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Old 01-29-2002, 09:07 PM   #1
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Question HEEELLP! I can't get Linux 7.2 to install

I recently downloaded linux 7.2 from redhat's ftp site. Followed their directions on how to load it on to a cd and install it. Did that, stops at the part where it says choose a language. Tried all the install options, same thing. Tried running from the hard drive. Same problem. Tried using the boot disk, same problem. Is there anyway to get this thing to work? I have 2 hard drives, one for windows and one for linux. I disconnect my windows one whenever I try to install so it doesn't get confused. It seems like it is disconnecting the keyboard whenever it gets to the language selection screen because the ligh on the keyboard where caps lock and num lock are normally on are off and you can't toggle them back on. PLEEEEASE SOMEONE HELP! I am trying to test out running linux for a project for school comparing different OSes but linux is getting a really bad rating now because it's so hard to install. Please e-mail if you have any help,
I think it is because my keyboard stops responding, is there anyway to make it work with a usb keyboard without buying adapters or a new keyboard?
Here is my hardware setup as follows:

Model: Compaq Pressario 5WV280
CPU: 900mhz Atlon Thunderbird with 256k ECC synchronous write-back L2 onboard caching
Memory: 448mb SDRAM 100mhz bus
Hard Drive: 30gb Quantum fireball hard drive
Hard Drive 2: 3gb Fujistu Hard Drive
Motherboard: Via Apollo 133 VT82C691
BIOS: Compaq 786K1
Video Card: ATI All-in-wonder 128 PRO AGP 16mb
CD-ROM :BDV 108A DVD-ROM 00/03/21
OS: Windows ME 4.90.3000
DOS Subsystem: 8.00 A
Network Adapter: AcctonEN1207D Series PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Network Adapter 2: Intel(R) PRO/DSL 2200 Modem - Bridged Ethernet (1483)
Modem: HSP56 MicroModem
Printer: Epson Stylus Color 880
Camera: Logitech Quickcam Express
Keyboard: Standard Compaq Keyboard with dashboard USB Mouse: Micro Inovations Laser Optical Mouse ps/2

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Old 01-29-2002, 09:35 PM   #2
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please refer the following site

Old 01-30-2002, 03:00 PM   #3
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I had no problem at all installing a dual-boot, dual-drive, WinMe/Linux 7.2 setup.

But I left the WinMe drive connected. Just be careful to select the correct drive when you partition. (Since you have a dedicated drive, just let Red Hat do the work for you)
Old 03-19-2002, 02:03 AM   #4
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I have the same keyboard problem with a compaq usb keyboard. The comptuer is a Compaq 7000Z (athlon 800, 256MB ram, etc.), and I'm installing RH 7.2. The keyboard just stops working once the install GUI comes up. Any suggestions? Current plan is to install in text mode.

Old 03-19-2002, 07:05 AM   #5
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try this: buy a usb 2 ps2 connector and connect your keyboard to ps/2
maybe it has issues with your USB config
Old 03-19-2002, 09:17 AM   #6
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What about using someone else's non-USB keyboard for the install, then reconfiguring later. Would that likely be effective?

Old 03-19-2002, 10:26 AM   #7
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I've heard many terrible stories about using USB keyboard with linux, mice are working nice, keyboards are bitching though. So I guess, ditch the keyboard you have, get some descent PS/2 keyboard and you'll be fine, as for reconfiguring a keyboard after install, it might be slightly of a challenge.
My suggestion get a PS/2 keyboard or if you are in love with your Compaq keyboard get that little thingy USB->PS/2 adaptor.
Old 10-31-2003, 09:42 PM   #8
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unplug keyboard when u get to that point. linux always freezes at that point. or it mighta have been the mouse. i can't remember. i never download. always bought the cds. much easier that way. recently bought linux 8.2, install so much easier. if you really want a linux operating system. there is one called LINDOWS. install as easliy was windows only faster. boots up faster. and when it done. it looks and acts like linux. it actually a linux operating system that loads like windows. no partitioning or anything. you can download from kazaa. walmart was selling computers with that operating system for awhile. that is how i found out about it. i downloaded it and extracted the files, then burned it on cd. so i actually have a self running cd.


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