HELP! Soundcard and SD Slot issues, installation of new software.
I've registered with this forum as I need some help, urgently.
Three years ago, I made the decision to switch my Dell Dimension 3100 completely - and exclusive - over to Linux, as a neighbour had converted my families systems quite successfully and Microsoft nearly destroyed the system.
For the first year, it was fine, however, despite requests to the neighbour to teach me how to learn how to use Linux and take ownership for myself, he's been incredibly unwilling to allow me any control over my own PC (he even locked the Root password with one of his own, which I've now successfully discovered after months of trying). This is left me as a complete Linux noob for three years.
The issue got worse when again, he updated my Mandriva to the current system I have now (I can't tell you which one exactly, I'll come back to you). He then got taken ill, disappeared which has left me adrift in terms where I can go next.
However, the problems that require urgent resolution are:
- I discovered, three weeks after the last update, the sound card hasn't been installed as part of the update.
- I discovered, yesterday, that the SD card reader now no longer works and won't read Memory cards.
- I also need to install an update to convert m4a to WAV, but have no idea how to install a new piece of software.
Is there anyone out there who can, step-by-step, take me through these issues and how to fix them? As I work in audio, this is a problem I've been trying to work out how to solve for months, but all I see is some very dense, confusing forum discussions on the matter online.
Please keep it simple - I really love Linux, but have NO idea how it works, so treat me gently please! :)