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Old 12-01-2004, 08:22 PM   #16
Post Modern
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Thanks jonr:

You've been a great help - I tried it both ways - deleting the account and adding a new account with the same name (that didn't work) and deleting the account and adding a user with a new name -

And that worked !!!

The system is now purring !!!

However: I get a Critical Error when the system tries to load the drivers.

But, that doesn't stop it from bring up 10.1 in the least.... somebody did some nice work putting this one togeather.

(I think -) it's something to do with my CpIO cam - it doesn't agree with the Netmeeting .pgm (which I'll never use).

I'm not really sure - the startup routine goes by so fast that I can only pick out a word or two at a time every time I start the system.

Wish I could figure out how to slow down the startup, so I could actually read what the hell it's doing... but that's another thread......

ANYhow - I'm not sure if that was the original problem or not -

But: when I get to the first page of the user account, everything, and I mean everything works just fine....

I can even get images from the CpIO cam !!!

I don't know what the Critical Error was/is, but apparently it looks like a program clash(ing with another program during load-up) -

AND, as everything works, I'm just going to leave it alone and enjoy the new flavor of mandrakelinux until I learn enough to figure out what it was....

Thanks for all the help, and the differing viewpoints - you got my grey matter bubbling again....


<<sorry 'bout the edit - apparently you can have too many smilies in your post for some reason known only to the MaD gOdZ>>

Last edited by Post Modern; 12-01-2004 at 08:47 PM.
Old 12-02-2004, 07:00 AM   #17
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You might try:

tail -n 100 /var/log/messages


tail -n 100 /var/log/dmesg

and see if you can find clues as to what that critical error is.

The "-n 100" part tells the tail program (which shows the last-written, or tail-end, remarks in
various logs) to limit output to 100 lines. You can change it at will.

You have to run these commands as root, not surprisingly. Don't forget to be careful what you
do as root, since a slip of the keyboard fingers can wipe out your whole installation very
easily. After a while you will get a sense for when you're in "dangerous" territory and when
not, though. One good thing to do is ALWAYS try to be aware of what directory you're working
in. The command "pwd" (either root or normal user) tells you. (Present Working Directory.)

If you're in / or root directory (not the same as the directory NAMED "root" by the way), you
need to always think five or six times before doing anything as root. That's where you have
immense and dangerous control.

Not trying to frighten you but Linux doesn't baby users when it comes to fundamental system

Anyway, try looking at all the various logs in /var/log using the tail or less (file-reading) command.
At least you'll get a feel for what they look like and something of what they contain.


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