Why does Moving cursor to left of screen change desktop?
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I followed the procedure you gave, except I forgot to type in telinit 5, at the end. Then I went straight back to the desktop... So I repeated the process, and when I typed telinit 5 it opened the desktop half black. I logged out as root then Alt F7. Then I rebooted. I do not know how to test that it is OK. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
Great Do you still have misbehaving windows? In your menu under tools there should be an Nvidia X server settings icon. That should let you know if the install was successful or not. You can also do: Alt & F2 then type: glxgears then click run, a windows with 3 3D cogs rotating should appear.
The excitement is killing me thank you! I downloaded and installed the later jre thing, and tried again. When it told me this was newer, but already installed I took a guess that removing it would have the desired effect! BINGO! I have now installed openoffice 3.0. Does the same procedure work for other software that is not in the repository? Thanks again for your help. I have probably learned more in the last 7 days than in the last 2 years!(About Linux that is)!
Does the same procedure work for other software that is not in the repository?
Procedures vary depending on what you are installing. If it's binary (for simplicity I'll use .rpm) then it can be very simple and straightforward. Source code (typically .tgz or .b2z) can be simple if you follow the instructions carefully and have all the required dependencies in place before starting to compile.
I'm glad that I could help. I hope the misbehaving windows is solved as well, if not we'll have to troubleshoot it some more.
Thanks for getting back to me, I too had to leave for a while... I needed to rest my brain and watch my favourite TV prog downloaded from Sweden. The windows are still not right. they are smaller and not resizable, and the text runs off the edges and I cannot scroll to see what the words are... Even if I could understand what they mean! There are so many variations I could spend weeks fiddling with them!
Maybe I have been getting too much sleep, because after a really bad night, I finally figured out what to do... Maybe! I opened the software manager and checked the settings for that window. I noted four boxes ticked under 'work arounds'. I just did the same on the ones that gave me trouble. There was one some time ago, but as I said because it went from left to right I could grab it by its title bar and do what I wanted with it! I managed to get the screen with the three gears in it, does that mean that the nVidia driver is installed?
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your great patience and invaluable help. I think now I may try to learn Swedish, it doesn't seem so difficult anymore! LOL! (I think that's the thing they say these days) I will try some of the lessons I have found. Most of them go to great lengths to tell who Linus Torvalds is and what he did. I just need to know the simplest (if possible) way to do something.
Thanks for all your help until... perhaps - the next time.
Last edited by remlapsirhc; 03-15-2009 at 09:27 AM.
I highly recommend these pdfs, even though they are for PCLinuxOS (which I also run) they are newbie friendly. PCLinuxOS is derived from Mandriva. The desktop used is the same as in Mandriva 2007, in fact but for the name you wouldn't realise it was a different distro.
Anyway I digress. I'm sure you will find many hints and tips in these issues very handy and useful.
It's a journey that has reached its end. Thanks to you, for your willingness to keep at it.