Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Hey thanks guys, I have made it a long way seen my last post. I still have the same problem. I have to run " xorgcfg" then press ctrl alt + to get past the screen problem that I have, then Im at a blue screen where I can left click and do stuff. I have installed Teamspeak got it running, I have surfed the net saved pics and found them, found my CD drive copyed music and played it with amarok but it locks up so I got to find another one. I cant find the book for the monitor or get it off the web Proview wants you to ask them for a copy witch Im sure mean buy one but I asked any way.
go to the nvidia site (if i recall, u said u had an nvidia card, right?) and download the linux nvidia driver for your architecture (32/64/amd). follow the instructions in the README file to install it, then try to 'startx' again.
what monitor do you have?
at the terminal? type 'less filename', remember, again, everythings case sensitive. you can scroll up/down with arrows and spacebar.. 'q' key is to quit the program.
if you ARE doing this at the terminal (to isntall the driver you HAVE to be at the temrinal anyways, so i guess you will be [hit CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE to kill X server, unles you can just 'exit' out of your GUI easily.]) then switch to a dfiferent terminal, press CTRL + ALT + F2, lets say.. and it will give you another screen to work with. login on taht, then type the 'less' command. you can now switch back to your 'work' screen (CTRL + ALT + F1) and to the 'readme' screen (CTRL + ALT + F2) to follow directions while installing.
There is a mandrake program called XFdrake that you can use to set up the graphics system. ( The program is run as root ) You can run this program in the console.
Also, if you have both a video driver problem and possibly a bad monitor selection, I would recommend changing the video driver to "vesa" ( in the Xorg configuration ) ,which is a generic driver. Then get the monitor selection ironed out before tackling the driver part. This way you could use the system until you got your video driver working. For an accelerated "nvidia" driver, you may need to download the setup program from the nvidia web-site. This method will require you to install the kernel-source package and the kernel-headers packages before hand.
One thing that I used to do, when I first started with mandrake (8.2 was my first version), was that as long as you haven't got round to making lots of data files (mp3's, .txt, address book etc etc) was that if I wasn't sure that I'd "got it right", I just used to re-install over the top and try different settings.
One of the things that I found, was that I was able to pretty much accept all the defaults that the installer offered. The only things that I usually had to do, was select the right sound driver, configure my LAN IP's and change the resolution to the one that I wanted. All of this can be done when you get the "install summary" screen up toward the end of the install - everything has a "configure" button.
As far as the nvidia driver is concerned, you will need to install both the kernel and the kernel-sources to make it work, as it makes a custom module for the kernel (I think thats what it's called). The kernel version can be found by doing
which I'm managed to do as both user and root. Then (once the graphic environment is available - because it'd take pages and pages to explain how to do that in just the non-graphic environment) you'd have to go into the software manager and get the sources installed that match the kernel. then either download the nvidia driver if you haven't already done that, then read the "readme" from nvidia which tells you which bits of the xorg.conf to modify.
All sounds complicated as hell, but it's not really. For some "light reading", either here at the Newbie forum, or at the Mandriva forum (distro specific i.e. mandrake/mandriva) or you could also have a peep at the mandrake/mandriva unofficial users forum theres quite a lot of good stuff there as well.