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Ok, I've successfully installed Slack, everything's very clean! I have to say I'm getting to like GNOME a little more now. Everything's dandy except from the following:
1) How do I get my modem working? I have 2 modems, one an internal winmodem (piece of rubbish) and an external non-winmodem (about the same :P) it's connected through a serial port, not sure which one, not installed on Win because it mucks it up for some reason. Is there a way that I can use some trial and error way to get it set up? (Using Europe's "Wanadoo" 56k)
2) Currently I have my monitor set to 800*600 and at 73hz, the GUI doesn't allow me to change the hz to 85 (what I have on Win). Is there a config file I can get at to change this? I've heard you need two rates, one horizontal and one vertical, I remember seeing some rates that my monitor can do in an (old) instruction book. I'll post them if need be, is there a way to find out via Win?
Thanks for your time people, I'll gladly post more details if you need 'em.
I don't know the answer to your first question regarding modem installation as I use LAN to connect to the internet. But I can answer your question about X resolution and refresh rate.
There is a file in /usr/X11R6/bin called xorgconfig
You have to start this file as root and follow the interactive configure program. The values you have to be careful about are the Vertical refresh rate and Horizontal sync. You will find these in your monitors handbook or by searching the web. Well that's about it. One more thing.
!!!MAKE A COPY OF THE /etc/X11/xorg.conf FILE AS YOU WILL NEED IT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG!!!
If something goes wrong, boot into console mode and copy the old xorg.conf back into place and you can start all over.
DON'T forget about BIG SHELL HELP!
Wanna configure smth in X Window, i.e. in GUI? Type letter "x" in console, then press <Tab> (once ot twice). It'll display you all known commands beginning with the letter "x", xorgconfig too.
To install your winmodem you should probably know the chipset of your winmodem. I had to. I have ZyXel56kOmniPlusPCI. See "Dial up connections & thanks Gnashley" for more details.
Jeebiz, I have just done what you suggested, now I have luvvery 85hz. Thank you! I can now see GNOME without getting a blinding headache.
Right, as with KPPP. Runs under GNOME under a lot of protesting. Managed to get everything dialling, then it totally went down hill. While it was trying to "connect to server" it lost pppd with error 1. I was expecting this as the only way I could ever get connected to the 'net was using RedHat's Network GUI