Mandrake - Please help!

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  1. Mightee macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Joined: Jan. 2004

    Posted: April 09 2004,02:30

    Hey guys, I don't know if you normally field questions of this variety, but maybe you can point me towards something that would actually help me, as opposed to everything I've found on the Mandrake website as well as my extensive web searches. * seems to think that a walkthrough of 8.0 is sufficient, and assumes that everything will always work perfectly.

    I want to use Mandrake because it's something that I can run on the iBook, try out, and then run a similar version on a PC. *Plus I've spent all the time downloading two gigs worth of installation junk.

    I have an iBook here, first gen. iceBook from June of 2001. *I am trying to install Mandrake Linux 9.1 PPC on it, but am having the following troubles:

    1. *When using the text-based installer, it tells me that I need to create a "bootstrap partition in DiskDrake." *This, as far as I can tell, cannot be done.

    2. *When using the gui installer the screen is completely muddled, disproportioned, snowy and entirely unreadable, so I of course have not a clue what I'm doing at all.

    I would like to have this running, like... tomorrow.

    Please help!

  2. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Don't know this one; sorry (I've used other Linuxes but not Mandrake).

    This is usually caused by messed up XF86Config settings. Mandrake's installer tried to autodetect your setup, but guessed wrong. As far as I know this means you're stuck with a text-based install. Once you've successfully installed Linux, then you can play around with your video settings yourself.

    As far as what those settings should be - do a Google search and check what other folks have used for the same hardware.
  3. Mightee thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2004
    [ As far as I know this means you're stuck with a text-based install. .[/QUOTE]

    The text-based install doesn't seem to want to partition my hard drive correctly - it demands the bootstrap thing.

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