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I have wanted to try Linux for the the past year or so, and it wasn't until a few minutes ago I installed my first distro, Mandrake Linux 10.1. I have a few questions though, I am typing from it right now, so I am using it. My questions are:
1. Where can I get a driver for my sound card? I have a Integrated and a Creative PCI card.
2. Whate are some nice applications, or download sites, or graphical (i.e. Screen Savers and Desktop's etc) I can use for Mandrake?
3. Are all distros this much like Windows? I think Mandrake is almost too Windows-ish.
4. Anything I should know about Mandrake, or any advice?
Originally posted by bosewicht 1) www.google.com
2) gnome-look.org, kde-look.org, kde-apps.org, Xfce-Look.org
3) no, they're more like *nix, but you can make it look like anything you want
4) Read the docs
I have looked on Google, and I can't find anything. Is this card not supported?
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
Welcome to linux then!
The integrated card is likely to have been detected,
I would start with this one (otherwise maybe disable it in the bios
and work only with the soundblaster or vice-versa)
Are you sure the sound volume is enabled?
Try to start Kmix or aumix
(type kmix or aumix in a terminal)
if you want help with the cards you are best
posting (try from a terminal these commands)
(you can then go up and down with <shift> <arrow up>
lspcidrake -v | grep -i sound
you will have a better idea about the module needed for the internal sound card
in a terminal as well try
dmesg | grep -i sound
dmesg | grep -i sound
to see what the boot messages were about
you might need to be root to use lspcidrake
type su then the password then exit when finished
Mandrake is a good start, and you can do lots of command line,
and bash programming etc.
I would say good to start with and learn linux, then you can move
to somthg else if you wish. Lots of choice out there, and not zindozish at all!
screensaver google (or right hand click on desk and change the screensaver)
Read Starter Guide Mandrakelinux 10.1
should be on the hardrive or help menu somewhere
You may still have to go into your bios to disable the onboard sound - I did and my pci card is slightly earlier i.e. soundblaster 5.1 digital.
You'd then have to go into the mandrake/mandriva control centre (configure my computer) and run the hardware config facility, it should (in theory) detect the sound card and then offer you the correct driver (I always had to change mine as it uses a driver called emu10k1, but mandrake/mandriva always wanted to use the Audigy() - which is probably what your card wants).
Oh and just for info, I'd also get an updated version of that distro - the latest incarnation being Mandriva 2005 LE (sometimes refered to as 10.2). You'd still have to do some updates but probably a hell of a lot less than with 10.1
the link posted for easy urpmi is the place to go to set up your repositories for updates etc.
The mandrake default for desktop is usually KDE (unless you went for gnome). So just google for kde-look thats where you'll usually a fair number of bits to customise it (if you set up your repositories, get them all i.e. main, contrib, updates, plf-free, plf-nonfree and jpackage - when it's "done it's thing" if you then look at the "add software/RPM+" facility, you'll see loads of listings for extra artwork - that's a nice easy place to start with for backgrounds, themes, icons, etc etc - you'll then find even more at the kde-look site already mentioned).
For further info, theres a mandrake/mandriva forum here at LQ or have a look here