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Old 10-17-2002, 11:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Reinstalling Mandrake


I am a newbie here and to Linux. I have some mouse problems, but I got advice about that in another forum.

Since I was unable to resolve my problem there I think I will take another route.

When I installed Mandrake I used the Recommended Install Mode. Here is where I think I made a few mistakes.

During the initial installation when I was asked where to install Mandrake I chose Win partition 3 w/a resize partition option. When asked what size to leave for Win98 I left the specified number which was around 1.5GB for Win.

When I got to the screen to choose applications to install I was forced to change the recommended selections because I only had 292MB of space available. I installed KDE, GNOME, and the required config programs only, using all the available space.

Well, I said all this to say maybe I donít have enough space allocated for Mandrake to run correctly.

Should I reinstall Mandrake and give the program more space? Can I reinstall over the current installation, or do I need to uninstall and reinstall? Can I give Win98 minimum space on the partition...say 300MBís?

Reinstalling would let me look at other mouse options, as I chose the PS/2 mouse during the install because that is the config that works in win98.

There are some other things that I feel I should mention:

This computer is an old Compaq 9240, Pentium 1 w/16 MB RAM, 8.4GB HD [w/o lg HD support] w/4 partitions [at approx. 2GBís each], OnTrack partitioning software, and Win98 in a fresh install. Mandrake is on the 3rd partition.

any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
Old 10-18-2002, 12:09 AM   #2
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You can install over the current install. During your mandrake install, it will ask if you want to format the partition you have setup, just say yes (NOTE***: Do not format a drive with information you want to keep on it though...)

Yes you will probably want to allocate more space to install both KDE and GNOME, as they alone take (from memory, so go ahead and correct me someone) more than 700MB.

I'd also just pick 1 or the other if space is an issue. Check other threads for wars over which is better, my plug goes out to KDE though.

I wouldn't use either one of though, with only 16MB RAM, I'd be looking for something ALOT lighter, maybe XFCE or fluxbox, but again, that's better discussed in the flame threads already circulating for them.

I think my response to your other thread pretty much sums the rest of it all up, so go ahead and read that one as well

Old 10-18-2002, 09:41 PM   #3
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I am going to end this thread.

I have tried the solutions that I could execute. Spent about an hour trying to select something in Drakconf.

Reinstalled, giving Mandy a larger space, but that didn't work either...It would not install over the old installation so now I have two copies in 2 different partitions, and I can only access 1. The space being taken up by the 1st install is just useless.

I took note of the recommendation to buy a standard mouse, but if I do that I would have to buy a mouse and a keyboard, as my mouse and keyboard are 1 unit and it will not work unless both the mouse and keyboard are connected.

I could probably take another mouse and keyboard from 1 of my other systems, but that would mean hooking and unhooking to test the config to see if it will work. Maybe some time in the future when I am more ambitious and less busy...

I am sorry to say that I am not impressed enough with what I have seen of Mandy to put that much effort into it right now.
I paid for a commercial release because I thought that I would get easier setup. I am not willing to spend anymore money on Linux right now.

Maybe after I setup the new system, and before I load a Microsoft OS I will try to play with it again. Thank you everyone for all your help. Sorry my attention span is so short right now.


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