Re: Progeny install problems
On Fri, 25 May 2001, jennyw wrote:
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>I'm trying to reinstall Progeny Debian 1.0 (boxed copy), and I'm getting
First of all, this is a Debian list, not a Progeny list. They are
related, but Debian has a different installation system (a better one
>My original plan was to boot off the CD, use the partition program to
>remove the root partition and reformat it, and proceed with the install.
>This didn't work -- the Progeny partition tool accepted my commands, but
>when I clicked next, it immediately said it was finished and that I could
This is not unknown when dealing with Progeny. I've given up on getting
Progeny working with my unique system beacuse of disk problems, but I've
helped others do a Progeny install flawlessly. Progeny is a lot like
RTFMandrake in that respect: either it works flawlessly or doesn't work at
all. Basically, Progeny likes to use a whole disk for itself if possible
(at least that's the way I got my system to go the farthest...).
>Not only did it not copy any files, but it didn't reformat the partition,
>either. When I rebooted, the old system was still there.
This is not a bad thing: if Progeny can't get you up with a working
system, it really should do nothing at all--you then have your old system
and a couple of cusswords rather than a useless system.
>I then deleted the root partition using parted and tried again. Still no
>dice. Any ideas why this might be? I recall that the first time I
>installed Progeny Debian 1.0, it worked just fine. Of course, I didn't
>have a copy of 1.0 on it previously. I can't really think of anything
>much different (after deleting the partition) other than having GRUB
>installed. Could this cause some weirdness?
The GRUB shouldn't be an issue: Progeny allegedly uses GRUB so logically
should work with it preexisting. Did you try the "use existing
bootloader" option? Progeny has a real issue with installing it's
bootloader over a non-basic MBR.
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