Bootlader Install Failure
I've now tried 9 (count 'em) distributions of Linux to try to bring back my computer. Mandriva is the -closest- I can get to a successful install. I get all the way up to loading GRUB. 'Preparing Bootloader' leads directly to an error, rather than the summary section. I've tried getting GRUB off of the disk in recovery mode, but it won't load off the CD, and I can't find it on the HDD (even though I selected to have the installer files copied over). Not even the LiveCD will load. The boot screen for that disk just freezes after rendering the status bar, and [esc] won't reveal the details. The specific error is "mkinitrd failed: (mkinitrd -v -f /boot/initrd-2.6.17-13mdv.img --ifneeded 2.6.17-13mdv))" including that 2nd ')' on a Dell Dimension 4600, 1GiB RAM, 120GB HDD, 256MB ATI GFX using the 2007.1 Spring Free mini CD. Yes, I've run all of the memory/disc checks.
BTW: it's not a new box - actually a 5-yr-old jalopy w/ lots of upgraded innards. Only the case and mobo are orig. Dell.