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Old 10-28-2003, 05:02 PM   #1
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Linux on Gateway

My sister has a Gateway 566 MHZ.Everything is on the mobo.Modem and video and sound.I tried putting mandrake 9.1 on it yesterday and left me with a couple questions.I put the first disc in and it ran to the end and basically finished the install.Now during the install I picked items to be installed that would require all 3 disc.I was never prompted to put in disc 2 let alone the 3rd one.So first question is why.Also once it was done it started up with text and not the kde gui.No big deal I put in her name and password and did startx.Well what I got was a screen full of error messages.Now I did tell the install to start with the GUI of KDE.Now the error messages were they simply a case of not having the info for the monitor right and why I got no GUI.Now I do know when I started the install I got a error message basically telling me the regular install might fail and to press F1 and do a text install.Now if I have the monitor refresh rate and all set right should I be able to start with a GUI or is it possible mandrake doesn't have the right driver for the video and simply put until i give it one I won't get a GUI.I'm a ex window linux newbie so bear with me.Or like windows will it load a generic driver to get me video of some fashion until I give it the right driver.The model of the pc is Essential 566c Special.The serial number is 0020372648.Using that info you can find out what there is on gateways site under tech support.Curious if mandrake comes with the drivers for this pc sound,video,modem etc. .Now if I have to load drivers before I get a gui what will the commands be to do that install.If small enough I will save to a floppy if not a 2nd drive from my system then hook to her pc to load them.Sorry so long but if anyone has a link to drivers for this pc please post it. Thank You
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" is it possible mandrake doesn't have the right driver for the video and simply put until i give it one I won't get a GUI."

X Window will not give you a GUI until you get the X Window configuration file correct.

If your monitor is not configured correctly then you fix it by editing a file called /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 in Mandrake. The Mandrake program to edit this file is called xdrake (or Xdrake or XDrake).

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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