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I am able to "install" Mandriva2006 via CD and configure all options with the GUI, but once I restart to boot to my HD, it simply halts at a blinking ...
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    Mandriva2006 won't boot following install&reboot


    I am able to "install" Mandriva2006 via CD and configure all options with the GUI, but once I restart to boot to my HD, it simply halts at a blinking cursor after POST.

    I used DiskDrake to manually configure partitions as follows:
    sda1 = 100MB /boot
    sda5 = 768MB Linuxswap
    sda6 = 70GB /

    It was a previous XP box. Is this an MBR/LILO issue? If so, any tips on how to resolve? Can I boot to the CD in rescue mode and fix the MBR?

    P4, 2.8, Intel 915 chipset motherboard ICH6, one 80GB SATA drive.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi - something which might work is to go into 'Configure Your Computer' (or the mcc as it's sometimes called) and select Boot.

    In there you should find 'Set up how the system boots'. Try playing with Enable ACPI and Force No ACPI ...

    I can't say which one may or may not help, but this sounds like a BIOS issue to me.
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    Hi Fingal, i'm not familiar with mcc.

    Do you mean to go into the BIOS setup utility itself and disable ACPI? I changed the ACPI setting in BIOS but it didn't resolve the issue. There isn't a disable option, only a change in relative power setting. I'll dig further.

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    Hi - No I didn't mean touch the actual BIOS settings. If you look at your Mandriva menu you'll find 'Configure your Computer' ... Go into that and find Boot and try changing the options in there.

    If that doesn't work then it might be related to having /boot on a separate partition. In theory that should be okay, but Mandriva is a heavily customised *nix and sometimes doing your own thing with settings/partitions can lead to unexpected results.
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    thanks Fingal, I did find and disable the power management settings that you were referring to in the GUI setup, but i'm still having the same problem. i'm wiping the disk to start over and will setup the partitions properly. hopefully that will resolve the issue. do you have any recommendations for setting the partitions and boot options? this is a standalone system used for learning.

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    Hello again - Okay some general hints To be honest my system is so stable now that I haven't reinstalled from scratch for a couple of years: end result ... I'm forgetting the finer points.

    Keep the installation as simple as you can but I would put / and /home on separate partitions. This is useful if you need to do a re-install as the information on /home (personal files etc.) shouldn't be over-written.

    Leave plenty of room in both / and /home for your files. Your root directory can fill up quite fast if you try out plenty of new applications.

    The bootloader you use is up to you. I've used both Grub and Lilo, but as Lilo is the default I would stick with that. Just chose the default settings and you should be okay. I like using Grub if I have more than one hard drive, but Lilo will handle that as well.
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