Advice needed regarding failed installation of 4 distributions.
Hi, guys. Like most, I'm making the move from Windows to Linux for a number of reasons, the main one being that I was fed-up of the accursed BSoD. So, after the last one, I formatted my drive and, after a bit of research, decided on:
openSUSE (DVD), as I just wanted something that I could install without messing about too much. I downloaded the DVD version (taking 22 hours!) and tried to install it. I got 2 error messages: "Failed to read information regarding installation images" (or similar) and then, a bit later on, I got "Error whilst installing."
I tried again and got the same thing. I tried reburning the .iso and got the same. I tried using a different desktop(KTE, rather than Gnome); ditto.
openSUSE CD: installed but whenever I tried to change the appearance of various things (windows, desktop) it would crash.
So, I tried Freespire (CD): the "Loading Linux Kernel" freezes at 30% and I've got to reboot to free it up. This happens when I'm booting from Live CD or installing onto the HD.
Mandriva: I can boot from the CD but when I try to install it, it freezes when I try to reboot to complete the installation. The bar gets to about 80% of the way across.
I realise I can buy any software I need but I don't know if it's going to be suitable so I'd rather download it.
Thanks in advance, Neill