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Old 12-15-2003, 03:14 PM   #1
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Question Mandrake on stripped machine - install help!


I'm attempting to install Mandrake on a stripped Compaq laptop. (I'd post this in the laptop/handheld forum, but I think if you read on you'll see that this post makes more sense.)

The machine is a P120 with 32MB of RAM and a 10GB hard disk. I attempted a dozen Red Hat installs on it, but I can't get the video adapter to work at all. I've given up trying. Rumor has it that Mandrake supports the Compaq LTE 5xxx series much better than Red Hat, so that's my next thing to beat my head against.

Here's the problem. I have only a floppy drive. No CD-ROM. (Plus, this machine doesn't allow the use of a floppy and CD at the same time.) So, I have to install from floppy.

I attempted to do this via FTP, as I did all my RH installs. No dice. Apparently Mandrake requires more than 80MB of RAM in order to do a network install?

My last option, I suppose, is to download all the data onto the hard disk, then boot from floppy to read the source material on a separate hard disk partition. Is this correct? Is it easy? Do I download the ISO images or do I have to capture an entire directory structure off of an FTP server?

This is a tremendous amount of work, but I know it'll be worth it if I ever get things sorted out. Thanks for any suggestions -- I need the help!

John
 
Old 12-15-2003, 03:29 PM   #2
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You can do a harddrive install i.e. the ISO files on a vfat partition. You will need to create a floppy boot disk using the hd.img file from the image directory. I do not know what the min RAM required for this type of install.

Look at the documentation at MDK's website.
 
Old 12-16-2003, 01:20 PM   #3
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Maybe you could extend a bit more help...like a link? I've just spent an hour digging through Mandrake's doco, and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

I've got the three ISO images on the laptop hard drive (in a 2.5GB partition), leaving about 7.5GB free. I boot from floppy using hd.img. But when it asks me where the ISOs are, it won't go on with installation. It just gives me a list of the files in the root of that partition -- nothing more than the three ISO files.

It grows more frustrating by the minute. Help!!! Thanks......
 
Old 12-16-2003, 01:26 PM   #4
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Wait...disregard last message. It turns out that the Mandrake installer is smart enough to list all the files it finds in the directory (the ISO image files), but it isn't smart enough to access them and continue the install. Once I typed in the first ISO filename for it, it looks like it's trying to continue.

Machine is grinding away...wish me luck!
 
Old 12-16-2003, 01:51 PM   #5
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An error occurred
Can't access kernel modules corresponding to your kernel (file
/lib/modules.cz-2.4.22-21mdkBOOT is missing), this generally means your
boot floppy in [sic] not in sync with the Installation medium (please create
a newer boot floppy)

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The above is the error message I get when trying to boot by floppy and install by hard disk drive. Nevermind that the installer crapped out three times in graphical mode, and I had to revert to text just to get this. Why would mandrake distribute a boot disk image and ISOs that are incompatible? All I know is that it's looking like back to Red Hat for me. At least there I only beat my head against video config. Life's too short to work this hard for an install.
 
  


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