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Old 08-02-2004, 11:20 PM   #1
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3 Part Mandrake question

First question

I would like to ask is, currently my Mandrake is set to the KDE Desktop. Is there a way to have it load to the GNOME desktop by default?

I forgot where, but I selected GNOME, and I like the interface better than KDE. Is there a way to have it load GNOME by default?

Second question,

Regarding backups. Im dual booting with Windows and is it possible to have all my backed up data stored under Linux instead of Windows? The reason is, that just incase my Windows gets infected I dont want my backed up data to get infected too. Im not on a network by the way. After all, Linux is less prone to these vulnerabilities.

Third question.

I can't connect to the Internet from my modem because its not compatible. I heard people say that it is possible by the GNOME Dialer. I looked everywhere for it but I had trouble finding it. If that fails, is there possible way to have an Internet connection??

Im using right now for a dial-up a US Robotics 56K Fax Modem. What are the steps that I should make to achieve a compatible modem in order to connect to the Internet using Dial-up?

Last edited by unixfreak; 08-02-2004 at 11:22 PM.
Old 08-02-2004, 11:27 PM   #2
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As for Question 1: you might look at switchdesk. I think that might solve your problem, but I've never used it personally (I'm a kde guy personally).

Question 2: can you clarify; what kind of data are you backing up? Do you want read/write access from both OSes? that kind of thing.

As for Question 3: Go to and lookup the chipset on your modem (instructions should be on the site for finding what chipset you have) to see if it is compatible with Linux. When/if you get linux recognizing the modem, you can use kppp to dial out (it's been a while since I've had to play with dialup, but I think was my best resource at the time.

Hope that helps.
Old 08-02-2004, 11:34 PM   #3
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You can use gnome or KDE. Log out (not turn off) and get to the login screen and select gnome. If it ain't available then you need to install it with the mandrake control center.

You can store your data in linux. Just use linux to copy it across. BUT. if you use windows and it gets some virus or something, it may wipe the partition table and you could loose windows and linux anyway. Options might be a second drive that you don't tell windows about, or important data goes to CDROM on regular occasions as well as being on the drive - can't trust cd's to last.

Best option. Don't use windows. Use win4lin, crossover, winex, whatever to help make the move. Other option is separate PC's on a network running different OS's - one win, one linux.

Last. Is it a winmodem? Real modems are easy with linux. Fake modems are more trouble and some work and some don't and few are too easy.
Old 08-02-2004, 11:43 PM   #4
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Its a Winmodem I beleive, not sure. The CD only says US Robotics modem thats it.

All I need is to find the GNOME or the KPPP. But where is it under GNOME? First I want to test this modem out using the KPPP but I cant locate it.

Do I have to buy a modem? Or I could make the whole thing work right now? I want to the Windows still connect to the Internet though.

When I switch to GNOME I want a way to defaulted when Linux loads up on the desktop. (so I dont have to manually select it all the time)

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