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Rick
04-14-2003, 06:16 PM
Iíve been running Mandrake 9 off and on now for awhile
Last night I downloaded a copy of 9,1

Just for the fun of it.
I Installed 9.1 as an upgrade
After almost 2 hours it was finished.
This is strange because it takes half that amount to do a fresh install of 9.0

I also found a number of areas where 9.1 didnít maintain my old settings
After the install reboot.
It Lost all my network settings.
NO Local or internet

It changed all my video settings
It did find the correct name and model of my monitor
But set the video card wrong for it. ( too high a resolution and color depth ) VERY slow screen writes
and stray lines when a window was displayed .. But at least i could get into xserve to adjust it
( Side Note) It did find Both video cards (On Board and Card) this may be part of the problem.
Adjusting for dual card support when One was disabled in the bios and not used.

Still didnít find or install support for my ISA scsi card for an old scanner
Had to add support again manually in the Boot Loader
Doesnít find or add drivers for the on board IBM audio ( donít really care about audio I turn ALL the bells OFF )


My Dislikes So far
The Log on screen in 9.1 doesnít list the Root user and doesnít have the freeform log in window
It maintains the OLD version (9.0) and allows for booting to it at the Loader. ( Waste of disk space)
Doesnít list an option to delete or remove old version

I intend to remove everything from the Linux drive and do a Clean install of 9.1 tonight.
With Luck things will go faster and smoother

Rick
04-15-2003, 07:26 AM
Update on 9.1.
I manually removed the Linux partitions completely from the system last night.
Then did a Clean Install ..

It turns out it is Much faster this way. ( Less than 1 Hour)
It still has the same things I dislike about it. But Mandrake 9.1 is up and running.
The Video is till messing up a bit even after resetting resolution and color depth
I have to assume it is because of the auto detect on my monitor
And the Monitor profile supplied with 9.1 being a Bit to aggressive using scan and refresh rates that are a bit to high

It still didnít find the isa Scsi card
It did however find and use the AIC 7881U scsi pci card ( Adaptec 2940) with the kernels built in scsi support ( No External driver required)

My conclusion here. Is the same as when working with Windows.
Backup your data files.
Then do a clean install when you upgrade to mandrake 9.1

The best reason to use the Upgrade is to maintain your settings
And it just fat didnít work for me at least

mjc
04-15-2003, 09:48 AM
Sounds good...thanks for being the test subject, once again.

Rick
04-15-2003, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by mjc
Sounds good...thanks for being the test subject, once again.


Test Subject ?

Isn't that another name for Guineapig :)

mjc
04-15-2003, 10:42 PM
Yes, but that sounds so MSish....

Rick
04-16-2003, 05:36 PM
After yet another set of hassles with my test bed system ( IBM Aptiva ) PII 400
I have removed 9.1 and dropped back to 9.0

The IBM has always had a problem with the 3com nicís
especially with the 3c905 cards. ( pci 10/100 )
Add to that All the pci slots are full .
Including a second video card ( Again a PCI card) No AGP slots in this old beast :(

What is causing the most annoying problem is losing the network connection after booting into linux from dos or a windows restart .
The card is found and listed
It just refuses to connect to the network server.

If it is powered down completely ,, then powered up again and start Linux first the network works perfectly