Install Mandrake 9.2 on Acer Travelmate 250

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I'm newbie and I've wrote this page because I didn't find who to install MDK9.2 on my laptop. I hope it will be usefulness and you can enjoy linux on your laptop too and to contribute don't lose your hair because of it. Use this information under your responsibility.

To use linux and windows the better is:

Make 3 divisions on windows:

  • One for windows xp (about 8G)
  • Other for your things (1G)
  • and the last one for interchange things whith windows (this one VFAT so you can read/write) the 2 previous ones NTFS, but if you will install the original software you will see that windows makes the partition in VFAT!!

For our linux 3 divisions too:

  • / -->500Meg
  • /usr --> 2Gig
  • /home --> 1Gig

Install stops immediately, don't worry, push F1 (for our misfortune the options you can find somewhere on web:noapic, nolapic, etc... to pass to kernel doesn't work).

But it doesn't matter, we type alt1. The install process is for clumsys like me, the only thing you have to do is install Development and activate possibility of Select individual packets. After this you have to find somewhere the kernel sources (I don't remember where) in our case its 2.4.22. The kernel sources install

The kernel sources install IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.If in the first time you can't install the kernel sources, you can go on with the install and before make menuconfig you can use the first install CD to copy the sources that you must have downed from the net. If in the first time you can't install the kernel sources, you can go on with the install and before make menuconfig you can use the first install CD to copy the sources that you must have downed from the net.

You've had install mandrake on your laptop but you haven't finish yet!.

We get one more time our install CD: F1, alt1, rescue and mount our linux on /mnt. Exit to console: loadkeys es, chroot /mnt, cd /usr/src/linux-2.4.22-10mdk, make menuconfig

Well, we're going to compile the kernel (I hadn't do it before and I've no idea but nothing exploits).

On the option: Processor Type and Features we unselect Local APIC Suppor... because this was that didn't let us go on. I've read that there is not problem with 2.6.x kernel but I'm happy to see the Kde screen on my laptop (lets sure the procesor is a Pentium IV, now you're there). Make an executable with vi:

make dep, make clean, make bzImage, make modules, make modules_install and lets go to drink a beer. If you don't know how to use vi type the orders one by one.

Now only we have to move the kernel an change lilo:

cp /arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-10mdk1

ln -s /boot/vmlinuz1 /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22-10mdk1, cd /etc/, vi lilo.conf

Vi is a powerfull text editor but nothing like I knewn... To start insert text type i

Copy:

image = /boot/vmlinuz1 label = myLinux...

like the other start forms(image...) you'll see, put it at botton but before other. To save the file push Esc and type :wq. If you want help just push F1 or type :help.

Now, you ONLY have to put out the CD, type lilo and push Ctrl+Alt+Sup. I hope this will work like I've worked and don't "waste" your time when you only want install linux.

You can find me at bullakio@wanadoo.es

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