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Old 11th May 2007, 14:57
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Default Mandriva Linux Free 2007 Spring stalls at boot

Dear Falko.
I have followed your howto on installing Mandriva Linux Free 2007 Spring.
At first everything seemed to be going smoothly but when it came to the first reboot I ran into problems.
I got the blue screen with progress bar at bottom left but the bar only moved a few centimetres and then froze.
I left it for about an hour but it did not move.
I escaped using the tower button and tried again using safe mode.
After several pages of text I got to this and stalled again-

<0>kernel panic-not syncing:fatal exception in interrupt
<1>BUG:unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ffffe320
printing eip:
c 0116b82
*pde=00004067
*pte=378be021
Dops:0003(#26)
SMP
Modules linked in intel_agp agpgart usb storage scsi_mod ehci_hcd uhci_hcd usbc
one tsdev evdev ext3 jbd
CPU:0
EIP:0060<coll116b827>) Not tainted VLI
EFLAGS:00010000(2.6.17-13mdv#1)
EIP is at clear_local_APIC+0x32/0x180

I escaped via the tower button again and booted into Windows XP. Windows informed me that I had new hardware installed and should reboot.
I did so and tried to boot into Mandriva with the same result as before so I tried safe install again.
This time I got to this before stalling-

EIP<LC01bdc2f>copy_strings+0x13f/0x220 SS:ESP 0068:f7ebbe5c
/etc/rc.modules:line 14:1195
segmentation fault modprobe
$module$args
>/dev/null 2>&1

I do hope you can help as I was really looking forward to trying Mandriva.
I am running a Celeron R 3.06 with 1gb RAM. I have installed Mandriva on half of an 80gb hd with XP home in the other half. XP seems to be working ok.

Thanks in advance, John Williams
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Old 12th May 2007, 18:12
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It seems that Mandriva doesn't like your hardware. You could try to install it again, but if that doesn't help, then there's probably no cure...
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Thanks for your reply Falko. I have tried re-installing but still no luck. I'm really disappointed.
I now have half my hard drive taken up by a system I can't access. How do I get rid of it?

John Williams
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You could re-partition your hard drive (without using your Windows system) with GParted: http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
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Wie Gehts Falko
Thanks for your response. I just skimmed through your howto on using GParted.
Do you mean that I should delete all non NTFS partitions and allocate the space as NTFS ?
Will that return me to using all my hard drive for Windows?
I am very sorry to have to give up on this and have tried various suggestions from a moderator on the Mandriva Forum.
He suggested I reinstall and then type "noapic" into the GRUB menu and then boot.
This seemed to get me a bit further but I ended up with-

EIP is at clear_local_APIC+0x32/0x180

I have also noticed something curious on my D drive.
I did not mention the D drive before as I did not think this had anything to do with the Mandriva install alongside Windows in the C drive.
I use about three quarters of the D (Maxtor IDE 120gb) for storing music and photos plus some backup files.
Now , when I open My Computer, the D drive shows up in blue text rather than the previous black.
When I open the drive everything is as before except for an Adobe folder which is now in blue text.
When I open the Adobe folder acrobat 5 and acrobat 7 are shown in blue whereas the other files-photoshop cs2, elements etc. are still in black text.

This seems to have happened since I installed Mandriva on the C drive.
Does this throw any light on my problem?
Adobe files on the C drive remain in black text

Thanks again for your help, John Williams
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Quote:
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Do you mean that I should delete all non NTFS partitions and allocate the space as NTFS ?
Yes, add it to your existing NTFS partition (don't delete the existing NTFS partition because then you lose your windows installation).
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Will that return me to using all my hard drive for Windows?
Yes.
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