webtoe, thx for replying.
yours is the first out of all the places I posted.
here's my hardware config : Harddrive : 6.2gb seagate medallist 6531 ultraATA ST36531A
(1) VXpro m537 logicboard, AMD2.2v cpu @300mhz, Rendtion verite Display, Creative vibra sound Card Maxell 48*CD. One 16mb dimm and 4*16mb 72pin simms
PNP OS = disabled.
(2) IBM Aptiva 2161-N74 200mhz pentium cpu (circa 1998) onboard 2mb ATI display, 2*32mb sdram dimms.
We were able to install LM7.2 on the IBM aptiva with some work on the display settings. it runs fine; much better than Win95 on the same machine. The trouble I had was trying to install on the VXpro config. OK i know it is a heap of junk mashed together, eg the lowest voltage the board can go is 2.5, according to the manual, but Win95 installs & works fine on it. If Mandrake doesn't work on it I'd like to understand why and find out from whatever clues it might give, rather than simply say "it doesn't work".
Besides, I'd rather get Mandrake to work on config (1) rather than (2) since the Aptiva belongs to my friend and the AMD setup has a better CPU and can recognise more ram. (The Aptiva is limited to exactly 2*32mb dimms)
I've tried the fixes on this page http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/72last.php3
including the suggested fixes for "Partition table destroyed, or freeze after hard disk detect." & "Freeze-up after IDE detection " neither work .