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Old 08-06-2004, 02:08 PM   #1
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Angry Nothing works


I have just installed redhat 9.0 on my sony viao laptop. I dont know alot of the specifics about the laptop but if you tell me what i need to know then im sure i can find it somewhere.

My question is this. I can load linux and get to the KDE desktop but once im there nothing works. RIght off the bat i went into the network config and set up my LAN. After that i tried to load mozilla to see if everything was working. I got the hour glass for a min and it said loading mozilla at the bottom of the screen but then all that dissapears and nothing happens. This is the case with everything that i click on. I cant even get to a shell by clicking the icon. I dont believe this is a hardware specific problem because it also has done this on my desktop.

I believe it is a sis 9000 chipset.
 
Old 08-06-2004, 02:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Try opening up a console window and type "mozilla" at the bash prompt and press enter. Do you get any output on the screen?
 
Old 08-06-2004, 02:52 PM   #3
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Ehh, just as a general comment from another newbie, its a very good idea to know the hardware of your system, especially when its something with a lot of integrated components like a laptop, before you install Linux on it. Odds are it uses specific drivers being an OEM machine (...what model is it btw?) that Redhat rolled over and removed.
 
Old 08-06-2004, 03:19 PM   #4
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the laptop is a sony vaio PCGGRT 170

this was mostly an experiment and learning experiment. Im not desperate to use linux. I jsut wanna learn about it and i couldnt think of a better way than to jump into it.
I dont think it matters right now if i get mozilla to work cause i still cant get the ethernet configured. I am able to get into the configuration wizzard right now and it recognizes my card as
sis 900/7016ci. Im not so sure about the 7016 part but im sure its a sis 900. I can then save it and activate it but i still dont have a connection. I tried to fire up knoppix just to see what it looks like in there but i dont get the same wizzard. But i do have working connection.

I also have a built in WiFi card which i cant recognize at all. Its dual boot right now so i went into windows to see what the device manager says. All it says is LAN-EXPRESS 802.11 PCI Adapter.
That seems lto generic to me to be of any value but thats why im in the n00b section. I cant get that WiFi card to work in knoppix either.
 
Old 08-06-2004, 03:28 PM   #5
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It wasn't to get mozilla working in particular. If there are a lot of things crashing and mozilla is one of them then you may be able to see if it is segfaulting.
 
Old 08-06-2004, 03:36 PM   #6
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what is segfaulting? how do i see if it is segfaulting? And where should i start to get my thernet up and running?
 
Old 08-06-2004, 04:26 PM   #7
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Segfaulting is when a program tries to access an illegal memory location. If this is happening to you, it generally means there's something wrong with your installation or with some driver Mozilla is depending on. As for your ethernet, type '/sbin/ifconfig -a' (no quotes) from a command line and tell us what you see. We'll also need to know a bit about your network -- do you use DHCP or a static IP address. Do you connect directly to your ISP (and what kind of connection is it) or do you go through a router?
 
Old 08-06-2004, 04:59 PM   #8
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When i booted into RedHat this time i got this message

Could not look up internet address for Knoppix this will prevent gnome from operating correctly. It may be possible to correct the problem by adding Knoppix to the file /etc/hosts

Then when i was copying down the information i got from /sbin/ifconfig -a the screen saver went on. This is the first time it has went on. Before i would get some cryptic looking info (cryptic to me) until i moved the mouse or touched a key. I assume this was the screen saver trying to load but unable to.

I use a DHCP address. I am on a college LAN. Do not use a router, just plug itnto the wall.

[dasoberdick@Knoppix dasoberdick]$ /sbin/ifconfig -a

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 08:00:46:A8:F3:10
inet addr:148.61.220.20 Bcast:148.61.221.255 Mask:255.255.254.0
UP BRODCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:143 errors:0 dropped:0 oferruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:30 errors:0 dropped:0 oferruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:19783 (19.2 Kb) TX bytes:2235 (2.1 Kb)
Interrupt:11 Base address:0x2000

lo link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:469 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
RX packets:469 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:31602 (30.8 Kb) TX bytes:31602 (30.8 Kb)
 
Old 08-06-2004, 09:10 PM   #9
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Well, the output from ifconfig shows that your machine got an IP address (148.61.220.20) from the DHCP server, so you're mostly set up. Probably you do not have your name servers set up (to test, this, try pinging a host by IP address and then by name, if the former works but the latter doesn't, it's a DNS issue). You'll need to figure out what your DNS servers are and add them to /etc/resolv.conf like this:

nameserver <IP address>

with one nameserver per line.

Is Knoppix the name you gave to your machine? If so add

127.0.0.1 knoppix

to your /etc/hosts file to map the name back to the loopback address and you should be set.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 01:10 AM   #10
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Knoppix is not the name of my machine. I did not get that message until after i loaded up knoppix once. Ethernet works on there btw. How do I ping a host by ip address, then by name? How do i figure out my DNS servers? I may already know the answeres just dont know it. Thanx for all your help so far. I have learned quite a bit today. Still cant get it to work though.
 
Old 08-07-2004, 01:46 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by dasoberdick
Knoppix is not the name of my machine.
it certainly looks like it is...

Quote:
How do I ping a host by ip address, then by name?
ping 216.239.41.104

ping www.google.com


Quote:
How do i figure out my DNS servers?
cat /etc/resolv.conf
 
Old 08-07-2004, 02:07 AM   #12
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pardon me. I did not name my machine Knoppix. Yes i will agree that it is. Sorry. And thanks for the instructions
 
Old 08-07-2004, 02:09 AM   #13
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"If so add

127.0.0.1 knoppix

to your /etc/hosts file to map the name back to the loopback address and you should be set. "

How do i do that?
 
Old 08-07-2004, 02:19 AM   #14
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Is all your hardware properly installed? I know that some of it isn't being detected. More specifically, did RH properly install things such as your chipset drivers? I'm sure RH has a tool to list all properly installed hardware. If those type of things aren't properly installed, you're going to have a wide range of problems.

Also, I thought this was kind of interesting... it's a guy that installed RH on the same model laptop as yours. It says it was RH on the page that links to this one.
http://www.liquiddatainc.com/grt170.html

ian
 
Old 08-07-2004, 02:21 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally posted by dasoberdick
"If so add

127.0.0.1 knoppix

to your /etc/hosts file to map the name back to the loopback address and you should be set. "

How do i do that?
by opening the file /etc/hosts with a text editor (as root) and adding that line (127.0.0.1 Knoppix) to it...
 
  


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