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Mandrake 8.1 not installing

diothar
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I have a new system since I last used linux, and I'm trying to install mandrake 8.1.  I downloaded it, burned it to three discs and rebooted/ set my bios to boot from cd rom.  Mandrake boots but when it gets to my hard drives, it says dma_intr: error 0x84 drive not read and it goes on after a while.  It then starts the installation wizard thingy. After I set up my keyboard, it checks my hard drive and it gives me the error- check for bad drives: can't even read (Input/Output error).  and I can't continue with setup.  What's up with that?
here is the way I have my drives
Pri Master: 20 gb hard drive, it is ntfs
Pri Slave: DVD ROM
Sec Master:  24x TDK Burner
Sec Slave: 40 GB hard drive (I'm going to install drake on this drive, which is reported as hdd) it is fat32 (was going to do a 5 gb partition using mandrake's partition software)
Any suggestions? Thanks
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Typically "drive not ready" errors are indicative of hardware problems... BACK UP NOW!  The only other possibility is that the drive(s) is/are not properly configured in the bios.

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Only an idea:

Set up your second harddisk as secondary master & then try again to install your Mandrake.

Apart from that see that from BIOS & hardware side everything is ok.

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It works for windows, though.  I can try changing the stuff in the bios and/or the secondary master.
I will try that this weekend
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> It works for windows, though.

Yes, sure, but Linux directly reads disk information from your machine's bios when it boots.
Generally spoken you may say that Linux is 'closer' to your hardware structure than Windows ; )

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Is your harddrive a ATA100 harddrive and connected to a ATA100 controller. If it is then that's a problem. Linux won't install on a ATA100 harddrive connected to a ATA100 controller.

You can connect the harddrive to a non ATA100 controller, ie ATA66 or ATA33 controller, install Linux then reconnect the drive to the ATA100 controller, change the BIOS to boot from that drive.

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How do I tell if my controller is ATA 100 or not?

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I guess you will have to look it up in your computer manual, or the specifications of your pc.

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lol... my pc is a hodgepodge of whacko parts.  I seriously doubt I have any documentation on my ide adapterr.  Any other way?

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what is the make and model of your motherboard?

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diothar,

I believe that the DVD drive, (and/or the TDK burner) is not so Linux friendly.

My experience: IDE CD-RW (Ricoh), PII 266,  RedHat 7.1 (or 7.0 can't remember), hang halfway during installation. I swapped the CD with old CD-ROM, install with no problem.  Swapped back to CD-RW, same problem.  Once finished installation (with old CDROM), swap back the CD-RW drive.  Put cd in, try to access, Linux hang.

My rerecommendation, try to swap you DVD with normal CD-ROM drive (if you have any), and see whether is works or not.

good luck.
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