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Old 05-21-2004, 01:17 PM   #1
yaustar
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Mandrake 9.2 install/starting up


Scenerio: Mandrake 9.2 installed on top of an XP install. Mandrake nicely partitioned my drive and is now a dual boot machine

Problem: Being a linux newbie, I am stuck at the command line .. tried 'startx' but it couldnt load. There was an error message during installation saying X was not configured 'Are you sure yo want to proced?' (or something similar) and I clicked yes.

Thanks
 
Old 05-21-2004, 06:37 PM   #2
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Mandrake 9.2 didn't automatically install a gui during setup? Or did you ask it not to.....just a command line install?

need more info....explain
 
Old 05-21-2004, 06:49 PM   #3
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During the package install, I am sure I ticked the KDE and GNOME desktops.. unless I missed something here....
 
Old 05-21-2004, 07:31 PM   #4
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i know the place your talking about in the install.....i hate to say it....but you might want to reinstall.....mandrake 9.2 was my first distro....and it took 3 installs before everything came out the way i wanted it to.....mandrake documentation isn't the best.....so it's sort of learn as u go.....try it a second time.....see how it goes

Tom
 
Old 05-21-2004, 08:23 PM   #5
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Problem sorted... the window for the "check configurations" was tiny in normal install, went into expert and found that my monitor/graphics card needed to be manually configured..

three new problems are rasied now
1. no sound (probably drivers)
2. no 3d accelration (probably can find an anwser somewhere)
3. no modem (drivers again)
 
Old 05-21-2004, 08:43 PM   #6
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For the sound, open a command prompt, and log in as su. You will need the root password. You should have set it during the install.

Typs sndconfig. This should start the sound configuration utility. You need to set things like I/o address and IRQ. If yu have sound under windoze, have a look at your settings in the control panel. Set them the same in Linux.

You did not say what type of modem you have. If it is a win modem, you will have to find out what type, and then do a Google search for a driver. If it is a hardware modem, you need a configured serial port. There are How2-to's written on how to set up a modem. Once again, google for what you need.

I don't have a 3D accelerator. I will leave that for some one else to shed some light on.
 
Old 05-21-2004, 10:20 PM   #7
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I am afraid you are going to have to spoon feed me here...

The logging in as su is unclear to me..,

The modem is conexant ... found drivers for it at http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/ but it came up with 4 drivers for kernal 2.4.22 http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hsf/...ds-mdk-x86.php not sure which one to use.

For 3D acceleration, do I have to enable it or install a new driver?
 
Old 05-22-2004, 12:22 PM   #8
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On logging in as SU, when you installed your system, you should have been prompted to set a "root" password. You can leave it with no password set, but I do not recommend it.

It is also not recommended to run your system as root user. Some things to understand. Linux was designed to be secure, unlike windoze. Root has the most access to your entire system, including critical system files. A regular user (that is you when you don't log in as root), can not destroy the system by deleting or modifying critical system files. This is by design.

You can log in as root from the logon menu, Mandrake will warn you if you do. If you know what you are doing, it is O.K. to do so, but remember you are dangerous.

So, how do you "fix" things. That is what SU is for. When you log on as SU (root) you can then access system resources to change and fix things up.

To log on as root (SU) open a command prompt. It is labeled Konsole from the Terminals icon in the start menu on a Mandrake system. Once the window opens, look at the type of command prompt you have. If you see a $ sign, you are a regular user, no root privileges. Type in su and press enter. You will be prompted for a password. This is the root password you set during install. Type it in and press enter. If you have typed it correctly, you will get a # sign. Now you are su with root privileges. To log out, type exit. The # will change to a $. Exit again, and the window will close.
 
Old 05-22-2004, 12:29 PM   #9
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okay, I take it that SU means super user then .. I try again later tonight and give an update then...
 
Old 05-22-2004, 03:37 PM   #10
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Okay... 3d acceleration is now a go thanks to the nvidia driveers and the SU login info...

sndconfig command doesnt work in the terminal, apparently it is an 'unrecognised command'..

edit: it is an onboard sound card ( I picked that plug in and play may cause probelms)

modem still being a bugger... sorting that out at the moment
edit: (conexant PCI 56.6k modem trying out linmodems.org)

Last edited by yaustar; 05-22-2004 at 06:21 PM.
 
  


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