First of all, make sure that you have good install CDs. Since you're downloading, do a CRC to make sure that what you have is what Mandrake created. You can do this by running the following command:
md5sum -b your_ISO_image_filename
Check the output against Mandrake's download page. If that checks out, burn the CD following the README file's instructions. Basically you want to do disc-at-once, no multisession, and mode 1. Some Windows programs have caused me problems in the past, so I hope you're making these on your Linux box!
When you're done burning the CD, verify it. X-CD-Roast has a verify button, for example. Only after you have done this will you be certain of the integrity of the install CDs.
Now that you're sure you have good install media, begin your install. If you're overwriting the entire HD, you might want to remove all partitions before installing. Some operating systems don't go away fully, so I do a quick "fdisk /mbr" from a Win95 diskette, just to make sure.
If you have your CD-ROM drive connected to an oddball SCSI or IDE controller, hit F1 and do the expert install from the beginning. Make sure you load the appropriate driver for your adapter. If it doesn't show up by default you'll need to get the driver separately, and put it on a floppy. If you still can't get into the 2nd stage install, try a different CD-ROM drive.
If none of that works, come on back. I'm sure we can think of some more stuff to try.
Stick a fork() in it!
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Speed on 2002-03-20 02:44 ]</font>