ATI cards are hard to setup in LINUX. I suggest using Nvidia cards. They are easy to setup and you do not have worry about compiling and following several instructions. I suggest searching this forum for some clues how to setup ATI cards.
Resolution and Depth Settings:
After you setup your video card using either ATI drivers, Gatos drivers, or some German drivers for ATI, you can a line in XF86Config. Its located under /etc/X11. First visit http://xtiming.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/xtiming.pl
. Type in your monitor settings and your desire resolution. Copy the ModeLine code and paste it in XF86Config. You should see some example ModeLines to get an idea where it goes.
Its pretty easy go to http://www.alsa-project.org
. Then click on Soundcards. Next select Nvidia in the drop-down menu box. Your sound device should be listed. Click on the details link. You should see instructions how to install ALSA and setup you sound device. Download all ALSA packages listed on its home page.
Go to http://www.xfree86.org/
. Navigate through the site. Find information about how to setup up a 7 button mouse. Yes, your mouse is seven button. The file you will need to edit is either "/etc/X11/XF86Config" or "/etc/X11/XF86Config-4". To set Forwad and Back a page. You have to edit another file. I think it will be .xresource or .xmodify (I do not remember). Then find the program name. Next you have to bind a keyboard event that designates forward and back in your favorite web browser. You have to do some searching.
Multimedia Card Reader:
These readers have their own out of this world chipset that makes it hard to setup in LINUX. You need a few things loaded. I assume Mandrake has setup USB correctly. All you need to do is login as su, sudo, or root then load a few modules (drivers). To do this, type "modprobe sd_mod ; modprobe usb-storage". These two modules should make it work. If the reader needs a little helping hand type fdisk -l. A bunch of information will go by. It should stop a few seconds at a certain disk to initilized your card reader. Then you can mount it.
Multimedia Keys for the Keyboard:
Well this is a little complex, but can be done. There is a thread about this in this forum. I suggest doing a search. Multimedia Keys will not be the same as Windows, but you get much more flexiblity in LINUX. You can bind or designate a button to do infinite amount of tasks.
A few sites that helped me got where I am now.
Justlinux - http://www.justlinux.com
The Linxu Documentation Project - http://www.tldp.org
You may have notice after searching a while that LINUX is very, very flexible than Windows. You can do just about anything you want with LINUX. If you want your monitor to display graphics upside down, you can do it. If you want your mouse feel like its a control stick like in a plane. You can do it. If you want to use a joystick to be used instead of mouse. You can do it.