If I might suggest, don’t ditch Windows entirely, but dual boot with Linux.
The reason I say this is that running Windows games in Linux via Wine you will have difficulty, in fact it probably won’t work at all, especially if you want to use the joystick, which isn’t even well supported in Linux.
I don’t know much about Mandrake 10.2 LE, is it a free one? Normally if you purchase one of the distros they come bundled with all the software you require including Wine, at least my Xandros did, so that saves you hunting around trying to find software till you get more used to loading programs and using Linux.
As much as I love Linux, drivers are a problem, it could well not be supported, hence the reason you can’t find the drivers.
I will pass on one little tip, if you dual boot Windows XP and its formatted in NTFS Linux cannot write to NTFS it can only read it. If you make up a small FAT32 partition you will be able to share files easily between to two systems because Linux and Windows can both read and write to FAT32