URPMI will solve alot of problems when it comes to software installation!!!
before you go here http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/
make sure it is mandrake you have installed,
their are 3 steps, make sure you have the right details in the first one, your architecture can be found by opening up in the main window when you open up "configure my desktop" where it says "machine" is your architecture.
tick at least the first three boxes in step two exept for the last one plf-nonfree because i think thats for programs you have to purchase, and dont check the "Use compressed index" box neither.
in step 3 you copy and paste the info that has been spit out into your konsole and that will download .
this gives you access to loads of programs other than that of any installation CD's you may have. obviously it does'nt download the programs but has the repositories for them. then you can select any you may want to install from da MCC.
all in all it saves you hours of searching high and low for programs and their dependices.