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Old 05-29-2004, 04:11 AM   #1
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Mandrake 10 and LG drive?


Hi,

I had installed mandrake 9.1 a while ago but never got to use it because there was no drivers for my usb modem at the time, and I couldn't manage to install the driver for my Radeon 9800 pro.

Since then I moved country and now have a new pc.

Now that I have have internet through a Lan, I am considering installing Mandrakelinux 10.0

But before downloading the iso

I am concerned my LG Combo drive GCC-4521B will not work with Mandrake it is not listed on the Mandrake compatibility list but it's little brother the GCC-4520 is listed and is on the not supported list.

In a worse case scenario what should I expect? will it work at all? it will read cdrom but not dvd? it won't burn?

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Old 05-29-2004, 08:44 AM   #2
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I wouldn't be too concerned.
ATAPI drives will be recognized correctly. K3b will even figure out it's a DVD burner. Mine did.
Although I have a NEC 2500a drive, not an LG.
 
Old 05-29-2004, 12:43 PM   #3
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Cheers for the reply

I will give it a shot then.

I also have a network question.

My main pc (the one I will dual boot linux on it) has the internrt connection, I use ics to share the connection with a laptop in win xp linked with a crossover cable to my main PC.

Will I be able able to share the connection again? share the printer? can Mandrake 10 read ntfs partitions?
 
Old 05-29-2004, 01:05 PM   #4
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As far as the networking info, yes you will be able to share your printer and share info. I have two machines linked through a crossover cable. Each has Linux (the big box has Mandy 10 OE and the laptop has Debian 3.0) and Windows 98 (the big box dual boot and the laptop a spare hd) It was little work to setup the network each way (win-win, win-linux linux-win linux-linux) you'll just have to install Samba and set it up. I use swat. fairly straght forward.
 
Old 05-29-2004, 02:11 PM   #5
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Is it hard to set up? I am a total newbie at Linux.

And does Mandrake 10 now read NTFS partitions or must I rely on FAT32 partitions?
 
Old 05-29-2004, 02:44 PM   #6
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Read only NTFS was available in Linux since the last millennium. :-)
2.6 kernel has (very) limited write support.

You're OK if you just want to read files from the winblows partitions.
The installer will even mount them for you.
 
Old 05-29-2004, 05:30 PM   #7
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I can't say about ntfs. I don't use it. But just look through the swat help files. You can view them in swat and it'll give you an idea of what to do. Or look over the smb.conf file in /etc it is very detailed in it's descriptions. It's a text editable config file.
 
Old 05-29-2004, 05:53 PM   #8
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This mean if I download some files while under mandrake I won't be able to save them on a NTFS partition?

Ok I will jsut have to convert my mp3, avi storage partition to fat32.

I use the laptop to read them straight from the main pc.

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Old 05-29-2004, 06:01 PM   #9
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I'm afraid so. Writing to NTFS is still experimental.
Your best bet is a fat32 partition that both OS's can write to without any headache.
 
Old 05-29-2004, 07:10 PM   #10
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What documents should I print for a smooth installation and configuration?
 
Old 05-29-2004, 08:30 PM   #11
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I just saw Mandrake 10 on CD in Linux World mag, has anyone tried it? I'm very tempted!
 
Old 05-30-2004, 12:10 AM   #12
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Mandrake 10 found my windows partition NTFS and it was pretty easy to get an icon on the desktop (right click, new device, Hard disc, tell it which partition, done)

I have no problem reading files from it. But what i do for storage such as music is i bought an el-cheapo 20 GB hard drive and format as FAT32.

As for trying out Mandrake 10. Go for it. I have been dabbling in Linux since about January but Mandrake 10 is the first one i feel really comfortable with as a replacement for windows. Its been 3 days since I've used M$ on my computer, and not missing a thing, where as the other distro's I've tried, even MDK 9.2, still left me going back to windows for certain tasks.

-Nathan
 
Old 05-30-2004, 01:25 AM   #13
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Thanks claudius753

I will download the iso in a couple of days as soon as my download cap is reseted.

I am not to worried about the installation, I had no problem installing the 9.1 but I am really scared of the configuration part, last time I never managed to get the driver working for my radeon 9800 pro, and from the look of it configuring the lan with the laptop in winxp and the internet connection sharing is going to be a pain.

Geee just the thought of the time I am going to have to spent to get the thing not woking is stressing me out.

Don't misunderstand me last time I spent quite a few hours reading manuals and seeking information, but my brain went in overload, too much information.
And now I am back to square one. :/

Do I still need to add something like "no acpi" to be able to install?
 
  


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