Originally Posted by tux99
I think you might quite possibly have a hardware problem there, there is no sane other reason I can think of why it would take all night to install and the mkinitrd command to fail.
Boot off a live CD and do a full badblocks test of your hard disk (this will destroy all data on the disk so make a backup of anything important first!):
badblocks -svw /dev/sdX (where X should be the device letter of the disk).
This test will run for several hours (depending on size and speed of the disk).
Also do a test of your RAM with memtest:http://www.linuxtech.net/tips+tricks...stics-pt1.html
I've got all sorts of strange things* going on, but the long and short of it is that after my 3rd install attempt I've got a functioning Mandriva install and after screwing up GRUB for my dual boot and figuring out how to fix it I've got both of my distros up and running.
Note: Each OS is running from it's own HD. I know it's not impossible for 2 HDs to exhibit failures at the same time, especially when they were put in service at the same time and have both been used a similar amount (reported SMART data shows same time in service), but I'm hoping it's not disk related. I'm not ready to start destroying the data just yet, but I'm going to make a point of creating disk images and saving them to another drive until things settle down. My gut instinct is that I'm having some sort of memory/mobo/cpu problem given the amount of trouble I had getting the advertised ram speeds out of this particular mobo/ram/cpu combo. The next thing I'm going to try is a memtest and then probably knocking down the ram speed settings and voltages to see if stability gets better. (This is likely the issue I've had the whole time
-System hangs until I press a key (like enter) when booting from Ubuntu install disc and then the installer reporting an unrecoverable error but booting to live CD without problem and eventually installing from live CD as well.
-System hangs on Mandriva reboot until a key is pressed (again, enter works) and then reboot proceeds as normal.
-Apparent system hangs during Mandriva install unless I'm moving the mouse on a regular basis. The more I move the mouse, the less time the install seems to want to take. (I moved the mouse during the entirety of the 3rd install attempt and it completed in record time with no errors)
I'm sure there's been more, but I can't think of what else has gone wrong ATM.
Thanks for the help. I wish I had posted about these issues sooner because in all honesty I had forgotten about the issues I had with ram speeds until you mentioned memtest.