2011.0 Errata

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Installation issues

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:

urpmi xorg-x11
urpme --auto-orphans

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.

Kernel issues

In official Mandriva releases the current kernel ( 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

To solve:(run this command as root)

urpmi --replacepkgs kernel-desktop

Hardware issues

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


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

from /etc/fstab

Upgrade/Update issues

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.

Software issues

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):

urpmi drakguard-policy-0.7.7-6

CD-ROM in Dolphin ejects and immediately closes

You need to add


in /etc/sysctl.conf

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

urpmi libkutils

for 32bit systems

urpmi lib64kutils4

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 :

mkdir /media/cdrom

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" when trying to put static address during install. First install with dhcp (even if no dhcp server present) and reconfigure network after reboot.

PAE error

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.

Ref: http://expert.mandriva.com/question/110656

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 ...

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