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profjohn 03-26-2004 06:52 AM

Tips for Mandrake 10 CD1 Install...
Have seen on some forums trouble with CD1 on Mandrake 10 install. I had the very same trouble... My CD will boot anything else that I have tried, EXCEPT the mandrake CD1.

The Mandrake errata has a simple solution. It goes something like, "if CD1 will not work, use CD2." Ahem. Well, sure. If I HAD a CD2.

Simple solution is roughly as follows (it just proves once agian how easy Linux is for anyone to install):

Boot Windows and run Partition Magic to make some room for Linux (I made about 20 GB of unpartitioned space to play with).

Download all 3 iso images. Save them somewhere. I used a Windows partition to save them at first.

Check MD5 sigs. Everything OK? Cool then burn them onto good media at 8X.

Boot CD1. What? CD1 will not boot? Then make a boot floppy and try that. This is only a theory, as I have no working floppy drive. The air in this part of China is so bad that a lot of floppies die very young. So...

Copy the boot.iso image from the images directory on CD1 to your hard drive, then use it to burn a boot CD.

[edited: at this point, you can use the CD's you just made for beer coasters. They keep the rings off the tables quite nicely]

Download Knoppix live CD iso. Burn it to CD.

Boot Knoppix.

Make a Linux partition just big enough to hold the Mandrake iso images.

Format the partition and put the iso images in. I put each one in a different directory (/iso-1, /iso-2, /iso-3).

Boot again using the boot CD you created above from the boot.iso image, then direct install to the CD1 image. NOTE: Don't delete the linux partition with the iso images when you partition for install!

Do a limited install (you can only install from the first CD this way, so far as I know, but it is really faster like this in the long run).

Boot into Mandrake 10 and set your iso images to mount using something like this in fstab:

/dev/hda4 /mnt/hd ext2 defaults 1 2
/mnt/hd/Mandrakelinux-10.0-Community-Download-CD1.i586.iso /mnt/iso-1 iso9660 ro,loop,auto 0 0
/mnt/hd/Mandrakelinux-10.0-Community-Download-CD2.i586.iso /mnt/iso-2 iso9660 ro,loop,auto 0 0
/mnt/hd/Mandrakelinux-10.0-Community-Download-CD3.i586.iso /mnt/iso-3 iso9660 ro,loop,auto 0 0

Point Software Media Manager to the iso directories, then use the package manager to install everything that you missed by doing a limited install.

Mandrake is so simple and easy to use.

For sure I will tell any first-timer to give it a go.

Seriously, it is worth the trouble, and Mandrake will get it sorted out in their own sweet fucking time.

Went through a lot of changes to get this one installed, but it sure is slick once you get it working!


vi0lat0r 03-26-2004 07:22 AM

Why exactly are you using Mandrake 10? Are you testing it out?

I ask because it's still in a pre-release form... not meant for everyday activity. You should install Mandrake 9.2 if you want a stable version.

profjohn 03-26-2004 07:27 AM

why 10?
Why am I using 10? I just got bored...

It IS cool...

jschiwal 03-26-2004 10:44 AM

Why not just burn all three install cd's? You used up a cd making a boot cd anyway.

By the way, now that you have Mandrake 10 Community installed, you might want to burn a rescue cd.

The command is 'mkrescue --iso'
This will write a rescue.iso file (about 4MB) that you can burn to cd. It also contains a couple dianostic programs to help suggest up lilo boot options, as well as being a boot cd.

profjohn 03-26-2004 07:30 PM

I did burn all 3 CD's. Since I could not boot CD1, CD2 and CD3 were not that useful for install... Hard Disk space is no problem, so having the iso's mounted and waiting should I need them is sort of handy. Package dependencies get sorted out right away.

Thank you for your suggestion about the rescue CD. It makes life a little better every time I find out one more useful little trick. Less work, better results, more beer.

I really do have to say that I am very impressed with what Mandrake has done in 10. It looks and works like a champ. Good menu layout, IMHO. All in all, very sweet.

Schmurff 03-26-2004 09:07 PM

Hello folks,

I have tried Mdk10, and in my experience it is bug-loaded.
After a reboot the filesystem of my root-directory appeared to be corrupted.
I could not repair it, so I saved my data, and reinstalled 9.2.
At first I ran my appz with the old kernel, and almost everything crashed.
So, I activated the new 2.6.3-4 kernel, and after a while my filesystem crashed. But I could get it running again in secure mode. This enabled me to save some unsaved data.

I also saved the boot.log, and there I saw the warning message concerning the "check" during startup: not supported. I guess that this might be the reason of the crash.
Are there other users who have had a similar problem?

All I can say is: wait a few months before upgrading to Mdk10. Then it should have been improved a bit.

Schmurff :jawa:

jschiwal 03-28-2004 09:10 AM

Several people have stated that they couldn't boot up with disk1. The solution is to boot up with disk2 and then switch disks.

rokka 03-28-2004 02:31 PM


Originally posted by jschiwal
Several people have stated that they couldn't boot up with disk1. The solution is to boot up with disk2 and then switch disks.
Yes. As stated in this thread:

pigelet 09-02-2004 05:30 AM

re: problem installing from CD2 - CD5
Hello I have been seeing that folks have issues with booting from the mandrake CD1 but my thing is CD 1 works and then I can get any of the remaining CDs to work..
They keep getting SPAT out... Any ideas?
I have reburned and reburnt so many cds, I also checked the md5sum and the data seems fine but it wont work.
thxs for the help.


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