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Old 10-15-2001, 08:29 AM   #1
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Mandrake 8.1 Installation Problem

Hi everyone,
I'm a little frustrated by this because I've tried everything I could this weekend. My problem is I partitioned and installed Mandrake 8.1 on my laptop, but didn't have the Com for the modem and proper monitor configuration for X when I installed it the first time. Everything installed correctly though.

Second time, I installed the OS again (without formatting any of the partitions) and thinking that I might have created two copies, I went back to install for a third time, but doing it clean this time.

The third and 20 subsequent attempts all froze during the package installation stage. It usually crashed with 25-27 minutes remaining and never made it to the point where it asked to insert Disk 2 like it did the first install which was successful. The progress bar seemed to be about 60% complete at that point.

My latest theory is that when I started windows to find out the video card and modem information, it wrote some information on a random block in the remainder of my hd. Before the first install, I did scandisk and defrag to consolidate the windows information to one part of the hd. Anyway, I think it keeps stalling at the same part because it gets to that block and since windows wrote something to it when I started it, the linux installation can't write to it and crashes the install.

Any ideas how to fix this? Is there a way to somehow get back into windows and run defrag again? I would really like to avoid the uninstalling linux and formatting the hd.

Old 10-15-2001, 09:38 AM   #2
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Man thats alot of install......My bet would be to use fdisk and format the linux partition and reinstall.. I don't know what laptop u have; but here is a website that will help u along the way.
Old 10-15-2001, 10:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.

Are you referring to windows fdisk? I've read some other posts where people have referred to an fdisk for linux.

Anyway, I'll give that a shot. When I've tried fdisk this weekend, it shows the linux partition as an extended drive, but would not let me delete it nor does it recognize any oh..I forgot the proper word for it, but it's the other partition below the extended one.
Old 10-16-2001, 09:16 AM   #4
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I tried my theory about the defrag and it crashed in the same place. I managed to get back into windows and scandisked and defragged the hd again, but when I went to install packages again during installation, it crashed.

I highly doubt this, but is there any possibility that I might have messed up the installation program? I run it off of CD-Rs that someone burned for me...

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Old 10-16-2001, 06:49 PM   #5
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I've had problems with cd's that I do NOT burn with DAO for the image... everything looks normal, but files here and there wont be accessible... if I then re-burn with DAO enabled, everything is fine.


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