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Old 08-07-2005, 01:21 PM   #1
tanchu
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Re-partition hd size & usb problem


Hi to all,

I had a P4 Celeron 2.0 Ghz with 512mb ram. I'm running Mandrake 10.1 and my hardware is:
Samsung CDRW SW-252B and 40Gb harddisk size. Partition size is divided into Linux (10Gb) and WinXP (30Gb). I am newbie and not very familiar with the command.(still learning)

My question is:
1) How to resize my linux hd size to 20Gb without affecting my WinXp partition? Can I just use Linux software to resize it?
2) How to make my linux recognise my usb thumbdrive? Something like drag-and-drop in WinXp. I had download NeroLINUX but not powerful enough as the Win version.
3) How to make linux recognise my digicam (Canon 350D)?
4) Any software to use for listening to online radio? (something like winamp streaming)

So far i had no other problem except the above and had been using MK 10.1 for a few weeks. My friends are very impressed with the stabilty and GUI of linux. But somehow, it still lack in few areas which i am trying to solve.

Will appreciate if any kind bro here can help me solve the above problems. Thanks.
 
Old 08-07-2005, 01:33 PM   #2
tuxrules
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Hey,

1) If you have only 40 GB of space and it is already used up you would have to resize XP to able to increase the size of linux. You can use QTParted to resize but I'm not sure if it works with NTFS (if you have that filesystem on XP). You can also try www.sysresccd.org which provides all system rescue tools (including resizing).

2) I have never used Mandrake but I think as soon as you plug usb thumb drive, it should place an icon on your desktop. If not you can manually mount it. Try, this in a terminal after plugging in your usb drive and it should give you a device number like sda# or sdb#

Code:
$ dmesg | tail
You can go ahead and then mount it using the command line.

3) You can try using DigiKam available in linux to try and mount your camera.

4) Use XMMS (and there are others...but I use XMMS) for streaming music.

Tux,
 
Old 08-07-2005, 01:43 PM   #3
tanchu
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Thanks for the reply. To my problems:

1) My WinXP is FAT32. I want to just reduce the hd size in WinXP and transfer to Linux. Is it possible without affecting or destroying the data in WinXP partition?

2) Linux can recognise the thumb drive. But somehow when i plug in the drive, it does not place an icon in the desktop. I ever try using command line to check on the status of the drive (cannot remember what command) and it can detect the hardware.

3) I tried using DigiKam but it just cannot recognise the usb port / device by the camera cable.

4) I have yet to download the XMMS cos dun really know much about compilation.

Thanks.
 
Old 08-07-2005, 02:52 PM   #4
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Quote:
1) My WinXP is FAT32. I want to just reduce the hd size in WinXP and transfer to Linux. Is it possible without affecting or destroying the data in WinXP partition?
Since it is FAT32, you would be able to easily resize using qtparted. I suggest you used the system rescue cd is mentioned. But first, I suggest you log in to windows and defragment your hard drive. Resize may not go well if your hard disc has lot of file fragmentation.

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2) Linux can recognise the thumb drive. But somehow when i plug in the drive, it does not place an icon in the desktop. I ever try using command line to check on the status of the drive (cannot remember what command) and it can detect the hardware.
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3) I tried using DigiKam but it just cannot recognise the usb port / device by the camera cable.
For the above questions, you would have to plugin the device and check for what device and number you get. Try the command i gave you before and you will be able to see what device and partition number your device uses...For example, when i mount my lexar jump drive and do a dmesg | tail, it tells me that I'm using sda4

so then i go ahead and mount the jump drive manually using the following command

Code:
 mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/sda4 /mnt/jumpdrive
jumpdrive is the folder i created...you can use any other of your choice.

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4) I have yet to download the XMMS cos dun really know much about compilation.
I don't think you would have to compile it...rpms for mandrake are readily available...go here and you can find a rpm pre-packaged for mandrake.

Tux,
 
  


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