Hey all, I dont know if there is a big Linux community here, but maybe at least someone can point me in the right direction. I have recetly inherited a 500MHz PC which I want to install Linux on to play around with, learn bash commands, and some scripting. I have downloaded Mandrake 9.0 and whatever the newest version of Redhat is. Both were downloaded from FTP sites and the checksums check out on both sets of files (ISOs). When I try to install Mandrake, it errors out on the first package, but gives me the option to continue. I hit continue once and it errored out on the second package too, so I gave up. If I'm installing Redhat, I get much further, in fact it says I need to install around 500 packages, and it doesnt crash until I get 255 installed. The next package according to the installer, is the Linux kernel, and it hangs up on this package and will just sit there no matter how long I let it. Its a 33mb file according to the installer, and other packages of that size take less than 30 seconds to copy, yet I have let this go for 30 minutes and it never moves. I am downloading Caldera OpenLinux to try out when I get home, but I would rather use the other distros, in fact, my choices would be RH first, then Mandrake, then whatever I can get to work. I dont think the computer has any strange hardware, although there is a modem in it that the Mandrake installation keeps mentioning that I'll need third party drivers for. I suppose I could take that out (dont need a modem, this will be networked into a cable modem) but I think it would install anyway and that hardware just wouldnt work. I have got Redhat and Mandrake working on other PCs before, so I have some idea what I'm doing, but Im no Linux expert. Any ideas?