When I first tried to get my speedtouch going, I was using 8.2, now that was a pain in the arse. In relative terms, 9.0 was a doddle!!!
I will try and relate/recall what I did to get the microcode into the speedtouch directory:-
I downloaded the driver from the Thomson-Alcatel site and saved it to floppy (under window$ XP).
I booted back into mandrake (9.0), you put the floppy into the drive, and (presuming that you are using KDE) click once on the "removeable media" icon. Then click on the "floppy" icon
I got the speedmgmt.tar file into my home directory using drag and drop, I seem to recall that if offers you a copy here prompt - obviously yes.
Once you have got it there, remove the floppy.
Then I went into konsole, and did tar zxvf speedmgmt.tar.gz
. It should give you a bunch of files including one called mgmt/mgmt.o - that's the baby that you want. You can do a little check here by minimizing the shell and you should see a file folder in your home directory labelled "mgmt" if you click on it, you will see graphic's of the files you got when you did the tar zxvf stuff in the shell (Oh and I haven't the faintest idea what the directory folder is doing there, but I just left it there for that bloke Justin - you know him, Justin Case!!!
Now go back into the shell and you will then need to su into root (su enter - followed by your root password - enter)
You will then need to type cd mgmt
which changes you into the mgmt directory (it just gives you a # prompt)
You then need to type cp mgmt.o /usr/share/speedtouch
Then with any luck and my memory being accurate your mothers brother is called robert!!!
You can check this by minimising you shell, going back into your home directory and in the address line where it gives you the
file:/ whatever, delete it all back to the file:/ bit and type /u that should give you a drop down with the file tree name bits, select /usr/ which you can select /usr/share from and that should give you quite a few directory folders, scroll down to find speedtouch and click that (once, dont forget, youre in KDE not window$) and you should then see some sort of file image thingy called mgmt.o
Erm, I'll double check it in a while as I'm in window$ at the mo
p.s. the people here are vvv helpful, but I also sometimes use
the mandrake users board
which is a little more mandrake specific
p.s.(mark2) I have done the edit to this post after checking that my solution works and yes, I had to ask how to do what you are trying to do as well!!!!