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culaterout 01-23-2010 01:55 AM

Install problems Archlinux

I guess this is the first time I ever got this Involved in an installation so I'm having trouble configuring my Keyboard and mouse

Let me first start by saying Having to manually configure so many files can be a pain...

My real question is how to edit grub to see my windows partition the First 4 times I have installed Arch had success the first time, the second and third times I failed because windows was to be the primary partition and I kept setting the Arch Linux partition as primary...

My question is this I have installed Arch linux Steps 1-5 having trouble understand how do I get fluxbox and gnome which I installed....? What file must I edit I don't know how much of a problem the keyboard and mouse are... I think it is a simple setup...

Also how to make windows and archlinux show on the grub???

Is most of these commands going require me to remove the # symbol... in order for the program to see it as code not merely notes of program???

Any and all help will be most appreciated in the concern I am a newbie to Archlinux..

John VV 01-23-2010 02:45 AM

i take it you have read the Arch wiki?

-- gnome --
is the last above your "step 5 "

pixellany 01-23-2010 08:09 AM

I find Arch really easy to set up, but only because I have done it about 50 times now......;) Seriously, there are some "gotchas". Fortunately, it's all there in the wiki.

One point is that you have to separately install video, KB, and mouse drivers (KB and mouse and now handled by evdev).

Always the best way to setup dual-boot is to install Windows first in the #1 (primary) partition. Then install Linux (anywhere). If it does not automatically detect Windows and configure the bootloader, then simply edit /boot/grub/menu.lst to add Windows.

Is most of these commands going require me to remove the # symbol... in order for the program to see it as code not merely notes of program???
Not sure what you mean here.....In configuration files, you do sometimes have to "uncomment" (remove the #) things.

culaterout 01-25-2010 04:35 AM

Well finished install learned a lot killed my Linux Mint on my laptop and installed ArchLinux .... May try Debian next or stay with Linux Mint not sure...

Somethings in the wiki was a bit outdated ...

By the way did the install on the laptop with no help figured it out only problem I had was with wireless ... Installed Network Manager to get ride of problem everything is smooth sailing...

Do have few other questionss... will save that for a new post ;)

~sHyLoCk~ 01-25-2010 05:07 AM


Somethings in the wiki was a bit outdated ...
Can you post what were outdated? It'd be helpful to update the wiki in that case.

pixellany 01-25-2010 07:48 AM

This is the kind of thread we like!!

With respect to the wiki, it sometimes takes a bit of extrapolation---eg: read the section on NTP. It starts by recommending openntp, but some of the details you need are in other sections.

I thought I read somewhere that there is now a complete Arch manual....As soon as the brain finishes booting, I might look for it......

~sHyLoCk~ 01-25-2010 07:54 AM

Yeah Dusty compiled a manual. I think it's available for download somewhere, or you can buy from amazon.

carbonfiber 01-25-2010 08:57 AM

Installing Arch Linux is difficult? Is it the new Gentoo/Slackware?

brianL 01-25-2010 09:05 AM

Slackware's not difficult to install. Still haven't got round to trying Arch, but will do someday...honest.

carbonfiber 01-25-2010 09:23 AM

Stop following me!

Full installs of Slackware are not difficult. Installing "just enough" to run the applications you directly care about is.

brianL 01-25-2010 09:38 AM


Originally Posted by carbonfiber (Post 3839812)
Stop following me!

Can't do. The Illuminati's paying me to do it. ;)

~sHyLoCk~ 01-25-2010 08:12 PM

Installing a minimal Slackware system tailored to your needs is definitely difficult. If minimal system is your goal then choose a distro that has minimal base system. Arch, gentoo, debian netinst, etc.

John VV 01-26-2010 02:06 AM

I found installing Arch easy and no problem to install . The wiki was very helpful
BUT i ran fedora 4,5,6,7,8,9,11 and CentOS 5.2,5.3,5.4
and Mingw/CygWin ( for 2 years before installing linux for the first time)

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