Linux Installation Problems, Assistance Needed

Discussion in 'Linux & BSD' started by Nick M, Oct 20, 2002.

  1. Nick M

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    Allright, so what's the deal!? :mad:

    I put in my Mandrake 9.0 CD, select boot from CD, then the Mandrake Screen comes up, asking to install, or other options. I prett enter to install, and the screen goes blank, and the caps + scroll lock buttons on my keyboard flash...and that's about it.
    Mandrake 8.0 does the same thing; which is funny because both CDs booted my my 333mhz pentium 2 system. Red Hat goes to install screen fine and everything; but I want Mandrake, not Red Hat. :eek:

    Any idea's why this is going on?


    PS. My specs

    AMD XP 1900
    Gigabyte Ga-7VRXP
    1024 MB PC 2700 DDR RAM
    IBM 120 GXP
    Sound Blaster Live 5.1
    Geforce 4 TI4400
    DVD- CDRW drive.
     
  2. scsa20

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    funny, never happend to me... try reburning the first ISO and try again o_O
     
  3. Nick M

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    And If I put in the CD during when Windows runs, a nice menu comes up, with a lot of options. The ISO is fine...
     
  4. SPeedY_B

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    Try reading through the readme for variables that can be passed on boot, some machines/setup's require special parameters instead of simply pressing enter at the "Boot: " screen

    At a guess i'd say its the graphical install, try installing in text mode.
     
  5. Nick M

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    Text mode goes ok; but I'm having trouble making another partition.
     
  6. SPeedY_B

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    try pre-creating a partition from within windows with partition magic (the trial/demo should sort you for that) then you can simply select to install within the existing partition, creating partitions is a lot harder without the GUI i agree.
     
  7. Nick M

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    Ok, thanks for the advice, let me attempt at that, then see how it goes.
     
  8. SPeedY_B

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    once you've created the empty space in Partition Magic, once your at the point of partitioning in Mandrake you should be able to basically tell it "Dump the o/s in this space", just in more technical terms :)
     
  9. Nick M

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    I figured that much; I tried it, but it didn't quite work this time ( THX for all your help Speedy ) I'll try again tommorow. What really bugs me though, is to exactly why the os set up wont run in graphics mode...
     
  10. SPeedY_B

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    What GFX card you using?
    Sometimes this can be the problem, altho you did say RedHat managed to boot a gui install. Linux is very picky when it comes to hardware.
    My first linux experience was RedHat 7.0 which didn't support GeForce 2's (they later implemented support into 7.1 about a week later ... gits) so I literally spent ALL day fiddling about with it to only to amount to a 320x240 black and white display, but of course, I was happy with this :)

    The problem here tho is I'm not entirely sure what the Mandrake installer GUI is based on, so I'm not sure how to pin point your problem, as its not like you can install a driver preceding the install, but if you manage to get through the text install ok, everything should be fine.

    It's just getting there thats the problem, gotta love linux :D
     
  11. Nick M

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    :) nVidia Geforce Ti 4400.

    Red hat does graphical install, but mandrake doenst :)
    I'll partition tommorow, try to install mandrake, and post back here if it works ( or doenst )
     
  12. SPeedY_B

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    well, the Ti 4400 Doesn't appear to be in Mandrakes supported hardware list, they don't even mention it in the "known hardware" list (listing of hardware that mite work or they KNOW doesn't)
    But having said that, I've just checked RedHat.com too, and they don't mention it either.

    Obviously this doesn't mean it theres a 100% chance it won't work, like my GeForce 2 and RedHat 7.0, anythings possible.
    It just seems odd that neither mention the card, yet it only works on the one o/s.
     
  13. Nick M

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    Ah. Not supported. I assume that hopefully this is just for the setup, or will my installed Linux appear in text mode too :) ?
     
  14. SPeedY_B

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    Possibly, I really couldn't say.
    Chances are if it's not supported by the installer it won't boot into gui post-installation.
    Having said that, there's always a chance it will ^_^

    The nVidia site only seems to provide linux drivers for Mandrake 8.0, so either they seem to think it'll work with Mandrake 9.0 or they're just inept :D
    I think your best bet for the moment is to go through with the
    text install and see what comes of it in the end.
     
  15. Nick M

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    :p Allright. Speedy, again, thank's bundles. Will try out when I come home, gotta go off to school now. :)
     
  16. SPeedY_B

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    no problem.
    Just be sure to let me know how you get on, I always like to hear of people trying alternative operating systems.
     
  17. Nick M

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    Wah. hahahaha. ha.haha
    ::slams desk:::

    AHHHH!
    Ok, so I do a partition with Partition Magic, it's ok, then then I try to install Mandrake in text mode...and it just freezes at a certain point, then, I turn my pc off, and the system is unbootable. Woo!

    So I erase everything, install windows Xp again, leaving about 10 gig uppartitioned space...oh my. Now what :) ? I'm gonna try to install linux....again :)
     
  18. shiatsu

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    Try checking your BIOS and turn off "plug and play" recognition for the OS. This allows the BIOS to allocate hardware interrupts. Also turn off any shadowing of the Video Bios. Apparently having these two options enabled can cause problems when installing Mandrake.

    Alan
     
  19. MadHaXX()|2

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    nvidia cards are setup the same. just install the latest one & once nvidia writes a new kernel & driver for the ti 4400 on mandrake then you can install and reconfigure the (what is it ?) XF86Config4 file, till then your vidcard wont have all of the accelleration thats packed into that card :( but it should work
     
  20. MadHaXX()|2

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    yea dont try to use part7 to partition the space, as they dont have all of the linux fat types implemented in their system. they dont even have the ext3 fat under rh7.2. ext2 is the latest they have

    my suggestion is to use the fdisk provided in the installer to set up the disk partition & all.