i would hold off on buying PM. 2 reasons;
1. the partitioning tools that come with all linux cd's are recommended. linux tools are better for working with linux. in my opinion the tool that is on the mandriva cd is the best there is. it's called diskdrake.
2. i would think that if it isn't working that going ahead with an installation may not solve the problem.
sorry i don't know much about running linux in virtual pc. is that a microsoft product? there could be a hardware compatibility issue here. mandriva may not recognize your monitor/video card combination correctly. or maybe we just need to find the right boot option.
my recommendation would be to try another distro. a live cd. it is better to run a live cd because they don't touch your hard drive and you get see if there's a hardware compatibility issue before you install. if one distro doesn't run then try another distro. for example; i couldn't run slack based distros on this machine. they froze up but other distros are great. if downloading is a problem then maybe you can get a friend or the library to do it. sometimes there are problems getting started with linux but it really is worth the effort.
you can get a live cd of mandriva. it's called mandriva one.http://www.mandriva.com/en/download
some great distros to try outhttp://www.knoppix.com/http://www.pclinuxos.com/news.phphttp://www.mepis.org/http://www.ubuntu.com/
here's a small one. about 50 MBhttp://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
another small one and a favorite around herehttp://www.puppylinux.com/
this one is hot stuff. i'm gonna put this on my other machine.http://www.sabayonlinux.org/
Edited by cybormoron, 28 September 2006 - 08:38 PM.
I can no longer sit back and allow Microsoft infiltration, Microsoft indoctrination, Microsoft subversion, and the international Microsoft conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious open source GNU/Linux operating systems. General Jack D. Ripper.