I've been trying to help my friend install Linux. However, this has turned into a complete and utter DISASTER. If this explodes in our face one more time, I'm giving up.
I've been trying to get Mandrake 9.2 to install on his computer (Haven't pulled down the 10.0 ISO's yet). However, I'm beginning to think God hates me. We're now on attempt number SIX and only slightly closer to our goal.
For no reason I can understand, the screens during startup are taking an impossibly long time to process. We're talking waiting 4 to 10 minutes between every screen. This is not a stone-age computer: 900Mhz, 40gig HD, 768MB of ram. There is no concievable reason for it to run this slow.
Now if the only problem were things running slowly, I'd be pleased as pop. If only. After the installer imploded at various stages, it finally managed to take the partition table down with it. So now everything on the goddamn computer is lost! It became clear that all hope of recovery was lost when attempting to unmount partitions (Of which the computer was aware) in the HDD partitioning screen elicited "hdlist does not exist."
I went home and burnt a new set of CD's, and they seemed to be working. We're back to "Installing a load of RPM's". It managed to get through the first and second CDs but now it's caught in a horrible loop on the final CD. It's just sitting there, waiting for... something. It appears to have managed to lock up again. We've decided to let it sit overnight in the vain hope that it will finally timeout and let us cancel installation from the 3rd CD.
However, considering our luck so far I wouldn't bet on it. Has anyone else suffered such an utterly uninterrupted series of disasters while attempting to install Linux on anything? And the strange thing is, I've installed Mandrake 8.2, 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2 on my computer without so much as a hiccup.
This is what I want to do right now:
I sincerely apologize if this is more like a rant than a request for help, but I'm enormously frustrated with the... situation.