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Old 04-12-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question Fedora 10 new user has some questions, especially about my ATI radeon X1300 and wine.


Hello New friends,

I am happy to be a member of the Linux community now and am very glad to be here posting. I just snapped on Friday night, got really tired of windows, and installed Fedora 10. So far, I like it a lot, but as I really have no experience at all with Linux, so I am going through quite a big learning curve. I realize I am putting a lot of questions out here, but I'd like to refer to only this thread when helping myself and my friends (who I hope to convince to switch to Linux) when ironing out issues. Consequently, please feel free to address whichever topics are easiest or most convenient for you to answer. None of these are urgent, but I am pretty sure they can all be answered eventually. Thank you in advance for your time; I hope someday to understand enough to be able to post here in the guise of a teacher rather than a student. In order of importance (to me):

~1. I've installed ATI's proprietary driver for my X1300 video card. I have two monitors, and I'd like to have a wide desktop. I have the option to open the ATI catalyst control center (super-user mode) but I have no idea how to do it. Clicking on it does nothing, and typing sudo [location] yields the following result:

[thezerodragon@localhost ~]$ sudo '/home/thezerodragon/amdccclesu.desktop'
/home/thezerodragon/amdccclesu.desktop: line 1: [Desktop: command not found
/home/thezerodragon/amdccclesu.desktop: line 4: syntax error near unexpected token `('
/home/thezerodragon/amdccclesu.desktop: line 4: `Name=ATI Catalyst Control Center (super-user)'

How do I open this program as a super-user?

~2 Do I have the option to not display the desktop icons? What about the taskbars?

~3 Is there any way to run the Zune software (I'm rather attached to mine)? Is wine going to be able to run it? If so, how do I get wine?

~4 Why can't I enable desktop effects?

I had more questions, but was able to resolve them myself, so perhaps I'm not completely hopeless.
 
Old 04-12-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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as for the ati card see this how to
" Howto for fglrx (Ati driver) and Compiz-fusion "
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=155503

Quote:
How do I open this program as a super-user?
i use " su - " or su
that is "su" a space then a " -"
Code:
su -
( my root password when asked ) 
yum list installed > /yumlist
-- or --
yum repolist all
Quote:
Do I have the option to not display the desktop icons? What about the taskbars
you can but most of them are nice to have , some are annoying like the partitions and other drives
check out " gconf-editor "
Code:
yum search gconf-editor 
-- then run --
yum install gconf-editor
Quote:
~4 Why can't I enable desktop effects?
see the how to for your ati card and
" compiz-0.8.3 repo for F9 & F10 + guide for the official fedora packages"
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showth...605#post907605

last but not least
Quote:
Is there any way to run the Zune software
the MS provided software , probably not but maybe the zune ?
a google/linux search http://www.google.com/linux
http://www.google.com/linux?hl=en&q=zune&btnG=Search
 
Old 04-13-2009, 10:03 PM   #3
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Dear John VV

Thank you so much for your patience during this transitional period for me. I followed the howto you provided me with to the letter, except that I really didn't understand the following:

>>4. Edit grub.conf
>>
>>Code:
>>
>>su
>>gedit /boot/grub/grub.conf
>>
>>and add this "nopat" to the kernel arguments.

Where do I add "nopat"? Please be understanding, I'm completely new to this. I am still unable to set up my desktop across two monitors. I can open the ATI Catalyst controller, but the option to enable multi-displays is greyed out because I don't have administrator rights. The super-user mode doesn't launch, and when I try to use the terminal, this happens:

[thezerodragon@localhost ~]$ su -
Password:
[root@localhost ~]# amdxdg-su -c amdcccle
amdxdg-su: no graphical method available for invoking 'amdcccle' as 'root'
[root@localhost ~]#

My desktop effects work fine now, so I am making some sort of progress. Have a great evening.
 
Old 04-18-2009, 12:28 AM   #4
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Still having a bit of trouble here. I can open the ATI Catalyst program. It taunts me because it shows the option to set up dual screens, but I can't access it in super-user mode. It has a super-user mode option, but that doesn't do anything. ATI's website suggests running fglrxconfig, which doesn't exist. There's fglrx-config-display:

[root@localhost ~]# fglrx-config-display
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/sbin/fglrx-config-display", line 172, in <module>
app.run()
File "/usr/sbin/fglrx-config-display", line 146, in run
arg = sys.argv[1]
IndexError: list index out of range

After poking around a few forums, I found out fglrxconfig is outmoded, and aticonfig is the baddest thing on the block. Dutifully, I fire up aticonfig. It's got about a billion lines of code, and what my limited understanding gleans is that I can set up a wide desktop with this bit: aticonfig --dtop=horizontal --overlay-on=1

[root@localhost ~]# aticonfig --dtop=horizontal --overlay-on=1
Error: Options, e.g. --dtop and --desktop-setup, are not supported when RandR 1.2 is enabled!
Warning: Failed to set hardware overlay to head 1 immediately.
Using /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Saved back-up to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.fglrx-13

What the fuck is RandR 1.2, and how do I disable it? I'm really stumped here, guys. What do I do?
 
Old 05-14-2009, 06:10 PM   #5
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Final update: I reinstalled with KDE and am much more satisfied, though it seems to forget what I set as the background every time. I'm sure this is easily remedied, I just am not quite sure how. Still no luck with the dual-monitor setup. Is there any sort of tutorial or guide that someone can direct me to? ATI's website is not very helpful. Also, the animation for the 3D effects such as desktop switching is a little choppy, am I just running my processor too hard? My system has been slower overall since I switched to KDE. I have a dual-core 1.66 GHz Processor and 3.8 GB of RAM. Should I just upgrade? I'm thinking of building my own computer this time around. Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to help.
 
  


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