so i downloaded sfml to use with code blocks (its the one you get with the c++ for dummies disc) and got it all set up according to how the sfml tutorial told me to. however its not finding the dlls. what do i need to do
You just have to find the directory that "CMakeLists.txt" is in.
The tar.gz file contains some directory with a wonky name... like "LaurentGomila-23e4238" or whatever (the number sequence is a hash tag). Just keep going into those directories until you find one that has the below files:
... and several other directory.
You do not have to read the CMakeLists.txt file. Just locate it and note where it's stored. The directory it rests in is the "root" directory used in the rest of that tutorial.