This is only a suggestion: Do not use Linux Distribution Releases that are beyond their end of life (e.g.: no longer supported or updated). If you want to try out Linux, install VirtualBox from Sun Microsystems
(the proprietary version is free for personal use, or you can get the Open Source Community release if you do not like proprietary software), then install a current (Mandriva 2009.0) or beta (Mandriva 2009.1) release. Mandrake 10.0 is seriously outdated (about on a par with Windows 95 or 98) and may not run correctly on newer hardware (even if it is Virtual).