That particular option, as you rightly pointed out, is the "paid for" subscription. I had a little bit of supprt with my boxed set of 2006 (a powerpack dvd version). I never did work out how the hell I was supposed to use it. Thoug thats similar to when I had an earlier boxed set/limited support via "mandrake expert" - if they did reply it seemed to take forever.
Personally, if you can get online ok, then I'd suggest a visit to the easy urpmi
site (if you haven't already done so and configured some sources).
Go to the easy urpmi site as linked above. Then open a konsole/terminal box (from the taskbar). You'll have to be "root" so type the command: su
and hit enter, then put in your root password. If you haven't already updated your system/packages in this way, in the same konsole/terminal window type in this command urpmi.removemedia -a
that will delete any sources already in the system - which would only be the CD sources if you haven't done this before.
Then minimise the terminal window.
Read through the page at easy urpmi and follow the instructions. I always just select the version of mandriva as per section 1, then I never check the "show specific sources" box. I always check all 6 sources, and using the drop downs, select mirror addresses close to me (that would be main, contrib, updates, jpackage, plf-free and plf-non free) - I don't use the same source address twice (or just the UK ones) I spread them about a bit ( I tend to do 1 or 2 UK ones, plus netherlands, france, norway and sweden - my experience is that those have proven to be the quickest for me). You should have enough between the US and Canada etc to do the same.
Then just click the "proceed to stage 3" button.
The out put is in the box below that - you will need to highlight it, right click and copy (or highlight and ctrl+c). Then bring up the terminal window again, put the cursor by the # and then either right click and paste or put the cursor by the # and ctrl+v (both keys at the same time).
It should start doing some stuff. Let it finish (should it stop after putting one of the lines that you copied/pasted from easy urpmi, then I just tend to hit enter once).
Once you're back at the # prompt and it's finished - you can close the terminal and bring up the software manager window again.
Click the "updates" facility, you then have to click yes (once or maybe twice) and it should do some stuff and then open the updates window with a nice big fat list of packages that need updating/upgrading.
check a couple of them and then hit install - if you haven't upgraded/updated since you installed your system then theres probably gonna be quite a few - mandriva/mandrake 10.1 is getting on a bit - 2005 was the renamed 10.2 and 2006 is the current edition.
The only proviso, is that if your graphics are nvidia based, if you see a package called something like "kernel-sources-2.6.12-14.mdk" (or a similar name, but it will start with kernel-sources), don't upgrade/update that until last. That means that theres a newer kernel available as well, but the actual new kernel will be listed in the "Look at installable software and install software" section - the nvidia comment is pertinent. You will need both the kernel and kernel-sources to install the nvidia driver. Theres lots of info here at LQ, plus theres some distro specific advice here
Oh and I just did right click on the icon you mentioned in your first post and told it to quit and not to start at boot time - hell it might work, but I couldn't make it do anything (I was too lazy to try as I already knew how to update my system).
Hopefully that helps some.