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Old 08-14-2004, 04:08 AM   #1
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Some simple questions

hi everyone,
i'm new with Linux,trying to use mandrake 10.0 ce on my laptop(fjs amilo D) but i got some problems,i'm sure that these're not some big problems but as i'm so far from being a Linux prof. then i need your help...

1) When i try to see the battery level, it always show -1% and charging (even if it's not).Anyway to fix it?

2) the other problems is about the user permissions of USB external disk(120GB Fat32). to reach the usb disk as root is ok but when i try as an user,it say some thing like not enough permissions. I tried to change the user permissions of dev/sda5 and mnt/usbdisk when i logged in as root but i couldn't do it again.It doesn't give any error when i try to change but just not changing at all.Could you tell me how to do it?

3) that's not about linux itself but anyway let me ask.before i install the linux on laptop,firstly i used partition magic ((( to seperate a partition for it.And at the end of progress PM gave some error msg but then eveything seemed to me normal.Now sometimes when i'm using Linux, i'm getting an error which says about segmentaiton error.Do you have any idea how to fix it?

4) Last thing is about Mandrake Linuz 10.0 ce itself.I read in some other forums that there's so many bugz on it abd etc.... simply the guy who wrote it was trying to say that don't even get close to mdrk 10.0 ce.what do you think about that!!! Or do you have any other distro to advise for me...
Old 08-14-2004, 07:51 AM   #2
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1) Huh, probably an APM or ACPI bug depending on which you are using. The first is the old standard of power management, the second is the new one. Take a look at /proc and see if you have a /proc/apm or a /proc/acpi, also what exact age thereabouts is this laptop?

2) What are the contents of the file /etc/fstab?

3) Segmentation fault? Is that what you meant? There are a number of reasons for things seg faulting, but that doesn't really have anything to do with drive partitioning or PM really, its more a badly compiled/incompatible proggy. What were you trying to do that horfed that error.

4) I haven't used Mandrake since about 8.1, but I think you were just reading someone with a bad distro bias, although I do recommend getting your feet wet with Mandy for a while and then checking out most of the other distros out there...


Old 08-14-2004, 10:52 AM   #3
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thanx for the answer,
i checked out the /proc and there's apm.but you know,i'm really a very new about Linux and i have no idea what if apm or acpi is in there or what to do wit these too and i bought the laptop about 3 years ago,fujitsusiemens amiloD,P3-1000 etc...

let me copy-paste the content of /etc/fstab as it is;
/dev/hda5 / ext3 noatime 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,user,iocharset=utf8,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=utf8,sync 0 0
/dev/sda5 /mnt/usbdisk vfat defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs umask=0,nls=utf8,ro 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0

about segmentation error,i got it when i was running with Totem which is making me crazy 7x24

and please give me an advise, before mandrake i was thinking redhat 9, which do you think is better? i actually have to move to redhat as i see,that i'm plannig to use mone but on its webpage there's no rpm packages of last version for mandrake.

thanx for help.


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