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Old 03-22-2007, 10:03 PM   #1
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Mandriva install help needed


First, I have only installed one version of Linux LONG ago. About 5 years. Second, I never did get all my hardware mounted, and gave up for lack of support. My computer was completely down.

Now for my current problem. A friend asked me to help him fix his brothers computer. It won't boot up due to virus's he got. He wanted a free OS that would help solve this problem for his brother is an idiot. I recommended a Linux for the stability, and virus protection it offered when not logged on as an admin.

We got Mandriva one 2007 off the web. Burned it to a CD. Got it to boot up, but from there this is all I see.

DRS <dir>
OAK <DIR>
NR <DIR<
WWBMU EXE
README TXT
DCONFIG SYS
AUTODOS7 BAT

Can't access the readme on a good machine for it wants outlook express. Gives an error message. When I run the WWBMU EXE I get the following error message (in german I think)

Die Laufwerksparameter konnten nicht eingelesen werden

Das Programm wird daher abgebrochen

Then the only option is ok, which takes me back to the directory. I copied the error message EXACTLY as it read. Case sensitive and all.

Don't know what to do from here. Any advice would be wonderful. I will check this every now and then as he is at work. If no response before too late, then I will check tomorrow as I am at his house. I can also work via email if preferred.

Thank you,
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:10 PM   #2
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im going to take a guess that those files arent what are on the mandriva 2007 install CD. therefor you probably didnt get it to boot up (from the CD). do you hear the CD spin up at boot? im sure there should be some prompt or some output that its loading, do you need to 'press any key to boot CD'? is the boot order correct--ie, is the CD drive checked before any hard drive?

is there another PC to try and boot this CD or to verify its contents? also try and burn it again, at the lowest speed and verify its set to a bootable/ISO cd (as opposed to a data cd).
 
Old 03-22-2007, 10:16 PM   #3
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im going to take a guess that those files arent what are on the mandriva 2007 install CD. therefor you probably didnt get it to boot up (from the CD). do you hear the CD spin up at boot? im sure there should be some prompt or some output that its loading, do you need to 'press any key to boot CD'? is the boot order correct--ie, is the CD drive checked before any hard drive?

is there another PC to try and boot this CD or to verify its contents? also try and burn it again, at the lowest speed and verify its set to a bootable/ISO cd (as opposed to a data cd).
Nope, it booted from the CD just fine. Never went to windows XP or anything. I even checked the downloaded files to see if the burned ones matched the unzipped ones. they match....maybe a bad copy from bitorrent?

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Old 03-22-2007, 10:20 PM   #4
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Never went to windows XP or anything
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It won't boot up due to virus's he got.
it definetly wont load XP because the computer doesnt boot up, right?! its probably booting to something bad--not the CD.

does the same message (as above) appear when you dont boot with the CD in?

I would imagine if the ISO you downloaded contained .bat and .exe files then it isnt the mandriva 2007 CD. did you download it from the official site or from one of its official mirrors? verify its md5 checksum if you have to (but if you get it from one of their official sources i dont think you need to bother).
 
Old 03-22-2007, 10:37 PM   #5
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it definetly wont load XP because the computer doesnt boot up, right?! its probably booting to something bad--not the CD.

does the same message (as above) appear when you dont boot with the CD in?

I would imagine if the ISO you downloaded contained .bat and .exe files then it isnt the mandriva 2007 CD. did you download it from the official site or from one of its official mirrors? verify its md5 checksum if you have to (but if you get it from one of their official sources i dont think you need to bother).
The same message does not appear. It tries to boot up as normal, but gets a bad command line from the S.M.A.R.T command off the hard drive.

It was not from one of the offical sites, but I did try to download it again from the offical site. Bit torrent said it was the same file and downloaded.

I can attempt to download the file again from Mandriva.com, and burn it again. When the CD is in, it does boot fine to the screen mentioned. Think I should delete the zipfile I have, and redownload from Mandriva?

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Old 03-22-2007, 10:40 PM   #6
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my only guess would be yes, try and get it from the official mandriva download site.

remember to verify its a boot cd when you burn it and burn at slowest write speed.

good luck
 
Old 03-22-2007, 10:41 PM   #7
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my only guess would be yes, try and get it from the official mandriva download site.

remember to verify its a boot cd when you burn it and burn at slowest write speed.

good luck

Hopefully this one doesn't take nearly as long...took a day before with highspeed.

Thank you.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:49 PM   #8
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Wow,

That one was much faster, and seemed the same file. Will try it again. Also, he wants to do a clean install and wipe the other OS from the system, hence why trying to install as a boot cd.

Before I burn the cd, any other suggestions?

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Old 03-23-2007, 12:09 AM   #9
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not that i can think of.. hopefully someone who can solve your problem comes across this thread.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 02:21 AM   #10
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What is the name of the file you downloaded? Does it end with .iso? Did you burn a CD from an image? or did you burn the file to the CD and choose to make the CD bootable? The reason I ask is that Mandriva One 2007 is a Live CD image with an Installation option. You should have an option to burn a CD from an image or something similar. When burned correctly, the image file makes a bootable CD. When you boot your computer from the CD, you boot into Mandriva Linux 2007. You can then click the Install icon on the desktop to install Mandriva to your hard disk.

You may be best served to go to an ftp mirror and get the image file from there. You should go to the Mandriva One Download page first. There are several versions of Mandriva One, separated by Desktop environment and language support. Check out the descriptions for each one, then scroll down the page to the list of ftp sites world wide. Select an ftp site near you. You may have to enter the One directory at the ftp mirror. Download the .iso image for the Mandriva One version you want. If you have a few blank CD's available, get both a KDE and a Gnome version so you can try them both out to see which you like best.

HTH

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Old 03-23-2007, 03:48 PM   #11
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What is the name of the file you downloaded? Does it end with .iso? Did you burn a CD from an image? or did you burn the file to the CD and choose to make the CD bootable? The reason I ask is that Mandriva One 2007 is a Live CD image with an Installation option. You should have an option to burn a CD from an image or something similar. When burned correctly, the image file makes a bootable CD. When you boot your computer from the CD, you boot into Mandriva Linux 2007. You can then click the Install icon on the desktop to install Mandriva to your hard disk.

You may be best served to go to an ftp mirror and get the image file from there. You should go to the Mandriva One Download page first. There are several versions of Mandriva One, separated by Desktop environment and language support. Check out the descriptions for each one, then scroll down the page to the list of ftp sites world wide. Select an ftp site near you. You may have to enter the One directory at the ftp mirror. Download the .iso image for the Mandriva One version you want. If you have a few blank CD's available, get both a KDE and a Gnome version so you can try them both out to see which you like best.

HTH
Got it working. Found out the problem, to only come across a funny one. The problem was that everytime I changed the boot device in the bios, it would not save it. I finally got it to save, and caldra (sp) booted up correctly. YEA!

Then I leave as it starts the set up to check on something to come back and see it's all in german! I downloaded an english version from the offical website in under 3 minutes. Going to give it a try today when he comes and gets me.

If I need more help, I will post here for sure. Thanks for all the help.

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Old 03-23-2007, 05:43 PM   #12
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Mandriva next step?

Alright,

Turns out that the english version I downloaded is german as well....dagnabit! But that is for the wwbmu exe file, which seems to be a partition program.

Now for my newbie stuff. I get the command prompt. Can look up the Directory (same thing as above). This is from the offical mandriva.com site.

Caldera dos 7.03 is currently up and running.

What I need to know is what to do next? I am so lost What my friend wants for his brother is the ability to surf the net and such, but as it stands he can't do that. What do I need to install/change from the current settings? I am a code ...but once this is done. I may go ahead and do a dual OS on my personal. What I did see of Linux long ago, I frikk'n loved. It was the bomb.

Any help would be great, thanks.

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Old 03-23-2007, 10:08 PM   #13
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Caldera dos 7.03 is currently up and running.
This tells me you started Caldera DOS version 7.03. If you want to use Calders DOS, you should find a forum for that product. I do not know anything about it.

If you want to install Mandriva Linux, make sure you burned the CD correctly. You should choose Make a CD from an image file or some similar option. You should NOT choose the Make disk bootable option. The .iso image file will make a bootable disk that starts Mandriva Linux.

HTH,
 
  


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