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Old 06-11-2003, 12:33 PM   #1
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Three weird RH 9.0 problems...anyone else?

First of all, a very nice person on another thread gave me the link to a Flash plugin for Red Hat 9.0. So after downloading it, I logged into root, clicked on it and of course the little installation window pops up like it's getting ready to install but then 1/3 of the way through, it suddenly dissapears. Weird. As a matter of fact, I've had this happen to me a number of times and I have no idea why but I'd LOVE to be able to correct it somehow. Ok, that's the first little "puzzle".

The second one is that I will sometimes bring my "HOME" folder up and then right after it's loaded...poof! just dissapears. This is the second "puzzle".

The third and final "puzzle" in this puzzle triangle is that sometimes when I reboot, re-login or whatever, instead of getting the normal screen where you are asked to type in your user name and password, instead I get a blank, light-gray screen with nothing there except a login form and a blinking cursor.

I have no idea at all what is causing these little things or if I am the only one but I would be greatful to hear of any solutions.

Thank you!
Old 06-11-2003, 12:43 PM   #2
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Those are pretty weird! Never had that happen to me. Have you tried looking at the log files? That's where I go when I'm having problems. Check out /var/log/messages first. Also, on the Flash player install, you said that you just double clicked it to install it. You HAVE to do it from a command line. Go to the directory where it's saved and there should be a readme.txt file. In that, there are installation instructions and they specifically say that it can't be installed from a GUI. You need to run the 'flashplayer-installer' file from the command line. In case you don't know how to execute a file like that from the command line, this is how: within the directory of the file, you type ./flashplayer-installer

Try that and it should work, I didn't have any problems anyway. As far as the other stuff goes, check the logs like I said and maybe post any errors you find so we can see what's going on. Good luck!!!
Old 06-11-2003, 01:23 PM   #3
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the flash player can either be installed as instructed in the previous post or if it is anything like the java one that pops up, it needs to be installed when you are logged on as root.

I can't say I have ever seen the triangle thing but it might have something to do with your video card or config or something of that nature or it could be a glitch after all. Hell, red hat 8 was just full of glitches imo. 7.3 was the most solid one ever released as far as I'm concerned, the ONLY reason why I changed to 9 was because of the newer packages and dependencies needed.

anyway, if you get that gray screen again, just hit ctrl-alt-bkspc and it should bring you back to a proper login screen (if you didn't already know)
Old 06-11-2003, 11:15 PM   #4
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Originally posted by yowwww
...anyway, if you get that gray screen again, just hit ctrl-alt-bkspc and it should bring you back to a proper login screen (if you didn't already know)
Now that is helpful:-). the only thing I hav'nt been able to figure out is what to do when RH 9.0 freezes up on me. It does'nt happen very often but when it does, I have to shut the computer off manually and then when I reboot, I have to run that integrity check thingy...on and on. I've tried Ctrl+Alt+Del and Ctrl+Esc but neither seem to have any affect...hmmm.

Thank's again for your help. I really appreciate it!.
Old 06-12-2003, 03:01 AM   #5
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redhat 9 is fullof will dissaper on u more and more.....
if u want this issue eliminated go to an 7.x version
Old 06-12-2003, 05:24 PM   #6
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huh, full of bugs?!?!?! no way! red hat 8 was absolute garbage, I will be the first to say that, but 9 is very solid, before I switched 9, I used 7.3 and it was awesome.

Anyway, regarding your question, if you are getting freezes, then that is uncommon and should not happen. Check to make sure that you have plug n play disabled in the bios and you don't have any odd or unique devices plugged in (ie - webcams, gamepads etc.)
Was your install clean or was it an upgrade? What are some of your system specs and peripherals?
Unfortunately the only thing you can do if ctrl-alt-bkspc doesn't work is to hard reboot, but I think that is solveable so you shouldn't have to.
Old 06-12-2003, 05:54 PM   #7
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i've had that grey screen at login a few times. it works just like a regular graphical logon, though (alt+S for session, alt+R for reboot, etc.), and you can log in normally with user and pw in that little white window. you can even use the mouse for those bottom left hand options even though you can't see them.

i had no problems that i remember installing flash.

as for the window disappearing when you launch home, that only happens to me with "file manager in super user" mode (and it's really annoying ). don't know the fix for that, either -- i think it's a RH bug -- but if anyone does, please PM me.
Old 06-12-2003, 06:09 PM   #8
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Just speaking for myself, of course, but I've never had RH9 hang on my (well, once, but I'd accidenally deleted the whoel network config - my bad).

Never seen any of your problems, and I maintain 10+ RH9 machines - both laptops and portables....

Care to list the hardware you're running on?
Old 06-13-2003, 12:09 AM   #9
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ALL THOSE have happened to me, and sadly, all i can say is that the RPM autoinstaller is pretty crappy for non-redhat rpms (the stuff outside of up2date). Just use apt-get or manually install the rpms from a shell prompt


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