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mandrake and knoppix are different linux distros. Debian might be a little too tough for u right now. like everyone else is saying try mandrake or knoppix first. The beauty of Knoppix is that it can run right off the cd without having to install to the hardrive. and mandrake is really user friendly. try these first, learn a little more about linux then go back to Debian.
Speaking as another noob, I think you need to try another distro. Sounds like the one you've got just doesn't like your computer and/or is too difficult to set up. I've had similar problems myself with a couple distros. Mandrak, for instance, would always lock-up on me while booting and SUSE, for whatever reason, didn't like some of my hardware. Don't ask me why because I don't know! LOL
Like I said, I'm a noob too, but I've had the most luck with Redhat / Fedora distros (Fedora Core is the free home user version of Redhat Linux and Yellow Dog is the PPC port of Redhat). I've set them up on several boxes with a variety of hardware and they all worked great! It's a popular opinion on the forums here that Fedora is a good distro for beginners, perhaps just because it comes with fewer headaches. In any case, I'd highly recommend Fedora Core 2.
You can download the iso files for Fedora Core 2
by following this link:
If you do get FC2 up and running on your box (takes about 40 min with a 50x CDROM), I'd suggest removing the version of YUM that comes with the distro and replacing it with the pre-configured YUM from Freshrpms.net.
Good, This mean that you installed it good. Jst gotta configure it....
Look at the post i gave up there and tell us what you got. We'll help you configure it.
Tell yourself.:Configuring linux aint harder than windows, just different...
wolfy; I will repeat again! slow down take it easy, oh u r 'A' type character
anxiuos and every thing done NOW! so slow down take it easy , try not to do everything at once. at least that is what see from all your messages, doing to much and not doing bit by bit till u get comfortable with linux. any distro; some are complex some easy. neverthe less it is not windows. we have to do all the work to make it work our way. amen. no not a put down.
just a bit hard encouragement! oh Wolfy do take time to read as much as u can on evry thing possible. the more u know the more will make it easier.