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Old 09-01-2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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Windows smb Mounting Issues - Linux Laptop


I am test driving Linux distros on a Compaq V5102 laptop. I have got wireless working on PCLinuxOS liveCD and can connect to WEP at the office. (I'm using ndiswrapper)

Here are some issues I have to overcome before I can install any distro: (Can I overcome these using LiveCDs? The liveCD won't allow you to install any missing packages so my config abilities may be limited?)

When I run smb4k I can see our file server (it is running Windows 2003 server). It needs authentication in order to access. I can mount it but it doesn't ask for authentication and when I open the directory it shows 0 files/folders. I can preview the server and I can authenticate in preview. Preview will show me all the contents of the directory but I cannot mount it authenticated or authenticate after mounting. What am I missing?

I have tried to see the fileserver in "Manage Samba Mount Points" in the PCLinuxOS Control Center but it doesn't show up (although several other computers do show up).

Also network printers do not show up in the add printer dialogs. Do I need to do something different to see network printers?

I am going to test LiveCD versions of:
OpenSuse10 (if it works out I will probably buy SLED 10)
Kubuntu 6.06.1
Mepis 6.0
Freespire 1.013

in addition to PCLinuxOS (which is installed on my kids desktop pc and works great with their wireless nic. Mandriva 2006 is on my desktop pc. Mandriva never handles wireless well but my pc is hardwired.)

If anyone still cares about my ramblings... the specs on the Compaq V5102 are:
Listed as a V5000
AMD Mobile Sempron 1.8ghz
ATI Mobility Radeon Xpress 200M (128mb shared memory)
512mb memory... upgraded to 1gig (net: 896mb)
Broadcom 4318 wireless card (works with ndiswrapper using winXP driver bcmwl5a.inf)
Realtek RTL8139/810x ethernet
Synaptics Touchpad
Conexant AC-Link Audio
AC97 Soft data fax modem
60gig HD
DVD Rom/CD RW

One final question:
I understand that the ATI driver flgrx doesn't handle suspend and hibernate so... Is there a quick/easy way to run the flgrx driver when I'm using the laptop on AC power and then switch to the generic 2D driver when I run on battery so I can go to suspends and/or hibernate?

Thanks in advance for any advice you might have.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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I have a laptop with a radeon 9600 in it and i've had no problems with hibernate/suspend.
 
  


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