I decided to give a go at building my own system. I got a bunch of expensive hardware, which left no $$ left for software.
I actually set out to learn Linux before I ran out of money.
Well, I got a few issues with trying to get the devices working properly,
I installed Red-Hat 8
(our library has the book, not 9, and I can only boot from dvd/cd drive) and am going to eventually move to slackware once a better understanding comes about.
Thats where I need your(linux experts) help.
A few of my devices are not working or are not maximized.
I discovered the Command Shell, and am slowly learning to work with it.
First off, no sound
comes out the speakers. I don't have a sound card,
But I'm quite sure my nForce2 chipset and biostar MB
have some sort of onboard support.
I have a stack of books, and one of them said to run "sndconfig".
Which I did and got a bunch of cryptic error messages.
Is there a command to configure it correctly? Do I download and install a driver? How would I install a driver anyway!?
I discovered Modules briefly last night.
Next, I have a fireGL z1 video card
, and would like to maximize
it's capability instead of a default generic setting. I saw drivers on the ATI website, but I have no CD burner at work(where my net connection is)
I may just buy a floppy drive, but I have a zip-100
I haven't even considered trying to figure out how to get that old thing up and running yet.
any suggestions are helpful.
And lastly, I have a Digital Research DVD+RW/+R drive
I went to their site and they have no Linux drivers!!
Is there a way to still get that thing to work?
Right now it is recognized as a CD-Rom device(I think) because it appears to run CD's.
It'd be nice if my speakers were working so I could actually listen to those CD's.
It would be even better to watch and burn DVD's.
My buddy rented "Triplets of Belleville"
and I want a personal copy.
I would also like copies of my faves: Scarface, Casino, and Gladiator
If anyone has any suggestions to better movies; you are incorrect.
So, I work at the library, where all the books are thorough, but old (in computer hardware years), and I am taking a stack home tonight. My intellect is limited along with my comprehension. ahem.
Seeing as to how this project has went so far, I expect to make a small amount of progress.
I need help.
My computer friends are "user friendly" computer friends.
My technical knowledge is small but growing, and hungry.
Once I get an extra $200 then I'll get Windows XP. *cough*
Somebody out there knows how to help. Please do so if you have any suggestions.
books. check'em out.