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Old 01-22-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
yottabyte james
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Mandriva Linux boot problems


Hello,

I am having a bit of trouble with my Mandriva linux distro,limited edition 2005. I have installed mandriva sucessfuly on my secondary master IDE(my main hard drive with windows is on a sata connection), i can go to the boot menu (graphical LILO) and load windows....but i am not sure what "linuxnonfb" and "failsafe" is. And when i try to boot Linux,or Linuxnonfb, it says the following, after it says a bunch of words moving down the screen really fast and saying (ok) next to them:

MandrakeLinux release 10.2(limited edition 2005) for i586
Kernel 2.6.11-6;mdksmd on a i686 / tty1
localhost login:(i put my username here)<ENTER>
Password:(my password here)<ENTER>
Last login:sun jan 22 12:00:28 on tty1
[(username here)@localhost ~]$ (type here)


So pretty much i enter my username then password and it comes up with:
Last login:sun jan 22 12:00:28 on tty1
[(username here)@localhost ~]$ (type here)

and says the following when i try to go into failsafe when i am at the LILO menu:

Telling INIT to go to single user mode.
INIT:going single user
sh-3.00#

So i am wondering what the heck i should do because it won't let me log onto linux,linuxnonfb,and failsafe,and what in the world does linuxnonfb and failsafe mean?

anyhelp is appreciated

Last edited by yottabyte james; 01-22-2006 at 04:07 PM.
 
Old 01-22-2006, 02:11 PM   #2
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When you get to the command prompt run "startx" after entering your username and password. If you have any errors can you post them here.
 
Old 01-22-2006, 02:31 PM   #3
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linuxnonfb failsafe

nonFB is non frame buffer, it can be used to troubleshot video problems i believe. Failsafe (even when set up correctly) will just put you at a command prompt. Do like he said and at the command prompt (from the option "LINUX or LinuxnonFB" type startx.Later you can change it so that X will start automaticly.
 
Old 01-22-2006, 03:37 PM   #4
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hmm, well i typed in the startx when i got to that point...after choosing Linux in LILO and it said this

Xauth:creating new authority file /home/(username/.xauthority

Xauth:creating new authority file /home/(username/.xauthority

execv failed for /etc/x11/x (errno 2)

giving up.

XNIT:connection refused (errno 111) :unable to connect to X server

XNIT:no such process *(errno 3): server error.



and then it just goes back to the part where i was supposed to type "startx"
 
Old 01-22-2006, 04:06 PM   #5
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i just tried doing "startx" in Linuxnonfb and it said the same thing as it did when i tried booting linux
 
Old 01-22-2006, 04:34 PM   #6
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I have been having similar problems. You may have to reinstall because not all packages installed correctly. I'll post here if mine ever gets up and running (Mandriva 2006)
 
Old 01-22-2006, 10:04 PM   #7
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Apparently thee have been issues with Mandriva installs from CD-ROMs. Mine is an old SCSI CD-ROM and has always been temperamental.

I got error messages throughout the install indicating that many (around 140) packages did not install correctly. To complicate matters, my display went black and did not resume when testing the display settings. I had to "Update Mandriva" and when I got to the part where you insert the first install disk, this time I selected "copy installation disks to my hard drive." That did the trick.

I got the video settings correct this time, and I clicked the button to check the internet for updates. I got a notice the install was successful.

Upon rebooting, the first few LILO menu selections simply caused my machine to keep rebooting until I selected the 'i586' choice. It then went through a console setup process, and....finally, I got the GUI and "First Boot Wizard."

It eventually launched KDE 3.4 and initialized system services. I quit the printer setup and was left with a blank blue screen and a mouse arrow. I could tell my system had not frozen, but only because I could hear the hard drive churning merrily away.

This runs slow on my 64 mgs of RAM, but it does run.
 
Old 01-23-2006, 03:49 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lcornell

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This runs slow on my 64 mgs of RAM, but it does run.
which may have something to do with it. To run one of the major "user environments" like kde or gnome I seem to recall that the suggested minimum requirement is like 128 megs of RAM.

Sure there's versions that require less, but then it's debatable as to whether they're suited to the new user!

Which would be fair in a world where the minimum amount of RAM for XP is like 256 megs or something.

regards

John
 
  


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