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Old 11-30-2010, 06:03 AM   #1
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Strange keyboard problem in rhel5

dear friends I am facing a very strange problem. I am using rhel5 server release 3 in my compaq c700 laptop. Kernal version My problem is that at login screen my keyboard not working. At every other places like in win7 ( dual boot el5+win 7) it works fine even at stratup screen in linux if I try to type something everything works fine.
What I did prior to it just tried to install oracle 10g EE release 2 and changed some files according to it like
/etc/sysctl.conf, /etc/security/limits.conf, /etc/pam.d/login and bash_profile. and created a user group oradba and a user oracle. and then restarted the system. everything seemed fine then after thet I tried to run runInstaller which showed some error which I dont remember but it required xorg-x11-deprecated-libs package so downloaded and installed and then I had to restart due to some reason so restarted but after that my whole keyboard stopped working in login screen and now I am unable to access my rhel5 and I am writing this post from win 7. please help guys I am really unable to understand how installation of oracle is related to my keyboard problem. and sorry for such a long post. lastly please forgive me for any error in my post because this is my first post

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Old 11-30-2010, 11:43 PM   #2
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but it required xorg-x11-deprecated-libs
let me see if i understand
you installed OLDER versions on something ontop of the correct versions ?
if so reinstall the CORRECT RHEL5 version using "yum"

contact your paid for support that you did buy from redhat
and for the oracle 10 support ask there paid for support ( it is not a 100% "free " program )

just HOW did you install the older version of this ?? unknown named program ?
so downloaded and installed
just what and HOW and from where

also keep in mind that RHEL 5 was NEVER designed or intended to be ran on a laptop
and rhel5 with a oracle 10 DB was also NEVER designed for use on a laptop
Old 12-01-2010, 01:45 AM   #3
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May be you are right. I am a newbie and thought of learning rhel5 and oracle so just installed everything on my lappy and started experimenting on it because I have nobody to teach me linux & I am desperate to learn. And about xorg I downloaded its rpm from net & just installed. & about support if both rhel and oracle's support are not free then there is any way i can learn free.& If both things are not designed for use on laptop and I want to learn them , then how can I learn?? lastly thanks for your reply.
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A few things
1) RHEL is not free
there is a "free" version but you can not install any new software on it .There are NO security updates .The main way to install software "yum" dose not work

so buy a license - RHEL6 is the current
or use the FREE community version CentOS

however rhel/cent are not designed for laptops .
They will run on most but not all laptops and somethings like the sound and the microphone might need to be manually set up
CentOS and laptops are not a good mix , unless you have years of working experience .

2) the oracle database ???

unless you MUST use it for a program there is a better and FREE one MySQL
mysql is also installed in most linux distros
for example
CentOS has mysql DB, & Apache -web server installed by default ( just not turned on )

For a new user i would recommend that you install Ubuntu or Mint .
Both are designed for ease of use by new users
has links to them
also the Ubuntu forum is a very good place to learn things .

also for learning some of the basics
search this forum there are links to online books and tutorials all over the place
like this one - a bit old but it covers the basics for the command line - terminal , text only ( bash, csh,zsh)

but one thing is very important
READ the documentation for what ever distro you install
both Ubuntu and Mint are very well documented
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Ubuntu and Mint are recommended for newbies but the problem is that even the basic softwares like "gcc" compiler/"man" pages/"open-office" and many others (which I don't remember right now) have to be downloaded from the internet. You need to have a speedy internet connection going on.

and if due to the side effects of experimenting, you need to reinstall the OS (which I do very often), you'll again have to download all the softwares.

Therefore I recommend Mandriva:


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