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Here's one method for getting Mandriva 10.2, aka Mandriva 2005, before the public iso release in two weeks.

  1. First pick out a mirror where the rpms are stored from which you get good speed and write down the address.
  2. Then navigate to the Mandrakelinux/official/10.2/i586/install/images directory.
  3. Download the network.img and network_drivers.img images.
  4. then insert a floppy disk into your floppy drive.
  5. fdformat /dev/fd0
  6. mkdosfs /dev/fd0
  7. dd if=network.img of=/dev/fd0
  8. insert second floppy
  9. fdformat /dev/fd0
  10. mkdosfs /dev/fd0
  11. dd if=network_drivers.img of=/dev/fd0
  12. /sbin/reboot.

  13. Now when the disk boots up, it'll ask what kind of install you'd like and in this example, we'll choose ftp.
  14. Then it'll ask for the network drivers disk. Just swap them out.
  15. Then it may or may not present you with a list of mirrors to install from. If so, pick one and go. If that bombs out or you don't get the list, then you'll have to manually type in the mirror of your choice. That's why you were instructed to write it down.
    • for ftp server, type, for example: (leave off the ftp:// part)
    • for the mandrake directory, type: /pub/Linux/Mandrakelinux/official/10.2/i586
    • if that bombs out complaining it can't find the hd_list or something, you'll need to type for the mandrake directory: /pub/Linux/Mandrakelinux/devel/cooker/i586 (don't fear, it's the same at this point. it may not be in a few weeks, but for now it is).
  16. Precede with your usual install.

There are several methods for getting a new Mandriva install without access to the club torrents or isos. This is the easiest. Big Grin


maybe, maybe not. it could be an old disk with stuff already on it, I believe you'd want that "blowed away" - considering first you need it 'clean' and both img's are 1.4 mb, so no room to save anything anyway. skipping straight to dd could leave it unbootable. I don't really understand your comments, thanks anyway.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?


whatever you wanna do. Yeah, I suppose you're right about dd not overwriting things. I'm getting rusty on some of this stuff not really using it with gentoo much. However, I stick to my original post in that it's best for newbies to format first. Those images are 1.4mb and unless they have disks formatted to larger than that, in which case they probably don't need my guide to start with, dd will run outta room. It really is best. It's just a couple floppies. If something's so important on 'em, don't use those.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

re: Isnt is a good idea to format

Yes, thank you, another good reason.


You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

re: can use boot.iso also

yep yep yep. Thanks! I meant to mention that. Big Grin

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

update: Your Sources

Just as an update or fyi, if you used a cooker source to install, or plan to, as I suggested due to the broken hdlists: cooker forked off the stable branch a few days ago (not really too much of a big deal yet), and you may want to change your sources in urpmi/rpmdrake or as you update you'll continue to get unstable/beta/cooker updates.

Hopefully they'll get those stable mirror directories fixed soon. Last I heard they were still acting up tho.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

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