New system setup help, please
Would someone be kind enough to help me get started, please? I have a new system and really don't want to go back to windows but I'm feeling quite overwelmed. Everything is different and unfamiliar (except for Firefox and Thuderbird, which I have used for a while on my windows system). Since I'm used to windows, I think it's harder because I have to "unlearn" and "relearn" so please be patient with me. ;)
I have a Compaq Presario 2188 (here is the info on it: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1)
It has an internal wireless card that I'm trying to get onto the network but...well, I should back up...
So far, I have reformatted the drive and installed Mandrake LE2005. I went to Broadcom (on my xp machine), downloaded the linux driver bcm5700 for the card, burned it, installed them on my linux machine via the rpm and now I'm stuck. When I use the setup wizard, it asks me to manually install a driver but when I select the broadcom driver from the list (any of the 4 bcm driver choices) I get thrusted back to the list to select another driver. Help please...what do I do now?
I need to get this online so that I can finish customizing it and using it. I've had this computer sitting her for a month because of OS trouble, finally went to the bookstore last night and bought a magazine to get a full version of Mandrake LE2005, and now I'm so frustrated I am ready to cry. I bought a book too, Linux Desktop Garage, but like I said, I'm pretty darn overwelmed with things like, how do I install anything? If I do, where does the OS put it? Then what? "Remember, this isn't windows, 'Bella." Yes, I talk to myself.
On a side note, the touchpad is driving me crazy!! I can't stand tapping and can't turn it off without the synaptics touchpad driver...so as soon as I get online after getting one driver issue under control, I get to do this all over again with the touchpad. Ack! LOL!