Possibly your problem is related to dual booting. I have never dual booted, so, if that is your situation, I probably cannot help. But I load VL 6 so often (and lately VL7) I cannnot understand why you have these problems. Sometimes I use the gui installer. But I prefer the old installer. I think you type "linux" or some such to get to it. So I would start there. When you start the computer with the install cd in the drive, at, I think, the first prompt, type "linux". You can always try the gui installer if that doesn't work. And then, at the next prompt (or at about the next prompt), do the fdisk thing, start at 0 and completely reformat your drive (if there is no data on it that you wish to save). When I say "completely reformat" I mean set up a swap partitition, a root partition and a home partition. Reformat all of them, unless you have data on the home partition, in which event do NOT format it. 15 gb certainly seems big enough for your root partition (but if you have enough space you might try 20 or 30 gb)...just in case. Then, after a couple of screens, go get a beer and come back. After a few more screens you should be up and running. Tben you can get drunk and chase women, one of my favorite passtimes.