Bootloaders fill the screen with garbage
I have tried to install a number of Linux distros on my PC, including Red Hat 7.2, Fedora Core 1, and most recently Mandrake 10. Every time, the bootloader, be it GRUB or LILO, has filled up the screen with repetitive garbage. With LILO, it fills the screen with "L 07 07 07 07" etc., but never gives me the boot menu. GRUB did something similar. I am trying to set it up to dual boot with a Windows partition on hda and the Linux partitions running off hdd. (I would simplify things and just get rid of Bill, but this computer isn't for me.) Because of crappy case design, I had to set up the drive order strangely, and I haven't been able to experiment much with that. Each time this has happened, I use fdisk on a win98 disk and use thefdisk /mbr command it it's fine, so long as I never want to boot into Linux, but that kinda defeats the whole purpose of installing it, ya know?
Thanks for the help, and please, no RTFM answers, okay? I've searched everything I know to search for, and I'm kind of at my wit's end.