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No, you only need to be root for make install. I always log into my user account and su to root when I need to, and I configure and make software in my home directory as a user and then su to root to make install.
I've had to shift some partitions to make room for a couple of others... consequently i used it as an oppurtunity to startx from scratch with slack...(now have adsl connection configured in linux, so no more switching between OS's to post)
I've gone through the installation steps carefully...
Now I get this error when I run "make devices"
bash-2.05a$ make devices
Hmmm, looks like you have devfs mounted, Im going to be safe and leave things alone!
The next step is to compile xine or mplayer with dxr3 support.
I use xine with the dvdnav plugin so I can use my mouse to work the on screen menu's in dvd's, but I also have mplayer as a back up. Once you have them going with dxr3 as the output your ready to play around with the module options untill you get the perfect tv output.........now, where was I....thats right, just finished watching The Phantom Meance, now I think I'll have another look at The Fifth Element followed by LoTR again :-)
xine will now play a film... cept it's trying to play it on the tv. I can't work out make it play on monitor...plus tv out is screwed... really green and too huge. tried switching tv modes but get an error
tvmode: cannot connect to nvtvd - TV mode switching disabled