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Old 11-14-2003, 01:09 AM   #1
Brother Michael
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I've come back to Linux...

Hey everyone,
I don't think anyone remembers me, but I joined this community about 2 months ago, when I installed Redhat 7.3 on my computer while running a dual boot with Windows XP Professional.

Well I had some problems and had to accept Microsoft for the time being (School work had to come first) but things have changed now. I have a second hard drive and I am back in the Linux game!

What I have:
Dell Computer Dimension 4300
512 Ram
GeForce FX 5200
Soundblaster Live! Value!
Redhat Linux 7.3
KDE Workstation

Alright so I have some questions here that maybe someone can help me with:

1) Alright I have 2 Hard Drives, one has Xp, the other Linux. I figured on having the Linux Hard drive the Master and making the XP one the Slave. Does this work? and will Grubb pick up my XP hard drive when I reconnect it to my computer? I had it unconnected while I worked on installing Linux.

2) I am running KDE, How do I shutdown X? I have to install my NVidia Drivers, and I don't know how to shutdown X to do this.

3) Speaking of NVidia, I was able to get the the run file to install in my last install of Linux, (I umm did things a complicated way, and had linux running, and after about an hour I reinstalled it to try to do things differently), how do I edit my xf86config? Whenever I type in xf86config, the computer wants to create a new one. How do I edit the current one?

4) Sound issues, I am having a problem with sound, it is quiet. I have to turn the volume all the way up on my speakers to get a mid level volume. Is there a volume control I need to mess with? or do I need new drivers? Linux recognizes the card as a Soundblaster Live! but it is really a Soundblaster Live! VALUE! :sigh:

Alright that is about all I have for now thanks!
Old 11-14-2003, 01:42 AM   #2
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to shut down x

#init 3
(as root user)


#init 3
(other user)

in terminal

2) edit xf86config by

vi /etc/X11/(here detail path you have to find by browsing directory structure)

3) to work booting with u r second Hdd with first

u need to edit grub.conf
man grub
Old 11-14-2003, 03:07 AM   #3
Brother Michael
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alright I have gotten to the the editing of the XF86Config-4 the problem I am running into is that I can't save it. How do I save files in VIM?
Old 11-14-2003, 04:44 AM   #4
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:w saves
and :q quits.
You can combine the two, i.e. :wq.
best of luck with the rest!
Old 11-14-2003, 01:39 PM   #5
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thank you.


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