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Old 02-02-2004, 04:29 PM   #1
Balkman
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Brand New @ Linux - Got a few questions


Anyone willing to help,
Below I will list a series of questions I've come up with that I'm having problems with since I installed my Linux OS three days ago. First I'll list my system specs...

Mandrake Linux 9.2 w/ KDE gui
KT266 motherboard w/ integrated audio
AMD Athlon 17000 (1.47 gig hertz)
pc2100 768 megs DDR RAM
GeForce FX 5600 (256 RAM)

Now onto the questions...
1)When KDE plays any kind of sound (such as starting up or when minimizing/maximizing with certain themes) I get this terrible scratchy feedback noise. Also when I run gAim no sounds play and i get this error within the console:
“ALSA snd_pcm_hw_params_set_period_size error: Invalid argument” I downloaded the official AIM and thos sounds work, along with any mp3's I play

2)I can't get my printer to work. I have a Lexmark X73 w/ a scanner. The software it came with doesn't include any drivers for Linux and either does their website. Am I S.O.L or is there a way to configure it?

3)I'm also interested in running some PC games on my new Linux platform and I read that wineX could do so. I just want to know is it really technical to set up such a program so I don't waste my money to subscribe to them?

4)I have a D-Link DI-604 router and everything works, but I want the firmware located on their website. I downloaded it and it is a .bin file. What do I do with the .bin file?

5)How do I access a C++ compiler whether from the console or KDE? I chose to have the libraries installed when I installed Mandrake.

6)Are there any good art/web designing programs that rival Adobe's Illustrator/Dreamweaver/Photoshop for Linux?

7)I purchased a Logitech wireless elite duo (keyboard and mouse) and on it, it has shortcuts such as to control media/volume/open programs (i.e. web browsers). Is there a way to configure such commands? Also, the mouse has 5 buttons, I'd like to make one of 'em a back button for my browsers, is this possible?

8)When I first got Linux I tried to put on a lot of programs real quick like and did it sloppy and have them installed in directories that I don't want them to be. How do I un-install programs/move directories either within the console or KDE.

9)This is probably a stupid question, but how do you set your Homepage? I can't figure it out.

Thanks ahead of time, So far I really enjoy Linux more then my old Windows XP which was blue screening constantly. I know no one with any computer experience so I'm all by my self to learn this, all the help is really appreciated.

Thanks,
Jay
 
Old 02-02-2004, 04:35 PM   #2
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to replace adobe in linux use the gimp: click on the K menu>run command, and then type gimp.

for your printer: try linuxprinting.org for a driver

for the scratchy sound: search for a driver for your sound card....

for moving files: you can just move them; just know you are going to have to replace any links you have placed on the desktop

for your homepage (this assumes Mozilla 1.6): edit>preferences.


Hope this helps
 
Old 02-02-2004, 04:48 PM   #3
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.......... and to compile a c++ sourcefile using gcc (g++) from a console

g++ path_to_sourcefile.C -o executable_file
 
Old 02-02-2004, 04:49 PM   #4
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For number 5:

Just write the source in any text editing program. save it.
Then open a terminal. cd into the direcory where you saved your file.

type c++ <filename> -o <what executable will be named> and press enter
It will compile and write the executable to the same directory. If you dont do the -o it will default to writing a file called 'a.out' at least it did for me. Note that is does not need to have a .exe at the end, that is a windows thing, any extension should work.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 07:38 PM   #5
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Before you go searching for printer drivers that may already be available on your system, open up the mandrake control center and see if you can configure your printer from there. Usually all the latest drivers at the time are included. If your printer model isn't listed, then go to www.linuxprinting.org . Check to see if a driver that is suggested (but named obscurely) may already be there. Then see about downloading it. Good luck.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 08:57 PM   #6
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Welcome Balkman. First and foremost, Google is your new friend so become well acquainted with her. The majority of your questions could have been solved quickly doing a Google search. Try that in the future before posting a question. You'll learn a lot more that way and have faster results.

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3)I'm also interested in running some PC games on my new Linux platform and I read that wineX could do so. I just want to know is it really technical to set up such a program so I don't waste my money to subscribe to them?
It's not that technical. Check out Transgaming Technologies along with WineHQ for some more information on it.

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6)Are there any good art/web designing programs that rival Adobe's Illustrator/Dreamweaver/Photoshop for Linux?
Well, the Gimp is an alright alternative but I would suggest purchasing CrossOver Office and running Adobe Photoshop itself. For HTML editing check out BlueFish.

As I've previously said, Google is your new friend. Just Google a few of your other questions. Ask for help as a last resort.
 
Old 02-02-2004, 10:05 PM   #7
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5)How do I access a C++ compiler whether from the console or KDE? I chose to have the libraries installed when I installed Mandrake.
KDevelop might be a good option if you want an IDE. There should be a link somewhere (Applications -> Development), I think.


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6)Are there any good art/web designing programs that rival Adobe's Illustrator/Dreamweaver/Photoshop for Linux?
Lindows is sponsoring a WYSIWYG Web Editor called NVU. Appearently, it will be launched during the first quarter of this year.

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8)When I first got Linux I tried to put on a lot of programs real quick like and did it sloppy and have them installed in directories that I don't want them to be. How do I un-install programs/move directories either within the console or KDE.
If you installed them along with your initial configuration, you can go to Mandrake Control Center and select Packages and Remove Packages (something like that). Then you type what you want to uninstall.

You can also do a rpm -e nameOfProgram

Or... if you installed it from source (.tar || .tar.gz || .tar.bz ), you can go to the directory where you extracted the sources and type

make uninstall

it often works
 
Old 02-02-2004, 10:24 PM   #8
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question #4
Go back to the web site where you downloaded the software. I am assuming you used DI-604 / Tools / Firmware category of your DI-604 router to get to the web site. Go through the questions and answers on the web site. You will find that question answered. Safer to use there answer.

Last edited by sjia; 02-02-2004 at 10:25 PM.
 
  


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