Well methinks even your spidie senses will be challanged by this
! Or worse, by this computer...
At least my headache is just a normal thump THUMP THUMP
today which is so much better than the last few days it is wonderful all by itself!
"Jack, he is cured! Will he be able to think clearly now?"
"Well, we're not really sure that he could think clearly before, you know."
Anyway, I am assuming at this point that I tried hitting <esc> to get back to the command entering part of vi
but I really can't remember.
It is hard to tell. As I mentioned I was able to save it in a really twisted way. Since I didn't manage to eat yesterday I guess I was lucky to figure anything out. I had (& still do) fully intended to check out all the manuals and helpfiles that come with or can be accessed through Mandrake once I get it up and running. I still feel that it is a pretty good distro for those who have gone the Windows 3.1/98SE/XPHome route and are used to them and the "eye candy" and desktop.
I am just startled to realize that (for me anyway) linux is now crashing where windows is stable.
Someone who had a couple of suggestions finally suggested that I try Slackware b/c he uses it and can better talk me through things, but since usbnet and CDCEther are somewhat generic open source things I am sure I will have trouble with any distro until I get to the root of the problem.
Something new I just noticed. How I was thinking that when Mandrake is active and my modem is not in standby mode I got hard (unrecoverable) lockups? Well that appears to apply to actually installing it as well, because I have been trying (only three times so far today) to install it and it keeps locking up during the install! Once somewhere on cd#2 and twice on cd#1! It was only after giving up and resetting that I happened to glance over and realize that I had failed to hit the standby button on top of the modem - so this is only tentative so far. I will try to reinstall later with the modem actually in
Some good news: I have been getting hit by a couple of ip's while surfing in XP. Of course protowall has stopped them (at the driver level, I really like this program) because the ips are in one of the blocklists, but someone said maybe it is one of my isp's dns or something and reminded me that I could go to a shell and type ipconfig/all and get some info. Didn't help that
problem but now I have some info like my default gateway and other info so I can try typing stuff into the questions Mandrake asks me when I try to do it all again.
<PSHEW!> This stuff is a lot harder than I ever dreamed. I actually still want to recompile(?) my kernel (someday) to take advantage of the fact that it is an XP2200+ with nForce2, the dual channel memory board, etc. since I am told that the default is the generic one that works with the most computers but has a lot of features turned off...
But I am beginning to wonder if that would ever be a good idea.
Abit NF7 mobo with recent bios & drivers (nForce2 or ultra(?)) w. nForce audio (audio works great with KDE out of the box
512meg DDR400 ram
nVidia FX5200 128meg
Some kind of 80 gig hard drive
M$ USB Intellimouse Optical and p/s2 Internet keyboard
Motorola SurfBoard 4200 cable modem via usb (works in WinXP)
Not bragging (not much to brag about these days) but I thought maybe someone would look at my specs, slap their forehead and shout, "That's it, with that system you just need to..." or something.
Thanks everyone for still trying to help me,