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Old 11-01-2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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Boot to SATA-1 and, Videocard driver install

Drive Configuration

1.SATA-0 160GB Seagate (Linux Diabian Kernal 2.6.xxxx Newest from Debian)
2.SATA-2 40GB Wester Digital (Windows XP Pro SP2)
3.External USB/Firewire drive 320GB Western Digtal (Files and Backup of WIndows

1. Contains the GRUB Bootloader (only boots to Regular Kernal and Recovery)
2. Loads straight into windows and has the defualt bootloader
3.No boot loader.

This is what I want to be able to do.

Put a floppy in the drive and have a menu that shows up with the option of booting to either drive.

How would I make a floppy that can do this or where could I get a floppy that can do this.

If I try to look for the 40Gb drive it will not show up in lnux anywhere. How can I add the drive to the fstab two partitions (C: and E: both formatted in NTFS)

I have an ATI Radeon X850 256 (GDDR3) PCI-EXPRESS (x16) Graphics Card

I downloaded the .rpm from the ATI website. My only problem is I do not know how to execute the rpm or any program manually. When I try to open it up in Kpackage or the oterh package manager nothing happens. (Same problem with the flash plugin I downloaded .gz)

so how to I execute the .rpm so linux will run better and faster.

Aslo I have wine installed and it always loads then gives me an error saying that it has to close because it was not configured properly but I do not know how to configure this program.

All I want to do is use my existing hardware and load windows programs and Play battlefield 2 on linux to see how it runs.

Also how do I adjust the sounds and volume in Linux

I am using KDE 3.3 and want to upgrade it to KDE 3.4

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Old 11-02-2005, 01:03 AM   #2
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Why a floppy disk? Why not just configure grub or lilo to handle it all?

For the NTFS drives you have to either have the module loaded into the kernel or the NTFS filesystem support built in. What have you done to try and mount the nfts partitions so far?

If you're running Debian you need to use 'alien' to install that RPM. RPM's aren't executable anyway. You can think of them sort of like the .msi files in Windows.

alien -i file.rpm

To run a Windows game in linux you may want to check out Cedega instead of wine. Look at

You can adjust the volume many ways. I like to use `aumix` but in KDE you can use "Kmix".

To upgrade to kde 3.4 you need to update your apt repos in /etc/apt/sources.list with a valid location and then run: apt-get update; apt-get upgrade kde
Checkout the kubuntu listing for kde apt sources:
Old 11-02-2005, 06:48 PM   #3
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Thank you I will have to try these things.

Is there a way I can change my IP address/mask it make it look like another ip. and close ports through a gui, and make it so I cannot be fingered, etc.

How would I configure grub to see my other drives, and when I turn on linux it does not see them anyway so I do not know how to mount them

root= mount /mnt/sda2
root= mount /mnt/sda3

I think that is right...
Old 11-02-2005, 07:06 PM   #4
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The Linux documentation project has a super-great howto on Grub for exactly what you need:

For the network settings you can modify all sorts of things from the KDE Kontrol Center, under the Network & Internet section.


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