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Old 03-07-2004, 08:31 PM   #16
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Ive seen slackware, and it seems a little to advanced for the average linux boob, I heard about mandrake and someone said it was one of the easiest to operate and use, so thats why im going with it, I tried redhat but the file on the redhat site seems to have a currupted file. Cant wait to get Mandy installed
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Can someone PLEASE give me a simple yes or no answer..

Will a XM-6302B model CD-ROM drive NOT crash on me during the mandrake 9.2 install?..I am worried im gonna mess this one up to, I just want a yes or a no PLEASE !

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Old 03-07-2004, 08:38 PM   #17
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You'll appreciate little things (that Windows migrants appreciate) like supermounting cdrom drives, etc. Its a good choice. I've used a lot of distros and I work in Mandrake. Nothing else out there seems to be fresh but stable. Maybe I've looked in the wrong places, but I don't care. Mandy fits well. Good luck and happy configuring.

A piece of advice: when you are at the screen where you select packages, pick the categories you want and check the box at the bottom about 'individual package selection'. This will give you a chance to weed through quickly and see if there are a few things duplicated that you'd rather not have taking up space. Although, you can uninstall later.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:41 PM   #18
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Thanks for the advice, and yea, im sure ill like mandy too.
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Still need an answer to the CD-ROM question someone please!
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:46 PM   #19
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Quote:
Originally posted by LinuxKyle
I opend my computer case and took out my cd-rom, it says this one is a

XM-630B2
and they dont have any XM models on the list of affected/not affected, so this one should be fine right?
This question? You're fine. Install away. According to the little google search I did, its a Toshiba (most common economy cd drive). Only the affected ones on the list are the ones that got it. Unfortunately, they're in a lot of Dells and Compaqs. Your present drive is safe. It adheres to ATAPI standards.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:53 PM   #20
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FINALY! thank you for answering my question, I have been waiting about 2 days for an answer, asking all kinds of people, and no one has givin me a straight answer yet, thank you, im going to go install right away
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:46 PM   #21
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Yes! im on Linux! it was realy easy to install! I love it! EVERYONE GET MANDRAKE LINUX! ITS THE BEST! ( My Opinion )
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:48 PM   #22
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Installed in under an hour.....
 
Old 03-07-2004, 10:10 PM   #23
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Hey, im noob and all, and dont realy understand how to download stuff, I wanna download Gaim, I realy wanna get on and talk to my friends...can anyone lemme know hwo to do this? I download it and it asks me if I wanna save it and whatnot, I click save, it starts to downlaod, I open it when its done, then it tells me it needs to install some files or somthin (6mb) so I say ok, then the installalation fails on me.
 
Old 03-08-2004, 12:29 AM   #24
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There are 2 ways to install software in Mandrake: from RPMs and from source code. The easiest way is by RPMs.

To install by RPM method:
1.) Download the rpm file
2.) Open a terminal window (XTerm, Konsole, GNOME Terminal, whatever) and go to the directory where you downloaded the file. For example, if your file is in /downloadz/, then type cd /downloadz
3.) Temporarily acquire system administrator privileges by typing "su" (without quotations) and then putting in the root user password
4.) Type rpm -ivh gaim.... (whatever the name of the rpm is)
5.) Check for success/error messages
6.) If it says "Missing dependencies: blablabla.so" then go to Google and search for "blablabla.so". There should be several pages where you can download additional rpms that contain the dependency.

Have fun!
 
Old 03-08-2004, 12:33 AM   #25
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Oh, I forgot to tell you how to install things from source.

Usually people who give you source code for their program are kind enough to put them in what are called "tarball" packages. For example, let's say someone made a Juice Dispensor program. Then a typical tarball file name would be "juicedispensor-1.2.0.tar.gz" or "juicedispensor-1.2.0.tar.bz2". Use a program like Ark or File-Roller (included with Mandrake) to unpack these files to whatever directory.

Then you open a terminal window and go into the directory. if you unpacked the file into a directory called /home/cowboy/juicedispensor-1.2.0, then type cd /home/cowboy/juicedispensor-1.2.0

Then type ./configure, this will create what's called a "Makefile" which tells the compiler what settings to use when compiling the program.

Then type make, which will actually compile the souce code. It may take a while

Then type make install to install the program. To uninstall, you type make uninstall

Have fun!

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Old 03-08-2004, 01:12 AM   #26
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Hmmm...I go into Konsole, I type "su kyle /home/kyle/Downloads/gaim-0.75-0mdk9.2.i586.rpm" press enter, type in the root password, then I get the following

"/home/kyle/Downloads/gaim-0.75-0mdk9.2.i586.rpm: /home/kyle/Downloads/gaim-0.75-0mdk9.2.i586.rpm: cannot execute binary file"

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Old 03-08-2004, 06:58 AM   #27
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just hit su
put in your root password
urpmi gaim-0.75-0mdk9.2.i586.rpm

you should get results. By the way, I don't think that you can chat on Yahoo! with gaim so you'll have to get another client for that. Currently to my knowledge, you can use Yahoo!s own client (use the red hat 9 version) or Kopete, which is a multi-client like Gaim. They guys that develop Gaim must be really busy these days, as there is no new version yet, and Yahoo is still broken. Shame. Its an easier client to use (if you don't transfer files)
 
Old 03-08-2004, 07:48 AM   #28
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I hate Yahoo!, I only use AIM. Thanks for your help, I figured it out befor I came back to read if anyone replied..I think im gettin the hang of it...a little.

Any good p2p programs for Linux? and..how can I get my sound workin? I have no sound.
 
Old 03-08-2004, 01:24 PM   #29
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Sound? Check your mixer settings first. Many distros set it at 0 so you don't go deaf. I have gone over sound a lot with people. If you use the search button at the top of the page and put 'vectordrake' in the 'search by member' and 'sound' for your term, I bet you'll find a whole lot (not just from me. There are some really smart sound people lurking around here.
 
Old 03-08-2004, 01:31 PM   #30
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p2p? giFT is good. Apollon is a good front end for it. Connects to gnutella and fasttrack as well as openFT. Limewire makes a Linux app. Any good eDonkey client is a good one too (that network has a lot of good hits). And don't forget Bittorrent for those popular large files
 
  


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