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    Unhappy error in exec of stage2 /mandrake


    First let me say I am not a linux guru by any means but I really want to learn this OS. I have installed red hat in the past and didn't really like it so I thought I'd try out Mandrake 8.1. So I went to wal-mart and bought Mandrake 8.1, set my BIOS to "no" PNP os's installed, and boot to CDROM. Everything started out good, but only for a short while. While it is "Loading program into memory...." It stops and I get these messages.

    "Could not uncompress second stage ramdisk. This is probably an hardware error while reading the data. (this may be caused by a hardware failure or a linux kernel bug)"

    Then a bunch of stuff about unmounting drives, etc. And tells me I can now shut down my system safely.

    So I shutdown my computer and restart thinking this is only a one time occurance - and then I get this error below.

    "error in exec of stage2 :-(
    FATAL ERROR IN STAGE1: not a directory

    I can't recover from this.
    You may reboot your system."


    Anyone know what the deal is, all my hardware works great in windows and the machine runs good otherwise.

    Specs:
    intel 815 chipset
    128 MB RAM
    1000 Mhz

    I really want to install Mandrake if someone can give me some ideas of my problem....

    I did search google but i couldn't find a solution!

    Thanks,

    Arash,
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    uh oh, this MIGHT be your harddisk crashing...
    but then not. most times its a configuration problem. did you change anything recently about your boot configuration? then you probably didnīt re-run the boot-loader or something.

    if noone else encountered the same problem, you probably wonīt get much help though, since this is quite a general error.

    can you boot from the cdrom again and start kinda "emergency system"?

    another thing could be mandrake not supporting the ramdisk on a cylinder>1024 but not checking for that. i assume you installed linux after installing windows, so it is on a partition on the end of your harddisk, is it?
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    Why are you disabling pnp in your bios? Mandrake 8.1 supports pnp. Why don't you turn it back on and try again?
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    the pnp setting in the bios has the effect that (if set to "non-pnp-os") it initializes the pnp cards for you.
    some (old) hardware doesnīt like to be double-initialized, so you need to tell the bios not to do so if you have this kind of cards.

    other it does not matter.
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    Re: error in exec of stage2 /mandrake


    Originally posted by arash
    First let me say I am not a linux guru by any means but I really want to learn this OS. I have installed red hat in the past and didn't really like it so I thought I'd try out Mandrake 8.1. So I went to wal-mart and bought Mandrake 8.1, set my BIOS to "no" PNP os's installed, and boot to CDROM. Everything started out good, but only for a short while. While it is "Loading program into memory...." It stops and I get these messages.

    "Could not uncompress second stage ramdisk. This is probably an hardware error while reading the data. (this may be caused by a hardware failure or a linux kernel bug)"

    Then a bunch of stuff about unmounting drives, etc. And tells me I can now shut down my system safely.

    So I shutdown my computer and restart thinking this is only a one time occurance - and then I get this error below.

    "error in exec of stage2 :-(
    FATAL ERROR IN STAGE1: not a directory

    I can't recover from this.
    You may reboot your system."


    Anyone know what the deal is, all my hardware works great in windows and the machine runs good otherwise.

    Specs:
    intel 815 chipset
    128 MB RAM
    1000 Mhz

    I really want to install Mandrake if someone can give me some ideas of my problem....

    I did search google but i couldn't find a solution!

    Thanks,

    Arash,
    By the way, I installed linux after installing windowsXP and after that I installed an older version of mandrake which works perfectly. Then I heard about the newer version of mandrake and when I wanted to install the newer version -8.1- begon this problem. So at the install moment the boot manager was LILO.
    I tried the same cd on another pc onwhich was also winXP installd and exprienced the same prob!!
    couldn't be my CD? Maybe I need a new one?
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    Smile prob solved


    The prob was indeed my cd. I just downloaded 8.1 ISO and burned it on the new CD. With this cd goes everything right.
    Thanks guys,

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