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Old 03-13-2005, 07:34 PM   #1
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loading apps on startup

This is probably an easy one but i've used google and not had much luck, i want to know how to go about loading a app on startup, atm i just want to know how to load gkrellm, but i'm sure it would also help me in future to know how to load anything on startup.

Plus one other thing, my sound doesn't work on startup, i've looked into this and have to open alsamixer, scroll to the right and move the VIA DXS bar up and then it works fine, but when i boot up again i get an error and i have to repeat process.

Running FC2 atm, but gonna upgrade to FC3 later tonight i think, as been looking into that too.

Old 03-13-2005, 09:29 PM   #2
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I load gkrellm when X starts with .xinitrc in my home directory. The relevant part of that file is as follows:

# Progs to run in background
xscreensaver &
gkrellm -w &

# Start the window manager:
exec /usr/X11R6/bin/fluxbox
Old 03-14-2005, 12:37 AM   #3
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Re: loading apps on startup

Originally posted by pukington
Plus one other thing, my sound doesn't work on startup, i've looked into this and have to open alsamixer, scroll to the right and move the VIA DXS bar up and then it works fine, but when i boot up again i get an error and i have to repeat process.
To solve this, I went into my application menu and looked for Kmix - (on KDE of course), and I set the volumes in kmix, then I went Settings > Configure Kmix... > and made sure that "Restore Volumes on Login" was selected, then I clicked ok and closed Kmix - *BING* problem solved for me...

Now if you're running FC2 - it could be a different story, I don't know... I'm on FC3 - so it should work the same for you as it did for me - I've got a Via mobo chipset as well on a Giga-Byte board (AC'97 integrated sound)

Good luck
Old 06-30-2005, 12:40 AM   #4
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I was looking for a way to have apps start up at boot and found this post,
Im still looking for an answer by the way.

But for your sound issues, I have been having MEGA MEGA sound issues and finally resolved them

After reading extensive papers on linux sound and hardware I found this out.

Make sure you have latest Alsa drivers
make sure you have latest alsa-lib
make sure you have alsa-utils

to all the abouve do . . .
make install

then run alsaconf under super user terminal

then in kmix, make sure the pcm is only half way up, here is why. . .
Sound hardware, when hitting a peak level that it might night handle
will send a warning to the software, alsa handles this by shutting it self off.
then you have to go back and rerun the alsaconf to turn it back on.
By adjusting your PCM and even master level in the kmix to low and turning up the volume on the speakers, you can avoid alsa shutting it self off.
Old 01-19-2006, 12:35 AM   #5
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Have you run alsactrl store yet? In that case, just add aslactl restore to your rc.local. For me in slack it is automatically run, but if not, it being in the rc.local works fine.


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