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Today I finally decided to go through with creating a dual boot system by installing Mandrake 9.1 on my Windows XP PC.
I downloaded the first 2 isos and burned them onto CD-RWs; I noticed that the second disk was a little scratched but thought nothing of it at the time.
I then used Partition Magic to create a Linux partition on my hard drive and a swapfile. I then proceeded to put the boot CD into my disk drawer and rebooted.
Everything went as expected, and I began installing packages. When it came time to install the second CD, it began to lock up so I decided to cancel, figuring that I could download these "optional" packages later. What then happened was very strange: The installation program skipped the "add user" and "pick a root password" steps, and went straight to installing the bootloader and configuring everything.
This caused me some consternation, but I went through with it. When I got to the initial starting Linux GUI, I was asked for a username and password, but, as you have probably inferred, I had none to give. I tried putting nothing for a password, but the GUI rejected it with that cute shaking motion.
So I rebooted, and tried again; only this time I installed only the bare minimum of required packages so I didn't even have to deal with disk 2. Same thing happened.
Then, using a bootable floppy with fdisk, I switched my active partition to the windows one and tried to start up windows (in the hopes of searching for solutions online). What I instead got was an "L" followed by a string of "99"s.
I have no idea what to do now and would greatly appreciate any help.