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Old 01-06-2004, 08:58 PM   #1
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2 more newbie questions


Ok im sorry but I gotta ask. Ok 2 things im sure you know how to fix. Well At least 1 for sure. . . First the hard one,

Im running Mandrake 9.1 on my dell 8200 inspiron laptop. Now I had a modular cdrom and i took it out cause im going on vaction for the xtra battery. So now It can't recognize it and I cant use it. But it stays on the desktop as CD ROM (2) and I want it gone.... ITS SO ANNOYING. Ive looked every where and cant figure out how to unmount it. I read in the help that I need to do this... But It dosent tell me how. Gay I know... Ok second item.

Easy question and I cant figure it out. I suck i know.
How do i install a damn program. a .tar.gz file. I can extract it and all and get it to run the install thing through root but I cant use it or anything. I know i suck but help would be awesome.
 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:02 PM   #2
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What are you trying to install from tar? you'll find your device mounted at /mnt/cdrom most likely. If there is anything in there, try deleting it.
 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:08 PM   #3
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Im trying to install multiple things. Opera, Visual boy advance, an mp3 player Mpg123 and just how to do it in general. Thanks i think i can get that damn cdrom out now! ;D
 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:15 PM   #4
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also i keep trying to delete the cdrom2/ dir in /mnt/ but it says device is busy. i tried rebooting and re inserting the cdrom and setting it up but it still dosent do it. gah! damn bastard cdrom wont go away! :P
 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:33 PM   #5
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Mp3 fix etc.

of all you probably don't have all the dependencies set up. Here is the link for the mp3 plug-in . Run the RPM and you will be ablle to play Mp3s.


http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/1/i386/...vn.2.1.i386.rpm

Also in most tar installations you have to run terminal in root
cd to that particular directory
run:
tar -zxvf filename
cd to the installation directory
run the installer

You can usually find an rpm for most things though.
Try these sites:

www.Sourceforge.net
yarrow.freshrpms.net
www.freshmeat.net
www.rpm.org

Well, good luck.
I'm still trying to figure out how to get my DVD to work!
 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:40 PM   #6
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Ive ran the installer for opera as root but now what. :\ i try and run the program from the home directory and nothing. Also i cant unmount that damn drive. Any body else got an idea?
 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:47 PM   #7
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so you're saying that it still shows up when the drive is disconnected? look in usr/bin for opera. I'll install it and see where it goes. There is a nice key generator for Opera on Kazaa if you still have windows. Opera is ad-supported without a key and that is annoying! Anyways the path should be usr/bin/opera.


 
Old 01-06-2004, 09:49 PM   #8
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and yah it still shows up as cdrom2/ even if its not connected.
i will try the opera thing now
 
Old 01-06-2004, 10:04 PM   #9
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autistic cdrom

well it sounds like no matter what your pc is telling linux that there is a drive present. Mybe check for a BIOS upgrade and see if you can upgrade to Mandrake 9.2. I've found that I get the best support out of Fedora Core so you may want to try that. I've tried Suse, Slackware, Redhat, Lindows , Lycoris, Debian, ASPLinux, Knoppix (a cool distro that runs completely from cd) and Mandrake 9.2. Actually Lindows (Debian based)is a great system with their click-n-run but it cost 49.95 a year for unlimited software. But you can get it free at MSFreepc.com. Well, check it out if you want.
 
Old 01-07-2004, 04:05 PM   #10
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Nobody else have any ideas on how to get rid of this cdrom2/ mount on my laptizzy?
 
Old 01-07-2004, 05:39 PM   #11
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have you tried
umount /mnt/cdrom2
?

If it will never be used again you could remove the entry for it in /etc/fstab .
 
Old 01-07-2004, 09:02 PM   #12
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Hey thanks! umount worked great! Now if i can get my damn programs to run. I got Opera to install and I can locate .SH file that im guessing is the executable but It dosent do anythign when i run it. Via command line or via GUI so i dunno what to do. the one in /usr/bin
 
Old 01-07-2004, 10:52 PM   #13
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Should be in /usr/local/opera or usr/lib/opera
 
Old 01-07-2004, 11:04 PM   #14
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I bet if you just type opera at a command line it will run. I've never installed it so I don't know. You can do a search for all files with the word opera in it (Do it as root).
find / | grep opera
 
  


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