Too Fast (and other problems)
Here are my system specs...
Dual PIII 1Ghz processors
Asus CUV4X-D motherboard
When trying to install Mandrake Linux 10.1 the install freezes up part way through disc 2. If I choose to only install using disc 1 then I get different errors completeing the install. Sometimes something about an RPM. Other times it's something about a missing HDLIST. If I ignore these messages I can continue and finish the install. The problem is that when I reboot and startup I will get the boot screen and the progress bar at the boot screen almost reaches the end but always stops short and nothing happens... Except for constant HD activity.
Now the weird thing... I don't know if it's related to any of the above. When I am performing the install all of the little information windows (the little messages and screens that are supposed to keep you entertained during the installation) all cycle VERY quickly. They stay on the screen for about 3 seconds and then the next one appears. I obviously don't have time to read any of them. I didn't think it was a big deal so I ignored it. Now I notice that when I start up the computer and it freezes during the boot up I can hit ESC to enter verbose mode (whatever that is). I end up somewhere that looks like a prompt/terminal (?) that asks for my login ID. All of the text disappears after about 5 seconds. It reappears when I press a key. After I type my login ID it requests my password however VERY quickly (all in under a second) some text appears saying something along the lines of "Timeout from inactivity for 60 seconds" and then it goes back to asking me for my login ID.
Anwyays, sorry for the long description. I was hoping somebody could give me some suggestions as to what I should do. I would really like to get away from Windows and Linux seems like a good way to do that. Unfortunately it hasn't been very friendly so far. Should I give up and just try a different distribution?