the strange thing that happens is:
i get the same problem with both raid and non raid drives with the box specified (P4,2.6 gHz, 256 mb RAM, intel 845 GV motherboard, ATI 9200 128mb graphics card)
but if i use the non raid drive on another box (p3, 550 mHz, 128 mb RAM, intel 810e motherboard) the installation works fine.
any idea what could be going on?
P.S: i'm thinking of buying a laptop. any advice which one would be best suited for running mandriva and is not too costly too