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Old 03-11-2004, 10:22 PM   #1
UberNoober
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Big Noob Needs Big Help... HELP!!!


Ok. First off I should state that the only thing that I know about Linux is that its an operating system. LOL! I know I know... I'm probably the noobest of noobies. Anyhow here are my questions. I have Linux Mandrake 9.2 installed right now and I have lots of things I need fixed with it but don't have a crappin clue how to do it. First off I need to know how to change resolutions. Second, I need to know how to get my sound working. Third, I need to know why my mouse is soooooooo friggin slow. Fourth, I need to know why it won't let me boot up in linux-secure (I can only boot in the regular linux). And my fifth and most annoying questions is how the crap do I get on the internet? My OSX and XP can get on the internet on both of my computers. Why can't Linux? Does Linus not like the internet??? It won't even see my dang router to top it off! This is really frustrating to me. Linux looks like a fun OS to learn. I have practically mastered XP and OSX and I would really like to learn how to do Linux. Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly accepted. Also the system I am using to run Linux is a AMD 2400+ Thoroughbred, a GeForce 5700 Ultra, a AudigyLS, Miscrosoft Intellimouse, Linksys router, 200gb Seagate HD, and a Shuttle mobo with built in ethernet. If you need to know anything else about my system in order to answer my questions just ask. Thanks
 
Old 03-11-2004, 10:36 PM   #2
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Suggestion: start a thread in the Linux-Networking forum in which you post the output of:

/sbin/ifconfig -a

and then ask how to get your computer to connect to the Interweb. Posting 5 questions in one post will not get you far.

Good luck.
 
Old 03-11-2004, 10:44 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by pingswept
Suggestion: start a thread in the Linux-Networking forum in which you post the output of:

/sbin/ifconfig -a

and then ask how to get your computer to connect to the Interweb. Posting 5 questions in one post will not get you far.

Good luck.
k I will try that but first of all what does "/sbin/ifconfig -a" mean? where do I type it in? How do I copy from Linux then paste from Windows? Linux can't get on the net so... Anyhow I really don't know whats goin on... Also... when you are telling me instructions talk to me as if you were talking to a retarded 2 year old because thats how I feel in this operating system. LOL! Thanks.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 12:37 AM   #4
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What modem do u have installed on the system running M Linux.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 01:07 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by deepsa
What modem do u have installed on the system running M Linux.
Its just a plain onboard ethernet. It is built into the mobo. I used to have a ethernet card a long time ago and this one built in is much faster so thats why I use it. I really don't want to have to use a PCI ethernet card unless its an absolute must.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 01:11 AM   #6
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tips~
open a terminal - you should find on either on default talkbar or somewhere in menu.
run that command.
If you want to copy ~ just select text [simple huh] then click the middle button on mouse [the wheel itself] to paste somewhere.
Sometimes you can also ctrl+c and v etc etc depending on the prog.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:05 AM   #7
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If you're working in a graphical environment and can't find an icon to
open a terminal, simply Alt+Ctrl+F[1-6]. Login as root, then run the
ifconfig command mentioned above.
As to cutcopypaste without a network connection, there is a set of tools
which works in the most weird environments. That's the two things with
approximately five flexible tubes each coming out of them, which are dangling around your body most of the time (the two things, not the
five tubes). You may also use a floppy disk ;-)
 
Old 03-12-2004, 09:08 AM   #8
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Eh, floppy disk meaning, you type

ifconfig > /tmp/ifconfigoutput.txt
cd /tmp
mkdir floppy
mount /dev/fd0 /tmp/floppy
cp ifconfigoutput.txt /tmp/floppy
umount /dev/fd0
rm /tmp/floppy

You should have ifconfigoutput.txt on the floppy disk now.
 
Old 03-12-2004, 11:28 AM   #9
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wow thanks a lot i will definitely do that now. i hope that the network people can help once i tell them my info Thanks again for putting up with a
 
  


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