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Old 04-23-2005, 01:33 AM   #1
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Few Questions


1. When I play vidios on mandrake, all I get is sound. (using caffien) Is there a better program/how do I get the picture working.

2. I want to make linux look diff (like using skins or themes or something). Where can I download them/how do I install them.

3. Is there a good media sorting program (like iTunes or Win Media Player)

4. How Do I make the "Bar" at the bottom of the screen (forget what its called at this momment:S) look nicer.

5. How do I mount drives (My windows C:/E: drives and my floppy drive)

Old 04-23-2005, 01:39 AM   #2
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Ummm I think I can actually answer one of these Q's.

Answer to #2: If you use the KDE desktop environment, go to of cool desktop themes, backgrounds etc.
...hopefully I didn't just state the obvious.

Now a question for you... do you by any chance know how to reformat a hard drive? I am trying to install linux on a used HD, but I've never even installed a used HD before and I need to wipe it clean. Since the info is not mine, I dont think I need to make a backup disk.

take it easy.

Old 04-23-2005, 02:19 AM   #3
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You can use a program called Partision Magic or the first boot disk of Mandrake (and Im guessing other distros too) Check Google howto use them.
Old 04-23-2005, 02:55 AM   #4
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For watching videos, you need to have win32codecs installed. Set up your URPMI sources to

plf free and plf-non-free and download them.

There is MPlayer, which is also fine to watch videos (MPEGs and WMedias files). You can

also d/load it from the sources listed above.

if you don't know how to set up URPMI, go to : everything is explained

Old 04-23-2005, 03:41 AM   #5
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So, bluemandarin, Partition Magic is perfect if you want to resize the partition of a previous installation, but if you are completely formatting a hard drive, don't bother with such programs. Just download the distro from, burn the CDs and pop them in, with a GUI guiding you through the install the entire way.


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