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nerdman978 04-12-2007 05:33 PM

OpenSUSE rocks, just a few questions though
 
Ok I installed OpenSUSE on my computer and it works great. I have a few questions however. I am unfamiliar with the KDE desktop environment and need a little help with some minor issues. First, I am annoyed with the fact that when I open a Word Document (no not a microsoft word document, just one with words) I cannot use the mouse wheel to scroll down. My second problem is that I have no audio. I have an old Sound Blaster Live! card installed and the motherboard has an audio jack, and after trying both I still get nothing. Suggestions please.

nerdman978 04-12-2007 06:13 PM

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Also where can I get DVD playback capability? Or does it come pre-installed?

fourthdimension 04-12-2007 06:15 PM

Check to see if your system recognizes your sound card and that all your channels are unmuted.

r00tb33r 04-12-2007 06:23 PM

DVD playback capability comes precompiled into the programs you use... like VLC, mplayer, xine. check if you have any of those installed. if not check if they are available in your distro repositories.
as for sound, if in doubt, run "alsaconf" and see what it finds.
it will also unmute any devices that were muted.
i advise you using SB Live! card over the onboard one because SB Live! has a true driver for ALSA and has hardware mixing. (mixing allows more than one program to use the card at the same time)
as for scrolling, does scrolling work in any other programs? if not see if your X server is configured to accept scroll wheel events.

nerdman978 04-12-2007 06:47 PM

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I. AM. AN. IDIOT. The SB Live! card comes with several audio in and out jacks (several for in several for out) and I hooked up my speakers to the wrong output!! As for the X server how do I open that (new to KDE, sorry).

r00tb33r 04-12-2007 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by nerdman978
I. AM. AN. IDIOT. The SB Live! card comes with several audio in and out jacks (several for in several for out) and I hooked up my speakers to the wrong output!! As for the X server how do I open that (new to KDE, sorry).

X server is what manages all the beautiful things on your screen, it is the server of the graphical output.
KDE, Gnome, Xfce, etc. are just graphical environment packages but they all use X.
since i do not know what configuration method your distro uses, and i dont know if you are using Xorg or xfree86 for your X server i will just give you this portion of my xorg.conf:
Code:

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier    "Mouse0"
    Driver        "mouse"
    Option        "Protocol" "auto"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option        "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

thats the configuration for my ps/2 mouse with scroll wheel.
use that in your xorg.conf (found in /etc/X11/)
or in xfree86 configuration file but i dont remember where that usually is, since most distros are switched to Xorg these days.

nerdman978 04-12-2007 07:39 PM

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ok I found the file for the xorg.conf but I cannot edit it. What now?

r00tb33r 04-12-2007 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by nerdman978
ok I found the file for the xorg.conf but I cannot edit it. What now?

...ever tried the root account? kinda helps sometimes lol
to enter root in terminal/console just type "su" and it will prompt for a password.
"sudo" may or may not be configured on your system... you can always try.
*EDIT*
just a note, for n00bs it is actually easier when they are constantly logged in as root since you dont have to worry about stuff not working because of permissions. once you get comfortable with the system, start transferring your settings over to your regular account (most settings can be transferred by copying over the .appname directories from one home directory to the other)

nerdman978 04-12-2007 07:49 PM

Oops. By "I cannot edit it" doesn't mean I cannot open it, it means I cannot delete or add text to it. Yes I did try that code in the command line.

r00tb33r 04-12-2007 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by nerdman978
Oops. By "I cannot edit it" doesn't mean I cannot open it, it means I cannot delete or add text to it. Yes I did try that code in the command line.

in the terminal, as root run the following:
Code:

chmod 777 /etc/X11/xorg.conf | nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
you can substitute any text editor of your choice instead of nano, such as kwrite or gedit...

nerdman978 04-12-2007 08:12 PM

Ok I followed all the instructions but still no scrolling.

r00tb33r 04-12-2007 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by nerdman978
Ok I followed all the instructions but still no scrolling.

you never said whether or not scrolling works somewhere and not in some programs?
do you not have scrolling working anywhere at all?

nerdman978 04-12-2007 08:21 PM

No scrolling. At all. None of programs let me scroll. None.

r00tb33r 04-12-2007 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by nerdman978
No scrolling. At all. None of programs let me scroll. None.

what kind of mouse is it then?

nerdman978 04-12-2007 08:41 PM

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Razer Copperhead First Edition (yes it does kick ass)
Its the only one I have so...
Well after changing that xorg.conf file I'm going to restart and see if that helps.


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