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Old 09-23-2005, 11:57 PM   #31
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Also, the .config file should locate at the folder "/usr/src/yourlinuxkernel", use "ls -al" you will find out. However, make sure you have origina kernel source installed

Oh oh !!

I installed Mepis, and it came preinstalled with everything. I do not have any kernel folder is /usr/src

The only folders in /usr/src are are linux-2.4.29-patches and linux-2.6.10-patches, but the current kernel I am having is 2.6.12

Does it mean I am lost?

Thanks for your help a lot.

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Old 09-24-2005, 05:08 PM   #32
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well, I don't think you need to recompile kernel. As you said, the current kernel is 2.6.12 which is the most stable kernel on V2000Z. I tried 2.6.13 actually it didn't work better than 2.6.12. If you want to turn off some services, you can use system-config-services. Again, you didn't install kernel source since there are only several kernel patches in /usr/src folder.
 
Old 09-24-2005, 08:02 PM   #33
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Thanks, but need a little more help

system-config-services

I think that is what I need. Could you please explain how I could run that ?

Basically I am looking to disable certain unwanted stuff happening during boot time. One of them is floppy module. How can I disable the floppy module? Another is CUPS printing support and yet another one is networking support, especially eth0 which I never use. It is always wlan0 that I am on

So this is what I basically want to do. Modify the kernel to see which modules are built in and not needed, so that I can remove them, and then also specify which modules should be loaded during boot time.

Also, I am running pre installed Mepis, so I don't have kernel sources at all. It is what came with mepis that I have.

Thanks a lot really.


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Old 09-25-2005, 12:07 AM   #34
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you can directly run this command (type the command under user shell and enter). For floppy module, first type "/sbin/lsmod", then use "modprobe -r <module name appears when using lsmod>".
If Mepis doesn't have the command system-config-services, you can always go to folder "/etc/init.d" to stop services as root. For example, if you want to stop cups, then type "/etc/init.d/cups stop" and enter.
 
Old 09-30-2005, 11:19 AM   #35
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Have any of you had a problem with Atheros based wireless cards in this laptop under linux? I have tried Debian and slackware and neither of them recognize my card. I'm not sure what the problem is, but i do know that pcmcia ethernet cards work, and wireless cards based on other chipsets. I posted about this problem here: http://forum.remote-exploit.org/viewtopic.php?t=1227
I don't know if its the cardbus drivers or something with the atheros hardware that isn't working or what. I'm at a loss, i have no clue what could be wrong, and since this laptop is new, there are not a lot of people out using it yet. Anyways, if you have anything that could help, it would be great

btw, i'll be trying a Mepis here soon, as it looks like it has been having good results.

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Old 10-06-2005, 02:35 PM   #36
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Ok, well, i tried the Mepis CD. The distro looks good, but still no support for my atheros based wifi cards (D-Link DWL-G650, Ornico Gold)

I have looked through everything on the net, and there doesn't appear to be a solution for this. I'll be contacting HP support to see if they can shed any light on this matter. (i know, but it can't hurt... ;p)
 
Old 10-17-2005, 04:06 PM   #37
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Originally posted by theplop
Ok, well, i tried the Mepis CD. The distro looks good, but still no support for my atheros based wifi cards (D-Link DWL-G650, Ornico Gold)

I have looked through everything on the net, and there doesn't appear to be a solution for this. I'll be contacting HP support to see if they can shed any light on this matter. (i know, but it can't hurt... ;p)
I think it should be an Orinico card. It would be a lot easy to deal with. look at this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/373086

and here:
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/List

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Old 10-18-2005, 08:27 PM   #38
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Actually this isn't a driver issue. I didn't think it would be as i was using a live cd that supported thoes card out of the box.

Well, it was actually a resource problem. After extensive searcing on google and finally fiding someone who had a similar problem, i found the solution.

If i pass
Code:
pci=assign-busses
to the kernel when booting, they work perfect.

So, ya, a resource problem.

everything else worked fine befrore, so i'm all god to go!
 
Old 10-22-2005, 09:23 PM   #39
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another working distro

Hi all,

I just got my v2000z in the mail a few days ago and decided to try out SUSE 10 on it. I figured I'd share my experiences. I'm pretty new to linux in general, so I wanted to throw linux on the new laptop to get some experience with it. I downloaded the x86_64 dvd iso from suse and popped it in.

Install went fine, video card recognized (had to set proper resolution during install, but it was in the point and click options). No wifi at first, more on that next, but eth0 gets recognized fine. Everything else seems to be working fine immediately from install (haven't tried card reader/bluetooth/tv out yet though).

Getting wifi working proved to be a bit of a hassle, but I once I figured out what I had to do, recreating it would be no problem. Here's the steps I took:

1) install ndiswrapper 1.2 (not the newest version 1.4, which caused me invalid driver errors) from source, not YaST (SUSE's package manager)
2) get the listed driver on the ndiswrapper wiki for the v2000
3) install driver in ndis wrapper, following ndiswrapper's wiki instructions
4) when the instructions say to configure wifi card, go into YaST -> network devices -> network card and manually add a new wifi card, wlan0, with module name ndiswrapper. I also switched load settings for eth0 to 'on cable plugin' so theres no interference.
5) finish ndiswrapper installation instructions
6) in the network widget on the gnome top bar ( I assume theres something similar in KDE ), click on wireless to activate it.
7) works.

This took me a while to figure out since I'm new to linux but it's really not all that much work.

Sadly SUSE 10's media capabilities are pretty limited as shipped, but I found this article here that gives an easy to follow setup procedure for media codecs and dvd support. Theres a couple places where you have to deviate from the directions listed, like switch mirror address to x86_64 locations (just replace i386 to x86_64 where it's used), and I had to compile the dvd codecs from source rather than use an rpm.

Another handy link I'll give is a site for installing apt on suse machines, which will setup your sources list for you.

All in all I'm very happy with this distro. Very clean, intuitive interface, and great hardware support. I'd definately recommend this to anyone with a v2000z looking for an easy to install and use distro. I'm 2 days Windows free and I'm not looking back yet (except maybe to use tv out sometimes).
 
Old 11-03-2005, 08:15 PM   #40
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RawMule,
I installed Suse 10 on a V2000 last night after having the usual everything-runs-fast problem and the computer not shutting off with 9.3. The new install is better since the everything-runs-fast problem was fixed without having to do anything. Computer still doesn't turn off but I'll worry about that one later.
My question is: where in the installation did you set the screen resolution? I loaded a ATI driver to get the 1280x768 and that seemed to work, as it did for 9.3, but was there a way I could have gotten it to work without that? The screen looks great at the higher resolution (kinda blurry at 1024x768), but there were some warnings about unsupported video board when I ran fglrxconfig that left me feeling a little uncomfortable.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 08:18 PM   #41
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Didn't use Suse in the first place

I am afraid I had never tried anything other than Debian distributions.

Well.. since you said Suse did work, I guess I will download and try that .. thanks for that info .. can you tell me where you got your SUSE so that I can get it from the same source?

Thanks again
 
Old 11-03-2005, 08:32 PM   #42
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I'm a real newbie so I got Suse from the local computer store chain -- I was afraid I wouldn't live long enough for a DVD download to finish.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 08:35 PM   #43
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Talking No problems..

Lol..

Anyhow, I think I will download Suse 10 off from my university mirror.. I actually get 2 mbps from my university network and I can download something like 600 mb in around 6 minutes.

Will try it and get back to you .. thanks for suggesting Suse again.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 11:02 PM   #44
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where in the installation did you set the screen resolution?
IIRC it was when I gave the final OK for the hardware setup, I clicked on either the details for the monitor or video card. I missed it the first time I installed too (I screwed up linux from my windows partition on accident the first time around). Even if you miss it during the install, you can set the screen resolution in YaST.

As far as mirrors go, there is a list here. I got the 'Eval DVD ISO image 64bit' file.
 
  


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