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Old 07-14-2003, 04:49 AM   #1
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Vmware Question

Here's the situation:
My current setup is a dual boot environment. I have windows XP on a partition and debian on the other. Since Linux does not support my wireless card yet I'm using vmware to boot into my linux partition so I can have 'wireless' in linux.

My question is...when I pick in LILO to go to Debian instead of windows everything seems normal. Except......the next time I try to boot debian w/in VMWARE, X will not load....says something about failing to initialize core devices....

I've tried saving my XF86Config-4 file and restoring it, but it does not work. In order to do it I have to delete the virtual machine and create a whole new one.

What exactly is happening? What should I look for so that I don't have to go through all this trouble if I want to boot straight into Linux.

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I don't know if X Window Server can load up a selected script, but you can try making a bash script that finds out what video device is detected. This can be as simple as typing cat /proc/pci | grep -i video_card_name. Then load the apprioate XF86Config-4 or XF86Config files. You have to put the script right before X Window Server runs.

You can always use a NIC card and find a device that converts wired ethernet to wireless. I have seen some on the internet. Make sure the device that you get complies to the wireless protocol for your network.

Also you need to install VMWARE tools to make X Window Server to work they way you want it.
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so the only thing that gets changed is the XF86Config-4? Because I tried to load in the old one in vmware again and it still wouldn't work. Or do I need both the XF86Config and XF86Config-4?

Any ideas on a script I can write to do what electro says?


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