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First off, I'm a n00b at Linux, but what I would consider an expert Microsoft OS user.
The reason I am writing is because I SO want STOP using Microsoft's products and this is a big leap for me, and I need help.
To get used to running Linux, I'm running Microsoft's Virtual PC software window Mandrake Linux installed. So far so good, but I can't seem to get any drivers installed. I'm starting with video drivers for my ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. I've found the drivers and went to install them from ATI's web site I can't get past the following dialog box (see screenshot).
Also, I can't even get on the net yet because I can't locate a drivers for my wireless Linksys NIC. Any way, one battle at a time...
Now, I installed Linux from an ISO. Perhaps that's the cause of the problem? Any help or direction would be much appreciated! Help convert me from the dark side (LOL)!
why are you trying to access /dev/hdc? you would have to 'mount' the device first in order to access it.
wheres the link for the rpm you downloaded, or what procedure did you do to get this? (or what procedure are you supposed to do?)
actually, the link to the drivers is here
anyway, try installing it from a terminal/command-line. use 'su' (become root) then try to install it:
$ [enter root password]
# urpmi <package name>
did you download the correct one, also? theres ones for XFree86 and X.org. also, theres a script at the top of the page (check.sh) to determine what version of XFree86 you have isntalled if you dont know.
to run the script:
download the file, cd to the directory its in, "chmod +x check.sh" to make it executable, then "./check.sh" to run it.
X.org and XFree86 are implementations of the X Windows system, which provides a method of displaying and using windows/a Gui.
X.org is free, and, ironically (i think, someone correct me) XFree86 is uhm..less.. free? lol
UNIX owns it, i believe.
anyways, you only need one of them and only one would be installed on your system.. so NO.. you dont need, and you dont install more than one. you install the one that your system uses.. if you use X.org Xwindows system then you download the one for X.org, if not, then XFree86, but you need to find out which version of XFree, which as i mentioned you can find out with the script.
the commands to isntall it shouldnt be too hard. as i mentinoed, just open a terminal up, type "su", you will then be asked for the root password, type it in and hit enter, then type 'urpmi <filename>" to try and install it.. CD to the directory that you downloaded the .rpm before you urpmi it.