Want to give up...
Well - after installing Mandriva 2009.1 I have decided that it is soooooo different from Debian based system that it is one toke over the line.
"No problem" you say - just install a debian based system. My thought exactly. Only problem is that now i can't install anything! Every single distro CD i have fails with an initramfs error message that revalidation failed (errno = -5).
I have booted from all of these disks before onto this machine with avsolutely no problem. So far I have tried acpi=off and noacpi - to the same result.
What hasd Mandriva done to my system? I have never had a problem like this before (Linuxer since late 90s) and i am a person who likes to try everything.
Me thinks you might want to try cleaning the CDROM drive and/or try the LiveCD's on another system to verify that they do indeed work correctly. I can't imagine what Mindriva could have done to your system, I've never heard of such a thing.
Just installed Mandriva on the same drive yesterday.
Well, you could always post the exact error message and hopefully it'll be something that we can fix. Do all LiveCD's give the same error?
Sometimes, certain distro components can certainly goober a piece of computer hardware. I remember back in 2003 it was Mandrake 9.2 that was killing LG cd-drives.
Hope this isn't going to be another one of those unhappy events.
Hi all - Thanks for the interest ... I have now tested the CD of the actual distro i want to install on a different machine and it chks fine.
The exact error message is:
(initramfs) [ 35.272989] ata2.00: revalidation failed (errno = 5 )
[ 35.391798] ata2: exception Emask 0x1 SAct 0x0 Serr 0x0 action 0x0 t4
[ 35.391836] ata2: irq_stat 0x40000008
Of course, that is typed by hand, but i think i have it exact. The messages from the others are very close if not exactly this.
I am going to try an external drive now and see if that helps...
Thanks for any thoughts you might have on this.
Latest weirdness - I can boot easily from the Mandriva live CD - But no other.
The best I can figure is the HD may be failing or something.
ata2: exception Emask 0x1 SAct 0x0 Serr 0x0 action 0x0 t4 - Google Search
Could be a Mandriva specific bug or something too. But that does not explain why the LiveCD's won't boot.
Hi Mike - Thanks for sticking with this strange problem - Followed a link from your google link to Ubuntu - exactly the same problem except Mandriva not named.
The workaround was to disable AHCI in the BIOS and select IDE instead for the SATA drive setup.
Well - at least it is a real problem, as the "workaround" works! Still don't fully understand what happened on the Mandriva install...? Also not clear on the side effects of the workaround.
Alright! Glad you got it solved somewhat.