Mandrake 10 Install


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markjensen

OK.

I just rebooted and verified this (I needed to switch to my updated kernel I installed yesterday, anyhow) ;)

Anyhow, I verified that "e" allowed me to edit, "a" allowed me to append, and "c" allowed me to go to command mode.

Are you using GRUB? Or LILO? I suddenly thought that we haven't confirmed you use GRUB. :whistle:

[EDIT: and I don't know about LILO options, sorry] :no:

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unknown753

As far as i've read from this thread (on this page) please correct me if i'm wrong here.

LILO - The bootup menu that allowes me to select an OS to boot into.

GRUB - The desktop shell (basically KDE?)

If I can use 'c' to enter the command mode to enter "singleuser" from GRUB, when exactly would I have to press 'c'?

Searched Google for my answers first but not finding anything resourceful (yet).

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Ruciz

Unknown753: GRUB and LILO are both bootloaders (sorry for misleading you) LILO is text-based, GRUB is interactive (mouse support, better graphics) I would try holding 'c' to access the terminal, then trying passwd to change your root password. If all fails, I would just reinstall mandrake and not forget your password!

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unknown753

Why do I bother?

I'm guessing I have GRUB because it's a GUI boot screen but I don't have a mouse pointer. It's basically a screen with the mandrake wallpaper and the options "Linux, Linux-fb, Windows, Floppy and some other option".... I found the following article: http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/R...ing-single.html

Followed it but STILL cannot get into this "singleuser" mode. :no:

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markjensen

Mandrake defaults to LILO.

You would have had to select GRUB, I think to have installed it. :(

The RedHat docs would have problaby been for GUB (their default)

Have you googled for LILO & singleuser?

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markjensen

A bit of a quick google from here at work shows that you might want to boot of your CD-ROM and enter "linux rescue" to boot the basic kernel. I also saw mention of "linux single".

If you search along those lines with LILO as a keyword, you will likely find a way to boot your machine into singleuser mode and be able to reset your root password.

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unknown753

I tried linux rescue but that simply directs me to the installation process (it ignores rescue and takes linux as a way to start the setup). I did get to the command line that started with "boot" when I tried entering singleuser mode with installation CD1 but it says thats an invalid command or something similar.

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unknown753

I just reinstalled Mandrake, changed the password and seems to be working fine *knock on wood*. My only question now is, are you ready? are you ready? I don't know but i'll ask anyway.

markjenson was kind enough to be answering my "noobie" questions but I cannot grasp the concept of this USB CD Burner Drive. Any guides as to how to get my USB Burner (connected through a Belkin USB 2.0 PCMCIA Adapter) to work? I noticed that my drive is somewhat recognized because "cdrom2" is under /mnt/ however even with a CD inserted, it will not list any files.

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unknown753

Oh my god, I think I figured it out on my own. It was listed as "scd0" (I figured this out when I restarted the system so it can detect the burner). I then realized that by right clicking on the desktop I can create an icon to mount/unmount the Burner and that's what I did. So I then inserted a CD, mounted the drive and wow... I got it working. Thanks to everyone that helped me and my silly questions.

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slimshady89

I have LILO and I want to switch to GRUB just for hte sake of it... is it easy? cause I dont want to put much effort into it

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unknown753

Switching to GRUB is easy, go to System Configuration. Select Boot, Bootloader and change "Bootloader to use" to whatever you desire. That's how I see it, if i'm wrong someone please say so.

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