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Old 08-05-2004, 02:28 PM   #1
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Linux Newbie: Some questions


Hi,

I've just taken the plunge into Linux and have a few questions that I was wondering if you could help me with.

My setup:
Dual Boot (Win2k / Mandrake 10.0), hda 13GB NTFS, hdb 80GB (40 GB FAT32 - 40GB Linux)
Using KDE / 1024x768 - Nvidia 32MB GeForce

1- My screen is not lined up with my monitor - I guess I could use the monitor control. but maybe that will screw up Win2k? I have a Nvidia card abd have downloaded the drivers from their website but am unsure how to get to a pure command prompt to install them.

2- I downloaded RealPlayer as a rpm file, installed it and it seemed happy - but I cant find where it is installed! I ran Totem movie player and this seems to play rm files fine, so did RealPlayer just install some codecs?

3 - I have installed Firefox (in /home/myuser/Programs/firebird/ - is that where you would put it? Should I install all programs in /home?) and created a shortcut to the firefox script, but the icon is just a shell icon, how do I change that?

4 - Various webpages seem to have quite different font sizes, it seems to vary a lot - maybe this will be fixed when my drivers are sorted.

5 - What apps would you use to deal with
- Usenet (Text)
- Usenet (NZB)
- RAR files
- PAR2 files
- DVD Ripping / Compression (Like DVDShrink on Windows)

6 - The other thing was the rpm manager - it seems to have a lotof packages available - but am I better off going to individual websites and getting the latest versions?
I think I will use the rpm manager to get rid of some of the web browser it installed to start with. Firefox should be all I need.

Thanks for any and all help you may have.

Floob.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 02:52 PM   #2
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1- My screen is not lined up with my monitor - I guess I could use the monitor control. but maybe that will screw up Win2k? I have a Nvidia card abd have downloaded the drivers from their website but am unsure how to get to a pure command prompt to install them.
xvidtune

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4 - Various webpages seem to have quite different font sizes, it seems to vary a lot - maybe this will be fixed when my drivers are sorted.
No, that's HTML for you ... you can however use
firefox' settings to define a minimum font-size.


Cheers,
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Old 08-05-2004, 05:28 PM   #3
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OK, number 5...for RAR files use rar for linux from www.rarsoft.com
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