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Old 05-21-2006, 07:44 PM   #1
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I am trying to install Mandriva and after I hit enter it freezes. This occurs at the point I select language and it attempts to auto install drivers for my raid controller. I have a Raptor 150gb hard drive with 2 partitions for dual booting. The first partitions has xp home. I have alloted 10 gb partition for linux and it is formated using FAT32. The point at which it stops is when "Installing driver for hard drive controller nVidia corporation|CK804 serial ATA Controller." There have not been any options to format the partition, however.


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A8N-SLI Deluxe Mobo
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:24 PM   #2
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When I tried installing ubuntu with a home partition formatted as FAT32 it got stuck in a loop trying to create my home direectory. It could be possible that there's an issue of trying to install to a FAT partition. It seems odd that it's trying to install stuff before you have a chance to do anything with the partitions. I only used Mandriva briefly about a year ago, so I don't remember the exact process, but it does make me wonder about the installation disk. Anyway it's probably a bad idea to install to a FAT partition. I think there's something with it not being able to set linux permissions quite right. If you need to share data with windows, use a third partition as FAT for sharing and something like ext3 or reiser for your root. You might try formating the partitions using some kind of liveCD like Knoppix, which is probaably a good thing to have laying around anyway for system maintenence.

The most common reasons for problems installing seem to be a bad disk. If you haven't already done so check the MD5 sum of the file you downloaded. I don't know how to do this from windows, but google can probably tell you. Another common source of bad disks is burning the iso to fast. There should be an option to set for lower speeds, I usually burn mine at 4x without problems.
Old 05-22-2006, 04:14 PM   #3
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delete all partitions that you have thru windows xp setup except the one windows is on...then start the linux setup again an choose to set it up on free space that is available.


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