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Old 04-30-2006, 11:28 AM   #1
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New To Linux

I'm a complete noob when it comes to this system, when I try to start Kopete and connect the messenger for Hotmail it says my password isn't correct everytime and won't connect. Also I can't hear any sound from the computer my speakers are hooked up correctly and I have tried multiple sources for music yet it still won't work. Please help me with this.

Old 04-30-2006, 11:32 AM   #2
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Well, you could start by telling what distribution you are on .
Old 04-30-2006, 11:51 AM   #3
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when I try to start Kopete and connect the messenger for Hotmail it says my password isn't correct everytime and won't connect
I had this problem too trying to set up Kopete for my sister. I tried aMSN and it works OK, you might want to try that.

As for your sound problem, noone can help you with that until you supply some information. Note though, that alsa defaults to a volume level of zero, so the first thing to do is to run a mixer (e.g. alsamixer) and ensure the volume is turned up.
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Mandrake 10.1 and I tried downloading AMSN which brings me to my next problem, I have never succsesfully downloaded anything on Linux.

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Old 04-30-2006, 01:55 PM   #5
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What exact problem do you have trying to download? What program/command(s) are you using to download aMSN? You're going to need to provide more detailed descriptions of what we're doing, because there are a number of different ways to download and install thingsin Linux.
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Like I said I'm totally new at this so excuse my ignorance. At AMSN I go to the 32 bit download menu and choose one and it never downloads I don't know what to do.
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Hmmm, for total newbies I recommend Ubuntu linux, it's incredibly easy to use and the community is soo friendly, besides it comes with Gaim already installed which you can use to connect to MSN, AIM, Yahoo and many others. It also comes with this neat application called Synaptic from which you can download and install about anything you will ever need, from an FTP server to a 3D chess game.

Anyway, I haven't used Mandrake so I'm not sure exactly how easy/complicated it would be to solve your problem under that distro, but I recommend switching to Ubuntu it's awesome if you're a newbie.
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Where would I get Ubuntu??
Old 04-30-2006, 03:21 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Tux_2006
Where would I get Ubuntu??
right here

they also have an excellent support system as well


on a side note, you might want to consider kubuntu, as it's kde based, and to me a little easier to navigate and stuff...

*edit again...

on another side note, mandrake is an rpm based distro, meaning it uses rpm packages to install programs and stuff. so if you're not up to changing distros yet, you might wanna read a bit about rpm distro's and other good linux stuff at rute

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Old 04-30-2006, 03:48 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Tux_2006
Where would I get Ubuntu??
If you have mandrake/mandriva installed why would you want to try Ubuntu ???

Anyhow, the secret to your current woes, is easy urpmi.

You literally follow the instructions (don't bother with selecting "show specific sources too" or the compressed list option at the bottom of section 3). Then open a terminal (konsole or whatever you want to call it - theres usually an icon on your tool/menu bar).

Then issue the command
su -
Enter the root password and hit enter

then highlight the result of your selections from the easy urpmi site, right click and copy.

then back to the opened terminal, right click and paste.

It usually starts automatically - if it doesn't, you may have to hit return.

The results of this, are that you will have selected repositories for main, contrib, updates, plf-free and plf-nonfree, so that when you open the mandrake/mandriva control centre (or maybe listed as "configure my computer") you then have the remote sources for mandrake/mandriva rpms - and yes it's probably better to use them until you get your head round using a linux system a bit more.

In the MCC/Configure my computer app, in the software manager section, you will probably see 4 "offerings". 1 to add software, 1 to remove software, 1 for updates and 1 to check the sources that you have set.

The 1 for checking the sources that are set, well, I always delete the sources that are related to the installation CD's/DVD so that I know where it's all coming from, plus the packages on the CD are usually out of date (and yes quite a few of them will be, as 10.1 is quite old now - current being mandriva 2006, which is equivalent to 10.3).

From there, you can just then open the section of the software manager that is for installing software, you will see a full list of whats available (yes it is best to have the "bugfixes", Security fixes and normal updates selected in the relevant boxes - I can't remember whether thats only in the updates window though).

Theres plenty of IM clients that will do the job and you won't have to have the stress of trying to install stuff from source (even after 4 years, I try not to do that as it can easily lead to "dependency hell").



p.s. Oh and theres usually plenty of assistance available at the distro forums (Mandrake/Mandriva) section or at mandriva users


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