I was helping a friend try out Linux for the first time... (I have only being using Linux on-off for 2 months).
He has a Compaq PC (with a recovery partition), running Windows XP Home SP2.
I installed Mandrake Linux 10.0 on it:-
1) Installed Norton PartitionMagic 8, used it to resize his ~250GB HD to ~240GB. (Leaving 10GB free for Linux).
2) Installed Mandrake Linux. (8.5GB as /, 1.5GB Swap, as he has 1GB RAM)
3) Problem with Linux, bottom and top line (taskbars?) are missing, top can be made visible by the cursor being ran over it (and stays visible after this). Glitches on desktop. (Wrong colour, corrects on being 'ran over' by cursor, and messes up again). Unusable. (After log off, log back on, after resolution change, any known problems here?)...
4) Being a long-term Windows user, i decided to format it (literally), using Acronis PartionExpert (PartitionMagic brought up loads of error messages, finally deciding it couldn't find the drive letters, and refused to open), but the Lilo bootloader with all the options remained (to a now non-existant Linux partition...)
He would like me to reinstall Linux, however, Mandrake Setup cannot find any free space (despite the 10GB formatted in step 4, at end of drive), the setup is also finding problems with the MBR and threatening to delete all data on all partitions. (It also claims the recovery partition, and the Windows partition to be overlapping)
I have read about using FIXMBR, but my friend does not want to lose his recovery partition (It automatically installs Windows and all drivers related to his hardware). I am not certain on how the Compaq recovery partitions work...
I CAN boot into Windows still...
Thank you for your time.