LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 05-28-2006, 10:23 AM   #1
ingzee
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
Driver Installation problem


Hi, I'm a total newbie, just tried to install Mandriva Linux 2006 on my dell after successfully installing it on an older machine.

I got the following error straight away.

"warning, installation of driver failed (please include msg from <alt-F3> for bugreprts)"

how come it didn't work on my newer machine?

many thanks in advance
 
Old 05-28-2006, 10:29 AM   #2
bigrigdriver
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Jul 2002
Location: East Centra Illinois, USA
Distribution: Debian stable
Posts: 5,908

Rep: Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354Reputation: 354
Can't say how come it didn't work.

Which driver failed?
What hardware does it apply to?
Did you have the same hardware on the other system?
 
Old 05-28-2006, 11:05 AM   #3
ingzee
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
That's all it says. There's no info about what hardware it applies to.

My old machine was a celeron whereas my new one is a pentium dual core 2.8.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 04:17 PM   #4
jschiwal
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677
Did you see this error while running the installation?

If so, press [CTRL]-[ALT]-[F#] where # is the function key between 1 and 12, excluding F7 which will bring you back to the GUI. The installation will print diagnostics to one of the terminals.
 
Old 05-28-2006, 06:26 PM   #5
ingzee
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
This error came up at the very start of installation, immediately after pressing enter to start install.

None of the F keys do anything even with CTRL+ALT pressed down. It seems to just lock up.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 03:02 AM   #6
jschiwal
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677
You will probably need to provide more information on which Dell computer you own.

If this is a dual core intel processor, try booting with the "noapic" boot option.
If you don't have a multiprocessor, this shouldn't hurt at all.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 06:47 AM   #7
ingzee
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Sorry, but I really am a newbie! How do I boot with the "noapic" option?

If it helps, my computer is the following:

Dell Dimension 5150
Pentium D 2.8 Dual Core
2 SATA Hard drives
1024 Ram
Windows XP Home SP2

Thanks
 
Old 05-30-2006, 12:40 AM   #8
jschiwal
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677
From the initial boot menu, there may either be a line to enter boot options, or something like "F12 Other".

Look at the options at the bottom of the screen. If you don't see any try the "Escape" key.
When you get a line you can type in, enter "noapic".

If you explore the CD without booting from it, there may be a README file explaining what other options you can try.
For example "nodma" and "noacpi" are used when booting in the safe mode. The "nodma" option will really slow down the install process. It turns of the DMA mode on the floppy and hard drives.

Here is an edited line from my "safe mode" grub entry:
vga=normal showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume edd=off
 
Old 05-31-2006, 04:54 PM   #9
ingzee
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 8

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks for all the help, I don't seem to have any additional boot options, certainly nowhere with a line to enter any instructions. I think I'll give up on this for now.

Can anyone suggest a different copy of linux that might not have these driver issues?
 
Old 06-01-2006, 05:02 AM   #10
jschiwal
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677Reputation: 677
Try the escape key. This may reveal the option line.
You might try SuSE. There are some computers that just have problems. I used to have a compaq desktop. SuSE at the time wouldn't read from the cdrom, but Mandrake was OK, so I installed Mandrake at the time. I think this was around Mandrake 6.1.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem after GC driver installation ? Blacksamlou Linux - Newbie 1 11-08-2005 08:57 AM
Plustek driver - installation problem pawelw Linux - Hardware 1 11-24-2004 09:24 AM
ATI driver installation problem eltoro Linux - Newbie 1 10-09-2004 08:52 PM
Driver Installation Problem RadixDev Linux - Hardware 3 04-18-2004 04:46 PM
GeForce 2 driver installation problem ja_rd Linux - Hardware 7 07-11-2003 01:42 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:43 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration