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Old 08-12-2004, 04:34 AM   #1
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Question RedHat9.0 1st-timer

Hi everyone,

i'm totally new to linux. i've just installed RH9.0 but encounter these problems:

1. After installing, i can't boot from the hard disk. The hard disk is a new one and there is no other OS inside it except RH9.0. So for the time being i'm using the floppy boot-up disk everytime i on the PC. May i know how i can boot from the hard disk? I hv set the BIOS setup as follows:1. HDD0, 2. CDROM, 3. FDD.

2. i can't read the whole screen of some windows. This is despite after changing from a 14" monitor to a 15" one. The screen is even larger when it is set at 800 x 600 resolution, so temporary i've to settle at 640 x 480, which allows me to view about 75% of the windows size. Is there anyway i can see the whole screen of the windows?

3. i hv problem setting up a LAN. The server is running on RH 9.0 platform but the clients are on Windows 98 SE. Can i setup a LAN based on this combination of OS? If yes, how may i setup such network?

Really appreciate if any of you can assist. A big thank you in advance.


Old 08-12-2004, 04:49 AM   #2
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1. )to boot from the harddisk u need to install lilo or grub
these options are asked while u were installing rh 9.0

2.) was ur monitor detected duting install and did u change your monitor after instaalation of redhat 9.0

to change ur screen size try
ctrl+del+(-,+) 3-4 times which will give different resolutions

3.)yes you can access windows machines and vice-versa
for this u need to setup samba server working

you have to edit the
/etc/samba/smb.conf file

Old 08-12-2004, 05:31 AM   #3
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I would suggest using a different distro (if you have that system connected to the internet that is) - Redhat 9 hasn't been supported since april 30th afaik. In other words there is no security patch support for it. It's like running an unpatched winXP, just a matter of time when it will be hacked.

SuSE and Mandrake are both good options for people new to Linux.
Old 08-12-2004, 10:11 AM   #4
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if u r comfortable with working on redhat 9.0 then u can upgrade to fedora core 2.

i hope we have patches for fedora core 2 available

Old 08-13-2004, 12:01 AM   #5
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Thanks masand and vrln for your kind assistance.

To masand,

1. i chose grub as the loader during installation...i've tried the installation twice but it still couldn't boot from the hard disk.

2. the monitor was detected n so was the vga chipset....the monitor appeared as probed monitor on the installation screen and S3 Prosavage for the vga
i've tried crtl+alt+(+/-) to change the resolution and the best view that i got still couldn't show the full screen of the window....and as for ctrl+del+(+/-), when can i use this method coz i tried this just now and there is no changes to the windows size

3. what is the command to edit /etc/samba/smb.conf file coz i tried vi /etc/samba/smb.conf but there are so many comments in the file, can i simply change the comments in the file?

To masand and vrln:

Yea, thanks for informing about the unavailability of the patches anymore for should i really change to suse/mandrake/fedora core2 and if yes which version of suse/mandrake should i use....

Please advise.

thanks again

Old 08-13-2004, 12:09 AM   #6
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hi below is my smb.conf GLOBAL SECTION
the name if my workgroup is invincible and it is edited with my personal commnents too.
see if it helps
after changing ur file try


this will see if e verything is okay in smb.connf file

#service smb restart

then #smbclient -L hostname

will show u the shares of that hostname

#smbmount '//<ip of host>/<share name>' <directory where u want to mount the share>

also u nees to add some users using
# smbadduser

# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name
workgroup = invincible

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
server string = Gaurav at Linux
#this string will appear with name of the machine

# This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict
# connections to machines which are on your local network. The
# following example restricts access to two C class networks and
# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see
# the smb.conf man page
hosts allow = 192.168.0. 127.
#allow host of range

# if you want to automatically load your printer list rather
# than setting them up individually then you'll need this
;printcap name = /etc/printcap
;load printers = yes

# It should not be necessary to spell out the print system type unless
# yours is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:
# bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx, cups
;printing = cups

# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd
# otherwise the user "nobody" is used
; guest account = pcguest

# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
#log file for each machine that connects to this samba server

# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
max log size = 5000
#specifies unlimited log size
# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
# security_level.txt for details.
#security level for workgroup computers involving win 2000, XP

# Use password server option only with security = server
# The argument list may include:
# password server = My_PDC_Name [My_BDC_Name] [My_Next_BDC_Name]
# or to auto-locate the domain controller/s
password server = *
; password server = <NT-Server-Name>

#required for domains where usernames and passwords are configrmed through a server

# Password Level allows matching of _n_ characters of the password for
# all combinations of upper and lower case.
; password level = 8
; username level = 8
#checks for all combinatiions of UPPERCASE and LOWERCASE since windows is case insensitive but linux is case sensitive

# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.
# Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd
#all windows versions do not supprt encrypted passwords

# The following is needed to keep smbclient from spouting spurious errors
# when Samba is built with support for SSL.
; ssl CA certFile = /usr/share/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt

#used for providing a securer socket layer trans

# The following are needed to allow password changing from Windows to
# update the Linux system password also.
# NOTE: Use these with 'encrypt passwords' and 'smb passwd file' above.
# NOTE2: You do NOT need these to allow workstations to change only
# the encrypted SMB passwords. They allow the Unix password
# to be kept in sync with the SMB password.
unix password sync = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *New*password* %n\n *Retype*new*password* %n\n *passwd:*all*authentication*tokens*updated*successfully*

# when passwords are changed what text will apear

# You can use PAM's password change control flag for Samba. If
# enabled, then PAM will be used for password changes when requested
# by an SMB client instead of the program listed in passwd program.
# It should be possible to enable this without changing your passwd
# chat parameter for most setups.

pam password change = yes
#secure passwords by Pluggable authentication module

# Unix users can map to different SMB User names
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers

#allow users mapping from smbusers file only

# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
; include = /etc/samba/smb.conf.%m

# for saving profiles of machines, name of machine replaces %m

# This parameter will control whether or not Samba should obey PAM's
# account and session management directives. The default behavior is
# to use PAM for clear text authentication only and to ignore any
# account or session management. Note that Samba always ignores PAM
# for authentication in the case of encrypt passwords = yes

obey pam restrictions = yes

# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See speed.txt and the manual pages for details
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192

# changing buffer sizes for better load management

# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
# If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them
# here. See the man page for details.
; interfaces =

#for more than oe NIC cards

# Configure remote browse list synchronisation here
# request announcement to, or browse list sync from:
# a specific host or from / to a whole subnet (see below)
; remote browse sync = 192.168.0

#sends list of shares to a network or a browse master

# Cause this host to announce itself to local subnets here
remote announce =

#my network is 192.168.0

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
; local master = no

# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
# elections. The default value should be reasonable
; os level = 33

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
; domain master = yes

# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup
# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
; preferred master = yes

# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for
# Windows95 workstations.
; domain logons = yes

# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or
# per user logon script
# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
; logon script = %m.bat
# run a specific logon batch file per username
; logon script = %U.bat

# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)
# %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username
# You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
; logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
; wins support = yes

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
; wins server = w.x.y.z

# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
# at least one WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
; wins proxy = yes

# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions 1.9.17 is yes,
# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.
dns proxy = no

# Case Preservation can be handy - system default is _no_
# NOTE: These can be set on a per share basis
; preserve case = no
; short preserve case = no
# Default case is normally upper case for all DOS files
; default case = lower
# Be very careful with case sensitivity - it can break things!
; case sensitive = no


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