Well, I don't even get to installing, I'm having trouble partitioning. Its on a P4 laptop, I'd previously been running windows but I wanted to start fresh with Linux, as a project, since its something I'd never tried before. So I used the cover disc (the Mandriva 2005 DVD) - it all works fine and seams really easy, but just after I erased the hard drive and done the partitioning (root, /home and swap partitions), it appears to have worked but then after I click to move on I get the message "an error occured. no hdlists found". After that it dosn't let you continue, just brings up the options to do the partitioning again, I've tried a few times and get the same message.
I put it into Google and found a few results with other people asking about this same problem - they were all to do with Mandrake/Mandriva, from different versions. None of them came up with any solutions though.
So is there any solution to this? Has anyone else experienced this, and how did you get around it? Otherwise would trying another distribution work and might it be a problem with my hardware or the disc?