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Old 07-02-2007, 03:45 AM   #1
davethemackem
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Hi all

M name is Dave and I am a total novice in Linux. Experience to some degree in Windows but thought I would give Linux a go. Now you have to believe me when I say total novice in Linux, there is so much different its great and gonna be fantastic Im sure once I get to grips with it....

Now my question is very basic, I have a Dell dimension 8100 and have installed Suse 10.2 on it (free on the cover on pcpro) but that where it stops. I cant get the network card to work so hence cant get on the net to get advice (vicious circle) So any advice (sites to visit driver locations will be massively appreciated)

I have access to the web on a windows pc but Im not even sure if windows and linux can read each others files so Im a bit stuck and as I say - a complete and utter newbie...

Thanks for advice in advance

Dave
 
Old 07-02-2007, 03:59 AM   #2
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you can get a program to view the linux parition in windows, and google for a drive for your network card and welcome to lq
 
Old 07-02-2007, 04:05 AM   #3
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Many file formats work in both Linux and Windows. Plain text files work of course, with the exception that (unless the reading program is "clever") Windows and Linux use different kinds of newline markings, so if you save a multiline textfile under Linux, Windows may only show blank boxes where it should switch to a new line, and vice versa (you may use programs like "dos2unix" or "todos" that can convert between the two formats, if it doesn't work elseway). PDFs work of course, and with OpenOffice you can read/write MS Office files. And so on. Actually it's not up to the OS at all, just up to you - do you have a program to read the files (mostly you do)?

First find out what your network card vendor and model/chipset is. Then head here or search the web for more instructions if you find that the network tools of SuSE can't get it running. In most cases it should be as easy as plugging the cable in, but sometimes you need a bit more work. To find out the type of the card, use SuSE's control center (YaST) - I'm pretty sure it has somekind of "hardware manager" that can tell more - or read trough stuff like
Code:
dmesg
that contains useful information (though it's a bit difficult to read).

A good practise is to mention every possibly useful fact about your hardware (or software for that matter, if needed) in your first post to a thread. That way people can easily check what it is all about.
 
Old 07-03-2007, 04:08 AM   #4
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Dave, a great idea for somebody totally new to Linux is to download a reference text that covers a whale of a lot about Linux. I'd suggest "Rute Users Tutorial and Exposition" by Paul Sheer. It is an old book but its age is no reason to turn aside from it. The book is excellent. To download a free copy:
http://www.linux-books.us/gnoppix_0001.php

Cheers,

Phidor.
 
Old 07-03-2007, 07:54 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, Im busy reading the stuff you sent but so much info, so little time (or brain power but will give it a go and keep on posting here if (when) I get stuck
Thanks for taking the time to reply all of you.
 
Old 07-04-2007, 07:47 AM   #6
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Rute book home page, whole thing online, prob more up to date: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
  


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