Newborn- old system - Installation error
I've an old Dell OptiPlex150 bios A09- Pent 3 - 933mhz - 80gig hd - CD- floppy .... trying to install mandrake 10.1
No past linux experience.
When CD is in and welcome screen comes up, the install option highlights but no response, same with install w/floppy ... receive assistance works which got me here.
My boot sequence is floppy - CD - HD ... It will not CD boot w/ Mandrake 10.1 in CD.
By exploring w/WinXP ... going to CDdrv and in the Mandrake disk /dosutils/autorun ... installs 7files to floppy. including cdrom.rdz and vmlinuz
NOW booting from floppy ... the screen offers install and w/options. Selecting install, there is some loading - then some boot verbose - then trying to access mandrakelinux CD rom Norcent RWJ 481S - followed by error ...
could not open compressed ramdisk file (/sysroot/tmp/image/install/stage2/mdkinst_stage2.bz2)
clicking OK terminates and kills.
I've been woiking on this for some days ... downloaded Mandrake10.1 three times.. notice some tearing at this moment. Please, any help would be appreciated... I think this really a test for me to ask for help -- hurray for Linux
FIXED..... and BROKE AGAIN
I have a new disk and it works....
In trying to have a dual partition and share the space on my HD w/windows XP
It repartitioned MY ENTIRE HD... loosing ALL MY FILES
Now when I boot up it says "No operating system"
I think I need to fix this before in continue and install Linux.
ANYONE know how to recover from this and get back to I was before?
There is an old saying about suffering
sometimes it is not to complain about cause it just might get worse.........