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Old 04-22-2004, 05:45 AM   #1
onzlow
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Question Linux Redhat day 1 questions


hi all
hope someone can help me, i installed redhat yesterday for the very firnt time and im stumped already,lol
haveing never even seen linus or redhat before im sturggling to do even basic tasks ,i have downloaded drivers for my 9800se card but i cant find any wat to add drivers,install drivers or the "have disk" bit u get in windows,lol i know the solution will be simple bit ive spent hours looking and i just cant find anythin, i tried jus dbl clicking on the file but nothin seems to happen ?
also i have drivers for my usb ADSL modem but they are a different file extention of ENI and same ges,no idea what to do with it,lol
ps the radion driver is a RPM extention
thanks in advance for any help.im sure its the start of a long a very annoying relationship
 
Old 04-22-2004, 06:11 AM   #2
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to install rpm you can just open a shell and "rpm -i package name "
 
Old 04-22-2004, 09:40 AM   #3
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Thanks but i have nooooo idea hot to open a shell or what a shell is?lol
the Rpm is called radioni386.rpm so where do i put thet bit in

so sorry for askin dumb questions but im a real genuine newbie having onle seen linus for the first time yesterday,but feel i need to master it,lol
 
Old 04-22-2004, 09:53 AM   #4
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Onzlow,
Welcome to our world of Linux! We really enjoy it here and hope you do as well! Might I suggest a distro that is a bit more "new-user freindly" such as Mandrake? It is very intuitive and loads everything for you to get you up and running, then you can begin the learning curve at your pace.
Hope this helps,
J
 
Old 04-22-2004, 11:07 AM   #5
onzlow
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oic,lol
see now im realy confused,i need some linux 101
let me get this straight linux is the basic OS signature and redhat,Mandrake etc are versions of it?
i have been given redhat , do i goto buy mandrake?
 
Old 04-22-2004, 11:13 AM   #6
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To answer your earlier question, the shell is the command prompt. In KDE it's konsole, in GNOME it's gnome-terminal, elsewhere it's just xterm or rxvt
 
Old 04-22-2004, 03:24 PM   #7
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onzlow - since you're starting from square one, probably the best thing to do is pick up a book that will give you the basic concepts.

The best introductory book I've seen is the "Red Hat & Fedora Bible" by Christopher Negus, almost all of which is applicable to Mandrake if you choose to try that. All the Linux vendors have their documentation and software freely available on-line, and I think that Mandrake have the most newbie-friendly docs even if you use Red Hat.

One thing to be aware of straight away is that Red Hat 9 is no longer supported - it has been superceded by Fedora Core (included with almost any new book about Red Hat, and a free download).

Lastly, we Brits have (probably) the best Linux mag in the world ! The latest issue of Linux Format has Mandrake 10 as a cover mount, and will probably have the next Fedora Core when it ships in a couple of months.
 
Old 04-22-2004, 03:27 PM   #8
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Quote:
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Lastly, we Brits have (probably) the best Linux mag in the world ! The latest issue of Linux Format has Mandrake 10 as a cover mount, and will probably have the next Fedora Core when it ships in a couple of months.
I agree! It's the first magazine I've been tempted to subscribe to since Amstrad Action in the late 80s and early 90s.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 06:14 PM   #9
onzlow
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Talking update

i took yer advice and bought linux format with mandrake 10 with it and reinstalled it over redhat,decided to buy linux for dummies after i spent 2 hours trying to get my speedtouch modem to connect onlt to realise it had configured its self and had been online for 1 1/2 hours,lol
o well ill start reading it next week on me holls and i got a free distro of fedora for when i get the hang of mandrake.
thanks for the advice looks a lot easier to get in to ,ill be askin more dumb questions soon,lol
 
Old 04-25-2004, 09:48 PM   #10
onzlow
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eruuum

ok just when i thought it was goin well,lol
so i booted the pc up it loaded all the stuff? with [ok] in green , i gets to somethin like ernet? guess it somethin to do witm mt network card? tryin to establish a network cnection, then it connects to the net i get a whole screen full of text ,then i get kind of like a command prompt askin for user name and password, i put em in then it jus keep askin for it,no sign of the GUI desktop thgingy,any suggestions?
 
Old 04-26-2004, 05:29 PM   #11
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If your machine isn't attached to a network before it boots then the network card/modem can't pick up automatically settings from a DHCP server, so a [fail] during the start up process isn't unexpected.

I'm not clear what you're saying wrt network connections, so please go back a couple of steps :

1) Have you got a graphical logon screen when the machine starts ?
2) Can you logon with both root and a standard user account ?
3) Did you put in network or ISP settings during the install ?, if so did they work and allow you to get updates from the Internet ?
4) What software are you using to try to establish the connection ?
 
  


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