In response to an email query, Kevin Buckley of Mandrakesoft (the guy who kindly gave me the Mandrake installation CDs) wrote back to inform me that “your Samsung CD-ROM SCR-3232 VH102 is not supported by the 2.6.3 kernel, there are only very few [drives not supported], but this is one of them. The only way that [you] can install it is with a external CD-ROM drive”
I took Kevin’s advice, sort of – I had access to another internal CD drive (not an external) so I:
- opened the case of the pc,
- connected up the internal cd drive,
- switched on the pc,
- inserted the install 1 cd
And away the installation progressed – through to completion this time (or rather to completion this time, I hope – it is installing now and there are 35 minutes remaining!).
I’ll post again with an update.