Yes, first thing is first - I am quite clueless as to how linux operates. I'll be doing my reading, rest assured. I wouldnt trouble folks for stuff I only need read a couple of Das Kapital-sized textbooks to find out myself, but this is a mild emergency.
As the title states, I've installed mdk10.0 on my x10 laptop. I've discovered the beta intel drivers for my wireless (ipw2100 . sourceforge . net), but god help me, I'm perfectly dumbfounded as to the installation process. My assumption is even if you're not familiar with this particular installation process, somebody would be able to tell me where to type what.
My major problem though is seemingly completely undocumented. When I attempt to shut down the laptop through linux, it hangs. It logs me out, does all of its unloading/unmounting fancy stuff, all the way to saying "power down." and it just stops there. The power button on my laptop, which in Windows used to automatically start the shutdown sequence, is little use here as it freezes everything up, whether I attempt to use it from inside a session or when logged out.
Really, I can live without wireless networking, cables don't scare me that much. But having to take the battery out of my computer every time I want it switched off is.. well, like hitting yourself over the head with a baseball bat every time you want to sleep.
Please help if you can.