In my experience there are a variety of reasons for sound problems, most of which involve configuration rather than downloading drivers. C-media cards are especially well supported so it may be something as simple as checking to see if the volume is muted. Have you tried putting a music cd in and opening a player? If none of the easy stuff works, your best bet is to Google for something like "no sound Mandrake", and check the Mandrake forums. If you still can't find an answer, or don't understand something, post back with a few more details i.e. what desktop you are using. As far as FlashPlayer, if I remember correctly, it is a .bz or .gz file. Try this, right click on the file, you should have an option "extract here" choose that, that will create a folder, open the folder and inside will be a "read me" or "install" document (or both) read those. I think the install is as simple as opening a terminal and typing ./flasplayer-installer, that will bring up a GUI to guide you through the rest, it's all in the docs though. Give Linux a little time, read up on a few things, and in no time at all you will be able to do all of the basics. It's not as hard as some would have you believe. When you get stuck, post here or any of the many Linux/Mandrake forums, you'll find the Linux community extremely helpful. I've been using Linux for two years and I've never enjoyed my computer more. Good luck, and have fun - Gary.