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I just installed 9.1 and wanted to share some of my experiences for others considering installing it. I've used Mandrake 8.0, 8.1 and 8.2. All of the 8.x versions installed beautifully, but were so buggy once installed that I quit them in frustration. Mandrake 9.1 is just the opposite: buggiest Mandrake installer ever, followed by a beautiful system!
One thing about the new installer I do not like: I can't go back to an earlier stage of the install. Is it supposed to be this way? The installer is inconsistent, imo. I did it three times and each time I started over, I got different screens offering me different options:
The first two times I never saw a way to format my new partitions, so of course it never booted. Once I got '99 99 99 99 ...' when booting up, the other time I got as far as the Lilo screen before it ground to a halt.
Third time around, I played aroung in the disk partitioning tool a lot longer (how I wished for good old cfdisk). I found that if I clicked on each partition after making it, there would be a drop-down menu and I could click to format each partition. Everything got formatted.
The first two times I chose Lilo, and I never saw a chance to select where to install it. Once, I got a prompt that let me make a boot floppy; the other time I didn't. Both of those times Linux failed to boot because Lilo never got installed, even though I had configured it. When I chose GRUB the third time, I was given a choice of where to install it (I chose MBR), and also allowed to make a boot floppy. The system booted fine after that. Having formatted partitions helps, lol.
Once up and running, the Mandrake Control Center is incredible! If you click on HardDrake from the start menu, it has a broken link, but if you click on it from the Control Center, it works. Go there to start configuring your sound card if you need to. Then, you have to go to 'aumix' in the Multimedia Sound menu, and unmute it. Move the little bars to the right to turn up the sound.
My only disapointments are that my favorite window mgr, XFce, seems broken, there is no AbiWord (!), and my favorite game, Iagno, keeps crashing EVERY time I try to play it.