I got the same error : "an error occured missing basesystem package" when I was trying to install that mandrake 8.0.
I'm using win'98 se on the other partitions and of course I used that PM for repartition the space on my hdd.
Any idea from where tht problem appare ?
I tried if (I'm not wrrong) to create on the other hdd with mandrake a partition but the same problem appare.
Something new who can help me ...