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Old 01-11-2003, 04:26 AM   #1
tinesthai
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RH 8.0 & KDE questions


Hi there,
I am running Red Hat 8.0 with KDE as my GUI.
I finally got fed up with the ever decreasing control I had over my windows machine so I have made it 100% linux.

I am currently trying to smooth things out to make it abit more convenient as a "desktop" machine. The machine itself is a Son Vaio laptop. The mouse is a touchpad.

1) Is it possible to configure a touchpad?
Right now I have it setup as a 2 button mouse. I am trying to get rid of the ability to use the touchpad itself as a button, and force it to use the actual mouse buttons (hehe i hope that made sense). Right now everything works properly, but I would like to disable the ability to click on the touchpad itself.

2) Is there a general consensus on media players to use (avi, mpeg2, QT, wmv) ?


3) My machine is pretty much set. I have done everything I need to do, I am just at the point where I am trying to smooth things up and make it abit more pleasant. I tried looking around for a standard list of tips and tricks which were considered a good idea, but I didn't really find any. How have you tweaked your system to make it more fun, efficient, or convenient?


Thank you all for your time,

Tinesthai
 
Old 01-11-2003, 02:10 PM   #2
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Well, the first thing I always do is put:

hdparm -c 1 -d 1 -k 1 /dev/hd*

in my rc.local file to speed up disk access. There's one tip for you...(replace '*' with your disk(s))

Tip: run "hdparm -tT /dev/hd*" before and after running the other command to see the difference.
 
Old 01-12-2003, 12:47 AM   #3
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Re: RH 8.0 & KDE questions

Quote:
Originally posted by tinesthai
3) My machine is pretty much set. I have done everything I need to do, I am just at the point where I am trying to smooth things up and make it abit more pleasant. I tried looking around for a standard list of tips and tricks which were considered a good idea, but I didn't really find any. How have you tweaked your system to make it more fun, efficient, or convenient?


Thank you all for your time,

Tinesthai
Well, first, i think you could designate a place for your steaming hot mug of coffee. then extra cushions for your chair. place your favorite figurines and mini-posters around your machine. if u're into aromatherapy, you could burn your fav scent as you roll your fingers lovingly over your keyboard. your fav food should also be not too far away. this solves your question about convenience. things will certainly get more fun. you will then become more efficient.
 
  


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