newbie install disaster -- hoping for guidance
Howdy. I was trying to install Mandrake 9 on my Dell box in an existing Windows partition to dual boot (high hopes for leaving the Microsoft world behind, but I'm off to a poor start). The installer wizard informed me that the volume was too fragmented, but wouldnt let me out to boot into windows and defrag (the exit install option, for whatever reason, was not available). After many circular attempts and long waits, I took a deep breath and hard rebooted. Now its a mess. It hangs at the Dell boot screen, and I cant get into BIOS setup (Phoenix 4 BIOS, which I understand sucks, but I also thought could take Mandrake fine) -- it seems to hang after detecting the mouse and the keyboard.
Other info -- I tried to boot to a DOS disk and gave up to Xmas shop. I came back and it did boot from the a drive after god-knows-how-long, but it couldnt detect a c drive for me to cd to, andI still seem to have no CD drive of course.
I'm kicking myself in the head for trying this, but I dont want to kick myself cuz I want this to work. Any diagnosis/prognosis/suggested remedial steps out there would be appreciated (especially before my wife finds out)! Thanks!
Re: newbie install disaster -- hoping for guidance
Sorry if I'm off base here, but I'm not sure we really have a handle on what has happened. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding exactly what odum has said. It's not possible to install Mandrake "in an existing Windows partition" without over-writing Windows. And you sure don't want to use a Windows "installer wizard" to install Mandrake. Good luck with trying the advise in the other posts, but it sounds like the MBR or partition table are screwed up. If booting hangs during hard drive detection, it's probably because of a conflict between what the BIOS expects from the drive and what is actually there. If you're ready to "leave the Microsoft world behind", it should be just a matter of booting to the install CD. It that doesn't work we've got solutions. On the other hand, if you want to restore your Windows partitions, the other posters have the best answers. :shock:
Originally Posted by odum