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Old 01-27-2005, 09:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy Dear Gawd Help!!!!!!


Okay kids here goes...Ive NEVER even seen linux before but decided to get ballsy. Im sick of windows particularly XP especially when it came to making DVD's out of simple windows based media files. BLAH! So I downloaded Suse partitioned my hard drive and have both running. Not at the same time of course. Anyways there's a small list of problems that Ive been having if SOMEONE ANYONE would be willing to take the patience to teach me how to fix them I would GREATLY appreciate it. Okay first: I have a Thompson RCA cable modem DCM variety...It seems to recognize it "I swear I see the words there" but NO activity at all. Nor do I know how to get it to see the ethernet card that comes with. NEXT: I need to network suse to a laptop with XP on it. *sigh* roomates can be such a pain, but I promised. How do I find the actual drivers for my DVD burner or CD RW?!?!?! What exactly is an RPM? How come I cant open them or install them? What program do I need? Ive found a whole crap load of kewl programs but I dont know how to install them. EPSON Stylus 3200 printers??? Im assuming alot has to do with USB supports but I dont know how to fix that either other than a patch that I tried downloading but the problem "sigh once again" arose that it doesnt do an auto install. I guess I should have expected that but being spoiled by the world conquering windows for so long has made me soft. lol. Anyways JohnJeanDyce@yahoo.com JohnJeanDyce@hotmail.com Dycen19AOA on AIM. SO if ya wouldnt mind wasting some time on a newbie I would greatly appreciate it. Who knows I may be able to pay it forward some day.

Have fun be safe, Laterz Kids.
 
Old 01-27-2005, 10:42 PM   #2
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Re: Dear Gawd Help!!!!!!

Quote:
Originally posted by Dycen
Okay kids here goes...Ive NEVER even seen linux before but decided to get ballsy. Im sick of windows particularly XP especially when it came to making DVD's out of simple windows based media files. BLAH! So I downloaded Suse partitioned my hard drive and have both running. Not at the same time of course. Anyways there's a small list of problems that Ive been having if SOMEONE ANYONE would be willing to take the patience to teach me how to fix them I would GREATLY appreciate it. Okay first: I have a Thompson RCA cable modem DCM variety...It seems to recognize it "I swear I see the words there" but NO activity at all. Nor do I know how to get it to see the ethernet card that comes with. NEXT: I need to network suse to a laptop with XP on it. *sigh* roomates can be such a pain, but I promised. How do I find the actual drivers for my DVD burner or CD RW?!?!?! What exactly is an RPM? How come I cant open them or install them? What program do I need? Ive found a whole crap load of kewl programs but I dont know how to install them. EPSON Stylus 3200 printers??? Im assuming alot has to do with USB supports but I dont know how to fix that either other than a patch that I tried downloading but the problem "sigh once again" arose that it doesnt do an auto install. I guess I should have expected that but being spoiled by the world conquering windows for so long has made me soft. lol. Anyways JohnJeanDyce@yahoo.com JohnJeanDyce@hotmail.com Dycen19AOA on AIM. SO if ya wouldnt mind wasting some time on a newbie I would greatly appreciate it. Who knows I may be able to pay it forward some day.

Have fun be safe, Laterz Kids.
as for your modem, is it going straight into your computer? because i had a problem with mine getting online when i went to suse. a router fixed it.

i have no idea how to network, but if you're patient i can find out.

your CD burner/DVD burner should autodetect nicely. i have never had an issue here.

an RPM is essentially a .exe file (in windows terms) in suse you should be able tp click on them, and a windo (YaST) will pop up and ask you for a root (administrative) password. after this, you simply click "install packages with YaST" and the process is fairly well automated from here. if you are missing any files (libraries are basically DLL files) it should list them, or tell you you need the CD as it does for me on 9.2 pro. if it tells you need a file(s) then write them down in the order they are listed. google the RPMs. install in the order you wrote them down. repeat as necissary.
 
Old 01-27-2005, 11:50 PM   #3
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Quote:
Okay first: I have a Thompson RCA cable modem DCM variety...It seems to recognize it "I swear I see the words there" but NO activity at all. Nor do I know how to get it to see the ethernet card that comes with.
First, check to see if the ethernet card is working. In the console, type ' ifconfig ' . This will give you
a summary and info pertaining to your NIC. You should see a reference to ' eth0 ' . If you do, then the
NIC is detected, your half way home on getting connected. Need more help? check here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ht=cable+modem

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NEXT: I need to network suse to a laptop with XP on it. *sigh* roomates can be such a pain, but I promised.
Search for SAMBA . That is how you network to a windows system - but honestly, it sounds like you have more pressing issues. Tell your room mate too be patient. But when the time comes,
check here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...tting+up+samba

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How do I find the actual drivers for my DVD burner or CD RW?!?!?!
This I'm a bit lost on your question. Did you mount the drive or is it not detected at all?
Basic IDE CD-Rom,DVD, etc. support is enabled by default in the kernel. All you have to
do is mount it and access it. Suse should automount the device for you.

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What exactly is an RPM?
Although AnimaSola description is good, its more of a "install" file then an .exe. Within the RPM
is all the files needed (excluding dependancies) to install a program. And like AnimaSola said, click on the RPM in Konqueror and Yast should open up, and prompt you through the installation process. Need more? Check here:
http://www.rpm.org/
or here
http://www.novell.com/documentation/...a/sec-rpm.html

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EPSON Stylus 3200 printers???
I never had a USB printer, so I can't help you at all there.

Take 1 thing at a time.
As I tried to point out - the search feature here at LQ is a GREAT resource. As is google & yahoo.
good luck
-tw

Last edited by tw001_tw; 01-28-2005 at 12:02 AM.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:03 AM   #4
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*scratches head* Ughh

*scratches head* Okay so I tried the yast thing already but it gives me a response that it cannot read the files then goes blank. So I'll give the Konqueror a try out and see how that flies. As far as the DVD and CD burners it recognizes the dvd rw as a CD rom, and the cd rw is in accessable.

Type inconfig where?

lol
sorry Im running windows to get online I might figure it out when I get back there but as I said Ive never even seen linux before a week or so before. I do appreciate all the help though you have no Idea. I know knowlege and patience can be a great key to linux survival. Both of which I havent much. lol. But I am trying.

next: how do I actually mount something?

*sigh* so is there like a linux for idiots version of the dummies series?
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:13 AM   #5
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Okay and two more little things. Forgot to reply on the Modem its connected to my pc via usb. Its a cable modem.

And is there a program, once I get my DVDRW to working again that will translate an AVI to a DVD format?
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:19 AM   #6
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for your burner issue try this: sign in as root and open k3b. does it let you burn? i had this issue when i was using fedora, and for some reason i was able to burn as root, but not as a normal user. try that for a temporary solution.

are your RPMs looking on the CD? this could be as simple as its not reading the files. in which case, i would make a list of the files its looking for, and consult google, as i said before.

just a note, im fairly new too. and i dont know many technical answers myself either.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 12:28 AM   #7
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A (THE) book
Not sure if you you have 9.2 or 9.1 (or anatehr version), but both are here:

http://elibrary.fultus.com/technical..._en/cover.html

Quote:
Forgot to reply on the Modem its connected to my pc via usb
Search LQ. This has been covered a lot. Thats kinda a long hard road from what I understand.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...sb+cable+modem
I use a network card and a rounter w/ cable - I NEVER had any trouble getting online no matter what
distro I was using/trying.
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And is there a program, once I get my DVDRW to working again that will translate an AVI to a DVD format?
Yes, But lets get the CD drives working first.
Check in Yast -> (going off memory here) -> Administration - -> Hardware
and see what it says about your drives, but try AnimaSola's suggestion first/too. I am in the process of upgrading to 9.2, so i can't check my suse drive to give better directions. Sorry.

And post the file /etc/fstab too.
-tw

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Old 01-28-2005, 03:34 AM   #8
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Hey guys listen once again i cant begin to thank you enough. Im off to try and do this again. Wish me luck. Have fun be safe. I doubt this is last you'll hear from me but I appreciate it none the less!!!! Thanks! Dycen
 
Old 01-28-2005, 05:22 AM   #9
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Dycen,
you asked where to type commands, I don't know Suse's layout, but you should be able to find a command-line terminal somewhere in the equivalent of the windows "start" menu. A lot of very useful things are do-able through text commands more easily that through the GUI once you get the hang of it.

Two of the best things about the command-line window for a newbie like me are the "man" and "info" commands. These give you good information on the other commands available. Wondering about the command rpm or mount? Type info mount or info rpm and it'll take you through the whole thing - what it does, all the options and hopefully some examples (if you use info).

Mount: in order to read any portable media device, it has to be "mounted" on the filesystem. Some distributions do this automatically, especially for things they can detect like cds. If there's an icon for the device on your desktop, right click on it and there should be a mount or unmount option, depending whether it's already mounted. Before you take the media out of the machine, the drive should be unmounted - again sometimes it's done automatically, possibly not for the floppy drive though.

I had a problem getting online at the beginning too, it's a real pain starting windows, reading what to try, then starting linux to try it. If you can that laptop has a modem, get it connected to the net, stick in right next to your other machine and work that way. If your roommate gives you grief over it, remind him/her it'll mean he/she gets networked quicker.

And definitely get a book. I run fedora and found the "bible" for that distro to be invaluable (published by Wiley). Get something similar for Suse f it's available. Books by O'Reilly publishers tend to be good too.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 02:04 PM   #10
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Okay this really IS a never ending process!

Okay so I got online!!!! YAY!!!!!
MY DRIVES WORK!!!! YAY!!!!!
I UPDATED!!! ERRR!! Okay so now when I go to shut down linux it just logs off and goes to a really MESSED UP screen. Dont even know how to describe it.

Umm how come I dont have any sound? Any ideas?

I know I sound really needy and all, but honestly this is some of the first actual working help that Ive gotten since I installed this system. lol. The forums were a last result I was about to reformat lol. But honestly Ive gotten this far. Please I know its a pain but bare with me here. lol

Oh yeah and a program that allows you to turn AVI to dvd formats possible even a program that will allow Menu's to be designed and such. Any Ideas? I have a HUGE project I need to start working on soon. Thanks again kids.

Have fun be safe,

Dycen
 
Old 01-28-2005, 02:28 PM   #11
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i know there's spme good video stuff out there. i got some for my cousin when he was trying linux out. i dont remember where it was, but seriously all i did was do a search.

suse comes with (a demo version of) mainActor5 tho.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 04:41 PM   #12
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ONE DOWN KIDS!!!

Okay so ONE DOWN!!! I figured out the whole sound thing.

Still needing the whole Networking for connection sharing with XP Laptop tried samba but I dont have my install disk handy and its asking for winbind??? HELP! lol Also, still need to configure a USB supported Epson stylus cx 3200???

Decent DVD burning software. PreferablyAnybody shareware, sorry but its a charity thing and frankly Im spent. lol. I had a good friend who lost his home in a housefire so Im reburning his dvd/CD collections for him. SO most of these are downloads. And most are AVI so umm any suggestions???

Things I've learned SO FAR for new visitors in search of answers:

:-) ANYBODY who's having sound problems with SOUNDBLASTER go to Konsole, use the root konsole, Password, SU - then alsamixer make sure everything is UNMUTED question mark will bring up the menu for you. It tells you all of the quick keys to change things. Also side notation you can scroll more to the right.
Digital and Analog will be your primary target but honestly I just unmuted them all.

Okay #2 SUSE 9.1 DOESNT ALWAYS RECOGNIZE YOUR ETHERNET CORRECTLY!!! Go into konsole under root session "password" and type IFCONFIG One of the first lines should have a reference to ETH0. Then off to Yast to configure it!!! In YAST CONTROL Make sure that your ethernet card is put in correctly. BRAND, TYPE so on and so forth. If you have a cable modem this is CRUCIAL!!! Then instead of a USB connection if possible use an ethernet cable to connect you modem. It just makes things SOOO much easier.

# 3. If your having issues with your drives say if you have more than one "most do" CD RW, CD, DVD RW, DVD. If they are not being recognized then more than likely they havent been mounted. Yet another simple fix...Go to K3B!!! Go to the drive that you wish to view and guess what it pretty much mounts them for you. There's a couple of options but HEY its a good start sorry I cant be more specific.

I'll keep ya'll updated. Ive only been at this a few days myself. And owe ALOT to those who have bothered to read and respond to my post. Thank you guys so much. I hope this one helps someone else too!

BTW anybody know whats up with the closing screen after the most recent set of updates? Anybody else having a problem?

Have Fun be safe

..Dycen..
 
Old 01-28-2005, 04:44 PM   #13
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I would recommend you use Knoppix white learning Linux. This is how I learned Linux.
 
Old 01-28-2005, 05:01 PM   #14
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I am happy to see that you are moving along with the nix* enviroment. Really glad that these fourms were a help.
Please be more specific on you post title, Its very helpfull when others are helping you. Also there is a fourm for your distro under distributions. This is really great when having a problem with a specific distro. IF we can be of any more help just ring the bell and someone should answer.
 
Old 01-29-2005, 12:22 AM   #15
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1) Printer. Go Here. It shows your printer works "Perfectly"

2) DVD Burning. Try K3B. You may need to be root to burn dvds, but I believe it is one of the best available. It may already be installed on you machine, otherwise, go to www.k3b.org.

I hope this helps
--Ian
 
  


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