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Old 10-14-2002, 05:12 AM   #1
Debianewb
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Question 8 questions to be solved! =:P


I have 8 questions. Here they are in random order:
  • horizontal resizing
    For some reason I can only resize the windows in Gnome in a vertical manner. When moving the mouse to a horizontal windowborder it nicely changes into a "resize"-pointer, BUT this doesn't happen when I move the mouse to a vertical windowborder. Why? And moreover; how to fix this??
  • source unavailable => no emu10k1 support
    How do install the Linux 2.4 source (using Debian)? I need it 'cause apparently it is mandatory for making the emu10k1 module...
  • mounting dvdrom
    It doesn't mount anymore.. It used to, but now it doesn't. I don't understand. When I try to mount a CDROM using the "mount /dvdrom" (as usual) it says: "/dev/cdrom already mounted or /dvdrom busy" ..but I'm not even in the dvdrom-directory, let alone using the CDROM!
    Then when I try to unmount it; "umount /dvdrom"; it gives me a "/dvdrom not mounted" ..wtf?
    This sucks 'cause I need the Debian-CD to get the kernel for my previous problem.
  • locking Gnome taskbar icons
    Is there anyway to lock the icons on the "taskbar" (including the "Gnome-footprint")? I dislike the fact that I or an application for that matter can accidentally move them around; distort my setup.
  • APM and the "logout Gnome"
    At the moment I don't have my ATX-capabilities working, but I read I'd just have to load the apm-module. When I fix this, will the "logout/shutdown Gnome" automatically detect this and also give me the opportunity to led "Gnome" shutdown the computer??
  • ati Radeon performance in 3D environments
    I'm getting awful 3D-performance in games like Tuxracer and other (I would consider) not to heavy 3D-apps.. Why? How can I configure my Radeon so that it operates as good (or better) as in windh00s? (I vaguely remember something about "GLX".. lost it)
  • xmms all-user skins
    If all the different users on my pc (2, that is:P) like to use the same skins, should I put my skins in /usr/share/xmms/Skins? E.g. can root, user x and user y all use those skins? (in contrary to the /home/<usr>/.xmms/skins dir)
  • keyboard doesn't display '|' (pipeline)
    I use a keyboard which has the pipeline located under the return-key. When I log in as user in Gnome the Gnome-terminal-emulator displays the '|' normally. However, logged in as root without a windowmanager, the keyboard is unable to display the '|'... (I've tried all the buttons, incl. shifted)
    I use the Dutch language-setting under Gnome. I think I have a US-keyboard, because in windh00s it uses the US ASCII-settings. (Or is this not the way to figure out what type of keyboard you have?)
    I need my pipeline for "more"!

That's it! Any body?

Last edited by Debianewb; 10-14-2002 at 11:06 AM.
 
Old 10-14-2002, 05:37 AM   #2
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I'll take the 1st one
I dont think you can fix it.I cant do the vertical resize in KDE either.You have to put the cursor on the corner of the window to resize vertically.You may have to try the min/max button in the upper r-hand corner and play with that.
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Old 10-14-2002, 11:10 AM   #3
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I think you misunderstood my problem lynch. What I meant is that it seems that in NO WAY I can resize my windows horizontally: not by placing the mouse on the window-edge, nor on "the corner of the window". I can only use the "maixmize"-/"minimize"-functions of the menu... ?
Surely I should be able to resize them in both dimensions?
 
Old 10-14-2002, 12:48 PM   #4
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I take this one:
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# mounting dvdrom
It doesn't mount anymore.. It used to, but now it doesn't. I don't understand. When I try to mount a CDROM using the "mount /dvdrom" (as usual) it says: "/dev/cdrom already mounted or /dvdrom busy" ..but I'm not even in the dvdrom-directory, let alone using the CDROM!
Then when I try to unmount it; "umount /dvdrom"; it gives me a "/dvdrom not mounted" ..wtf?
This sucks 'cause I need the Debian-CD to get the kernel for my previous problem.
Try mounting the actual device rather than the symlink or the directory. So:
mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdX /dvdrom

Replace X with the correct device letter.

Make sure again, that no other user is logged in and inside the directory, only root logged in, and not in the directory.

Cool
 
Old 10-14-2002, 06:58 PM   #5
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xmms all-user skins
If all the different users on my pc (2, that is:P) like to use the same skins, should I put my skins in /usr/share/xmms/Skins? E.g. can root, user x and user y all use those skins? (in contrary to the /home/<usr>/.xmms/skins dir)
Yep. I had, for a while, linked some directory on my Windows partition to that one so that not only could I allow all my local Linux users (i..e me and my pseudonym that I use for my music work) but also all my Windows (blergh) users use the same skins. If you put (as root) any skins you want shared into /usr/share/xmms/Skins (or wherever it is on your setup) then all users should be able to see them from xmms.
 
Old 10-15-2002, 09:09 AM   #6
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Tnx guys! I'll post the results of your remarks within 2 days. (due to me not being able to lay hands on my pc 'till then.. l0l)

By the way I've spend almost a day now looking for information on how to increase (or at least "fix") the performance of my ati Radeon videocard... Yet, I've been unable to locate any site focussing on this content. Any suggestions?
 
Old 10-15-2002, 11:48 AM   #7
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Problem with ATI radeon 8500 ?
option 1 : go to www.ati.com (!!!) and get the linux driver for your card (binary & closed source but efficient)
option 2 : go to dri.sf.net and get the linux driver for your card (open source but still experimental)

FFF
 
Old 10-16-2002, 05:21 AM   #8
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Okay.Try this to resize those windows:
Open a window you want to resize and right-click an empty space on the title bar.A content menu should appear giving you the option to "size" and save"store settings".
I accidently came across this tip reading the SuSE 8.1 user's guide.But that's another post HTH
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Old 10-16-2002, 07:45 AM   #9
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Exclamation The exact type of my Radeon..

Quote:
Originally posted by fff
Problem with ATI radeon 8500 ?
option 1 : go to www.ati.com (!!!) and get the linux driver for your card (binary & closed source but efficient)
option 2 : go to dri.sf.net and get the linux driver for your card (open source but still experimental)

FFF
I have one of the "early" Radeons, that is a Radeon 64 DDR..

Quote:
Please note - ATI Customer Service has NO INFORMATION regarding:

- which ATI chips or products are supported in a particular version of Linux or XFree86
- how to configure Linux for a given ATI chip or product
No help on configuring... That's just what I'm looking for.. configuring-tools/-help...
I'm now looking at dri.sf.net ..tnx maybe I'll find something useful here..
 
Old 10-17-2002, 09:18 AM   #10
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Exclamation - p r o b l e m u p d a t e -

Okay, tnx for the input! I've fixed the "windows-resizing"- and the "XMMS-skins"-problem.
XMMS was easy; mkdir Skins and al little cp..

Figuring the "windows-resizing" out went kind of strange:
I use "sawfish" with framestyle "gradient" as windowmanager. When going over the "sawfish-configurator"-screens for the Xth time, I noticed a dropdownmenu in "bindings" where I could select "border". The following screen showed which mousebuttons should have resized the window. ("finally", I thought)
However, it said I'd have to use my 1st button to resize and the 2nd to move. For some reason this worked th other way around on my windows. Whatever...it works now: just click with my middle-mouse on the titlebar and drag it into the desired direction!
I'd like to add that I find it particularly userUNfriendly and misleading to put a resizing-icon on the horizontal borders only, instead of both dimensions! (I can't imagine why they did this )

Getting ATX-support proved easy to; I just modprobe'd apm (Advanced Power Management) ..and tested it with a halt-command. Satisfied, I added it to my modules-file.
Since I use Gnome as desktop, I'd like to also have the "shutdown"-option in the "logout"-dialog. Now, the "logout-dialog-help" says:
Quote:
..the Halt and Reboot choices will only be shown if you have permission to execute the commands /usr/bin/reboot or poweroff.
BUT they don't exist! (e.g. not in that dir anyway) Do they refer to the two "similar" files in /sbin/??
How can I fix this in a secure way? Should I make those files readable/executable for my users? :0 Or should I make 2 "dummies" in /usr/bin which refer to the originals in /sbin/?? ...OR should I grant all users privilege to use gshutdown (is this the component used by the logout-dialog?)


Then there is the "malfunctioning" DVDplayer.. In this example I have a regular data-disk (Debianinstall or something else) in my player, then I type:
Quote:
as root: mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /dvdrom
hdd: hdd4
Unable to identify CD-ROM format.
mount: wrong fstype, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/cdrom,
or too many mounted file systems
hdd: hdd4
This seems strange, because my ZIP-drive is on that hd!? So, I also had a look in /dev/ and yes; the cdrom is pointing towards hdd4: cdrom -> /dev/hdd4
Is this indeed the problem and if so; how can I fix this?

(I used the "Drive Mount Applet 1.4.0.5", by John Ellis, in Gnome several times for mounting a CDROM.. Can this have caused the problem? It shouldn't be able to write things to my devices, or should it?)


Hope this provides you with more detailed info on my problems..

Last edited by Debianewb; 10-17-2002 at 09:59 AM.
 
Old 01-10-2003, 07:58 PM   #11
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about ati radeon...
Are you loading glx and GLCore in your XF86Config?
I had the same problem because I forgot that, now it's pretty nice!

about dvdrom...
I just created an simbolic link for /cdrom (ln -s /cdrom /dvdrom).

hope it can help in something...
 
  


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