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Old 02-23-2005, 11:54 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problem Installing Mandrake 10.0 & 10.1

For the second time, I'm trying to install Linux on my computer. Few years ago, i bought a Red Hat Distribution. The installation went well and everythng was working fine except that my girlfriend didn't like it. Last week, I got fed up with XP and decided to switch to Linux. After some reading, I decided to pick Mandrake. I first downloaded 10.0 and tried to install it. I got halfway thru and it crashed. After a few trial, I was finally able to get it working. But after the installation, as it is loading, it crashed again. The screen was displaying: CHECK FOR NEW HARDWARE. The computer rebooted and crashed at the same place. I downloaded 10.1, installed it and got the same problem. So last night, I put Red Hat 7.3 and everything went well, and I didn't get the same problem.

I would like if someone could help me understand why it is happening and how it can be solved so I can run Mandrake instead of Red Hat.

My machine is a
IBM Netvista 700Mhz
384 Mb Ram
Intel 810 Card
HP 8200 CD-Writer
LG 48X CD-Rom
20g Fireball

In all the cases, I unplugged all peripherics.
Old 03-11-2005, 05:33 AM   #2
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Hi, just a quick question - when you downloaded the iso images did you also download the md5 checksums and check that there was no error in the download?I've been caught out by this before and I was just wondering if this could be a contributing factor.
Old 03-11-2005, 06:15 AM   #3
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I think it has to do with the apic/acpi error or other hardware related issues with the 2.6 kernel.
You could try installing with the 2.4 kernel (<F1> during initial menu, type 'alt1' and <Enter>)
or <Esc> at the lilo prompt (after installing) and type 'linux noacpi noapic nolapic apic=off' .

Also run the memory test on CD1: <F1> , <F2> , follow info for memory test.

- Peder
Old 03-11-2005, 08:00 AM   #4
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Yup exactly as bunnadik told you.

Some machines have problems with the 2.6 kernel tree, of the kernel parameters do not help, you can elect to install the older 2.4 kernel which often solves the freezing, and failure to start problems.

This is offered as a boot option during the install if you Fx away from the very first install screen you see when you boot the CD.
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I check the sums for all of them... I found out on other sites that the problem is related to my onboard video card I810. Apparently, it doesn't work properly with Kernel 2.6.

I'm not quite sure how to install a different kernel...Can you explain it in Newbie Language? Would using an older kernel affect functionnality of Mandrake?


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