Thank you for the Idea. I removed each card, & removed A: Drive plugs, but sorry to say with each attempt to install with Mandriva or Knoppix I locked up. I will check 2 other linux progs I looked over & with luck one might install. I will not hold my breath though. I am begining to believe what I was told. That is that the motherboard for HP Pavillian 6640c was geared for windows & not for linux. It could also be the bus ports???
Whatever it is I have 2 other computers with Mandriva 10.2 on them so I am by no means stranded. This is an older computer from the closet that I dusted off put a new hard drive into and maxed out the ram. To be a backup for the better 1/2 or myself. I can always get another decent used computer cheap which I know will load linux and install the new hardware I put in the HP Pavillian 6640c.
I hope now that since the merger of Compaq & HP that Compaq quality doesn't bottom out doing stupid things like making motherboards that won't allow linux. I was hoping that another person with a HP Pavillian 6640c could respond if they had the same trouble with this computer or a newer HP pent 4 computer.
Tnx again Frank have a super day.