I am trying to make my laptop dual boot with XP and Mandrake (from cover DVD), but have run into problems. First of all when I boot into XP's version of DOS using a floppy (one for XP), it creates my CD drive OK but then I can't find the hard drive to format it. I have also tried to create a bootable CD with the Mandrake ISO file using Nero Burning ROM, but when I try to boot from it it just loads into DOS with the CD support and then I cannot run anything. My laptop does not have a DVD drive, is this needed as the cover disc is a DVD? Finally I cannot find out whether my Modem, Actiontec MD56ORD is supported. My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 2650.
Just to clarify, I have burnt the first MAndrake ISO file (Mandrake91-cd1-inst.i586.iso) onto a CD. When I put it in the PC and re-start, the computer looks at the CD but does not recognise it as a boot disc. I then tried to create a bootable CD from Nero, using an XP boot floppy as a template. This succesfully boots but then I can't do anything as the Mandrake ISO file on the CD does not run. Am I missing something?