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Old 10-19-2001, 11:22 AM   #1
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Cool I'm Really New And I Really Need Help

I'm New To Linux i Really Dont Even Know what distibution i should go with. So i decided since i didnt have to re-format me hd and that i was able to run linux and windows on the same partition. I went with phat Linux. I like windows as much as i like B*ll G*tes,Thats one reason i went with linux and why i want to use it's said to had a flexible gui, even though i've never seen it
blah blah blah i need help plz

Well i got phat linux finally. and i get getting a kernal kill error when i try to boot. I'm running a 256mb ram 412mhz amd atholon
matrox video 10\10 lan other
Optical Mouse and other basic junk
and 2*8 gig hd's One a maxtor and the other the big foot

I would really appricaiat any advice to a newbie and any information that could help also what is the best distribution for newbies I would really appricaite it.
Thax for your time
Any Advice e-mail me at I WOuld appricaite it
Old 10-19-2001, 11:32 AM   #2
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Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Distribution: Red Hat v7.1 Seawolf Edition :)
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heh, me too

man, you are not to much newer than me... i barely installed Red Hat lastnight, but messin w/ it ever since.... if i've learned one thing so far... it'd be 'Don't TOUCH SHIT AS ROOT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOIN' heh... happy hacking
Old 10-19-2001, 11:42 AM   #3
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Mandrake is THE newbie installation. Hands down. It's meeant to be, and is very user friendly. can get over friendly once you know what you're doing tho... i still loike it tho.
get version 8.1, just come out...
Old 10-19-2001, 11:47 AM   #4
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Yeah, get yourself a copy of Mandrake 8.1, it will install easier than windows. Here is a hint for the install, choose the "expert" install, take your time and read all the screens as you go, it'll give you a better idea of what's going on than the default install and its not that hard in mandrake.
Old 10-21-2001, 10:15 PM   #5
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Unhappy Where can i get Mandrake????

So Mandrakes Good Eh
Sooo WHere can i get it?

Thanks For The Help
Old 10-21-2001, 11:58 PM   #6
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i'd go with the iso... just pick ur region, d/l and burn... couldn't be too much easier... unless you wanna spring and get all that documentation.. just send cash to:

Old 10-22-2001, 08:38 AM   #7
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Great thing about Mandy is that you don't have to set up partitions if you don't want to. Burn the CDs and insert CD #1 whilst in Windows. Should 'Autostart' (god how I hate that!), but if not, just find the Windows executeable file. Gives you an option to install Lin4Win (similar to phat-linux).

I currently have M8.1 installed - it rocks for newbies (yes, I know I have 120+ posts, but I still consider myself new).
Old 11-14-2001, 10:30 PM   #8
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PhatLinux words of encouragement

PhatLinux and X ran fine for me on my desktop (Celeron 266 with 320MB ram) once I got over a few hurdles.

There is a line in the linux.bat that needs to be changed.

Getting ahead of myself though.

PhatLinux comes in a zip format if you have downloaded it.
Unzip and you get a few small files and one biggy (200MB+), right?

You can ignore the smaller files by following these instructions:
Unzip the biggy ( to your C: drive into a folder called phat. This could take awhile as the files decompress to 600MB+; make sure you have enough room on C: and defrag before decompressing.

Once the files are decompressed into C:\phat then edit the linux.bat file using notepad or similar.

The first line should read:
loadlin vmlinuz initrd=ramdisk.gz mem=384M
change the mem value to represent the amount of RAM that you have installed on your machine (probably 128M, 256M, 320M, 512M or something like that).

Save the linux.bat file. Now you are ready to run PhatLinux.

You could restart your machine etc etc but you may find it easier to close all of your windows apps (except for Explorer) and simply double-click on the linux.bat file.

Once in you should see a and request for username and password. In my release the defaults were 'root' and 'phat' respectively.

What you do now is up to you.

If you choose option 11 to get the shell prompt here are a few things to try:

'fdisk -l' to get a list of partitions that could be mounted

'cd /directoryname' is used to change to a directory (similar to dos) -- the partition that the linux.bat file is in should be mounted to the /dos directory; type 'cd /dos' to switch to it and now you should be looking at your dos(windows) files and folders

'mount' displays the filesystems currently mounted - notice the /dos directory and the 'vfat' type that is associated with it. type 'info mount' if you are curious about what can be done with this command (see below for instructions on how to use the info screens)

'md /newdirectory' to create a new directory

'mc' executes a program called Midnight Commander similar to the old dosshell which can be used as a file manager. NOTE: Midnight Commander is also available from the command prompt.

[alt]+[F2] or [alt]+[F3] etc... switches between different terminal screens (you can log on as root into any of these) -- [alt]+[F1] switches you back to your original terminal screen

'exit' logs you out as a user on that terminal

'shutdown now -h' will have the computer go through the proper sequence and power down

If you need information on most of the commands just type 'info' followed by the name of the command then press enter; 'q' exits the info screen and [ctrl]+h will display help on using the information screens.

Happy Linux-ing


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