I guess I'll look around the Mandriva site and maybe try an older version.
No, please, not
an "older version".
Linux is backwards-compatible: Newer versions support even more "old / ancient" hardware than ever.
I quit Man-drake / -riva in about 2006.
Try one of the modern 'buntus.
9.10 is OK, I tried the (Beta) 10.04, and it is good for a beta release. Wait another 2 weeks and you'll get the L
upport of 10.04.
If you like "old things" (as I do) you'll probably hate
KDE4, so just go with a gnome desktop, you soon get used to it.