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On some machines Mandriva Desktop 2011 may freezes during install
(see bug 63845).
Installation from a flash drive
- If you started install from flash drive, made with dd, you may encounter warning messages that your partitions of the flash drive may be destroyed. It is not the error, just a warning, as installer does not like block device with iso file format.
- During network check error at discovering network may be displayed, while network is ok.
- Flash drives written by livecd-tools may be not able to install itself. Use dd instead.
Unused locales and drivers aren't removed during and after the installation of Mandriva Linux 2011
Run this commands in console by root step by step:
Upgrade process in Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2011 from previous version
The installer ask for a new installation or an update: choose the new installation to avoid problems.
In official Mandriva releases the current kernel (188.8.131.52) haven't the proper support of IDE (PATA) devices.
Fixed in the newer mandriva kernel releases (>2.6.39.x).
Since Kernel 2.6.39, all kernel-*-latest packages are no more needed
The "latest" packages were used to keep your kernel up to date and to avoid to remove the previous kernel when installing the new one. Since kernel 2.6.39 this mechanism has been dropped and we now use the urpmi file: /etc/urpmi/inst.list to achieve that.
Therefore the "latest" packages are needed only to make the transition between 2.6.38.x -> 2.6.39.x and after shouldn't be used anymore.
One special note for rpm users that install the kernel manually: don't use "rpm -U" anymore, since it now gives the attended behavior that is it really updates the kernel package (install new one + remove old one). If you want to install a kernel with rpm use "rpm -i" like any other package.
The system doesn't boot after update to the kernel 184.108.40.206
To solve:(run this command as root)
urpmi --replacepkgs kernel-desktop
New video driver for the Nvidia chipsets doesn't work with some of them
(see bug 63499).
On some ATI GPU system starts with a black screen
Solution: add "nomodeset" to kernel command line after "quiet splash", boot/install the system, then install proprietary fglrx drivers, enable it and remove nomodeset from cmdline. - If you receive any graphical issues with ATI card you can always try free radeon driver.
If "nomodeset" options not affect propetly result, try add this in the end of kernel boot line
nomodeset ati.modeset=0 radeon.modeset=0
P.S. For adding string press ESC in first creen, then press e, select kernel line and press e again. Modify line, then press b.
Internal drive (usually Windows NTFS) not mount automatically and need password with open by user
Mandriva 2011 has broken mechanism finding internal drive and add it to /fstab. You may use two way for avoid this.
First we may let user mount this drive in file manager such dolphin or pcmanfm (not in mc). For this you need create file /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/10-vendor.d/org.freedesktop.udisks.filesystem-mount-system-internal.pkla with entry
[org.freedesktop.udisks.filesystem-mount-system-internal] Identity=unix-group:* Action=org.freedesktop.udisks.filesystem-mount-system-internal ResultAny=auth_admin ResultInactive=auth_admin ResultActive=yes
Second you need use ntfs-config-root utility.
Run it and select which drive you need add to fstab and set write mode (on advanced tab you may set read/write permission to selected partitions).
Unable to mount a DVD or CD discs in Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2011
To solve delete the string:
/dev/cdrom /media/cdrom auto umask=0,users,iocharset=utf8,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
When upgrading/updating an x86_64 system using urpmi.removemedia -a ; urpmi.addmedia --distrib RPM update 64bits packages libraries with 32bits one.
To avoid this error disable the main32 media.
Alsamixer doesn't save settings on every boot if PulseAudio is disabled
Run this command in console by root:
ln -s /var/lib/alsa/asound.state /etc/asound.state
Upd: Fixed in the new package sound-scripts-0.61-2.2-mdv2011.0 (The symlink 'etc/asound.state' should be deleted before update)
Drakguard and drakguard-policy packages are replace each other during the update via urpmi --auto-update
Solution is (run this command in console by root):
CD-ROM in Dolphin ejects and immediately closes
You need to add
Clementine still uses 100% CPU after it is closed
In some machines (usually with NVidia proprietary drivers enabled) Clementine will remain in memory after it is closed and try to use 100% CPU. The problem is known to developers, and will be fixed in the new upstream version.
Now for the workaround you need to fix some string in /usr/share/applications/clementine.desktop. Find and replace
Exec=env __GL_NO_DSO_FINALIZER=1 clementine
RPM-DataBase could not be open sometimes
Run this command in console by root:
db51_recover -vh /var/lib/rpm
Incorrect access rights to certain files in the home directory
To solve: run this command in console by root:
chown user_name:user_name -hR /home/user_name
Dropbox GUI does not work
To solve: run this command in console as ordinary user (not root!):
rm -f ~/.dropbox-dist/libz.so.1
Window of gtk programs running in KDE4 session will be resized if push left click mouse on space in menu bar
To solve: Go to Systemsettings - Workspace Behavior - Screen Edges - Window Management - uncheck "Maximize windows by dragging them to the top of the screen"
The tool "Configure 3D Desktop effects" was removed from Mandriva Control Center
If you want to use it run this command in console:
or type "drak3d" in Menu-Run
Error opening the Flash player plugin settings from site adobe.com in the KDE4 System Settings
To solve: run this command in console by root
for 32bit systems
for 64bit systems
KDM default ROSA theme issue
KDM : can't view all users if there is more than 6. If you have mode than 6 users, replace kdm by gdm. Moreover if you want to use gnome, you should use GDM.
Error: "Main media is not availiable" in Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2011
MCC-Update Software gets stuck in a loop with: "main media is not available". Create as root the cdrom directory :
Powerpack release (This are mostly issues reported on the Mandriva Expert channel)
The installer reports it does not recognize DVD drives and show a list of drivers. Or messages such as "Warning: unable to get filename for amd74xx error reading amd74xx: No such file or directory" For some reasons, the installer is trying to install a driver that doesn't exist anymore (old IDE driver actually). Use pata_amd driver instead
"Error, IP address should be in 220.127.116.11" when trying to put static address during install. First install with dhcp (even if no dhcp server present) and reconfigure network after reboot.
Boot in rescue mode, mount your partition, copy the kernel-generic kernel in your root partition, go into the root partition using chroot and install the kernel. Check that the /boot/initrd.img exists, then reboot.
Cannot connect via ssh (passwordless)
If you cannot connect to your Mandriva 2011 box, via ssh using only key authentication, try disabling the msec tool and rebooting. It was at last one case, that disabling msec fixed the issue, even if you use msec again. After one time rebooting with msec disabled fixes this issue.
Thunderbird always using Opera Browser
If you want to open your mozilla links, in another browser than opera, since thunderbird has not an easy way to select a default browser and it seems to not follow the one selected under KDE systemsetting, the easiest way is just to uninstall opera, or rename it's binary package name, like this: rename /usr/bin/opera to /usr/bin/opera.donotuse
You resolve this problem as follows:
- As "root": mv/usr/bin/opera/usr/bin/opera.noUse
- Then you click on a link in a message of Thunderbird, a window opens asking you which application you want to use. At this stage you continue with the option to choose one and you select your favorite browser in "/usr/bin". Attention you confirm the option that says that Thunderbird must remember. Now Thunderbird will always use this application.
-finally, as always "root": mv /usr/bin/opera.noUse /usr/bin/opera
I hope this will help you ...