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Old 02-19-2007, 04:51 AM   #1
PETROSHP
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Pls Help A Newbie!!!




Yesterday I did something brave and formatted my whole drive and jumped from WinXP to Suse 10.2 with Gnome enviroment.
Ofcourse as a newbie in Linux I have some Q for start...

My notebook specs are as follow:
HP Pavilion dv2000 series
AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-50(1.6GHz/512KB)
14.1" WXGA Widescreen (1280x800)
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 6150
1024MB DDR2 System Memory
120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g WLAN

And my Q are:
-How can I get my WLAN to work?
-How can I reach maximum resolution? It gives the option 1280*768 but I want to make it 1280*800!!!
-How do I know if Nvidia 6150 support 3D accelaration so I can use the XGL graphics enviroment which I find great!!
-Where can I download an MPlayer with codecs incl. so I can play my movies already downloaded??
-Which is a good antivirus software for Linux?
and last for now, it seems that I did something wrong and after 24 hours of Linux user I canŽt open anymore any documents I have in my drive(althought OpenOffice seems to start loading... it stops there).

Thanks in advance for helping me out in these topics and sorry if I am being pain in the a**, but as a real newbie these things happen.

Gr,
Petros
 
Old 02-19-2007, 05:49 AM   #2
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I am not sure about how to get WLAN working. You will find that since your using a notebook computer, some hardware might be a bit of a b1tch to get working (it has a lot to do with hardware vendors being very slack and not providing the necessary information to Open source developers or sometimes vendors making modifications to hardware to suit their needs).

As far as the graphics acceleration goes, I beleive you shouldnt have too much problem. You might try this link:

http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/17174.html



For mplayer, the easiest way may be to check these two URL's out:

http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/lo...php/t5859.html

and

http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/sus...l-mplayer.html


Antivirus is not really required in a Linux environment unless you want to make sure that your Linux system doesnt pass on any virus infected email or files to an unsuspecting Windows system. (personally I don't bother, Windows computers can go to heck with all the virus in the world for all I care).

So if you really want Antivirus software, do a search for "ClamAV".



Those documents that you cannot open with OpenOffice, are those documents on a FAT32 or NTFS (think Windows) type of partition? Maybe you have done something to the permissions of the files?

Why dont you open a terminal window and see if you can locate the files. If you do locate the files, you could type:

ls -l

and that will give you the list of the files and their permissions (amongst other things). That should give you some clues.


Hope this helps you out.

Regards,
Greenie
 
Old 02-19-2007, 05:49 AM   #3
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Welcome and congratulations on your bravery.....

First, I suggest dealing with one question at a time--in short posts.

Wireless:
Somehere in the GUI menus will be a dialog to setup the wireless. I am not sure where in SUSE/Gnome.

Screen Resolution:
In a terminal, open the file: /etc/X11/xorg.conf** Find the section named "Monitor" and tell us what you find there. (If there are two such sections, you want the one that is referenced in section "Screen")
No need to post the entire contents--just some relevant lines.

Movie Player:
If one did not install by default, then try the repositories first (accessed with the package manager--YAST in SUSE, I think)

Can't open files:
Can you be more specific? What exactly happens?

**It could be different on your machine. If it is not here, then do find /etc -name "xorg.conf"
 
Old 02-19-2007, 07:00 AM   #4
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Greenie and Pixellany,

thank you for your quick response... IŽll do a try of your suggetsions in an hour, once I ma back from work.
Concerning the documents they did open last night while copying them from an external hard disk to my hard drive. But this morning nothing!!!
Further more I did had totem player installed by default but no codecs where included..
I found out a Divx611 codecs, that might do.. or IŽll keep trying!!

CanŽt wait to play with my new OS (having under consideration that IŽll bugged by small problems)

Thanks again,

Kind Regards

Petros
 
Old 02-19-2007, 07:15 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PETROSHP
Greenie and Pixellany,

thank you for your quick response... IŽll do a try of your suggetsions in an hour, once I ma back from work.
Concerning the documents they did open last night while copying them from an external hard disk to my hard drive. But this morning nothing!!!
Further more I did had totem player installed by default but no codecs where included..
I found out a Divx611 codecs, that might do.. or IŽll keep trying!!

CanŽt wait to play with my new OS (having under consideration that IŽll bugged by small problems)

Thanks again,

Kind Regards

Petros

Open a terminal (konsole, gnome-terminal, xterm etc).

Code:
cd <directory_where_files_are>
Code:
ls -l
Maybe you copied the files as root, which then took over ownership?
 
  


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