That might be the same stupid problem I'm having with Mandrake 9.2 and my retail ATI Radeon 9600se. I've spent the last three days poreing over a 24 page install guide for their stupid VIDEO DRIVER!!!! 24 pages! It's just a stupid video card! I am so new it hurts, but I wonder if we aren't sharing the same problem. You'd think the ATI people would know about this by now. The symptom I get when installing Mandrake is it keeps having "error reading package. . ." during install. I get 23 to 40 errors. The GUI absolutely won't load. The errors are different on each install, and each error is in itself, different.
I hope this helps, it made me feel better.