When graphics cards go bad they start to tell funny stories. Characters are removed or reversed or replaced at random. It would be even more funny if I weren't a card short. Now the Athlon machine is running on a elderly Nvidia TNT with 16mb RAM (stolen from the server), which isn't even enough to pull 1600x1200 together at more than 75 hz. So that 22" screen is squandred away in a 1280x1024 resolution.
And the newly initiated Mandrake machine is "Loading Linuh" on a "Celebon" processor (with the broken GeForce 1). Perhaps that's why it only reaches the "booting kerbel" state before shutting down. Bummer.
Do you live in Copenhagen and have a really, really cheap GeForce 1 or similar for sale please holler.