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Old 08-18-2004, 11:20 AM   #1
mortensent
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login as root just runs YaST


I'm very new to Linux. I chose SuSE 9.1 for it's 64bit support. After a few simple problems with graphics I got the system to run quite smoothly.

I have 2 questions:
1: when I login as Root it just loads up YaST, in what appears to be a different resolution. And exiting it returns to my user account. I want to be able to install several things including DivX codecs which I have downloaded. I have seen the root account on a 32 bit version of SuSE and was wondering if anyone knew of a way to get my version to boot into the same one (red background with bombs)

2: I'm running a 64 bit cpu (AMD 64 3200+) and a ATi 9600 Pro. There are no built in drivers supporting the card which I can find, and when I looked for one, I found one stating that it would not work on 64bit systems. Does anyone know of any drivers which will run the card on my system?

If anyone can understand what I mean and can help it would be much appreciated.


-Tim
 
Old 08-18-2004, 02:47 PM   #2
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mortensent; 1st is permissions is only to yast redo to include what u need.;
2nd contact ati for driver for linux and 64bit. if they have them ur home free,
if not oh oh its over my head. sorry. am a newbie too but read & research everything prior to /before acquiring any device or doing any thing so no gremlins bite me. that is advice post mature.
 
Old 08-18-2004, 02:48 PM   #3
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1: when I login as Root it just loads up YaST, in what appears to be a different resolution. And exiting it returns to my user account. I want to be able to install several things including DivX codecs which I have downloaded. I have seen the root account on a 32 bit version of SuSE and was wondering if anyone knew of a way to get my version to boot into the same one (red background with bombs)
Best way to do things as root is to always be logged into KDE as your user, but in a terminal type sux -. This will give you a terminal as root and from there you can install apps w/ Yast by typing yast -i filename.rpm OR rpm -Uvh filename.rpm. Using the commandline is the best way to become fluent with Linux, I highly reccomend it.

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2: I'm running a 64 bit cpu (AMD 64 3200+) and a ATi 9600 Pro. There are no built in drivers supporting the card which I can find, and when I looked for one, I found one stating that it would not work on 64bit systems. Does anyone know of any drivers which will run the card on my system?
I'm not aware of any drivers specifically from ATI that would support this, however, Xorg has very good support for ATI cards. Currently on Suse 9.1 you're running XFree86 4.3.99, what you'll want to look into is using the 3D support built into X.org and maybe consider switching over to that.
 
Old 08-18-2004, 03:13 PM   #4
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Thanx, for both your replies. I'm still not quite sure hoow to follow either aproach. Twiggy could you explain the way you enter the file destination please as when I enter it, it briefly boots the YaST installer and then returns to the console mode.
 
Old 08-18-2004, 03:28 PM   #5
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Twiggy could you explain the way you enter the file destination please as when I enter it, it briefly boots the YaST installer and then returns to the console mode.
Lets say you have an RPM called: mplayer-1.0.rpm

You can install this with (basically) two different commands. By typing yast -i mplayer-1.0.rpm it will quickly boot up the console version of Yast and install the RPM, then toss you back to the console. If you type rpm -Uvh mplayer-1.0.rpm it will install Mplayer using the program called rpm and everything will be done straight from the command line. Either way works, I prefer using rpm -Uvh personally. The only key here is to make sure you're in the directory as the RPM file, or just specify it. So if mplayer-1.0.rpm is saved in /tmp, you'd want to type cd tmp, and then execute one of the above commands OR type rpm -Uvh /tmp/mplayer-1.0.rpm (or yast -i /tmp/mplayer-1.0.rpm, makes no difference).
 
  


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