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  1. #1
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    Sep 2003
    Tampa, FL

    Troubles w/ Linux install

    I am the Mandrake 9X ISO burned to cd and a bootable floopy from winrar with the CD image. I have a pentium 75 with 500meg HD and a CD-rom with floppy. The HD has been formatted and I looked thru the bios to see that the only options to boot are c and a drives. The Cd-rom does not come up. when I start the machine with the floppy and cd in, the install screen shows up, but does not access the CD>

    eventually another screen comes up informing kill signals are being sent...
    install exited abnormally recieved signals sending terminnation signals - done
    sending kill signals - done
    unmounting filesystems
    you may safely reboot system

    that is it!

    ALT F3 yeilds this info....
    automatic mode got 1 params
    got 7 args
    spawning a cell
    cannot open shell - /tmp/sh doesnt exit
    loading modules dependencies
    automatic parameter for method menas returning CDROM drive
    have to insmod ide-cd
    need cdrom

    Is there a solution? what can I do?

    Noid in Tampa

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
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    Jul 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    what did you use to write the cd? dont use an iso image you gotta write the data raw to the cd nero can do that i think but not as default

  3. #3
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    Tampa, FL
    I used a cd data burner, tried both ways of burning as data and save as a ISO file. both times when booted, same result.

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  5. #4
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    May 2003
    It needs to be in data form. The problem is that your Bios is not supporting cd booting. I have a P133 somewhere and I had the same problem. I am not sure how it works with a Linux distro but when I installed freeBSD on that dinosaur I created two floppies to boot and it worked fine.
    Have you had another OS on the PC before and did the drive show up?

    I am on a journey to mastering Linux and I got a bloody long way to go!!!

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