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I'v been using windows as long as I'v had a computer. I have no clue how to use mandrake linux. It's way to complicated.All i want to do is intsall america online 9.0 and it wont let me and the sims. everytime i try to a message comes up that says there appears to be a configuration error. You have associated Konqueror with application/x-msdos-program, but it cant handle this file type. I'm confused out of my mind should i take it to a dell store and let them put windows on it or what?
Lol.. um. you mean you just, put in the cd's or whatever, and tried to run the setup.exe files.. in linux?
Linux doesnt use windows software. At all, not one bit. That's the point of it being "Linux" and not windows. While things like wine can often fake it, and run a windows program, its far from reliable or supportive of the features. The sims has a linux version. AO-Hell, lets hope that never has a linux version.
When you start your computer, do you get offered a choice of operating system ? If you do, then you probably have dual boot facility available.
You will only be able to install AOL under windows. It doesn't work under linux (well apparently there is a way of using AOL, but I've never tried it and haven't heard anyone say whether they've had any success with it - it's an application called penggy).
As far as the sims is concerned, there was a version ported to linux and available as a gaming version of mandrake 8.1 (yes, 8.1 that's about 3 or 4 versions ago), if you could find it, I doubt whether you would get it working under 9.2 - well it may be possible, but it would probably be "an uphill climb".
To protect your sanity, I would suggest that you sign up with a "normal" ISP for whatever service you use - if it's dsl/cable, then you should be able to config your mandrake to use the service easily enough, if it's dial up, then you'd need to check out the modem - a lot of internal dial up modems are what is known as "winmodem's" i.e. software based and not proper modems. If that turned out to be the case, you still may be able to get it working, but you'd have to establish the exact model/type and then find (search/surf) for the driver. A lot of people don't bother, they just go and get themselves an external modem - which more often than not, work fine.
Anyway, still dump AOL, it's expensive rubbish. most subscribers don't bother with their "content" and that makes it an expensive way to just surf the net.