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Old 10-02-2002, 01:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy sandbox lockout...

Hi all
This August I finally installed a dual-boot Mandrake7.0 distro I've had around for a while.
I had numerous problems trying to install, and finally my PC-pro sister did what she frankly described as a 'quick and dirty install'
Shortly after she left, my USB trackball failed [in Linux].
After some days of [self] hair pulling, I solved many Logitech cordless trackball issues in WIn98 by setting it as a PS/2, and removing stand-by function for the system.

I have spread requests for assistance around various Linux lands, and hope to actually try some of what I've picked up...soon...I'm feeling disappointed about the whole thing so far...
I hope one of the mulitudinous e-mails I downloaded includes just how one accesses a text console with no pointer [Linus not recognizing ANYTHING, including 3-button mouse, serial/PS2/USB.

Before I leap into my nerve fray, can anyone give me some general advice about changing distros? I'd prefer to keep to Mandrake, because I have much treecorpse on it [came with], but am willing to entertain another with better peripheral recognition! Also, if I go that route, should I/could I uninstall old one ?[it's on secondary HD] I have been reading about someone else's attempts to do same, and without someone looking over my shoulder, I'm not sure I want to go looking for Linux files, even on freedisks...

Thanks for any thoughts
Old 10-02-2002, 03:55 PM   #2
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Usb support has gotten better and better over the kernel/distro versions - mandrake 7.0 is quite old: current version is 9.0

If you're looking to obtain different distros, you can download cd images (to burn using your cd-writer), these can usually be found on the website of the distro's maker. If downloading isos isn't an option, there's probably someone in canada who'll send you discs for a few bucks each. Failing that, you can buy a boxed distribution (same thing, but with paper manuals, essentially).

You can access a text console with ctrl+alt+F1,2,3 etc. Multiple consoles=handy.

As for installing new/deleting old, it can go very smoothly. As long as you're very careful not to give the installer permission to wipe your other OS partitions or anything. I assume that you've got nothing in your linux partitions that you mind losing?

Most of the angst tends to come from getting boot managers configured. Even if you have trouble with this, it tends to be difficult to completely fritz your system, since windows has handy tools for wiping the linux boot configuration in favour of its own.
Old 10-02-2002, 04:04 PM   #3
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i wouldn't use USB in linux, try not to because its just a pain when you have a perfectly good PS/2 port there. theres no use and its not like your going to get any better performance. save yourself the frustration.

try debian/linux, its very customizable and the netinstall is a breeze. you'll prolly need help configuring X becuase that never works out of the box. thankfully my neighbor is a linux guru and he setup some of my box.

debian linux has a great feature, apt-get. wonderful i must say. u type in what software you want and it will find it off the mirror and go install it. it can also upgrade your debian distrobution without having to restart or logout.

good luck!


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