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DaBlade 10-27-2005 08:45 AM

Two hardware-related questions
 
Hello, I got two hardware questions.
First: I just got a new mouse since my old one got broken. I bought this one:
http://www.mysilvercrest.de/
Now it's got some extra buttons, aside from the standard ones (middle, wheel, right, left). How do I make those work, and do something?

Second: My hard drive's been making a strange noise lately, I fear it's dying.
I'm gonna order a new hard drive, and I've already backed up most of my essential stuff. This hard drive has ext2fs on /boot and ext3fs as /. I'm wondering if it's possible to install Reiser4 on the new hard drive, maybe make some changes to my gentoo installation on this hard drive, and just copy _everything_ over from this one to the new one. (I wanna try reiser4, if that's impossible to do, then I'll just use ext3 like usual.)
I don't wanna reinstall Gentoo from scratch, because that takes forever and a half.

imitheos 10-27-2005 09:33 AM

Re: Two hardware-related questions
 
Quote:

Originally posted by DaBlade
Hello, I got two hardware questions.
First: I just got a new mouse since my old one got broken. I bought this one:
http://www.mysilvercrest.de/
Now it's got some extra buttons, aside from the standard ones (middle, wheel, right, left). How do I make those work, and do something?

I won't answer that since it is already answered about 2,000 times.


Quote:

Originally posted by DaBlade

Second: My hard drive's been making a strange noise lately, I fear it's dying.
I'm gonna order a new hard drive, and I've already backed up most of my essential stuff. This hard drive has ext2fs on /boot and ext3fs as /. I'm wondering if it's possible to install Reiser4 on the new hard drive, maybe make some changes to my gentoo installation on this hard drive, and just copy _everything_ over from this one to the new one. (I wanna try reiser4, if that's impossible to do, then I'll just use ext3 like usual.)
I don't wanna reinstall Gentoo from scratch, because that takes forever and a half.

Of course you can.
1) Using your current disk make a kernel with reiser4 support.
2) partition the new disk (using fdisk,cfdisk,parted,whatever you like)
3) Make the filesystems you want (e.g reiser4) and mount the new disk (in /mnt for example)
4) Copy everything to the new disk (except /mnt,/proc,/sys and others maybe)
5) mkdir /mnt,/proc,/sys on the new disk

Now you have 2 disks with the same data.
All you need to do is make the new disk bootable.
This depends on what boot loader you use (lilo or grub or something else)

DaBlade 10-27-2005 10:08 AM

A: Mind linking to one of the threads with the answer to the first question.
B: I use grub. And what do I do about the /mnt, proc, sys and so on?

imitheos 10-27-2005 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by DaBlade
A: Mind linking to one of the threads with the answer to the first question.
B: I use grub. And what do I do about the /mnt, proc, sys and so on?

A: do a search for "mouse wheel" and "mouse extra buttons"
B: read step 5.
I said "mkdir" them. You can't simply copy them because:
a) /mnt is the mount point where you mounted the new disk so you understand what will happen if try to copy it.
b) /proc and /sys are not normal filesystems so copying them also doesn't have a good result

You just do a "mkdir /mnt/proc /mnt/mnt /mnt/sys"

DaBlade 10-27-2005 02:33 PM

Alrighty then. I'll look up this thread again when I get the new hard drive :)


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