Getting a login prompt

I am trying to run linux-mandrake for the first time. I run into a fatal server error, which is a video configuration problem I believe... The screen is flashing with the same message over and over. I want to get to a login prompt to go into Xconfigurator and Alt-Ctrl-F1 doesn't work. Any other commands I might try?
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You will probably ned to reinstall.  When you do this, at the install propt choose the "expert option"  this will not automatically choose and set up your video driver.  Choose VGA16 during this phase and also DO NOT answer yes to automatically starting X windows (KDE) at boot.  get to a regular linux prompt and type startx to start X windows.  You can then manually install additional XFree servers and try to find one that works for you.  If the VGA16 driver does not remedy your are probably no looking at a video problem.

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