I finally decided to install linux and see what everyone was talking about. Through a few friends, online websites and other misc sources pointed to Phat Linux as being the eastest linux to install and use on a windows machine.
I downloaded phatlinux40.zip and followed the very short readme.txt found inside.
And belive it or not. it was extremely simple. everything installed, rebooted a few times, setup my root and began the hardware configuration.
1) when it tries to detect/config my linksys NIC card, the screen goes black, and just idles. I let it do this for 10 minutes. nothing. tried this a few times.
2) when it tries to detect/config my ati all-in-wonder 3d card. it runs a few things then ejects my cdrom and asks for,
"cd 1 installation cd (x86)"
wth is this? phat didnt come with a iso, nor a cd, it was a complete .img file, nothing more. I thought maybe it was asking for my ati cd. i put it in and closed the door and continued. failed, it ejects the cd and prompts the same msg.
now this is where im at. if i skip these 2, or ignore them, i get to the console, log in and im good to go on standard linux.
but i am going to need a window manager, and internet.
sigh, any help would be greatful.