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Old 04-19-2001, 06:43 PM   #1
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I thought I was being smart, I'd successfully installed a new hard drive (nae bother) and decided to use my old 4GB hard drive exclusively for Linux. With the pennies I'd robbed from my kiddies' piggy bank, er, with the pennies I'd saved up, I invested in the book 'Sams Teach Yourself Red Hat Linux 7' containing two CDs.

Did all the business, loaded Linux successfully, made a boot disc - Red Hat managed to recognise my soundcard and graphics card - then the penguin started to bite.

No sound, no modem, no control over screen resolution in Gnome.

So here's my questions...

1. Linux recognised my CMI8330 soundcard, so how come I can only play CD audio and not wave or midi? sndconfig played a test sound first, I think it was the sound of a penquin getting strangled..then when it tested midi - nothing.

2. How the heck do you change resolution when in Gnome? (Why are those HowTos so vague?)

3. Ah, the little penguin tells me my modem ain't a modem. I have a WebExcel PCI V90 56kflex fax modem - am I wasting my time trying to configure it? Setserial and the rest are a mystery to me. I have sussed out the IRQ is 10.

4. And since I'm a complete newbie (no really, I am! I know, you'd never have guessed it) I have a particular problem - I can only access the Internet and all those HowTos via Windows - so how can I download an rpm (an installation program I take it), put it on a floppy disc, then reboot and then get Linux to read a DOS formatted floppy?

Ah, memories! Reminds me of the days when I sat in front of a BBC Micro for the first time and wondered how the heck the thing worked. I still don't know.

I'm so looking forward to learning how to use the Cif, er, Ajax, er VIM editor - looks like a piece of cake (yeah, right!)

Remember - a penquin's life is at stake here.
Old 04-20-2001, 06:35 AM   #2
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1. Sound, that is weird that your sound plays CD, plays the test sound which I think is a wav file but midi doesn't play. I personally have never tried playing midi sounds in Linux, someone else might have an answer for you on that one. Once connected to the internet you could either download new drivers for your card or maybe a better program to play those types of files.
2. Well I am sure coming out of a Redhat book, your running Redhat. You can change your resolution by using Xconfigurator at the command line. Either that or you can use the xf86config to configure all your resolution needs.
3. The little penguin might be right, it could be a WINMODEM, did you check to see if it was or know if it is? If it is, you might be out of luck, hence the name WINmodem, it was made for windows. Try, they have a list of winmodems that actually work within Linux. If its not a winmodem, we should be able to get that sucker working.
4. at the command line, you would do this to mount a floppy.

# mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
# cd /mnt/floppy
# ls -l

Then you should be in the floppy directory and then go from there.

Any problems, shout back.
Old 04-20-2001, 07:50 AM   #3
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Thanks trickykid.

Your keystrokes for mounting a DOS floppy are most helpful.

My modem is PCI winmodem and I have just downloaded a Lucent driver that may work with it. If I crash the system, I'll just reload the whole lot - tough guy or what?

The test sound played in sndconfig, was a voice saying 'welcome to hell' or 'welcome to Linux', something like that, I couldn't make it out.

I'll give Xconfigurator a go and see what happens.

Many thanks.

The penguin gets a reprieve - for now.
Old 04-27-2001, 03:35 PM   #4
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You should not be so hard on the poor penguin... it does its best to get things done. Just some computers are harder to work with than others.


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