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Old 06-25-2008, 04:37 AM   #1
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3 problems

Hi guys,

I have 3 bothering problems that I'd like to fix. I've been using Mandriva since last August and I enjoy it so much that I've moved almost everything to Mandriva and I only use the XP for programs that require it (Nokia and Skype with video). However, I'd like to 'enhance my Mandriva experience', so please help me.

Problem No. 1
I haven't been able to set my video driver properly, which means that I haven't done anything to it. I'd like to enjoy the graphic effects of Beryl, but I can't, because of the settings. I have a Toshiba Satellite M45-S169 with an Intel Celeron M 380 processor (1.6 GHz) with 512 MB RAM and a 15.4" TruBrite screen. When the system updates itself, I always get the new NVidia drivers but I have an ATI chipset (or whatever it is called). What should I do or what information do you need to help me? Once again, I'd like to use Beryl and the graphic effects.

Problem No. 2
When I'm fidgeting with my system, sometimes the screen collapses. It usually happens when I'm too impatient to wait hours of the system idling around and I want to restart it. When it starts, I still can't see anything ususal on the screen. Of course I can start the failsafe mode but I don't know how to reset the video settings to default. Please help me what to type then. (My solution so far has been a total reinstall of the system.)

Problem No. 3
Sometimes I can't see the other partitions, I miss especially the Windows NTFS partitions because there are lots of data stored there. Currently I'm using the kernel version and Mandriva 2008.1 Spring. I don't know if it is kernel dependent or what I could do to see them. I've been proud of my Mandriva as opposed to Open SuSE, which didn't see them either, but now I can't see them in Mandriva either.

So much about the questions, please ask me if you need more information. I'm an absolute normal office user with some passion for computers, so please tell me how I can set the thing using KDE preferably, and not the command lines.

Thank you:
Attila from Hungary
Old 06-25-2008, 09:11 PM   #2
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2. What are you messing with that screws up the graphics ? Make a backup copy of hte X configuration file than you can copy it back into place if you mes up the settings.. (guessing here since I don't knwo what you are doing to mess it up.)
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.turboczi
if the graphics get messed up copy the file back..
cp /etc/X11/xorg.turboczi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

3. and/or
Old 06-26-2008, 04:44 AM   #3
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See my post below.

Last edited by turboczi; 06-26-2008 at 06:39 AM.
Old 06-26-2008, 06:13 AM   #4
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Thank you for your answer, farslayer!

1. I've read it. However, I still have doubts about what to do. When my system ugprades itself, I always get the new nvidia files. Shall I deinstall them first? I have no opportunity to change anything in the X11 server settings, as it offers nothing to change. The system automatically chooses Radeon 9500 to Radeon X1050 but I don't know what to choose instead. I found a configuring tool in the systems settings for ATI and I meddled with it but there was no breakthrough. I still don't understand why the 3D effects don't work. I made a mistake in the original post: I want to use CompizFusion and not Beryl, sorry.

2. It's ok, thanks! Problem completely solved.

3. I've read both. However, I'm still wondering what's gone wrong? Mandriva normally reads ntfs without an extra effort. Plus I can't find where those 'preferences' settings are (I'm using KDE and I suppose that's Gnome). Isn't there a simpler way? What does it depend on? I'd like to understand.

Thank you.


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