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Old 01-22-2007, 07:15 AM   #1
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Video Resolution Problem


Hi All

I have tried a number of Distos over the last 12 months or so and none of them seem to be able to detect my monitor/video card resolution correctly or offer a straight forward way of changing it manually.

Because if this I have given up evaluating the Distro any further.

A few days ago I downloaded and run a Knoppix v5.1.1 live CD and as usual I faced the same non-detection of my monitor/video card.

However, thanks to info provided by pljvaldez and V!NCET in my thread under Hardware entitled 'Knoppix 5.1 - setting low video resolution', I used a cheatcode 'knoppix screen=1920x1200 depth=24' at the boot screen and to my surprise/delight knoppix loaded with the correct resolution.

Also a 'screen resolution' icon appeared at the bottom of the screen which allowed the resolution to be change to a large number of settings up to 1920x1200.

So, my queries are:-

Why is this cheatcode not built-in to the distro and automatically loaded when booted?

I can't think of a situation where someone would prefer not to have a wide choice of resolution settings, can you?

How do I install Knoppix on my HDD? Other Live Cd Distros have this option but I can't find it so far in this Distro.

The BBC News website only supports Real Player and Windows Media Play so how can I view their content using Knoppix?

Can I use Firefox 2.0.0.1 with Knoppix?

Is it possible to install Knoppix so it can boot from a USB Flash Drive or USB HDD and if so how?

Do other versions of Linux use cheatcodes or is it just Knoppix?

That's proberly enough for now.

If anyone can help with any of the above it would be appreciated.
 
Old 01-22-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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Can anyone help me please!

I don't want to 'upgrade' from WinMe to Winxp/Vista so would appreciate your help.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:10 AM   #3
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Anyone please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:35 AM   #4
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Well cant help you with Knopix Stuff since i use Mandriva. However, accessting content on BBC site is straight forward, If you have installed a distribution. I dont know about how to do it on a live disk though.

But for what it is worth i am giving how this can be done on an "installed Distro".


First of all it depends on what Browser you are using. If you are using FireFox then

a)Type aboutlugins
In the address bar and press enter. It would list the plugins installed there. If you do not See plugins for windows media (which you should not, other wise you would not be having this problem),

IF plugings are missing

b) you need to install mplayerplug-in (mplayerplug-in.so) . Find the latest version for your Distribution. I used Urpmi on mandriva for installing it. I am sure knopix also has something like it since most distros do.

c) Install win32 codecs. (win32-codecs-1.8-2plf2007.1.i586.rpm , for Mandriva. i am sure there is one for your distribution as well).


Once you have done this, i think everything would work well.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 06:16 AM   #5
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Many thanks mkhan919 for the info and taking the time to reply.

Are you able to answer, or attempt to answer, any of my other queries please?

I know it would be best to install Linux rather than running a live CD so would particularly appreciate any help to install and boot from a USB device ie. flash drive or external HDD.

Thanks for you help.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 06:36 AM   #6
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I am not the right person to answer these questions since i have never used knoppix but here we go with the guessing:





How do I install Knoppix on my HDD? Other Live Cd Distros have this option but I can't find it so far in this Distro.

--> i looked knoppix up and from what i have been able to figure out, it is strictly a live CD. I-e , it is not supposed to be installed and therefore there is no install option. If you like it, and want to shift to a regular distribution, then think about debian, since it is closet to knoppix (knoppix is based on debian). Another advantage is that a large number of ppl use debian so there is lots and lots of help avaiable for it.



Can I use Firefox 2.0.0.1 with Knoppix?
--> Same reasoning. You cant upgrade the live CD, however if you do a standard install of linux, you can easily update. now most distros have utilities that make installation very easy.

Is it possible to install Knoppix so it can boot from a USB Flash Drive or USB HDD and if so how?
--> No idea. But since it is a Live CD , i think not.


Soory if it does not seem very helpfull but i dont know much about linux either.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 07:01 AM   #7
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I appreciate your help mkhan919.

Taking your advice I will look at a Debian install via DistroWatch and see how far I can get.

Thanks again.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 08:27 AM   #8
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Don't forget that (k)ubuntu (which is currently near or at the top of the favourite distro lists) is also debian-based.
http://www.kubuntu.org/download.php
6.06.1LTS appears to be more stable than 6.10, but not quite so bleeding-edge.
You can run it from the CD as a live distro, then click "Install" if you like it. I love it.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 03:55 PM   #9
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Thanks for your input tredegar.

I'll give 6.06 a go.
 
  


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