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Old 08-18-2005, 01:43 AM   #1
shadowmoses
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Few questions to get me going...


Im not a total newbie to linux but I am having a few problems with mandriva LE2005,

The first being;

My wireless connection works fine but constantly gets disconnected and i have to try several reconnects to get it up and running again, this is becoming very frustrating as the wireless works fine when i first log in.....how could i solve this??

The next question is that i am not sure what to login in as should i log in as root or as my only username i have created which is "dave", so far i am logging in as "dave" but have limitations on my account so to speak for instance i dont have enough access to change the icons on my desktop it just wont let me it doesnt even ask for a password.....Also when i log in as "dave" i am constantly bugged for passwords throughout using mandriva....


Thanks,

Dave

Last edited by shadowmoses; 08-18-2005 at 03:31 AM.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 04:15 AM   #2
reddazz
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I can't help with the wireless thing. You need to login as your normal user and not root. Root is the system administrator acount which should only be used to o sysadmin tasks. This is part of the Linux and Unix security model, to prevent you damaging your system and preventing crackers fromusing flaws in programs running with root privileges from causing havoc on your system. If you need to do anuy sysadmin tasks when logged in as a normal user, then use the switch user (su or su -) command. Also take a look at sudo. if you use kde, you can run apps as root using kdesu. Most of the methods I have mentioned still ask you for the root password, so you gotta get used it.
 
Old 08-18-2005, 04:28 AM   #3
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Ok thanks one more question;
the other problem i have encountered is that suddenly all my CD's and DVD's have stopped automounting and i cannot get them to mount therefore i cannot read them...

I have tried re-booting with no success i am really stuck on what to do any help would be greatly aprreciated,
 
Old 08-18-2005, 01:01 PM   #4
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What desktop environment are you using? If you use KDE, you can mount and unmount cd's and dvd's by inserting them in the drive and clicking on an icon that shows up in the the media directory (found when you click the media icon on your desktop).
 
Old 08-18-2005, 06:20 PM   #5
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Make sure the haldaemon, messagebus and hidd services are running (there's a GUI service control thingo in the Mandrake Control Centre under System I think)
 
  


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