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Old 10-10-2003, 03:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy System reboots on install

I've been trying to install Mandrake 9.1 on my computer, but every time I start the install process, it progresses for a while and then I hear a *blip* from inside the computer, and it restarts. I've found that if i run the install process with the "noauto" parameter, the install process gets up to where I reformat the drive I want to install Mandrake on, and then restarts.

I'm running an AMD K6-2 400MHz with 280MB RAM. My first harddisk is a Samsung 4GB, and is my windows bootable drive. I wish to install Mandrake on my second harddisk, a Samsung 6GB, and thus have a dual boot system. The second harddisk has always been a little dodgy, in that I salvaged it from another computer, however I use it normally to store mp3s and it works fine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you need more information, just ask and I will try to provide it.

Thanks in advance

Old 10-10-2003, 03:55 PM   #2
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Have you tried running a scandisk from within windows on the 2nd drive to make sure it is useable? Also, if the drive is SMART capable then you can check to see if maybe it is getting close to failure. Restarts during install can sometimes be heat related, nd a disk that is close to failure will be more suceptable to heat during extended periods of r/w (like when copying install files). If the drive scans fine, and seems to be in good condition other wise, then you might want to try some cooling methods (open the side of your case and point a fan at the inside for example) and see if this helps.

Of course, there are like 50 million things that might cause a reboot like this, but heat or a bad drive seem like the most likely culprits.



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