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Old 05-26-2004, 09:19 AM   #1
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Debian Sid install using Knoppix Issues

I am trying to get a "pure" Debian setup going on my machine for some work I'm doing in trying to convince my company and our client to consider Linux on the desktop. The easiest way to do this (for me) was to do a Hard Drive install from the latest Knoppix CD (3.4 5/17 build).

This went just fine, and I can bring up the system ok, but I'm running into some issues. The Knoppix boards have been generally unresponsive, I gather partly because once you do the HD install it's assumed you're a Debian user, and so figured some of y'all might be able to give me some direction. If you know of a better support forum for Debian/Knoppix issues, feel free to direct me there...

My issues are:

1) Desktop seems to be limited to 1024x768 even though my laptop runs just fine as 1440x900 under Windows. My video card is an nVidia GeForce FX Go5200 with 64 megs on the card. I'm wondering if the problem is that I need to install the driver from nVidia rather than the default that came with the distribution?

2) Installed the 2.6.6 kernel option. However, if I go to change anything I notice that /usr/src/linux is pointing to linux-2.4.26. Can I use synaptic to just get the latest source package, and would that get things pointing correctly?

3) Finally, am having some firewire "fun". Doing lspci shows both the internal and pc card firewire controllers, but running gscanbus or the other firewire scripts only shows the internal controller. Anything I might be missing that could be screwing up the PC card controller?

Thanks again for your help,
Old 05-26-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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1) I would definitely try the Nvidia drivers. I'm not sure that would solve the problem, but you sure will get better performance out of the card.

2) Yeah, download the source package for the minor level that you are running. Then just do the following:

cd /usr/src
rm linux
ln -s linux-2.6.[minor-version] linux

3)Can't help. I've never used firewire, sorry.

HTH Ciao
Old 05-27-2004, 08:52 AM   #3
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Appreciate the help!

Managed to get the firewire working by twisting some of the suggestions from the Linux1394 site and the older instructions for the 2.4 kernel of Knoppix. Even have a small RAID-5 array of the three disks now

Thanks again,


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