Hey it's working great now! Thanks to bwkaz and paleq. See, I don't know alot about linux (obviously), but I think that the readme could have been a little more specific on the exact things to do when installing.
For example, I got screwed up because I installed after booting failsafe, instead of correctly exiting the x server (which thanks to you guys I now know how to do). And I was going through my Mandrake docs for an hour trying to find how to "exit x server".
ALL of the documentation assumes a certain level of linux knowledge that I feel is above a beginners head.
Sorry for the rambling...
Time to get some games going, and a good basic linux book.
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