We use Mandrake and installing/upgrading with a USB mouse on our computers is
a mess. The installation just jams part way through and that has been true
for the last few Mandrake releases. To get the installation to work we
install with a PS2 mouse and then switch back to USB when the install is
complete. Also adding "noapic nolapic acpi=off" on the boot line appears to
help. I have heard that its a problem with via chipsets and unfortunately
that covers most of our computers.
I think you are right in that you are "unlucky" in the same way that I am
"unlucky" in having a bunch of identical computers with less than perfect
chipsets. However I agree that the installation process is much easier than
it was a few years ago and doubtless does work for most people...just not
On Wednesday 13 July 2005 12:15, Sean O'Donnell wrote:
>I havent had an installation problem in years now.
>Have gone Mankrake -> Debian -> Ubuntu and the worst
>I have had to deal with is installing winmodems /
>unsupported wifi cards by hand.
From: ilug-bounces at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-bounces at linux.ie]On Behalf Of
>Sent: 13 July 2005 12:10
>To: ilug at linux.ie>Subject: Re: [ILUG] ilug not ilag ... was [way OT] Word 2003 problems...
>>On Tue 12 Jul 2005 19:06, Niall O Broin wrote:
>> I think you misunderstood Paul. He did try to clarify what he meant.
>> His point is that Linux distributions have matured to the extent now
>> that they just work OOB for most people
>>Is that really true?
>I must be very unlucky,
>as my experience is that installation of the distributions I try
>on my motley collection of computers
>has been getting slowly but steadily worse.
>>The actual distributions, when installed, are better in many ways;
>but the chances of a problem during installation is getting higher.
>>Eg I'm currently running Fedora-4 on my computers.
>The Fedora mailing list has been full of queries about installation
>and my impression is that the number of problems reported
>has been increasing from RH9--FC1--FC2--FC3--FC4.
>Also some of the problems seem more intractable,
>eg at the moment there seems to be a fairly tricky problem
>that occurs (on some computers) if you install from CD when you reach CD#2.
>>The last distribution that installed without problem
>on my Sony Picturebook was SuSE-8.0 .
>The last distribution that installed without problem
>on my SCSI desktop was Redhat-7.0.
>>Admittedly, I had no problem with 2 newer machines (both from Lidl),
>though the Athlon64 machine seems to die every couple of days.
>(But it does that under Windows-XP too, so I can't blame Linux.)
>>By the way, this is the right place to ask about a problem I have
>with Windows-XP, isn't it ...?
>e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
>tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
>s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
>Irish Linux Users' Group
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