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Old 01-14-2004, 12:02 AM   #1
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Best Gaming Distro?

Hello everyone, this is my first post and first time to the forums, a friend refered me here and so far its been great have two questions for you guys

1: What (if any) is the best gaming distro out there, IE: some will be easier to find drivers for than others, some will have an easier install of WINE/WINEX

2: i have a dummy system thats a p4 @ 1.7/GF4ti4200/768MB pc2100/CDRW RH9 i can't seem to get the .run file to execute right, when i try to run it through a terminal, it says i have to quit X server, so i racked my brain and came up with nothing, how do i end the X server? and how would i change the config around to make it boot into CLI from now on?

Any help that anyone has is allways a great thing to see, and i would be most happy. don't flame to bad as im a linux newb ;p
Old 01-14-2004, 12:14 AM   #2
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this is a game install? this sounds more like an nvidia driver setup.

anyway, ctrl+alt+f1 will take you to single user mode. here's where i get a bit foggy. i think login as root and then type the command "init 3" without the quotes. that should kill X. then you can log in and type the ./*.run command.

i also can't remember if you can get back to your gui login or not, but you can try ctrl+alt+f7 and see if you can get back to your gui session.

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Old 01-14-2004, 12:23 AM   #3
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awesome that worked out just fine, i get more than 1 FPS from that gradious-like arcade game now ;p thanks alot!
now for WINEX install....
Old 01-14-2004, 04:12 AM   #4
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Change the run level by editing the /etc/inittab file. Change it to 3 to boot in text mode, and change it to 5 to boot into GUI. And, Red Hat & Mandrake are the best game distro's just because a lot of people use them, and thus you get more help!
Old 01-14-2004, 07:26 AM   #5
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Any distro can play games, but Gentoo is probably the coolest. Only because you can easily 'emerge' most vid card drivers and a lot of games as well. They also put out a gaming optimized kernel
Old 01-14-2004, 01:43 PM   #6
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Very cool of you all, i got the one p4 1.7 NVIDIA base system up and running, now im having a problem with my "real" gaming machine...gonna search for help about 9800xt drivers, if that doesn't come up with anything ill start a new thread and again THANK YOU!!

BTW right now im running RH9 but with the FEDORA thing going on, i think i might switch distro's, im even considering buying SUSE pro w/ the WINE Rack thing.....again thanks alot everyone!
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What's wrong with Fedora?
Old 01-16-2004, 01:32 AM   #8
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speed can be an issue with fedora.

i have a geforce 4ti 4400. fedora, after turning off some services, gives me about 3300 fps in glxgears, a clean slack install, or slack after installing dropline, gives me about 4k fps...

pretty big difference. thats about as much of a jump as i got when i threw a 4600 in here.

you can probably tweak fedora a little bit, and get that kind of performence out of it, but it would take a little looking.

fedora is probably a better all around distro, and requires less setup, but i really love slackware with dropline, and reccomend it to anyone, esp when performence counts


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