Issues with Mepis 6.0. Help!

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I downloaded Mepis 6.0 on Friday after hearing that is the most user friendly Desktop OS(some say a close call betn. PCLOS).
Pre-Install Woes:
I burned in a CD and on trying to boot in my Dell D610 and it gave some Hardware errors. It has WinXP Professional in its SATA HDD.
Now this laptop boots w/o issues Live CDs, Ubuntu Dapper, Kububtu Dapper, Knoppix 5.01, Knoppix 4.01, Dream Linux(sans networking or access to the Windows HDD).

New Downloaded ISO:
So I threw the burnt CD to the trash can, re-downloaded the Mepis ISO from one of the mirrors burnt a new CD and now used my HP Pavilion A430N desktop. After checking that the Live CD was working(I was not able to mount my HDA1 and HDA2 which I can when I use Knoppix) I thought that I would install it on HDB.

I had a secondary Maxtor PATA(7200 RPM) for my Linux experimentation. I loaded Suse Linux 10.1 in the Maxtor, and after some initial issues with the Updater and I was able to install SMART and download some upgrades. I wanted to add Mepis 6.0 to my Linux arsenal.

Install to HDB:
Used QTParted to create a /root 20 GB partition a 1GB swap partition and assumed the remaining 130+GB is the existing Linux Suse. After the s/w partitioned, it asked me if i need to replace GRUB on the MBR(which was the Suse GRUB 1.5). I said yes.

Post-Install Woes
After I rebooted it now takes nearly 20s to load GRUB after the POST process. With SuSe the GRUB gets loaded 5-7s. Then the show-stopper is the following about the following error when I enter the user ID and password(both root and non root)

Error setting up inter-process communication for KDE. Message returned was
Could not read network Connection List
.root/.DCOPserver_Mepis Computer_0
Please check if "dcopserver" program is running.

I am not able to go further. I am not able to access my SuSE partition nor I am able to enter Mepis. Thank God that I am able to boot Windows.
Can anybody help.

Thanks Carlops

For carlops
I saw this and looked at your reply in Mepislovers. Will try the solution over the weekend. Will this solve the DCOP server issue?

BTW just a note.

I did read the risks of putting the GRUB in the MBR. My intent was to try Mepis in my computer as Mepis was Desktop oriented OS I would use Mepis instead of SUSE as the Linux distro of choice and add SuSE to the GRUB menu.lst then.

Do the linux loaders that come with other Linuxes behave the same way? Not recognize the existing Linuxes but recognize Windows?

For atang1
I would too like to thank all the help that Warren and countless Linux developers and other OSS and sometimes CSFS(Closed Sourced Free Software) guys have done burning their midnight oil and doing out of either philosophy, philanthropy and other causes/reasons.

I did first test the Live CD and only then did I try install to my HDD.
Further I read Steven Vaughn Nichols review in desktoplinux.com on Mepis 6.0RC3. His experimental system reflected my system except for the CPU. His was a HP P4 Pavilion, mine was a HP AXP Pavilion.
A desktop distro is supposed to be pretty good at detecting hardware. Suse 10.1 is a desktop distro and so is Mepis6.0. So even as I understand the 2nd paragraph of yours I will say that it is not applicable in my situation.

answered on mepislovers

If I'm nt mistaken you also posted this on mepislovers.com. I answered some things there, check it out.