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Old 05-04-2008, 09:48 AM   #1
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How to permanently configure my internet connection?


I would like to know how to permanently configure my internet
connection? Every time I shut down the PC Linux OS, and then
boot it up again, I have to configure the internet settings so
that I can browse the internet and get my e-mail. I also end up losing
any e-mails that I had received before shutting down the OS.
Since I have a DSL connection, and my internet connection is
supposed to be 'on' as soon as I turn on the computer, I don't
understand why PClOS can't figure that out?

The other 'big' problem I have with the PClOS is that I can't
configure my Lexmark Z55 printer. Although the OS DID detect
that I had a printer connected to the computer, and it did
give me a dropdown menu for Lexmark printers, the particular
model I had (Z55) wasn't there. The closest model was the
Z53. So I selected that model, but still couldn't get the
printer to work. I couldn't even print a test page. If someone
could give me step-by-step instructions on how to go about
setting up my printer that would be greatly appreciated. If
I can't get the printer going, there's no point in having
the PC Linux OS installed on my computer. As easy as this
version of Linux is in setting everything else up, for whatever
reason, setting up a printer has always been the reason I have
swtiched back to using Windows XP.

Also, could somebody tell me how to select which OS runs first?
A simple explanation would be appreciated, especially if I could
do it from within Windows XP. Thanks!
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For the printer check this page out on cups site.

I don't use pc linux os so unfamiliar with its structure.

For boot does it use grub boot manager. if so you need to edit /boot/grub grub.conf or menu.1st in that directory. The first one is 0 in the boot menu. 1 is the second option in the boot list menu. If using lilo its been years since using it so can't help with that.

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Is PCLOS installed, or are you running it as a live CD/DVD?

Is it a fairly up to date version - if it (or more precisely, its version of Cups, the printing utility) is not more recent than your printer model, you will have the problem of not having the ability to select your exact printer (and this, as you have found, may or may not work).

You could check the package manager to see if there is an update available, but you'll only be able to make that permanent if its an installed version.

Also, could somebody tell me how to select which OS runs first?
If its a live CD, its down to the boot order you have specified in the bios (sometimes called 'boot sequency' or some other slightly odd translated phrase). If it is installed on your hard disk, there will be a boot manager, probably Grub, possibly lilo. That has a boot menu, and, in principle, you select one of the options; in your case PCLOS and windows. Some distributions, however, by default set the time out fairly short so that if you are not paying good attention you only see the menu as a flicker of the screen.

If you want to change the options there is usually a simple text file that you have to change. For details try a search on your boot manager and words like 'default', 'options' or 'time out'.


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