First, my apologies if this has already been answered. The machine I'm using right now is so old and slow it could take all day just to search the forum. A quick scan of thread titles suggests I've got a new problem, so enough of the waffle.
For some time, I've been using Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005 (referred to as Mandrake on all but the actual CD labels
After an insignificant compatibility error, I decided to upgrade to Mandriva 2007 Free Edition.
The installation went successfully, with all but the graphics configuration working first time. Though the monitor I was using was annonymous, the test message appeared when it should, so I progressed with the installation.
After rebooting, the system loaded into the DOS fine. However, when the command was given to start the Xserver (startx), the screen went blank: the monitor appeared to have turned off.
The keyboard still responded as normal (numlock operational, etc.), but commands such as reboot triggered no reaction, suggesting that the system had progressed from the DOS.
I switched to a different monitor, a Compaq 171FS, but the problem persisted.
Please give me advice, or tell me of other details required for a diagnosis.