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Old 07-19-2006, 11:47 AM   #1
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Fedora Core 5 basic questions


Hi! This is my first post in this forum.

I began using Linux for real just a couple of days, but Ive worked with SCO Unix 2 in 1999. Ive just installed Fedora Core 5, and I have a couple of doubts:

1) How do I change the font and number of lines in pure text console mode? I remember that Slackware allowed to do this in the installation... But how to do in Fedora?

2) I am using Gnome at 800x600 60hz, but the login screen is always at 75hz. How to change the login screen to reflect the gnome desktop resolution and refresh rate?

3) On the initialization scree, how to the "show details" be default, without the need to click on that button?

4) I like all programs maximized, some are running ok when I close and re-open them. But some not, like nautiuls and terminal window. How do I change the properties of a program to always launch maximized?

5) K3B is not showing the fifo/device buffers. My recorder is LG GSA-H10. Ive seen some pages about these problem, but with no answer.

6) Still on K3B, where are the options to: begin a project with multisession, continue a multisession disc, and close a disc?

7) The recommended directory for installing programs is "user/local" and for games "usr/games" or not?

Thanks !!!
 
Old 07-20-2006, 06:47 AM   #2
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1) Edit your /boot/grub/grub.conf. Find the line(s) that begin "kernel /vmlinuz ..." and add the display option "vga=###" to the end of it. '###' is a number which you can find in section 5.3 of this page. For example, to boot in true colour at 1024x786, add the option vga=791. To boot in true colour at 1280x1024 use the option vga=0x31B.

2) You could try editing your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to limit the monitor's maximum refresh rate to 60Hz.

3) Again, look in /boot/grub/grub.conf. Try removing the kernel options 'rhgb' and 'quiet'

7) The recommended way to install programs on Fedora is to use yum. Stanton Finley and mjmwired have setup guides for Fedora, including sections on using yum. Just Google "Stanton Finley Fedora 5" or "mjmwired fedora 5" to find the guides. Using yum means it's easy to update stuff when a newer version is released, and you also don't have to worry about where to install things. If yum doesn't have a package, you can install it by finding an rpm and using the command 'rpm -Uvh packagename.rpm'. If (and only if!) you can't find a package through yum or as an rpm should you consider compiling something from source or installing it by hand.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 07:30 AM   #3
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4) You may try the geometry options that are present in every graphical program: --geometry=linxcol or even --full-screen. For instance, "gnome-terminal --geometry=50x100" will open the gnome-terminal with 50 lines and 100 columns.
There are the ~/.Xdefaults file too, but I am not sure if KDE/Gnome applications read it anymore. If it still works, you can preset colors, sizes and positions for every window. Very useful for compliant applications.
 
Old 07-22-2006, 09:36 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Gethyn
1) Edit your /boot/grub/grub.conf. Find the line(s) that begin "kernel /vmlinuz ..." and add the display option "vga=###" to the end of it. '###' is a number which you can find in section 5.3 of . For example, to boot in true colour at 1024x786, add the option vga=791. To boot in true colour at 1280x1024 use the option vga=0x31B.
This is really nice, but I mean using EGA text modes, like 80x50. I added vga=ext, this works, but when the initializing process get to "welcome to fedora core, press i to interactive..." it returns to default 80x25... How to stay in 80x50, how to change to other EGA modes like 80x28, 80x43 and how to change the default font?

Thanks!!!
 
Old 07-22-2006, 09:37 AM   #5
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4) You may try the geometry options that are present in every graphical program: --geometry=linxcol or even --full-screen. For instance, "gnome-terminal --geometry=50x100" will open the gnome-terminal with 50 lines and 100 columns.
There are the ~/.Xdefaults file too, but I am not sure if KDE/Gnome applications read it anymore. If it still works, you can preset colors, sizes and positions for every window. Very useful for compliant applications.
Hmmm, ok. Now please tell me where do I change this configuration.

Thanks!!!
 
Old 07-24-2006, 06:08 AM   #6
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Hmmm, ok. Now please tell me where do I change this configuration.
There are 2 files related to this: ~/.Xdefaults and ~/.Xresources
They are not present by default. Some window managers (like twfm and CDE I believe) create theses files to manage user's preferences.

Like I said, I am not sure if it will work in KDE/Gnome. You must try yourself. Search google linux (http://www.google.com/linux) for Xdefaults and/or Xresources. It will return actual files you can use as template for your needs.

And if the cmd. line is enough for your needs, you can edit the launcher to add the geometry options to the program.
 
  


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