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Old 10-26-2004, 07:55 AM   #1
Pete Abel
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Question Slackware is elegant, but...


This is my first post in a linux forum. Im definitely a newbie.

Ive been using Microsoft software for a decade now. And recently having a distro of Linux has become inevitable!

Ive read alot about all the distros out there, and Ive tried SuSE 9.0 Pro, it wasnt what I was looking for, add to that the fact that it really didnt "feel right", if I may say so.

So I decided to go for Slackware 10, and wow, thats what I call an OS! the installation wasnt as user-friendly as SuSE, but I managed, thanks to this website and other Linux websites.

Slackware Linux is very very elegant, it fits like a glove, it "feels right", its fast, and its very "light" although I installed the whole thing (about 3GB).

I had a couple of problems though, the video card settings (nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200), and the integrated sound settings.

I still have some questions I'd like to ask regarding issues I still have problems with:

1) I tried to install RealPlayer 8. I tried to do that using a .bin file, and I was logged in as "user". RP8 was installed but RP started acting weird, it opens, but u cant see anything, its just a black window, and its takes alot of time for it to close, usually I need to kill it!

after rebooting I got a very weird message in CLI mode, it was sth like: "run Clean Disk" or sth like that, I wonder what that meant???

2) How to uninstall RP8 that was installed using a .bin file???

3) later, I tried installing it using [pkgtool] and a .tgz file and installed beautifully, but RP still didnt open properly, and gave me that black window that doesnt close, Whats causing that???

4) I try to keep an eye on "RAM usage", and it starts with about 100MB, yet a couple of hours later it goes up to about 300 or 400 MB, How can this be explained???

Your answers are appreciated.

Pete Abel
Old 10-26-2004, 08:29 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ Pete

Unfortunately i do not know all the answers to your questions, but ahve you tried downloading the new Realplayer from it's awesome

As for your RAM issue, read this thread

I hope this helps
Old 10-26-2004, 08:39 AM   #3
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Thank you

Thanks minm for the link about 'RAM', now i know a lil bit more about Linux.
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

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