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Old 03-26-2004, 04:28 PM   #1
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A lot of newbie questions...


I have a lot of questions that probably seem really stupid, but I just installed Fedora Core 1 two days ago.

1. I have a lot of files that I typed using Word Perfect on Windows XP, and I saved them to a disk. The first problem I'm having with that is I can't edit them because they are all write protected. I went back onto Windows, and went on the properties before I copied them to a disk, and I unselected Write Protection. But they still copied with right protection. How o i fix that? The other problem is they are saved as a Word Perfect document, and I can't open them on Fedora Core. On windows, I can just change the file extension. I don't know if that would work on Fedora, but even if it did, I wouldn't be able to do it because I can't rename the file because it is write protected.

2. I also copied all of my music from Wimdows Media Player onto a disc, but I can't play the files once I copy them to a folder. I cant even play the MP3 ones. How can I play them?

3. I can't figure out how to play sounds on gaim. I went in the preferences, but it won't work.

4. My hard drive is partitioned. I have Fedora Core 1 on one partition, and Windows XP Home Edition on the other. Is it possible to access the files on the Windows partition from the Linux one, or vice versa?

5. Where can I find a good C++ compiler for Linux?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-26-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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1. as root, use chmod to change the access writes. no one other than root should be able to do this... hence the security being there in the first place.

2. probably cos you've not got any mp3 libraries, as fedora deliberaltey doesn't have them. get plugins or download a new version orf xmms from http://xmms.org

3. ack ... don't bother! welll if you're in gnome, all sounds will want to go through the esd server, make sure gaim is set to use esd, and you should be fine.

4. depends how xp is formatted. for fat32:

mkdir /mnt/winxp
mount -t vfat /dev/hda2 /mnt/winxp
(assuming it IS hda2... see what "fdisk -l /dev/hda" says about the formats and partitions.)

ntfs is much much nastier, but you can try changing the above command to use "-t ntfs", but it will be read only.

5. your distro cd's, it's called gcc.
 
Old 03-26-2004, 04:40 PM   #3
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As for (1), as far as I know, write protection is determined by the filesystem. So I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to copy the files from the disk they're on and use them normally; if they are still read-only after you copy them, you may need to adjust the file permissions (see this for how to do that). Sometimes, I've noticed, when files are copied from a CD-Rom disc, especially in Windows, the file permissions remain read-only (because a CD-Rom is read-only - dumb, but true).

For (4), yes it is possible to use Fat32 and NTFS (Windows) formatted disks in Linux. Check out the Filesystems HOWTO for more information.

And for (5), most Linux distributions by default come with a C++ compiler called g++. To find out if you have it installed, open up a terminal window and type 'which gcc' or 'which g++'. Unless it says 'gcc not found' or some such, you have it installed already; if not, try installing the 'development' packages from Fedora, or the 'gcc' and 'g++' packages specifically.
 
Old 03-26-2004, 05:29 PM   #4
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2. I copied the music files from the CD-ROM, but it won't let me add them to the music player. When I try to add them, it says that it is copying them on the bottom right, but then it says "0 minutes (0 songs)" when it's done adding them.

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Old 03-26-2004, 08:06 PM   #5
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Anybody out there want to help???
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:21 AM   #6
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What music player are you trying to use?

One of the drawbacks of Fedora is that Multiimedia stinks out of the box. Most of the sound apps that were in stalled on my installation were broken. Have you run any updates to your system yet?

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Old 03-27-2004, 05:59 AM   #7
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I don't know what music player it is... lol. It just says "Music Player".
I installed all the updates on the up2date program (I think that's what it's called). Should I download a better player? Which one do you recommend?

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Old 03-27-2004, 07:58 AM   #8
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XMMS

If it looks a bit like Winamp, its XMMS. I cannot get XMMS to play mp3s, no matter how hard I try.

I downloaded the source RPMs, tar files, etc. and its says I need the Glib library. I have an older version of glib and I went to their site to get a newer one, and now it wants me to set the path variable, which I have no clue how to do.

I bought Chris Negus "Red Hat Linux 9 Bible" its seems really helpful. Thats how I learned to untar and unzip programs and install them. The only problem is that Red Hat does not have Mp3 support. That is why I tried to install a new XMMS version to get the mp3 functionality back.

Linux has quite a learning curve, but I seem to get getting the hang of it. It may take me awhile to become a guru (say 2 years) but I believe the time investment is worth it. To have knowledge of Linux is a great asset since it is used a lot in business applications.

In fact, Google runs off clustered Linux machines.
 
Old 03-27-2004, 10:28 AM   #9
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Try this guys. This kind soul has made a how-to get MP3s to work in Fedora.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=162813
 
Old 03-27-2004, 10:34 AM   #10
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What does this mean:

Open up a terminal window and issue the following : tar -xvzf xmms-x.x.x.tar.gz

How do I do that?
 
Old 03-27-2004, 10:41 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by mfo6463
What does this mean:

Open up a terminal window and issue the following : tar -xvzf xmms-x.x.x.tar.gz

How do I do that?
i'm crazy new to *nix but let me give that a shot. it looks like you're telling xmms what it has permission to do to a file type. and you should already have a terminal window up, that's your shell.
 
Old 03-27-2004, 11:00 AM   #12
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Sorry, but what is a terminal window? I don't understand any of these terms. Could someone explain in simple terms how to do all of this:

http://www.geocities.com/phantomgrap...mp3.howto.html

Thanks.
 
Old 03-27-2004, 11:09 AM   #13
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Ok... Give this a try.

Find out what version of XMMS you are running. Assuming you've done all of your updates, you should be up to 1.2.10

Download the xmms-mp3 rpm (bottom of page) that corresponds from your XMMS version to your home directory.
http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/1/i386/RPMS.stable/

To open up the Terminal, you should be able to right-click on the desktop and it should give you an option to open it. Type "su" and then type the password of root. This will allow you to install the rpm.

Assuming you downloaded the file to your home directory, type this.
rpm -ivh xmms-mp3*.rpm

Now you should be able to listen to MP3s. If you can't, look at this guys screenshots to make sure the plugin is selected in XMMS. http://www.geocities.com/phantomgrap...mp3.howto.html

Good luck!
 
Old 03-27-2004, 11:10 AM   #14
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terminal window.... an ermm.... (ughhhh...) "DOS Prompt" equivalent. you will have a number of terminal emulators on your system, konsole, xterm, eterm, aterm, rxvt, gnome-terminal etc... just look in your menus

and those really are *very* basic instructions, can't really be much simpler. if there is a particular command you don't understand, just ask.
 
Old 03-27-2004, 02:24 PM   #15
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I don't know what file to downlaod from http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/1/i386/RPMS.stable/
 
  


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