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Old 11-27-2006, 05:53 PM   #1
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Mandriva 2007 Free won't install GRUB


Hello. I've been attempting over the past few days to install Mandriva 2007 Free on my winXP machine and dual boot it. I previously had Fedora Core 5 installed, so i figured i'd just install Mandriva on the partition where Fedora was and it'd wipe it and i'd be fine. However, after installing it, i noticed that the Fedora boot menu (GRUB) was still there and a new one hadn't been written. No matter, the old fedora boot seemed to work fine (as in, i booted "Fedora core 5 blah blah", and Mandriva loaded up fine. However, the mouse didn't work. So i tried changing the mouse to different types, and it still didn't work. So i wiped the linux partition, and reinstalled. This time, the old fedora boot command ("Fedoracore5.2.6.1.18 blah blah") didn't work. Once again GRUB hadn't been rewritten. So i tried updating the mandriva installation with the bootloader changed to be on another drive. I have twp drives, a 160GB Seagate Baracudda SATA drive (divided into 3 Windows partitions, and a linux swap and a linux main, however it goes from dev/sda1 to dev/sda8 due to extended and logical partitions stuff etc) and also a 60GB Maxtor IDE HDD drive. I don't actually know what drive the windows MBR is on, however windows is installed on the SATA drive. So i tried installing GRUB on the 60GB drive, on a device called something along the lines of "pgc_mapper" or something similar, and also on two of the partitions pgc_mapper7 (linux swap) and on pgc_mapper8, linux main. None of those work. So why can't Mandriva install GRUB onto my boot partition? Fedora never had a problem, and it just did it, but Mandriva just refuses. I have tried restoring the windows MBR using fixboot from the windows recovery console, then reinstalling mandriva. However, now i've not got a GRUB screen at all, as once again Mandriva won't install the GRUB screen. So my question is, what is going on? And also, how do i find what drive my MBR is on? Could the problem be that i have a software RAID array on my 160GB SATA drive (it's a raid array on only one drive, as my motherboard doesn't support SATA drives unless RAID is activated). Thanks.
 
Old 11-28-2006, 10:55 AM   #2
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Ok, i've managed to fix it now that i've had some more sleep :P I realised the software RAID was screwing up the bootloader install, so instead i changed the boot device to the IDE drive, and install the bootloader on that drive. Now it works perfectly, thanks for the help.
 
Old 01-02-2007, 03:27 AM   #3
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I didn't see where anyone helped you, but did you get the mouse working?

I have to go to the Mandriva control center each time I boot and I have to choose the wrong mouse an wait until it asks if I want to emulate the third button. By then, both my USB and touchpad work.

I suspect it has something do do with X, but I am not sure.
 
Old 01-02-2007, 04:00 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Wolfton
I didn't see where anyone helped you, but did you get the mouse working?
I have to go to the Mandriva control center each time I boot and I have to choose the wrong mouse an wait until it asks if I want to emulate the third button. By then, both my USB and touchpad work.
I suspect it has something do do with X, but I am not sure.
Have a look in "/etc/x11/xorg.conf " and see what it chose for you
 
Old 01-02-2007, 06:09 AM   #5
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I managed to get it working by choosing "USB Wheel Mouse" as opposed to generic PS2/USB mouse as the option. The thing is, this only worked when i installed it fresh - if i tried to update the previous installation by using the install cd, then none of the options i chose seemed to take effect. I think it may be the same with the bootloader, as i tried that recently and once again it didn't seem to install properly. I have just added a new 320GB SATA drive (Seagate Baracuda 7200.10), so i had to reformat everything anyway, so now i have no linux at all Ah well, at least this time i can do it properly Thanks for you help anyway guys.
 
Old 01-03-2007, 02:41 AM   #6
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It says...

Section "Input Device"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"

Down on the bottom under "ServerLayout" it says:
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"

The only other thing I see mouse related is the "ServerFlags" portion where it says:
AllouwMouseOpenFail

I wonder if the problems I had after first boot are related to the mouse failing.

In the control center, it stays on "Any PS/2 & USB mice" no matterhwat I select. It looks to me like the 'universal' driver they have here in Mandriva 2007 is bad.

If yours 'wouldn't take' either then there must be a problem rooted more deeply than just this conifg file. Perhaps there's a script somewhere to autodetect our settings upon startup and it automatically overwrites the settings. I would almost bet that this is the problem.

I just don't know where that script is, or how to make it not detect the mouse and always IMPS/2 (for the touchpad)
 
Old 01-03-2007, 03:52 PM   #7
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I can't check Mandriva ATM but on Mepis 6 it does not even have a /dev/mouse
Check in /dev/
Somehow you will have to get to the MCC and set the mouse . Make it select the touchpad but I have not had one of these so I can't help you
Some kind soul will know though

Edit on Mepis forum I just spotted this

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

run in a terminal and select your choices for screen keyboard and Mouse but be careful ,I tried it and it did not detect my monitor right and I got that brilliant red "out of range" message on the next boot . Fortunately it automatically backed up the old /etc/X11/xorg.conf as a similar name with the date in it. Just copied old back over new and it was right again.

Last edited by tytower; 01-04-2007 at 04:56 AM.
 
  


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