I have followed your howto on installing Mandriva Linux Free 2007 Spring.
At first everything seemed to be going smoothly but when it came to the first reboot I ran into problems.
I got the blue screen with progress bar at bottom left but the bar only moved a few centimetres and then froze.
I left it for about an hour but it did not move.
I escaped using the tower button and tried again using safe mode.
After several pages of text I got to this and stalled again-
<0>kernel panic-not syncing:fatal exception in interrupt
<1>BUG:unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ffffe320
Modules linked in intel_agp agpgart usb storage scsi_mod ehci_hcd uhci_hcd usbc
one tsdev evdev ext3 jbd
<coll116b827>) Not tainted VLI
EIP is at clear_local_APIC+0x32/0x180
I escaped via the tower button again and booted into Windows XP. Windows informed me that I had new hardware installed and should reboot.
I did so and tried to boot into Mandriva with the same result as before so I tried safe install again.
This time I got to this before stalling-
<LC01bdc2f>copy_strings+0x13f/0x220 SS:ESP 0068:f7ebbe5c
segmentation fault modprobe
I do hope you can help as I was really looking forward to trying Mandriva.
I am running a Celeron R 3.06 with 1gb RAM. I have installed Mandriva on half of an 80gb hd with XP home in the other half. XP seems to be working ok.
Thanks in advance, John Williams