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Old 11-01-2003, 11:23 PM   #16
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i got an old s3 trio working, 166mhz CPU, 2mb s3 trio. running Mandrake with ICE gui. Run at least 3X better than win 98.

Just goes to show how low-end a system you can run Linux on.
Old 11-02-2003, 01:01 AM   #17
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Location: Argentina
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Where are you?
Inside what dir? /root, /tmp, /etc, /mnt ?
Or at root dir?
you must have any idea about what command can you manage the system
v.g: ls (as dir en DOS), etc
You can find in the net the Complete command reference for Suse in pdf format
Download it in windows box, print it and read about commands you can and must use
I'm sure after that u can enjoy u with linux
Good luck!!!
Old 11-02-2003, 07:24 AM   #18
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As the install didn't detect your card properly, it never got set up. I don't know the exactly how to set it up with the basic XFree86 drivers. However, I suggest you go over to nvidias homepage, and get the linux drivers from there. Also read the install instructions before installing. You will need to manually make changes to XF86Config (/etc/X11/XF86Config), but that's all included in the install instructions.

the latest driver can currently be found here:

Note: you can easily download the drivers directly to linux by doing:


Provided, of course, that you have the internet connection working.
Networking is disabled in single user mode, btw. You will want to be at runlevel 3.
As you managed to get to singel user mode, runlevel 1, I assume you can get to 3 as well without further instructions.

EDIT:However, you don't need to reboot to switch runlevels.
As root, you can change runlevels by doing:
init 3
to change to runlevel 3, for example.

EDIT: The NVIDIA FAQ thread on top in the newbies forum might also be helpful.
I should also mention that you need to have the kernel sources installed.
They are on one of the CD:s. If you used up2date to get the latest kernel, make sure you have updated the kernel sources as well, if you installed them after you updated the kernel.

Last edited by Starchild; 11-02-2003 at 03:31 PM.
Old 11-02-2003, 04:39 PM   #19
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I already deleted RH 9 off my hd (not really a big deal cuz i never actually got it working). I'm a total newbie, I just downloaded Linux to check it out, and I know nothing of it. I wanted to check it out before I paid anything for it. So now I want to buy a package with all the manuals and everything so I can actually sort some of this stuff out. The Question is, what distribution should I get?
Old 11-02-2003, 05:55 PM   #20
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Well, that really depends on what you want to do. Now, you don't have to get the manuals and stuff for it. There are books you can buy which are just as good, and they don't center off a specific OS. For newbies I would recommend ither Mandrake 9.2 or SuSE. You can download the Mandrake 9.2 ISO's off the net, but SuSE doesn't have their ISO's. You can buy a burned copy of SuSE 9.0 Pro for about $10 on

I would say for gaming, go with SuSE, for regular desktop use, Mandrake, or for networking, try Redhat. Its all really prefrence. I have all flavors of Linux. It took me a while of playing with all of them to find the one I like. SuSE is catered more towards the desktop user, while Redhat is more towards networking and servers. Although all of them are very user friendly. But there is not "Best" version of Linux. Linux is like a car, you have to find one that fits you best and go with it. So, here is what I recommend. Download Redhat and Mandrake. And the SuSE tutorial CD. Burn all of them. Install Mandrake on one partition, Redhat on the other. And Boot up with the SuSE demo CD. Play around with all of them until you find one that you like best. Or, buy SuSE on ebay (for $10), and install all three. You really would have to play with all of them to find the one that you like best.
Old 11-02-2003, 08:24 PM   #21
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I was thinking of doing that, but I'm having trouble even getting RH installed to the point where I can run it. Through all the forums I've done I still haven't been able to figure it out.

Here's the problems. One, I don't know crap about Linux. I don't get anything anybody tells me unless its "type this, press enter" etc....
Two, my computer screen goes blank on bootup and says no sync signal. Can somebody please tell me how to fix this with no more than "download this file in windows and copy it to a floppy (or CD or certain spot on the hd, i dont care) then type xxxxx at command line and press enter.

The only thing I've figured out how to do is boot into single user mode or whatever its called. I kinda have an idea what a runlevel is, but I have no clue how to switch them. I'll order a book online so I can start learning this stuff, but in the meantime can someone please explain how I can fix this problem?

My graphics card is the Asus V9520/TD with the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 chipset.

PS. Could someone recommend a good newbie book?

Last edited by yzrider210; 11-02-2003 at 08:27 PM.
Old 11-02-2003, 08:36 PM   #22
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UNIX in plain English
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Old 11-02-2003, 08:40 PM   #23
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here are a few links that may orient you to the commands and file structure. (this will explain some of the commands..i.e. "someone says type this") (this is the place to find the how-to's for just about anything)

do some reading and don't give up.
good luck, post any successes.


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