Hiya... I'm quite new at Linux but i've managed to get it working fine on my compaq laptop, i have sound, video and torrents under java working fine and i'm convinced that it's gonna be soooo much better than windows at this point. I can install programs via command line and am not daunted by this as i have a decent (ish) programming background and have been throught the uprmi (or whatever) and done updates etc with no problems.
I have a couple of little problems i'm not sure about, i hope someone can help i'm sure it's pretty simple.
Nearly every time i boot into Linux or change from say KDE to GNOME or iceWM, i gotta go back and reset my mouse as the wheel doesn't work, so it's ->configuration -> hardware ->mouse, select generic and then select universal wheel mouse for some reason it doens't let me select wheel straight off but i can live with that bug if i can just get the settings to stick in the first place.. perhaps it's something to do with the touch pad on the laptop itself but i can use both together fine which is what i want?
I'm worried about the noise my comp is making and the excessive amount of RAM KDE seems to be using.. right now i have Azureus seeding 2 and downloading 2, amsn, openoffice and totem playing some music.. 562 out of 566mb of RAM being used and the fans on the thing never stop. Under windows however not so much RAM being used and at least the thing shuts up from time to time, linux however the fans don't ever shut up even when i'm not doing anything.
I'm still dual booting with WinXP.. (albeit the devils work) because i like to play Unreal Tournament, Warcraft III, starcraft etc and so far getting games to run decently in Linux is proving difficult.. I think it needs something like DirectX or at least a lighter WM to get any speed.. i recently d/wled some tank game -... bztanks or something and the quality of graphics i'm allowed to have is appalling... all shadows textures etc off.. just basic blobs .. why is this when my machine is:
630mb ram w/ 64mb shared for video (radeon thing)
at least it run Unreal Tournament without an issue under OpenGL.. come to think of it.. the openGL screensavers on KDE almost max out my processor and don't work at all well..
If you took to the time to read all this thank you in advance for any thoughts or pointers i don't mind having to poke around for a while to get things working.. in fact i really enjoy it.. id just like a general helping hand please !!
linux and loving it..