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Old 02-04-2003, 03:58 PM   #1
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Question Some questions i need to figure out, help.


Hi, i got a few probs which i can't figure them out, i'm mega- to linux. I'm curently using Mandrake Linux 9. Here are my probz:

1) Got a Soundblaster live! 5.1 platinum, no sound comin' out

2) How/what/from where can i install nVIDIA drivers? i got a geforce 4 MX440

3) i got a microsoft optical mouse with scroll plugged to a USB to PS/2 adapter, when i go to set the mouse ax scroll PS/2 and mve the mouse, it goes crazy, and have to reset it my keyboard :

Those are my basic problems i'm having, i relly need to have some audio, it's boring

can you help me out, guys? PS : I'm a mega- , so please tell me step by step, cos i don't know a heck

Thanks in advance, guys. Keep up the good work.
 
Old 02-04-2003, 04:47 PM   #2
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2: www.nvidia.com, get the right drivers for your distro and version (2 files).
 
Old 02-04-2003, 06:41 PM   #3
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1. The drivers might be on one of your distro cds, I would check.
3. Try just connecting it to usb, do you mean Intelimouse Explorer?
Try http://www.linuxnewbie.org/

Last edited by Edward78; 02-04-2003 at 06:43 PM.
 
Old 02-07-2003, 03:22 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mara
2: www.nvidia.com, get the right drivers for your distro and version (2 files).
Mara, my problem with the nVIDIA drivers is this:

I downloaded these files:
NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4191.i386.rpm and
NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90up.i586.rpm (since my distro is Mandrake 9.0)

According to the README file which nVIDIA has about installation, 1st step is to type rpm -Uvh NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90up.i586.rpm

this is the prob:

$ rpm -Uvh NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.mdk90up.i586.rpm
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - Operation not permitted (1)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm


Please help me out, i don't know what's the cause of this, I'm dubious if i downloaded the right files, maybe this might help you, I have an AMD athlon XP 1600+ processcor. Also, the nVIDIA README says this:
Before installing from rpm, make sure that you have downloaded the
NVIDIA_kernel rpm appropriate for your kernel

how can i check which kernel do i have? and if they are different, what can i do?

Please help, i'm new to linux
 
Old 02-07-2003, 03:34 PM   #5
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presumably you are not root.
 
Old 02-07-2003, 03:55 PM   #6
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You need to be root AND you should be out of X (using console mode).
 
Old 02-08-2003, 03:02 AM   #7
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Talking

Quote:
Originally posted by Mara
You need to be root AND you should be out of X (using console mode).
Thanks mara, i owe you one, they worked !!
 
Old 02-08-2003, 03:24 AM   #8
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It's me again hehe, I've got another tiny prob., i downloaded quake 3 and i opened it, everything went fine, the setup came up. But i can't press install due to a 'No permission on /usr/games/quake3'

what can i do? thx in advance
 
Old 02-08-2003, 03:31 AM   #9
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Are you root?
Almost ALL problems in Unix/Linux come from permissions. :_)
Remember that, always.
Try to install programs as root, and run them as a regular user, or

chmod 777 /usr/games/quake3


as root, and then play.
This may leave you open to some security issues if you play online, however.
 
Old 02-08-2003, 04:30 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wolven
Are you root?
Believe me, i'm a newbie, what does it mean to be root and how? Quake installation is telling me that there is no write permissions, and when i try to give permission, its telling me that i'm not the owner and won't give the permission. Help.
 
Old 02-08-2003, 04:44 PM   #11
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It means you're not root. To find out which user you're run
whoami
If it's not 'root', type
su
then enter root password when asked (you specified it during installation, it's administrator's password) and when it's done you can change the permissions.
 
Old 02-09-2003, 02:41 PM   #12
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everything's fine. but as always, i'm a stupid newbie, my new prob is HOW TO RUN .RUN files.

Anyone volunteer in helping?
 
Old 02-10-2003, 02:01 PM   #13
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How to run a program?
When it's in the same dir you're in:
./programname
(you can type a part of it and then press <tab>, it will be compileted if possible, the same below)
When it's not in your PATH (to see your PATH use: 'echo $PATH'):
programname
When it's not in the dir you're in and not in your PATH type something like:
/usr/local/program/bin/programname
 
Old 02-10-2003, 10:30 PM   #14
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I'll see if I can add some info.


Typing
/usr/games/quake3
or
/usr/games/q3

SHOULD run it for you.
:_)



Some rare times, you need to tell it that it is a 'runnable' file.
You do this with

chmod +x /directoryname/programname

You familiar with DOS?
If you are, let me know, and I'll "dosify" it for you, so you can understand it a bit better.
 
  


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