ISA) . .
* not found.
*PCMCIA: probing for Databook TCIC-2 (ISA) . .
* not found.
*no pcmcia adapter found
*AUTOMATIC: parameter cdrom for method meand returning CDROM drive.
*have to insmor ide - cd
*needs ide - cd
* succeeded ide - cd
*looking for ide media
*IDE/1: hda is a ST320410A
*IDE/1: hdb is a ST320014A
*IDE/0: hdc is a FX4830T
*IDE/0: hdd is a CD-ROM 52X/AKH
*mounting /dev/hdc on /sysroot/tmp/image as type iso9660
*have to insmod isofs
*need isofs
* succeeded isofs
*found a Mandrakelinux CDROM, Good news!
*Total memory: 170 Mbytes
*mount_clp_may_preload: /sysroot/tmp/image/install/stage2/mdkinst.clp into /sysroot/tmp/stage2 (preload = 1)
*short write (Bad adderss)
*third party: using modules location /sysroot/tmp/image
*fopen(stage1.c:337) Failed: no such file or directory
*unsetting automatic
*exiting boot splash

I would have taken down the kernel message aswell, but that would have taken too long and I really could not be arsed to do it!!!

any help with this would be really helpfull!

cheers in advance

Old 09-28-2005, 07:04 PM   #7
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This is just an FYI but I got the same exact error while trying to install from some iso's I downloaded yesterday. I was able to install slackware with no problem but mandriva is supposed to be a starter OS which is why I wanted that one.


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