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alexdusso 05-06-2007 02:23 PM

why linux don't reconized my cd,dvd + why can't I change the screen resolution
Hi everybody!

O.k. I'm new to linux, I think the installation went well, cause I'm able to speak to you ;)

But now, I don't know were to start. First, how do I get my cd-dvd player to work? I though, I just had to insert my cd but it doesn't seem to boot? Is it supposed to?

Second, why can't I change the resolution of my screen? the only choice I have is 640-480.

I've try to understand all the response in the forum about 3D an configuration. But like I said, I don't know where to start. When your speaking of the commands and the /dev/... is it on the x mode or the (dos like) mode?

You see I've try slax linux live cd before slackware and it was quite simple. On the Internet page you only have to download the module,the double-click on it and all is auto install. So I'm rather confused.


Hern_28 05-06-2007 02:33 PM

More info?
What distribution of linux did you install and what hardware is on your computer?

alexdusso 05-06-2007 09:22 PM

I've installed slackware 11.0
with sata kernel.

I have a IBM netvista 8303-42u with:
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (512KB), 256MB, 40GB 7200RPM IDE HDD, PCI Desktop (4x3), Intel Extreme Graphics,Intel 10/100 Ethernet.

My screen is a Optiquest Q7 LCD 17''

And my dvd-rw his a lg : dvd ram gsa-h10n


GrapefruiTgirl 05-06-2007 09:44 PM

Hi Alexdusso :) Welcome to Slackware! You will no doubt find Slackware more challenging than Slax, but just as much pleasure once you get the hang of it.
As for the screen resolution, please provide a tiny bit more information about the model of the video hardware you have. Next, the file you need to edit to get stuff like video resolutions and the like, is located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf. You will need to configure the file for your hardware, device driver, and screen/display setup.
If you search LQ here for 'xorg.conf' and '<insert-your-video-device-here>' you will get a great head start.
Also, read the manual page for the xorg.conf file by typing 'man xorg.conf' in a console. It's chock full of stuff about setting up your video config file. Remember, you need to be root to edit the file, and after saving changes, you must restart X either by CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE or by 'telinit 1' then log back in as root and type 'telinit 4'.
As for the CD player, what do you mean 'should it boot' ?? If you have linux loaded, and want to use a CD, you must 'mount' the device somewhere. With 2.6 kernel, it is much easier to automount CD's and things, but with 2.4 as I recall, it uses hotplug to detect the CD-player, but after you stick a disk in it, you need to mount the CD. Read 'man mount' and 'man fstab' for lots of info.
Basically, you need to make a 'mount point' which is a folder where the CD contents will appear when it is mounted. ALso, you need to edit the file /etc/fstab which tells the machine how/where to mount a type of media. Here's an example:

/dev/fd0        /media/floppy                auto                defaults,noauto,user        0 0
/dev/hdc        /media/DVDROM                udf,iso9660        defaults,noauto,user,ro        0 0
/dev/hdd        /media/CDROM                udf,iso9660        defaults,noauto,user,ro        0 0

These are 3 lines from /etc/fstab. The first tells the machine to mount floppies on /media/floppy, the filetype 'auto' tells the system to try a bunch of filesystems until it figures out what is on the disk. The other options, you can read about in 'man fstab'
The second line is for my DVD ROM device (/dev/hdc). it gets mounted on /media/DVDROM, and the filetypes possible for a DVD are UDF or ISO9660. Same for the last line, for my CDROM (/dev/hdd) which gets mounted on /media/CDROM.
Mounting points ( folders) must exist before mounting any device to them.
I hope this helps you some; likely you will have some more questions if you are very new to this, so please ask away :) and good luck!

Hern_28 05-07-2007 09:49 AM

Think sata.i install is 2.4 kernel
You might need to add scsi emulation for the drive. see this thread for more instructions:

and for the video need to download and install the current driver for your video card.

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