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Old 02-17-2005, 09:11 PM   #16
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Actually, it's going to be similar. Although you won't need to download all the packages because they are all in the disk. You can download the full CD image from (download CD images for testing distribution, don't use stable). The fastest method is to use the program called jigdo (it should be easy to find in debian website then try reading the tutorial to understand how to use jigdo, they are quite simple). Just download the first 2 to 3 CD images. These CD images will be exactly the same as the one you wanted to buy.

Now, when you start installing debian this way, when the installer asks for apt medium, choose cdrom as the apt medium. Apt will ask you to scan each discs. Just put any discs that you have downloaded one by one. Then the installer will ask about the program you wanted to use to install packages (there are 3 choices: tasksel, dselect and manual/none I think). The easiest method for now is to use dselect, then choose desktop environment. That's it. You just wait. At least now, you don't need to download every single packages over and over again if you encounter error.. The installation is going to be faster..

Old 02-18-2005, 10:47 PM   #17
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Hello everybody, well

We did it !!

Debian booted to the desktop

The icons on the desktop as well as the text editor are Huge

The CD installed Mozillia instead of firefox that is most likely the reason why I cant use the mouse to scroll a page up down etc

The config detected 99.9 percent of my hard ware just had to install the x server and twink a few other things

Dose anyone know a page that has how tos after first installs like the one in the Ubuntu community has, that will help me set up fire fox and twink the system to get it looking half ways decent

I'll be all set once I find a how to after first installs, page like the ones listed on ubuntus

I'll be all set once I find a how to after first installs, page like the ones listed on ubuntus website

again thanks for the help I really appreciated it

Sorry for the spelling the page keeps scrolling up and down it's hard to stop it from doing so

again thanks for helping me install Debian

again thanks for the help I really appreciated it

Last edited by 1702fp; 02-18-2005 at 10:50 PM.
Old 02-19-2005, 01:44 AM   #18
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Take a look here:
It's not the ultimate howto but it might give you a start.

As for firefox go to and get it from there.
Huge desktop you say? Are you sure you have your resolution set up properly?
Old 02-19-2005, 10:54 AM   #19
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Hi, about your big icons, I'm not sure what is your big. But if it's really that big, you might want to edit the file XF86Config-4 (/etc/X11/XF86Config-4) as a root. Then find this section:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

The list is pretty long. Now you should add (not replace) into the line Modes "...." "...." "...." the resolution that you usually use. For example, my config (above) will result in 1024x768 screen resolution (of course if my graphic card supports it ). Edit all the line Modes, but most importantly the subsection with highest Depth value. After you save it, restart X.

For firefox, you can (as harken pointed out) download the file from mozilla website or use apt-get to install the package mozilla-firefox:
# apt-get update
# apt-get install mozilla-firefox

This will install all the dependancy altogether (that's y I love apt)


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