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Old 02-25-2005, 12:52 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2005
Distribution: Slackware 11
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A few basic N00bie questions

Ya I know I am a newbie but I want to learn. I got a few questions....

1. I just switched from red hat to slackware now my wireless MICROSOFT inteli mouse isn't working I had to dig out an old basic mouse. I am using KDE and cant find any gui way of doing it.

2. My video driver seems to just be on a default. When my system starts I see it say 64m agp and I have a 128mb nvidia geforce 4. Plus I cannot change my resolution to above 1024 x 768. Where can I find a driver?

3. I do not have any sound. I dont know if the driver was installed for this either. It might have installed the intergated sound instead of the pci card. I have a sound blaster xgamer I guess the driver might be in the same place.

4. This really bothers me... It happens both in my old red hat system and now in this slackware setup. In KDE when you hit alt F2 for the run command box, if you type in a website the default is not Mozilla. How do you change the default for that.

5 What was the last 2 installation cds for? and why doing the installation would it not let you go back ever? If you made a mistake it just skipped over and went to the next thing.

6. Is it possible to change the way LILO looks? Maybe put some nice eye candy on it.

Last edited by whited; 02-25-2005 at 12:53 AM.
Old 02-25-2005, 02:11 AM   #2
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1.) In /etc/X11/xorg.conf under Section "Input Device" did you set the protocol to be IMPS/2? THat should fix it IIRC.

2.) Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to fix the resolutions to be what you want, I run the following in 24 bit mode (edit the depth mode you use or all of them):
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       24
        Modes       "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        ViewPort    0 0  
3.) Did you run alsaconf to configure your sound card? Slackware should already support most sound cards from a full install.

4.) Sorry don't use KDE all that much so can't tell you.

5.) The last 2 cd's contain all the source codes for the packages on discs 1 and 2.

6.) Yes, I don't remeber exactly but if you google lilo and background you should get some info on it. Maybe someone else can post the instructions to edit /etc/lilo.conf to do this.
Old 02-25-2005, 02:25 AM   #3
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: Southampton, England
Distribution: Laptop:Gentoo-i686-2.6.9-r9 Desktop:Slackware10 2.4.26
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1) not sure if M$ intellimouse is any different from my wireless mouse, but it should just be seen as a std usb mouse. You'll need to edit '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' and look for 'mouse' or 'pointing device' section and 'ps/2' to 'usb'

2) has linux drivers

3)it should've installed alright. run kmixer and make sure that it isn't muted, failing that, open control centre and in somewhere in 'multimedia' you'll be able to select a sound server, try 'ALSA' or 'OSS'.

4)probably can be fixed, but not by me ;P

5)more packages? maybe loads of halp files too.
Old 02-26-2005, 08:41 PM   #4
Registered: Feb 2005
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I finally got my mouse to work. I got my 3 mouse buttons to work but I donno what my side buttons are used for. How do i change the setting for this?

# Option "Protocol" "Auto"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Buttons" "7"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Last edited by whited; 02-27-2005 at 12:31 AM.
Old 02-26-2005, 09:28 PM   #5
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I downloaded the driver from nvidia and istalled it ok, I also changed the resolution sizes in xorg.conf. But whenever I go into configure desktop it doesn't show the sizes I have entered.

Section "Device"
Identifier "VESA Framebuffer"
Driver "nvidia"
#VideoRam 4096
# Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************

# Any number of screen sections may be present. Each describes
# the configuration of a single screen. A single specific screen section
# may be specified from the X server command line with the "-screen"
# option.
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "VESA Framebuffer"
Monitor "My Monitor"

# If your card can handle it, a higher default color depth (like 24 or 32)
# is highly recommended.

# DefaultDepth 8
# DefaultDepth 16
DefaultDepth 24
# DefaultDepth 32

# "1024x768" is also a conservative usable default resolution. If you
# have a better monitor, feel free to try resolutions such as
# "1152x864", "1280x1024", "1600x1200", and "1800x1400" (or whatever your
# card/monitor can produce)

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
Subsection "Display"
Depth 32
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768"

Last edited by whited; 02-27-2005 at 12:33 AM.


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