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Old 06-04-2003, 10:24 PM   #1
The SIN Raven
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Angry NEWBIE here with alot of question... please help... i dont want to go back to XP...


Hi there all broos.
Im really new in Linux world, in fact, im downloading Mandrake 9.1 right now...
Im a massive harcore gamer, and for that i use Windows ME, but i like to work with video, audio and image, and Windows XP is out of the question, thanks for asking, but that crap its not for me...
O.K., i really need help here because i never use Linux, and i dont whant to put it asside because i really belive in it...
First here is mi rig:

Aopen HX08
Aopen 300W
Asus A7V333 (BIOS 1017)
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Thermalright SLK800
2 X 256 DDR PC2700 OCZ Performance Series - CASL 2
Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra750 XP 128MB Golden Sample
Pinnacle PCTV Pro
2 x Realtek RTL8139
SoundBlaster Live 5.1 Player
Maxtor 80GB + 40GB - 7200 RPM - UDMA 133
LG DVD 48X16
O/S: Windows ME

I have the 80GB harddrive in the prymary channel, and i have 2 partitions: 40GB/40GB.
The first one i have installed windows ME, and the second one its for the Mandrake 9.1.
The 40GB hard drive its in the second channel and its only for stroring data...

O.K., mi first question its how do i dual boot?
Remenber im a newbie, does mandrake have any utility like xp to dual boot from the hard drive like windows XP? Please help me with this...

Another question its where can i get aps ro see movies(DIVX, XVID, etc,), and music( MP3)...

What kind of drivers should i install to mi GeForce 4...

What about mi SoundBlaster Live 5.1 Player, creative site does not have any Linux drivers...

I also have a TV Tuner, will it work in Mandrake, its there any drivers for a Pinnacle PCTV Pro?

Thanks for the time broos, i really have a thing that tells me that this experience will be better than XP was...

Best: The SIN Raven

Last edited by The SIN Raven; 06-04-2003 at 10:44 PM.
 
Old 06-04-2003, 10:52 PM   #2
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I really need help, here broos, pleeeease....
 
Old 06-04-2003, 10:55 PM   #3
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Don't know about the tuner card; Check out Xine , XMMS and The Gimp ; Mandrake should handle the dual-boot setup easily (from what I've heard) and will prob load the correct module for the geforce and soundblaster cards.

Oh, BTW- Welcome!

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Old 06-04-2003, 11:04 PM   #4
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Soo, after i install Mandrake, i will have a option menu when i boot the PC, to chose bettwen windows ME and Mandrake, right?

Best: The SIN Raven
 
Old 06-04-2003, 11:08 PM   #5
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All your hardware will work, you will need to download and install the nvidia linux driver and you may need to configure your Live! 5.1 manually to get 5.1 sound, there are plenty of threads about both and a search will provide you with almost all the answers
 
Old 06-04-2003, 11:09 PM   #6
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Yep; a bootloader will show up (grub?) giving you a "Linux" and a "Dos" option to boot into, more than likely
 
Old 06-04-2003, 11:14 PM   #7
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This its a problem that i dont have to care anymore, thanks guys, now i really need some aps like the best cdrw burning software, the best video amd audio player, and a program for mi TV Tuner... anyone with sugestions???
Thanks again...
Best: The SIN Raven

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Old 06-04-2003, 11:26 PM   #8
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first off, i use redhat, so i can't really answer anything that pretains specifically to mandrake.

1. yes, mandrake does come with a bootloader that will allow you to dual boot.

2. for your movies, you may need to get the divx and xvid codecs. you can get divx4linux from divx.com and try rpmfind for xvid. you only need to do this unless mandrake doesn't come with them, of course. next, you will need a movie player, which mandrake will probably come with. i prefer mplayer. for music, im pretty sure mandrake comes with xmms, so you shouldn't have a problem.

3. i also have a geforce4 and soundblaster5.1. for the vidcard, u can get the lastest linux drivers from nvidia.com. for your soundcard, mandrake should automatically detect the card during installation, and will use the emu10k1 module. actually getting 5.1 channel output is another matter (which i have yet to do).

4. i've never used a tv tuner card, so i can't help you there :\

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Old 06-04-2003, 11:57 PM   #9
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I've just installed Mandrake 9.1, myself, and I think that it's a good choice for those just starting. Don't worry about finding apps for any task... they're all out there. RPMFIND is a great reference, xyance. Once downloaded, Mandrake will install an RPM just by double clicking on it. I didn't have any trouble installing dual boot with mandrake, although I run lilo, not grub. Just make sure you pick the right partition! Mandrake will install to the partition you chose, and point to any other OS's on other partitions. (You can edit /etc/lilo.conf later to change the boot selection menu, if you use lilo). I also have an nvidia card, and they've got easy to run RPMs for every flavor of *nix. Kudos to nvidia! Enough for now, just keep asking and we'll guide you through it.
 
Old 06-05-2003, 12:08 AM   #10
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Thanks guys, you are really helping me here...
Im really excited hith this, but i will have to whait a litle because i have a slow connection...
Man i cant whait to try it...
Again thanks for the help...
I need help with the tv tunner now...
Best: The SIN Raven

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Old 06-05-2003, 12:13 AM   #11
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search and get MPLAYER, XMMS for your audio and video.......
as for CD-RW XCDROAST works for me.....but there are other options.
 
Old 06-05-2003, 08:52 AM   #12
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My TV Tuner card worked from the start with Mandrake 9.0 when I was trying it out.. The software was installed, and I just had to setup the channels!

About your current OS.. You are using WinME, which is debateabily (sp?) a beta for the OS between Win2k and WinXP.. If you really are a gamer, you should get WinXP because it has better support and the bloat CAN be turned off very easily.. VERY easily!
 
Old 06-05-2003, 09:19 AM   #13
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If you are a gamer as I am You will just love the speed of native games for linux such as Quake 3 and Soldier of Fortune . It's nothing to compare with Windows in speed and graphics quality...
 
Old 06-05-2003, 09:48 AM   #14
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About that TV card. In Mandrake 9.1 and 9 there is a tool to set up tv tuner cards. Just go into mandrake 9.1 control center, click on the hardware tab and there is a tool in there that helps set up tv cards.
Have fun,
 
Old 06-05-2003, 10:32 AM   #15
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Thanks again broos...
Speaking of gamming, can i download the Linux patch for quake III, UT2K3, etc., and install a Windows Version of the games...
Will the windows versions work if i aply the linux patch, or will i need the linux version of the games???
For instance i have heretic II(windows version), and i have downloaded the patch for Linux port. Will i be able to setup a server for running a coop game for me and mi friends???
Again thanks broos...
Best: the SIN Raven

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