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Adventures in installing linux

By master3bs ·
Well I installed Mandrake. I got an error installing package libxorg-x11-6.7.0-3mdk.i586.

I went back and determined what it was that was not installing correctly. It was listed as a "must have" on the installation guide so I decided to continue anyway; as I can always reinstall.

Well I now have a very powerful command line OS.

I learned how to go to the /etc/inittab file and change it to boot to the GUI instead. Before doing that; I learned the startx command and tried it. This gives me a series of no such file or directory errors.

So I'm going to reinstall mandrake again. In the meantime I'm downloading a centOS ISO and will grab a debian next.

Mandrake is supposed to be one of the easier flavors to install; so I'm going to at least get a graphical interface to work on it before moving on to another flavor.

Most likely I'll blog about this too.

Updates to come

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xorg IS part of your GUI

by cyber_rigger In reply to Adventures in installing ...

Try to document your error as much as possible.
Grab a pencil and paper and write down as much as you can and then post it.


It looks like a problem with your X graphics display (i.e. xorg) so your GUI will NOT work
until you get that fixed.

libxorg-x11-6.7.0-3mdk.i586 is a library that X uses.


I would try it again
with a later version of Mandrake/Mandriva (if available)

and a different make of video card
if you have one lying around.


Some common X display problems are not using the right video driver or having a scan rate that your monitor can't handle.

If I remember right Mandrake
has a command line "drakconfig"
(or something like that)
to change a lot of your system settings.

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ok

by master3bs In reply to xorg IS part of your GUI

I'll reinstall and document the problems.

In the meantime I tried to install centOS and got an error installing one of the packets. So I restarted the process and tested the CD; which told me that the either the CD was corrupt or the ISO itself was.

I find it odd that I'm 2 for 2 in having problems potentially from the ISO themselves.

Anyway; I'm wiping centOS and starting over with Mandrake and I'll share what I've got. I appreciate any adivce. If it gets too involved I'll use the Q/A later.

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by cyber_rigger In reply to ok

"I find it odd that I'm 2 for 2 in having problems potentially from the ISO themselves."


It wouldn't hurt to do these:

1.
Do a md5sum check on your downloaded file.
You will need a md5sum program to run on the file.
It will spit out a number,
Compare this number to the published md5 number for that iso file.
If they match then you have a good download.

2.
After you burn your CD
have your CD burning program verify the CD
by rereading the CD and comparing it back to the iso file. A faulty CD burner can play havoc.
You may also have a problem with your CD reader that does the install.

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Hardware Problem

by jc2it In reply to

I think it is most likely you have a hardware problem. If you don't want to spend the time troubleshooting the CD-ROM and burner, then buy a CD-ROM set from Mandriva:
http://store.mandriva.com/product_info.php?products_id=287&osCsid=d9c699375a0fff4f14120c9770e2af23


You could still have bad/old/unsupported hardware. Check the compatibility lists at:
http://www.linux.org/hardware/

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um,actually

by Jaqui In reply to xorg IS part of your GUI

xorg-x11-6.7.0-3mdk.i583.rpm is not just the libs for xorg, it is the server executable.

the other option, if mandrake was still installed and running console:

urpmi --force xorg-x11-6.7.0-3mdk
then y at the prompts.
this would force the x installation, allowing for xf86-config to be used.

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sonic burning the issue

by master3bs In reply to Adventures in installing ...

I traced my problems back to my recording software. I was using Sonic; which just happened to be preinstalled on my new notebook.

I grabbed a better burning application that I have here; tested the CD after burning the image and it passed. The CD's burned from Sonic had bad checksums.

So now I'm installing centOS; and its gotten further than before. I have a number of flavors I've downloaded and will most likely try each one.

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burning software

by apotheon In reply to sonic burning the issue

Eventually, you'll be able to skip all that nonsense and control burning directly at the command line with a tool like cdrecord.

$ cdrecord dev=/dev/hdc cdimage.iso

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Better windows based burners

by nzamparello In reply to sonic burning the issue

here are 2 windows based sotware programs for cd-burning that I highly recommend. Burn-at-once and CDburnerXPPRO.. Both are free and both are VERY good when it comes to burning isos.

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If you continue to have problems,

by lastchip In reply to Adventures in installing ...

try Xandros http://www.xandros.com/about/downloads.html

It's soooooo easy!

Do take the advice about MD5SUMS though. I recently downloaded Debian and all four of the images I downloaded were corrupted.

Xandros is Debian based, but Granny proof!

Debian on the other hand, is a nightmare for a novice; at least, that's been my experience. For a start, it doesn't come with a GUI and all attempts to get X11 to work for me failed, although the base system via a network connection installed faultlessly. But it's not one for beginners! You really do need a fair level of knowledge to take advantage of what undoubtedly is a powerful system.

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