HELP!! ethernet pc card adapter installation
the newbie returns to ask another newbie question! i'm running mandrake 9.2 on an ancient presario 1200xl-118. crappy laptop didn't even come with ethernet so i went out and bought a d-link ethernet pc card adapter. on the box, it said it was compatible with linux 2.2. so i thought i was in the clear, but when i try to run the whole internet configuration prog, the card wasn't even detected. is there not plug and play support for linux? so i tried installing the drivers from the installation c.d. and maybe i just don't know what i'm doing but when i double click on the files a prompt comes up giving me options to display, run in terminal, run, etc. i click run and nothing happens. i click run in terminal and the command line comes up for a second then disappears. i was looking over some other peoples posts concerning the installation of ethernet cards and it all sounded like greek to me. anyone familiar with my situation please give me some advice, user friendly advice. like i said in my last post, i'm used to the nexts, and i agrees of windows. i really need help with understanding the installation procedures. by the way, what extension do the install files, and driver files have?