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  1. #1

    mandrake wont boot on my hp laptop

    i installed mandrake on my laptop, but it wont boot, during the installation process, it said the graphics werent configured, so i clicked the button to configure it. there was no option for a mobility radeon there, so i just chose "radeon." can anyone help me with this? o, and im doing a full installation, i took off windows totally, not a dual boot. TIY
    these are the specs for my hp laptop

    Mobile AMDŽ Athlon? XP-M Processor 2500+ (1.87GHz) with PowerNow!? Technology

    Processor Cache
    512KB (L2)
    512MB DDR SDRAM (2 x 256MB) at 266MHz;
    Video Graphics
    ATI MOBILITY RADEON 4X AGP and 3D architecture
    Video Memory
    64MB DDR SDRAM (shared)
    Hard Drive
    40GB Enhanced IDE hard disk drive
    Multimedia Drive
    DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (CD-read 24x; CD-write 8x; CD-rewrite 8x; DVD-read 8x)
    15" XGA TFT (1024 x 76
    Integrated V.90/V.92 56K modem (RJ-11 connector)
    Network Card
    Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

    Wireless Connectivity

    Integrated 54g wireless LAN
    * 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio
    * Altec Lansing Speakers
    87-/88-key, full-size with embedded numeric keypad
    PC Card Slots
    1 Type II or III PC Card slot; CardBus-enabled

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    What is the error you get when it "won't boot"

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    this is what happens:
    i turn it on, hp screen pops up, then the screen with the OS choices pops up. The choices are linux, linux-nonfb, and failsafe. ive tried all 3 and the loading bar movies to the end, and then in "linux" the screen goes blank. The other 2 somewhat load, says "bios data check successfull", then some loading occurs and stops right there also i noticed that the HDD light isnt blinking. reading the lines i see that "checking if image is isn't (no cpio magic); looks like an initrd
    ACPI: Looking for DSDT in initrd ... not found!"
    at first i thought it might have been the video driver, but since the hdd light doesnt blink and the above code, i have no clue anymore. also this is the mandrake 10.1 community distro. TIA

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    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
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    have you tried reinstalling?

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    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
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    did you download the ISOs from the net or did you buy a cd from a distributor?

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    downloaded it from mandrake's site

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    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
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    St. Petersburg, FL
    you should check the md5sum of the ISOs to make sure that your download wasn't corrupted. you could also try reburning

  10. #9

    I've see this before.

    Quote Originally Posted by offtheedge
    this is what happens:
    ACPI: Looking for DSDT in initrd ... not found!"
    That's your clue right there.

    Boot in single user mode, disable ACPI. You may also need to disable PCMCIA and APM.

    Check this site:

    It has lots of info on what is needed to run linux succesfully on most laptops.

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