ok, i'm a serious newbie, i've only dabbled in this linux stuff. So i got mandrake 9.1 off the net, seeing as it's prolly the most ignoramus friendly distro. Anyway, i burned the iso's and booted up my pc. (The setup's about like this
Aopen Ax6lc mobo
PIII running at 417mhz??? (board won't clock higher) but it's rated at 500.
two possible hdd's: wd caviar 4 gig, seagate 10 gig
Here's the problem: I boot fine from the cd, and start the installation. Everything goes great until the partitioning step. When it says it's getting the ide info, the installation tells me "i can't find any room for installing". So what gives? I tried it with both hard drives, both partitioned and formatted with FAT32 fs. The drives are not faulty, i've checked them. On the caviar 4 gig i ran windows me just fine. However, i had to clone someone's hdd to do that b/c when i tried to install Xp pro or win2000 pro on the same machine, same configs... it would freeze after the initial driver loads, before the setup program actually starts. HELP!!