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Old 10-14-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question Relative Newbie needs help...


Hello everyone!

Unless you want my whole story, just skip to the problems.

I used to use Windows, and I knew a lot about it, and how to do a lot of things in it. Then, one day, I stumbled across Knoppix. Sure, I had heard of Linux before, but all I thought I knew was that it was a cryptic, hard too understand, and difficult too use operating system. I had thought that it had no windows, and if it did they were all like the original X. Well, anyway, I found that most of this was incorrect. It turned out to be much easier to use than I had thought, and it look great too! (not that that manners) Well, I really liked Knoppix, and used it often, discovering all I could, and stumbling through most of it. I then got to thinking, You know, this would be great to install on my hard disk. So, I backed up, blew everything away, and setup a dual boot with Fedora Core 2 and Windows XP. I had trouble getting it too work at first, but then, trouble make you learn things you wouldn't have otherwise. Well, it was going great. I was using Linux in my day to day work, and all was going fine....then my harddrive broke.

So, I got a new 40gb drive for my laptop, and tried again, only this time with Knoppix hd-install. From Knoppix I moved on to Debian, well, the regular Debian. I burned my two set dvd version of Debian, and I was good to go. Well, sorta. I had trouble getting things too work. So I tried Suse 9.1. Hmmm. Reminded me too much of Windows, because it did everything for me, without telling me how to do it. Well, after a day, I had had enough, and went back to Debian. And so I stand.

Problems:
Now for my problems. I have quite a few, so if you can't answer all of them, just answer a few.

1. I am having printing problems. I have a Lexmark X125. I just can't get it to print or anything.

2. I am having problems with the Video4Linux thing. I have a Logitech QuickCam Express, and I can't get Debian to use the camera in any program that reads the /dev/video0 device.

3. I am having problems with CD writing. This topic, however, has not been researched too much by me. Anyway, I have a built-in DVD/CD-rw drive on my laptop (Winbook j4), and an HP dc3000 dvd-writer.

4. Anybody know how to get video input to work at all?

5. How do I get the Automounter to work?

6. I have seen in SUSE, Fedora, and others that GRUB has some cool graphical menu. How do I set this up?

7. How do I make a Splash boot, like in SUSE or Morphix?

8. My touchpad on my laptop doesn't work with kernel 2.6.7, unless I boot without my mouse. How can I get them to work together?

9. Just a thought, but has anyone gotten OpenGL accerleration with an SiS650 graphics card in Linux?

So, if anyone could help me out, that would be great. Some more information about my setup:

Debian 'sarge'
Extra stuff installed, and if you need a list, just tell me [how]
Kernel 2.6.7-1-686 installed
I am the sole user and system administrator, so I have access to everything (mwah hah hah)
GRUB 1.5 (I think)
Windows XP

If you need more, just ask.

Oh, and if I don't respond immediately, don't hold it against me. My mom doesn't like me always going on the web.

And (like I haven't said enough) my email is CobraSoft@gmail.com. And if you want a GMail account, just ask. I've got a few invitations left, and no one to invite.

Thanx!
 
Old 10-14-2004, 04:43 PM   #2
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Re: Relative Newbie needs help...

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Originally posted by cobrajs
1. I am having printing problems. I have a Lexmark X125. I just can't get it to print or anything.
http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...m=Lexmark-X125

Quote:
2. I am having problems with the Video4Linux thing. I have a Logitech QuickCam Express, and I can't get Debian to use the camera in any program that reads the /dev/video0 device.
Are you seeing any error messages, in dmesg, in /var/log/messages,
in the console where you try to start the app you want to use with it.



Cheers,
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Old 10-14-2004, 04:51 PM   #3
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Quote:
in the console where you try to start the app you want to use with it.
Well, I tried hasciicam, and the output is that it cannot use the video device. In Camorama, it says that the /dev/video0 device is not valid or something.

Thanks for your help on the other question! Hope it works!
 
Old 10-14-2004, 04:58 PM   #4
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What's the output of lsmod, do you seen any mention
of the device in the output of dmesg?


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 10-14-2004, 05:00 PM   #5
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For the bootsplash; http://www.desktop-linux.net/bootsplash.htm
 
Old 10-14-2004, 05:08 PM   #6
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No, i didn't see any mention of any video related stuff in dmesg. Do you want me to post the entire output of the lsmod command? I did not see any video stuff in it either.

Thanx comprookie2000! And tinkster.
 
Old 10-18-2004, 07:42 PM   #7
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Ok...

Good news and bad news

Good news
I got the camera working by rebuilding the kernel with the quickcam patch. I got the cds to burn, but I don't know how??

Bad news
Havent got the bootsplash to work yet, printer will never work, and I have a new question: How do I get modern dvds to work? xine has an error where it cannot read the NAV packet. Hmmm... Any Ideas?

Thanx all!
 
  


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