I fixed the problem of the tuner card on my desktop by reverting to Mandrake 9.0, and the file permissions were fixed by editing the fstab file.
So then I moved onto my laptop. (Don't kick me to the Laptop forum just yet (unless this really does belong there)...because this is just odd).
Let me state first my desktop is an XP/Mandrake 9 dual boot and I had no problems installing the respective OSes.
Ok, so onto my Dell Inspiron 1100 (not at www.linux-laptop.net
). I have XP already installed. Now I fire up the Mandrake boot and go to install 9.1. I already have Windows installed taking up the entire drive. When it moves to the partitioning portion of the install, I tell it to use the free space on the Windows partition. There were 7GB free (11 taken out of 18) on that drive...but the lowest it would let me keep for the Windows drive was 16GB....and I could use more. So I format the computer and try to go reverse order and have linux go first.
I boot up the Mandrake 9.1 install again. This time when diskdrake pops up I have it create a 3GB root partition. a 350MB swap, and a 800MB home directory...and leave the rest of the drive (back end - 14GB) unpartitioned. I set up Linux and move on to install Windows.
I boot up the Windows install and it shows me the partitions (and unpartitioned space). It says I need to create one (as well it should) so I hit C to create a partition in the unpartitioned space. I then select that partition to install on, and Windows responds by saying it can't install on that partition because it is not Windows XP compatible and I should go delete a partition and create one that is. (so Windows won't install) Problem is, that's what I just did.
So for some reason, on this hard drive, these two OSes can't play nice and share. But my desktop did not have this problem. Anyone have any ideas? Oh, and I'd fire up Partition Magic but the laptop doesn't have a floppy drive.