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Old 09-21-2005, 07:13 PM   #1
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Question blank screen at logon-file system not clean

I decided to do a new install of Mandriva 2005 LE on a dual boot system with XP+SP1, that had Mandriva 10.0 installed on it. I seem to have screwed up somewhere, because I now get a blank screen at login. Tried [CTRL][ALT][F1] after a few minutes. Nothing. On booting up ... checking file system reports that the "file system is NOT clean". Starting DKMS - ati (8.10.19) installing module failed... bad exit status 5... installation failed.

Installing Mandriva 10.0 was no problem. Being a newbie I am not sure if I made a mistake in the new installation concerning the partitions. I opted to use the existing partitions because they already existed and went to advanced mode to assure myself that they still existed with the original configurations. Everything seemed correct. ReiserFS was my original choice and I left it at that. HOWEVER, I did not set the mount mounts again because I assumed they were already set. When asked to format during the install process for Mandriva 2005 LE, I chose / and /home.

No problem to do a new install again, but I would like to know what the mistake was before repeating it again. Thanks.

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Old 09-21-2005, 08:37 PM   #2
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What you describe sounds correct in your installation method. What I did was I just select the partition, DELETE it, and then set a mount point. NOt sure if this makes a difference because Mandriva still formats it anyway.

As for the ATI module installation failure, don't worry about that because even on my previous desktop and current laptop, the ATI modules always fail to load, but it still booted into the GUI.

And when you say a "blank" screen, do you literally mean that? or does it kick you out to the terminal? I know during the initial booting up of Mandriva, it does take longer. Next time it's booting, go in VERBOSE mode by pressing ESC to see what's going on.
Old 09-22-2005, 06:50 AM   #3
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thx Micro for the reply. By blank screen I mean it literally, not black. Just a dark green eerie CRT glow (in the dark that is). No terminal, blinking cursor or whatever. Stays that way for hours. I need to do a hard reboot on order to get out of it. I always boot in verbose mode because I like to see whats happening. Everything is marked OK, except for what I mentioned in my original post. When it gets to the the login stage *blank*. The last line is "starting mDNS responder". Remounting file system also reports "file system NOT clean"

The only configuration change on XP between my recent clean install of Mandriva 2005 LE and previous successful install 10.0, is that I am trying out VCOM's System Commander as my boot manager with GRUB on my MBR. Previously I used LILO, but GRUB seems to be better, particularly with System Commander. I mention this in case this could be in an issue. I know LILO does not exisit on the MBR because I did a fixMBR prior to installing System Commander due to other reasons.


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