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[SLUG] Re: Mandrake Installation and HDD Troubles
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- Subject: [SLUG] Re: Mandrake Installation and HDD Troubles
- From: Elliott-Brennan <mail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 17:09:52 +1100
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This may not be the answer, but I had a similar install problem the
first time with Mandrake. In my instance, the CD drive slowed and
stopped/stalled (I know you didn't mention this) The CD-ROM drive
"seemed" okay, but when I replaced the CD-ROM drive for a newer one, the
install was fine.
Thought I'm mention this just in case...
Additionally, I read once (somewhere), a suggestion to use a Live CD to
see if the HDD can be access, in the event this is the problem.
A friend has just emailed me. Can anybody help with this one please?
So far I've spent 8-10 hours, merely a long day, mucking about with a
recalcitrant Mandrake re-install, and suddenly it came good, marvellous.
Except at about item no. 99 of 100, it suddenly caved in and refused to
co-operate further. Drat. Try to start again, and some of my further
mucking about only made the hard disk worse, and it's a problem I can't
find remarked on the Net and have never heard of before.
Problem is that the hard drive won't boot from its installation CD as
the hard drive says it's a failure to run from an ATAPI CDROM. Finally
the drive protested by getting even worse, and it just fails to boot
just after the BIOs readings finish, it leaves a capital "L" followed by
a long series of 99 99 99 and no key will do anything at all if asks, the
machine just hangs. Never heard of any of this. Gonna go on the Net now
and have another look.
So this is a case of a merely mucked up hard disk, no data loss (can you
imagine the relief thereof!) - it's just a hard disk that won't take an
install of anything, anymore, not even if I try to DOS-ify it and put a
WIN95 CD in the machine. Nuffin. Just 99 99 99 --