maybe i can contact you by email?
Nice to see you may think I can help
But no, all users are equal and I cannot provide 1 to 1 support
Your sound card sounds like Mandriva does not support it very well
(I say that bec of the bug report).
Courage with linux
A piece of advice would be try mepis or Suse 10.0 or 9.3
The hardware detection for your card might be better
PS: Linux may not habe been deleted, maybe just the bootloader.
Anyway, as I said mayve try another distro (although I find mandy great)