Hello Gentlemen...especially the champions of Linux... PLEASE HELP me (a Die hard Windows fan) to solve the below problem...I heard so much about Linux (for the past 4 years more so this year especially in this forum) that I decide to give it a go and I installed Mandriva Linux 2007. First I tried to install it on my external USB HDD but did not have the expertise to figure it out so I installed it on a totally empty partition of my internal SATA HDD. Everything went well as far as the Installation is concerned but after the system asked me to restart I got 3 options on a Mandriva Linux 2007 screen 1. linux 2. windows 3. failsafe First I chose option 1. linux, and the following msg showed up (after a whole bunch of scripts running with everything saying OK on a black screen) Mandriva Linux release 2007.0 (official) for x86_64 Kernal 2.6.17-5mdv on a Dual-Processor x86_64 / tty1 local host login: and when I press enter it asks me for the same msg...but if I put in any name there it asks me for a password (but I had not selected any username or password when I installed the linux OS even though it asked me for it)...so I reloaded the whole thing again and this time I chose a username & password after the reinstallation of Mandriva OS I got the SAME above msg...this time it accepts my username but when I enter the password in the password field the cursor does NOT even move to the next field to enter the next alphabet of my password. After this unsuccessful attempt I restarted the PC and chose option 3. failsafe but this time I got this following msg: Telling INIT to go single user mode. INIT: Going single user sh-3.1# ...thats it nothing happens after that...I tried entering my username but it says "bad command" Based on the above info provided would you be so kind as to solve my problem...preferably I'd like to be able to use Mandriva Linux 2007 up & running but I do not want a useless Linux post screen showing up on my PC as I have to keep selecting option 2. windows each time I start my PC. I am a COMPLETE NOVICE TO LINUX, so you will have to explain it in very simple terms without any Jaragon please. Thanks in Advance for your replies.