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Old 08-01-2003, 11:29 PM   #1
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Question Mandrake 9.1 missing apps


I'm a total newbie with linux, so please bear with me. I downloaded the Mandrake 9.1 iso's from one of the mirrors off the Mandrake site, and after burning them, installed it. The installation went off without a hitch, but once I got logged in, I noticed that my menu options were severely limited, with most of it missing. I could find some stuff under /usr/, but the environment doesn't show anything in the menus. In addition, some apps, such as netscape, are completely missing. I've tried using both KDE and Gnome.

Also, neither environment will let me browse the contents of any mounted drives or the configuration tools that are supposed to be supplied. All I ever see is a brief animation of a window painting, but then it disappears. Occasionally, I will get that message that an application has crashed or that it doesn't exist, but it's not consistent.

I'm sure that you guys will need more specific information, but I'm not sure what to give. Anybody got any ideas?

 
Old 08-02-2003, 12:53 AM   #2
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Talking Same thing here

I had the same problem when I installed mine. Here's how to fix. Go into control center and configuration , then other and Menudrake. Type in your root password. When the screen comes up click on the button 'Menu Style'. When that screen somes up, click on "All applications". Then click OK. Click the button 'save", this may take a bit depending on your system speed. You should have all apps in your menu now.

You may notice that it starts out in the sys admin mode for some reason. I dun no why though.

Enjoy Mandrake. It's great In My Humble Opinion, IMHO.

 
Old 08-02-2003, 09:22 AM   #3
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Hmm. I can't find the DrakConf stuff anywhere. What directory is it in? The little configure icon on the taskbar does nothing when I click it, and then it disappears after a while.

Also, if I try to open any file through Konqueror, I get the message, "The application Konqueror crashed and caused the signal 11 (SIGSEGV)." Please somebody help me with this. I really want to get it running, but I'm clueless about what to do next, short of downloading another distro.
 
Old 08-02-2003, 09:35 AM   #4
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Lightbulb This might help some

When I say 'control center', that's the same thing as 'start' in windows. It may look like a gear with a 'K' on top of it in KDE or a footprint in Gnome. It should always be in the lower left corner. When you click there and the menu comes up just put your mouse on top of the names listed above. When you get to the last one, Menudrake, left click. It should open.
The signal 11 is common. I used to have it to. It could be a bad download. I bought my CD's from http://www.cheapbytes.com/. It's cheap and they check them too. I think it was $11.00 or so. What version of Mandrake are you using? I got that a lot in 8.2.

I wouldn't change distro. Mandrake is best for newbies. I'm one to. It just takes a little getting used to. It's not windows though.

 
Old 08-02-2003, 10:53 AM   #5
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That's what's so crazy... the control center doesn't show all the selections that it should. When I click on the K-Gear Icon in the lower left, the menu only shows:

Bookmarks
Recent Documents
Quick Browser
<seperator>
Run Command...
<seperator>
Lock Screen
Logout
 
Old 08-02-2003, 11:04 AM   #6
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Exclamation Ooooops

Sounds like something didn't get installed properly. Can you do a reinstall without messing up anything else on your system, XP, Win 98 etc? How much space do you have on your hard drive for Linux? It sounds like you have the very basic install. Good for command line but not for GUI.
I'll try to check and see what you need while you are responding.
Hang in there, a good install will amaze you. I don't even use windoze anymore.


 
Old 08-02-2003, 11:53 AM   #7
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I have a 6.4 GB hard drive that I installed Linux on. I can wipe and repartition that drive without interfereing with XP at all...

You think it could be the iso's that I dl'ed?
 
Old 08-02-2003, 12:02 PM   #8
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Lightbulb Possible, not likely

Bad download is possible but if you have a good connection and didn't get errors during the install probably not. I think you just did a really basic install which is what it does unless you tell it otherwise.

I'm going to have to to get the info for what to install. I usually just put a "X" in all the boxes on the left side except for 'development' and let it go. Development is for programmers mostly.

I'll post back in a bit with info.

 
Old 08-02-2003, 12:49 PM   #9
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Lightbulb OK here's some more info

This is a list of the options you have when you get just past the partition part and select what you want to install. Here you go:

Office Workstation | This is Open Office etc, like Microsoft office sort of.
Game Station | This is some games for Linux, nothing fancy that I found though
Multimedia Station | This is for when you have a CD Player/Writer etc
Internet Station | This has all the internet stuff, Mozilla, KPPP etc. You need this one.
Network Computer | If you are on a LAN you will need this. I installed it anyway.
Configuration | this has menudrake and all the other config tools you need. You need this one.
Scietific Workstation | This has the calculator and some other scientific stuff. You may not want this one.
Console Tools | The is all the console tools. You need this one.
Development | This is for programmers, but some software may need some of it. I usually install as I need it later. No problem waiting.
Documentation | This is all the how to's. You need this one for sure.
LSB | This is for third party software installs from what I have read. I would put on just in case.

When your screen comes up I don't recommend you uncheck any boxes. You need to put a 'X' next to the one I put 'You need this one' at the end of.

If you get this installed, you should see a big difference in Mandrake. I usually install it all. You have enough drive space to do the same.
When you do your partitions, choose custom, and have one 'swap' and one '/'. The swap needs to be 1Gb - system memory. Thats a good balance. The reason for only '/' is so you don't have to worry about having the wrong size partitions and running out of space.

Hope this helps. Also see my 'How to' here:
http://www.justlinux.com/forum/showt...hreadid=108583

 
Old 08-02-2003, 02:41 PM   #10
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I just finished reinstalling. I gave the Swap Partition a Gig, and I made the rest the root partition. I selected everything under the workstation setup options during the install (in the list you specified). The system booted to the bash shell instead of straight to KDE, but that was the only difference. Absolutely no change in the way the command menu behaves and I can't execute any programs using the mouse.
ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!


 
Old 08-02-2003, 04:38 PM   #11
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If you login and type "startx" what happens. This may be a hardware or video driver problem. If it is you should get a error message when it bashes the startx command. It will likely start with "EE". What kind of video card do you have? Please tell me it's NVIDIA.

 
  


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