i am trying to install any linux distro on a very old machine (7 yrs). the latest holdup is the need to update the bios on a jabil kadoka/amd athlon (i think i have downloaded the correct update from the gateway site). in order to download and install the update i must log in as "root"...i keep reading faqs and tutorials on linux/knoppix but seem to be missing this basic bit of info. it is mentioned here on this site, but doesn't say how to do it. where can i find a faq/manual/tutorial that is for linux fetuses? your time with this simple question is greatly appreciated! nyke