I've been attempting to install Mandrake 9.2 on my PC alongside windows XP (home ed). The problem I am having is partitioning the drive. I boot up from the Mandrake CD and it goes through the first few steps (check mouse, language etc.) with no problems. When I get to the partitioning part though I hit a brick wall. I get 3 options that DiskDrake gives me. They are:-
1) erase the disk (Not an option I'm afraid)
2) Use the spare space on the windows partition (Best option for me)
3) Custom (I have tried this too)
When I try option 2, it starts examining the partition then generates the report which says someting like "NTFS partitioning failed, Resizing Failed" followed by a lot of percentage progress indicators and at the bottom "Cluster sizing failed".
When I try option 3 and go for a custom setup it shows me the NTFS partition. The auto size doesn't work as it says "not enough space" and the other options are a little alien to me so I'm loathed to go messing with them without really knowing what to do.
As recomended, I ran chkdsk and defragged the drive before starting the install. I have a AMD 2000, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB HD (20 used by XP and other stuff) and various other devices.
Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am really keen to get LINUX on my system cos I'm sick of XP, but unfortuanately have to keep it.