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Old 12-02-2007, 06:45 PM   #1
Sam French
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Installing opensuse 10.3


Hello People,
I will be installing opensuse 10.3 on a SATA hard drive I have a few questions. This is my currrent setup.

AMD 64 bit 3200 (2005)
2 Gig Ram
Nvida video card
IDE HD master XP Pro
IDE HD slave

This is what I want to do with Linux. Install the SATA HD and get Suse up and running. These are the applications I want to use.

Mozilla
Mp3 player
DVD player
I would like to use the KDE desktop but I would like to use Evolution from GNOME so I can put in contacts and use it similar to MS Outlook this is the main reason for going to Linux.


Overtime migrate from XP to Linux on a full time basis and get rid of XP ALL together.

I have not installed the HD or Linux yet. I have the distro CD from Novell.

What is the best way to set all this up?

Thank You

Sam
 
Old 12-02-2007, 11:27 PM   #2
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Install it onto the slave drive, and during the install, tell it to be a dual-boot. The installer will auto-configure this for you, so that you can still access Windows, and Suse.

Mozilla, I don't know if there's support for that, but there is for Firefox and Seamonkey (Since Mozilla has been shut down, replaced by Seamonkey). For an MP3 player, use Amarok. using it right now, and have always loved it. For DVDs, use Kaffeine. Both of these are KDE-native, which is a bonus. Check out http://opensuse-community.org/Restricted_Formats/10.3 for DVD support, and MP3 support is now built-in.

For Evolution, should still work perfectly in KDE. Just gotta remember to install it.

Another couple useful pages...
http://en.opensuse.org/Package_Repositories
http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_Ya...e_Repositories

But remember: Only add the ones you need. I would recommend the OSS, Non-OSS, and Update repos from the first page, and the nVidia drivers one from the second page. As you need them, you can add others. A good idea, in my opinion is that when you have these done, remove the install DVD from the sources list, so that you don't always need it to install something.
 
Old 12-03-2007, 01:43 AM   #3
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Repositories to add

Hi,

In addition to the ones mentioned above, I would also highly recommend that you add the PackMan repository for all your A/V needs. You'll need to install the lame-mp3 codecs from there and an update to xine-lib to support mp3. (SuSE cannot pack it in their distribution due to licenseing issues).
 
Old 12-03-2007, 06:13 AM   #4
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Exclamation Caution!

If you have a SiS chipset, using the SATA drive may not work with OpenSUSE 10.3 (at the moment).

Check out this thread: http://www.suseforums.net/index.php?showtopic=39625

Seems to be a kernel issue, as the same problem has occurred with Fedora 8 and CentOS 5 as well.

Good luck!
 
Old 12-03-2007, 04:37 PM   #5
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what worked for me

the best results I had with SuSE and openSuSE is to remove all but the intended Linux drive, install to that one, then make it master, with the windows drive as slave... then after that start re-attaching hard drives in the order that you want windows to find them... by doing Linux as the master drive, you can setup the boot loader (grub in my case) easier, and windows wont try to take over...
 
Old 12-03-2007, 05:19 PM   #6
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Hi,

In addition to the ones mentioned above, I would also highly recommend that you add the PackMan repository for all your A/V needs. You'll need to install the lame-mp3 codecs from there and an update to xine-lib to support mp3. (SuSE cannot pack it in their distribution due to licenseing issues).
From what I've heard--and seen, I believe--Suse 10.3 has solved the legal issues around MP3s, and has native support for them.
 
Old 12-03-2007, 06:30 PM   #7
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From what I've heard--and seen, I believe--Suse 10.3 has solved the legal issues around MP3s, and has native support for them.
They still ship crippled multimedia apps due to the mp3 issues. Most people uninstall them and replace them with the ones from the Packman repo or buy legal codecs from a company called Fluendo.
 
Old 12-03-2007, 09:33 PM   #8
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Quote:
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From what I've heard--and seen, I believe--Suse 10.3 has solved the legal issues around MP3s, and has native support for them.
I have been running SUSE since V, 9.2 and am currently running 10.3. Every time i update to the newer version i still have to Rebuild Amerok and Xine for codec issues. openSUSE still doesn't include the libs and codecs needed for DVD and MP3 playback.



If you can prove me wrong then please by all means help me know my mistake, because i hate having to install these parts to the programs every timei upgrade my OS
 
Old 12-16-2007, 04:30 PM   #9
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Hello People

I have installed 10.3 Via Anti-Xuser suggestion. I unplugged the power cord to the other tow HDD's.

It went pretty decent however I do have some more questions.

I have 10.3 up and running. How can I make it "see" the the other two IDE drives that are running XP the other drive just has pics and Mp3's.

I am using the KDE desktop.

How can I install addtional software from DVD 2?

I just did install the NViada patch from the link posted above though I have'nt tried configuring the card yet.

Thank you and I wish you and your families a Merry Christmass.

Sam
 
Old 12-16-2007, 11:38 PM   #10
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How I did it

To let Linux "see" the windows drive, you will need to edit the "/etc/fstab" file... what worked for was to add the following lines to my file.... "/dev/sda3 /winbloze ntfs noatime,defaults 1 1" on my laptop (where I am replying to you question) i have both Linux and Windows on the same drive) sda3 is the Windows partition. the /winbloze is where I want Linux to mount the Windows partition, the ntfs tells the system that the partition is a winXP partition.

To allow the Windows Drive (partition in my case) I used the graphical boot loader menu to add a chain loader section the grub menu... Just follow the prompts...It should walk you completely through the entire process...

I hope this helps you, if it doesnt, you can PM me, and I can try to help more.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 08:58 PM   #11
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You could edit the fstab file, and it would be very educational to do it that way, but in openSUSE 10.3 you can open YaST Control Center, go under System, and launch Partitioner. It will show existing partitions on every hard drive. Select the one you want Linux to "see" (make mountable) and click the Edit button. Assign it a mount point, for example /windows/C. Click the Fstab Options button to tell it how you want it mounted.

Partitions on SCSI and SATA drives show up as /dev/sda#, /dev/sdb#. IDE drives are /dev/hda#. The first primary partition on your master IDE drive will be /dev/hda1. The first primary partition on your slave IDE drive will be /dev/hdb1. If it is a logical partition, the numbering starts at 5.

Last edited by kaiser_suse; 12-18-2007 at 09:01 PM.
 
Old 12-29-2007, 10:49 PM   #12
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Whats up everybody.

Well somehow my motherboard can not see my IDE drives anymore. I reset the bios by resetting the jumpers and removing the battery. I ordered a new MB from tigerdirect. A guy at work is going to swap them for me sometime next week. However. I am using Suse on the SATA. Any tricks to make sure Suse is seeing my cd drives I have looked in the hardware in Yast they show being active.

I have a lexmark X125 printer. I can't install it. I did a google search
some people have installed it as a HP 4 and HP LJ PCL-6 I tried either way.
I can't get it to install. I have read somewhere that Lexmark is not linux friendly. This printer was given to me so I really don't have any money in it. I have thaught just getting a new setup all together

I been trying to play a cd in amrock. It generates a playlist just list the tracks no other info, but dose not play. I downloaded Mplayer and extracted it to /home/sam. I can not install it using Yast.

Any ideas?

I would like to thank everybody for posting on this thread.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Sam
 
Old 12-30-2007, 01:03 PM   #13
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Whats up everybody?

Well I think that the CD drives are blocked. I go into Yast and look at the hardware configuration
Sysfs /block/Sr0

Sysfs /block/Sr1

I have loaded different media players and distro CD's I can not access them.

I have looked in KDE control center and really could'nt make any headway.

I have also looked under user profiles and did'nt see anything I could change there under Yast.

Thanks in advance
 
Old 01-21-2008, 02:16 PM   #14
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Quote:
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I been trying to play a cd in amrock. It generates a playlist just list the tracks no other info, but dose not play.
Is the audio cable from the IDE CD drive connected to the sound card? I put an audio CD into my CD drive without the audio cable and it did not play (listed tracks only). However, it played when I put it into the drive with the audio cable. Here is the link to how I discovered this solution:

http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Your_CD_P...nd_Is_Produced

I hope this helps.
 
  


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