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first, let me say that i'm green to linux. i have managed to create a dual boot Mandrake 9.0/win xp pro machine. i have the os's separated on two hard drives (i wanted to retain ntfs on win and partitioning one disk correctly was a pain). so, the install went smoothly (except that my soundblaster live 5.1 card wasn't recognized). however, after exploring all the software, which is overwhelming, i found that when opening any openoffice.org or staroffice programs that the programs load box (the little graphic rectangle) comes up but nothing else happens. and, when the box comes up it is on top of all the other GUI's and cannot be removed. i have to log out and log in to fix this problem. any ideas?
my comp config:
p4 2.53GHz (533Mhz)
2 HD's - win xp pro 40gig, mandrake 9.0 60gig (both 7200rpm)
256mb ddr ram
nVidia GeForce 4 vid card
so, i shouldn't have problems with loading programs slow. i think it is definitely something in linux.
thanks in advance for your help. also, please be easy on the linuxspeak. i'll give you all the info you need if you can tell me how get it. thanks again
thanks david, but i don't really know how to launch top or even where it is. i also don't know how to start star office or openoffice from a command line. also, when i installed mandrake i installed everything that came with it(a lot of servers and stuff). probably not a good idea, huh? do you think i should reinstall with a greatly reduced barrage of softs? if so, what should i avoid installing? i plan on learning linux to do windows office-like tasks, graphic design (the Gimp looks pretty good i might add), web design, internet, email, etc. any comments/suggestions are appreciated. although, i would like to attempt to fix the current problem with openoffice and star office just to learn more. is there a linux equivalent to the windows task manager that shows the applications that are running in the background? i read in my material that if you install the server packages that the some server apps will automatically load on startup. sorry for all the questions, but i've spent a lot of time looking at manuals with no success. there's just so much to learn.
after trying a couple of things, i found the top command and used it (106 things running). feel like a moron for not typing top in the terminal. i can post the results if necessary. also, the commands for the office programs are soffice and ooffice. both have the same result that the Mandrake Menu gives. however, after waiting about 8 minutes, staroffice loads but is in a Spanish form. everythings in spanish, menu bar and all. weird.
the thing is most other apps are working, like the Gimp, konqueror, and all the other ones i've tried except for soffice and oofice. i'm at work now, but i think i have tried logging in as root and the problem was the same, but when i get home i'll try it to make sure.
I had the same thing happen too. The splash screen would only stick every once and awhile. What I found is that open office only really wanted to run while I was root. I ran oosetup as root, closed ooffice when it was done with the setup stuff, then went and changed all the scripts like ooffice, oocalc, oowrite, etc. that were in /usr/bin to have a sticky bit.
I then logged out of root, and back in as a regular user, and open office set it self up nicely for that user.
i reinstalled mandrake 9.0 without the server packages. now both the programs run fine, although i haven't used them extensively. the only problem i have now is my soundblaster live 5.1 card is not recognized. since this is the software forum, i'll end this thread. if you want to help with the sound card prob see my post in the hardware forum.