I wanted to show my family the power of linux by installing it on this somewhat dated machine.
So, I decide on Slackware. But since I prefer the graphical partioning wizard 'diskdrake', I boot up with the mandrake 9.2 disk 1. I go to 'custom disk partioning, shrink the ntfs partition, create a 500meg swap, and a 6gig reiserfs, click OK...and then, after 'thinking' for a while, it tells me that an error occured when looking up the packages. It then takes me back to the partioning screen.. Partitions seems to have been set up correctly, but after clicking 'OK' again, I end up with the same error.... Except this time, I realize that the CD has stopped spinning.
I reboot, and can no longer open the drive, or even force it open.
It sits at the IBM startup screen for an excessively long time, and then eventually, after about a minute or two, starts up XP.
Windows no longer recognizes the drive either....
I boot up into the bios..and there is no sign of the CDrom anymore! It just dissapeared! And it continues to take an excessive amount of time on the startup IBM screen..
A little background:
The computer is an IBM Aptiva. 600mhz, 1 floppy, integrated intel 'extreme' graphics, and a generic 'fireball' cdrom.
I've had extensive experience with linux. Partitioning and all that. Diskdrake has NEVER given me these sorts of problems.
Any ideas at all?! I'm completely lost.. The mandrake disk is still in there and I have no clue where to start.