Well, having found the faults causing me some concern with Mandrake 10.0, I’m now fully operational, well apart from the webcam not being supported.
Mandrake caused two issues with the upgrade/install. It chose the wrong driver for the sound card (should have used the so-called alternate driver) and it chose the correct driver for the graphics card, then incorrectly set it to 24bit – my card only works up to 16bit, so all my video applications caused the GUI to crash.
All sorted now, and as it was an early release of Mandrake 10.0, I’ll let them off the little bugs. I’ve still got a couple of minor issues, but I’m happy that I’m back up and running with Linux again