Here's what happens:
When I startup the machine, the Grub menu displays, but doesn't do anything. It is totally non-responsive. Hitting keys on the keyboard only causes the computer to beep.
I am trying to setup an IBM Thinkpad I Series 1400 with Linux. It worked fine with Windows on it.
I initially installed Puppy and struggled with it. Thinking a different distro might work where Puppy didn't, I installed Debian, with the same result.
Grub was the bootloader for both installs. Grub was installed in the MBR, in both cases.
Debian liked the partitions I set up for the Puppy install, so I kept them.
So, the problem is not a hardware failure and it is not distro specific, nor is it Grub (a different version for each install), but I don't know what it is.
Could there be some problem with the MBR (even though the Windows install that was on it before was working)?
Anyone have any ideas?