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Old 10-07-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
jazzben
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something more serious than drivers? not accepting commands...


Hey all,

I've been asking people to help get my pci and sound card going, and I've been very little help to those trying to help, for which i appologise.
When I type in commands I always get command not known.
I can get into root, but that doesn't help in the slightest.

Any idea what's going on?
Should I reinstall? Can I reinstall without losing all my data? How do i do it withouth it ending up messy?
 
Old 10-07-2004, 05:00 PM   #2
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linux only searches for commands if it is in your environment path independent of the current working directory. If you use the su command to log in as root then your environment path is of the user and not roots. Use su - instead. To see the path:
echo $PATH

As a regular user /bin and /sbin are usually not included in the path. You can always use the full path to run applications located in these directories.
 
Old 10-07-2004, 05:17 PM   #3
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wow genius, I got a command to work, weird thing is I was using su - anyway. Ah well, I couldn't make any use of the results anyway.
Is there a way of using linux AND being a totaly moron? That's what I really want. If I have to say "i wasn't good enough to escape windows" i will be most upset but it doesn't mean i will go reading books and learning the ins and outs of linux. I have a bass to practice!
 
Old 10-08-2004, 04:04 AM   #4
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Try Linspire or Xandros....if you really hate Windows that much and are not very good with computers (as a sidenote, most people that think this underestimate themselves), you will love this distros. I can't vouch for Xandros, but I used Linspire for a couple of weeks and didn't touch the command line once. (I found it boring and switched to something else). Bad thing about these distros though, they are not free.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 04:22 PM   #5
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wow thanks, i will see how cheap they come in

it's not that i'm bad with computers, i just don't have the time or energy to learn how to use the command line or programming skills, i favour the method of deligation
 
Old 10-12-2004, 05:10 PM   #6
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I didn't realize this at first, but if you buy the Deluxe Edition of Xandros, it includes StarOffice (it is a bit better than OpenOffice) and Crossover Office, all for somewhere around $90. Crossover allows you to install some Windows apps on your Linux computer. Although, be forewarned, not all applications work, so don't run out and buy a program thinking it will work before you check the lists of supported programs. Also, some programs not on the list will work too.

Normally, if you buy these all seperate, it comes to somewhere in the range of $150-$200 so it is a fairly good deal. You'd probably like it better than Linspire. Also, Xandros has a free download edition that you can use to try it, but it is very limited and unless you do next to nothing on your computer I would recommend upgrading to Standard or Deluxe.
 
  


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