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I suspect my woes may be based in lack of experience as well as the few shortcomingsd I have noticed people remarking on in this forum and others..
My install of 9.2 appeared to go flawlessly, but on reboot
1. no neat menu to make choice from linux or win (yes I am retaining that for a while)... where should the bootloader be installed? MBR or not... I chose MBR because I was expecting lilo or some GUI menu...but...
2. menus seemed largely unpopulated, but I thought, well ok not to worry, theres enough to go on with... now wheres kppp. Good question. Is there no kppp? I ended up dialling up by going thru drakecong GUI....this doesnt seem right. It works, but its untidy. why no kppp (or gnomedialer for that matter)
3. downloading/updating with all the patches depopulated my menus even further. It did stop the hang of Evolution, but really, I sorta expected something else...
I had missed 9.1, so my previous Mandrake useage was of 9.0 which for me as a newbie (relatively speaking) was so easy and uncomplicated, I didnt have to go looking for stuff, it was right there...but I wanted to get the most recent (*because* I liked 9.0 so well) and opted for a clean install rather than try to u/g an existing older version...
Any suggestions about which path to take? Especially in relation to the depopulated menus, lilo and kppp...
don't dump mandrake. I'm a complete newb, but i love it (now that i got my menus working thank you so much carlywarly)
i;m a newb, so take my advice with a grain of salt but it seems to me all you need to do to get the graphical boot menu you seem to want is go to your mandrake control center (menu > configuration > configure your computer) go to the "boot" tab, go to the DrakBoot thing, and click on configure.
then all i did was pick LILO with graphical menu (which seems to work nicely for me) and the device needs to be whatever hd your bios boots from, for me this means its in the mbr on my windows drive.
things are pretty simple from there...
anyway i've probably completely missed the point of your question but i hope that you dont give up on mandrake
Uhhhh..I did, temporarily. I've got RH9 installed now, but it has its little quirks as well. I will be reverting to Mandrake again, I have a definite preference for it, even tho RH was my only linux experience until recently.