I have installed Mandrake 9.0 and 9.1 on a laptop, desktop PIII, and
AMD k-6 at home. I just bought a new computer with windows
preinstalled. I don't know if it could boot into windows because I
immediately put in the Mandrake cd. One thing I did notice was upon
booting the pc started up the BIOS with "The computer has been started
in 'SAFE MODE' due to incorrectly assigning the CPU speed. It's a PIV
2.4 Ghz. The computer specs are:
ASUS X series P4S533-X motherboard
80GB Maxtor hard drive
NVIDIA 64 MB graphics card
Award BIOS setup:
CHS CAPACITY 
MAXIMUM LBA CAPACITY 
MULTISECTOR TRANSFERS [MAXIMUM]
SMART MONITORING 
CPU Speed [2400MHZ]
CPU Frequency Multiple [18x]
CPU External Frequency [133/33]
Memory Frequency [Auto]
I've tried several methods of installing. I'm always able to allocate
the partitions. I.E.
/swap 800MB etc., etc.
These are general examples. I've tried making all of the
partitions smaller(less than 1GB) or larger (more than 4GB), with all
possible combinations. But without fail, I can allocate the space,
and when it comes to formatting partitions, it always locks up on
formatting "hda6". I've tried with Mandrake 9.0 and 9.1. I believe
once out of the 58 times I've tried it actually made it to "hda9" but
99.9% of the time hangs at "hda6".
Some errors have been:
"An error occurred fsck failed on /dev/hda6 w/ exit code 0 or
"Error installing perl-5.8.0-19mdk.i586"
"Error installing perl-base-5.8.0-19mdk.i586"
and basically goes down the list of all the rpm's that it couldn't
install, I'm assuming on /dev/hda6 because it wasn't formatted
If I then restart the computer and the install in "expert mode" or
"recommended mode" I can always see how I allocated the space
previously although it didn't format correctly. All of the mount
points are there, I just need to rename them.
I've tried programs which write random binary or zeros. I've also
tried the maxtor Powermax 4.06 which was downloaded from the maxtor
site. It did a "low-level" format, checked for errors, and "PASSED"
the hard drive as error free.
I'm at wits end. Althoug I'm still a newbie, I've done quite a few
installs w/out problems. Any help would be very much appreciated.