Well, this will probably turn out to be sort of a long post, so let me get started... Here we go...
First and foremost... Huge thanks to all of you people. Without you I wouldn't have even gotten this far. Thanks!
A little background... I have about 6 months of Linux experience so far. Mostly of it is with Debian, and I certainly know enough to get around. I installed Slackware 10 from the 2 CD set about 2 weeks ago, and there is something that I just really like about it. I just can't pinpoint it, but I think it is great, and will never go back to windows... Bleh!
Anyway, I have my Slackware 10 installed on a Toshiba Laptop, A65-s1063 to be specific. I followed the suggestions found in the Shilo's Tutorial, Insyte's Tutorial, and the pages that were linked to those pages. Most everything worked out well. I did a swaret --update to current about a week ago, and that broke some stuff. I figured I may as well keep going on up to bigger, better things, and fix everything that is broken after I get where I wanted to be... Well, I installed kernel 2.6.10, and have been tweaking with it for a few days now. I have resolved most of my sound issues and USB problems while tweaking the kernel. Anyway, f you are reading this you are probably getting bored right about now, so let me get right to my problems...
Originally, my synaptic touchpad worked just fine, and so did my USB mouse. After I did swaret --upgrade, my USB mouse stopped working. Okay, I did a mouseconfig and set it up to use my touchpad. After my first kernel compile the touchpad doesn't work the way it is supposed to, I was able to double-tap and hold to drag, etc... This is fine by me, because I would rather use my USB mouse anyway. When I plug in my USB mouse, the laser lights up, and everything looks kosher. I do a mouseconfig, set it to USB, and then reboot, and my touchpad is still the only working mouse. I think it probably has to do with a /dev/mouse link, but I could be wrong. Maybe I don't have a module I need, I don't know. Speaking of modules, here is the output of lsmod:
Module Size Used by
snd_pcm_oss 48708 -
snd_mixer_oss 17388 -
snd_atiixp_modem 13444 -
pcmcia 16944 -
yenta_socket 19052 -
pcmcia_core 51648 -
I have never seen any modules loaded, but not used by something... Bizarre.
Next Problem: This should be an easy one...
How do I change the menus in GNOME? Should be a simple enough problem... In Debian, I can just do update-menus as user, and blam! That, or it happens automatically... I have been able to set up some launchers for some of my programs, but it would be so much easier if everything was just... there. For this reason I am using KDE, hopefully temporarily.
With the fresh install, reboot would reboot my machine, now, after the upgrade to kernel 2.6.10, it acts as if I ran a shutdown -h at the CLI.
Lastly... (For the moment anyway)
During my kernel configuration, I enabled bootsplash, frame buffer (vesafb) @ 1024x780, and console frame buffer support. I downloaded a theme from bootsplash.de, I think, installed it just like suggested. I think my problem is in the LILO configuation. Here is my lilo.conf:
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hda
#compact # faster, but won't work on all systems.
timeout = 50
#VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# End LILO global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda1
label = SlackwareX2.6
initrd = /boot/initrd
image = /boot/vmlinuz-ide-2.4.26
root = /dev/hda1
label = SlackwareX2.4
Anyway... what I was thinking is that it points to the original initrd from fresh install. When I configured my new kernel, was I supposed to do some extra step to make a new initrd? Just my thoughts...
Anyways, I would love some assistance with this stuff, it could only make my slackbox a whole lot better. I will resist the urge to mess with some stuff here for a lil while, at least until I get a little feedback.