Tell you what Karupt,
If you think that you may have just missed things when you installed the mandrake, then worst case scenario is just re-install it again over the top of the existing install.
What I did, what when you get to the screen about package selection, just select all the stuff down the left + kde and gnome, and for the moment ignore all the server stuff on the right (except the kde and gnome with are at the bottom) - CAVEAT - this was correct for mandrake 9.1 and should be pretty similar if not identical with 9.2
Then when it says you've selected cups, webmin, etc etc do you really want to install them, I just tell it no.
Then it completes the install from the disc's as per the instructions. By selecting both kde and gnome, you should have all the necessary gtk, glib, etc etc stuff.
Then follow XavierP's suggestion and go here
and follow the instructions.
If, during the stuff moving up the terminal/konsole screen you see an error for whatever i.e. main or contrib etc then just let it finish, go back to the easy urpmi site and follow the instructions again, but only select the facility for whatever caused the error - which is usually a mirror that won't let you get in (it's a good "rule of thumb" to select the ones closest geographically to where you are).
Then you have to go to the mandrake control centre (as root), and use the software manager, then rpmdrake update, make sure that you check security fixes, bug fixes and normal updates. and select them a couple at a time and tell them to install. It can take a while and will depend what type of internet connection you use. But at the end of that your system should be up to date.
Then, if you look in the rpmdrake + facility to install software, the packages that you see as available will be mandrake compatible rpm's
. And you just get to pick and choose. Anything you want to uninstall is then listed in the rpmdrake- facility.
It sounds like you've hit dependency problems, installing stuff from the net. that's often a problem when installing non mandrake rpm's (or non SuSE rpm's if you followed that route). Yes it can be done, but you often have to dig around, when the package you try to install gives an unsatisfied dependency and you then have to look around for the dependency packages before you try to install the actuall package that you want a second time (and even then it can still be a nuisance - it's often called "rpm hell"
That's one of the "joys"
of rpm based systems.
Another route, would be to use windows to download and burn a copy of Knoppix. Once done, boot from it, and if it detects all your hardware OK (which it probably will) then if you look at the knoppix forums
there's instructions on installing it to hard disc(and in my experience, it's nearly as easy as installing mandrake), you then have a debian based system up and running, but without the stress of trying to install a "proper" debian based system (which can be considerable if this is your first "foray" into linux).
Personally? I'd say don't ditch mandrake yet. Whatever the "others" think/feel, mandrake IS a proper system, capable of doing all the stuff that the others can do with whatever system they just happen to favour
Hope this helps