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Old 11-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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help setting up linux


Ok, im a complete noob with linux. I just installed linux on my pc and I needed help setting my stuff up. Im using Ubuntu 32bit
problem 1)
What drivers for linux do i need?where do i download them?
hardware:
Netcard-wmp300n
GPU-nvidia 8800 gts 640mb
MOBO-A8n sli premium
How do I install window programs and games
I did some research and it led me to wine but i dont know how to work it or wheres a legit place to dl it.

-thank you for your time
matt
 
Old 11-21-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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You'll probably need a video driver. Use your package manager to look for kmod-nvidia or similar.

Read this https://help.ubuntu.com/8.10/index.html first

By games, do you mean Windows games?
 
Old 11-21-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
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Games like warcraft 3 and counter strike(steam)
 
Old 11-21-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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problem 1)
What drivers for linux do i need?where do i download them?
hardware:
Netcard-wmp300n
GPU-nvidia 8800 gts 640mb
MOBO-A8n sli premium
To make use of the acceleration features of the NVidia card, you need to install the NVidia driver as already pointed out.

For other drivers, most would have been loaded already. We can check your network driver though; we'll need the VendorID:ProductID code. You can find this by using "lspci" to list the PCI BusID and the vendor string (and other data). Then use "lspci -l" to list the PCI BusID with VendorID:ProductID and revision string. Of course to run 'lspci' you need a 'console' first - so hunt for that icon to bring up a text console.


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How do I install window programs and games
I did some research and it led me to wine but i dont know how to work it or wheres a legit place to dl it.
The Ubuntu package manager should have WINE in its list - so install from there. If you have Ubuntu 8.10 then life is easier and you can even install the latest version of WINE.

Not all winduhs programs will run under WINE; see winehq.org and look up the programs you are interested in for comments on how well it works and any special instructions on setting it up.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 08:07 PM   #5
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You can find this by using "lspci" to list the PCI BusID and the vendor string (and other data). Then use "lspci -l" to list the PCI BusID with VendorID:ProductID and revision string. Of course to run 'lspci' you need a 'console' first - so hunt for that icon to bring up a text console.
"console"? what does the icon look like?
 
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Look for something called "Terminal" in the application menu (perhaps under accessories)
 
Old 11-21-2008, 08:18 PM   #7
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"console"? what does the icon look like?
On my computer the icon sits in a toolbar at the bottom of the screen and looks like an ancient computer screen. Alternatively, you can press [ctl][alt][F1] and log into a virtual console ([alt][F7] to return to the GUI), but you can't 'cut and paste' the results easily.

You may also be able to navigate from some other icon - you know the sort that gives you a million options on a mouseover. Look for something with names like "console", "terminal", "shell", "command line/prompt".
 
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For other drivers, most would have been loaded already. We can check your network driver though; we'll need the VendorID:ProductID code. You can find this by using "lspci" to list the PCI BusID and the vendor string (and other data). Then use "lspci -l" to list the PCI BusID with VendorID:ProductID and revision string. Of course to run 'lspci' you need a 'console' first - so hunt for that icon to bring up a text console.
ok, I found the terminal prompt and i typed both commands in. I tried to put it on a flash drive and a external hard drive so i can post it from this pc but it wouldn't pick it up storage devices. It is a linsys wmp300n btw. when i hit lspci -l it gave me a list of commands.
 
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Try : lspci -vv

" lspci -l " is unknown on most systems ?
 
  


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