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Old 04-09-2003, 10:16 AM   #1
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Maybe Madrake 9.1 does 'suck' - fed up

I consider myself a reasonably patient person, but am beginning to wonder about Mandrake 9.1.

I am a real newbie to Linux tho I have been trying for about four months!.

A friend installed Mdk 9 via ftp and internet and word processing worked, but Gimp did not.

I have now done about three clean installs of 9.1 and got mainly same problem ( with XFree) , but now different one.

Now cannot get into KDE. To begin with X wouldn't start. I am fed up and thinking Winows never gave me this problem. Mind you - I never installed Windows :-)

However, any ideas about the KDE.

It goes through speckled grey display, sometimes a red one, then just waits on a blue wave reminiscent of Mdk 9.

Hope someone can help

Old 04-09-2003, 10:37 AM   #2
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Well you could allways try installing Red Hat or another Distro to see if you get the same problems.

Or try a differrent version of Mandrake.

Red Hat has a nice easy gui install so give it a try
Old 04-09-2003, 11:13 AM   #3
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consider providing us with some more details such
as which error message(s) do you see when X fails
to start. no one can help if they don't know what
exactly the problem is.

though when one installs mandrake, there's an
option to test X with the selected monitor, gfcx-card
resolution and bit-depth. if it fails there, try different
values instead of going on and hoping it will work
at the end.

Last edited by neenee; 04-09-2003 at 11:15 AM.
Old 04-09-2003, 11:32 AM   #4
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Also try logging on in terminal mode (runlevel 3) and starting kde from there.

What you describe sounds suspiciously like my problem that I still haven't solved...but by switching the display manager from KDM to GDM things work fine. So....
Old 04-09-2003, 12:21 PM   #5
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you may not be getting complete data when installing from ftp. try d/l'ing the iso's and burnning to cd. i have been using MDK9 for about 9-10 months and have had no problems that i didn't create myself
Old 05-11-2003, 10:16 PM   #6
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Hmm, Mandrake 9.1 installed fine on my machine, but I can't seem to get the nvidia ethernet card working on my Asus A7N8X Deluxe, but everything else works perfectly. I didn't even need to install any drivers to get everything working.

A few times with Mandrake the isos, CDs, or something is bad and some of the RPM's didn't get put on the system on the install. To fix this(I'm a newbi to) I just download the iso's again(I use rewritable CD so I don't feel to bad about waste) and try it all over again, and it seems to fix things.

You mentioned that a friend installed via ftp, I'd just download the iso's and burn them to cd's if you have a cd burner.

Like I said I'm a newbi to but this always works for me, Mandrake on a good install works well.


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Old 05-12-2003, 01:49 AM   #7
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I agree, I usually use Redhat, but because I was having problems with my Toshiba laptop pcmcia issues I installed Mandrake to see if that would solve the issues. Well it didn't, but during the time I was running Mandrake on this laptop, it did work good. So, please try the different distro's that are available. You should find one for you.

Old 05-12-2003, 02:53 AM   #8
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I second...

you should try other distros and see if you encounter the same problem... if it does then maybe something is wrong with your hardware...

Just a suggestion....
give Red Hat a try

Old 05-12-2003, 05:16 AM   #9
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Yes - well it seems some of my hardware does not like Mandrake 9.1. It appeared to install fine but GUI did not load. Person from local LUG tried various configurations but it just would not work. Problem is video card I think - s3 trio 642. The info said it should work but ...

I now have Red Hat 8 up and running. It is going okay except get bad EIP value after logging out, and doesn't support my sound.

The ftp install for Mandrake 9 worked okay for wordprocessing and internet and music CDs, but gimp did not display it's dialogue correctly - was unreadable. So then I tried the insatll from CDs which went okay but same GUI diplay problems as with 9.1.

I preferred Mandrake 9 to Red Hat - what I used it for - it seemed easier somehow.

I have recently obtained CDs for vector and lycoris to try. Apparently they are desktop distros and vector is meant to be particularly good for older computers - so will be interesting to try.



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