I've got a questions about your system. You said you tried things and than kept to Mandrake. Can we presume you've install Mandrake with some cd's on your hard-disk? Than if you've stil got these cd's you can use urpmi (even on graphics) to install all programs written on the cd's. But firefox is not on theses cd's, is that right?
Than as said here over, click a console. On prompt ($
type su. Than your root password if you've choosen one at install (if not i don't know).
When accepted prompt will change to #: and you can type installation procÚdure for Mandrake (wich i've totally forgoten) similar to this link http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/arc...p/t-19907.html
to install firefox open the terminal and type: su and root pass (already done)
then type: tar xzvf irefox-0.9.1-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz (this package is the one i donwloaded so make sure you have the same package and if not just change the version numbers)
and to run it by going to the terminal and type: cd firefox then type: ./firefox
or you can create a link
1. right click on your desktop and click on Create Laucher
2. search for the firefox folder that was created after unpackaging the tar (if you may be in
your home directory)
3. under name type firefox
4. under command browse to the firefox folder again and you will see an icon the say firefox and next to it it has sh use the one to start you firefox browser
5. do the same step as above for your icon which it will be in the icon folder
You may find and install procedure on terminal specialy for Mandrake searching google.
Have a good day, Marc A