Installed Mandrake 10.1, but GUI doesn't work
When I tested the configuration during installation, it seemed to work. But I'm not sure really whether the test passed or failed -- all I got was a box in the middle of the screen asking if configuration was correct. Because I could see a widget with two buttons, I figured it was ok.
But after I rebooted (after installation) I didn't get a desktop. The desktop was blank, except for a small clock in the upper right. When I clicked I get a popup menu with items like "Focus" etc. Not sure what that was. I'm not sure whether the video card is having issues or what.
I went through the installation again and chose to not start X org automatically. I can login and everything appears fine. But I have no desktop.
I can do my work from the command line, but I would like a desktop. I don't know how to install it from the command line. Should I try that or try to reinstall again?
I don't get any options for desktop config
I am using the "mini" install, which fits on a single CD, but which might be the problem. I don't get any options for desktop or video card. I read that the mini install downloads the rest of the installation from the internet. So I thought I would get all the normal options during installation. But I don't any options and "heads" or desktop environment.
I installed Mandrake 8.1 and it works fine, so at least I have a working install now. I'll work on updated to a newer version.
Any tips on that?
Re: I don't get any options for desktop config
My approach to upgrading is just to buy a magazine with a cover disk containing a newer version. I always use a dvd edition because that contains a complete distro ... Anything less than that I consider to be a waste of time because I need everything to be easily available. That's not the only approach ... just mine.
Having installed a newer version I create links to an ftp download site near me and install bug fixes and security updates for the version I've uprgraded to. A typical magazine + cover disk costs me £6 ... Not a big outlay!
Learn to use urpmi which is Mandriva's update tool (run from the command line). Read up on this site and expect a learning curve before you get to the point where you are comfortable. :wink:
Generally you have two options for updates: either use ftp mirror sites or get a disk from somewhere. Always try to get the complete distro on one disk.
EDIT: Just to be really controversial, I don't like early editions of Mandrake/Mandriva. IMHO anything before version 10 is too buggy to use. 2005 LE is pretty good, but 2006 shows a lot more maturity and polish.