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Old 03-18-2005, 02:21 AM   #1
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newbie require guidance


i am relatively new to linux and is the first time i am installing slackware.I had downladed only the first cd(i.e. only base installation) and installed it and got my system to boot up.

Now, can I install the 2nd disk(gnmoe,kde etc.) on top of this? How do I do this?

Also how do I use Window Maker tool?? By default, I am booted only to the console.How do I get to my xserver(i think window maker is the I installed it along with my base installation)

Also there is no /etc/XF86Config. Is it bcos I did only the 1st cd installation??
Due to this I also cannot configure my XServer as xf86config,SuperProbe do not work.Please help.

Old 03-18-2005, 02:29 AM   #2
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Well.... XF86config is xorg.conf nowadays. You can start X with startx command and you can choose window manager with xwmconfig command. You can install gnome, kde etc from slackware packages (.tgz)

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Old 03-18-2005, 02:31 AM   #3
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If you have a working slackware install you can mount up the second cd.

#mount /dev/cdrom

Then change into the desktop you want to install via:

#cd /mnt/cdrom/slackware/kde

Then for a quick install of the entire set my favorite method is:

#installpkg *.tgz

As for your xserver, I recommend trying:


and finding the information about your system you need for it, but if you have troubles you can do:


This will set you up with a generic /etc/X11/xorg.conf file that should work, and allow you to at least enter GUI mode.

Hope this helps,

Old 03-18-2005, 02:45 AM   #4
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Rep: Reputation: 15 I have started xorgconfig...and in the process of configuring my mouse.

I have a what option do i give for the mouse?
Old 03-18-2005, 02:52 AM   #5
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I installed the kde .targz pkg. So now, how do i get into KDE.Also, I havent still configured my Xserver yet...I am confused abt how to configure my mouse?
Old 03-18-2005, 04:13 AM   #6
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What I do on my laptop is, I just configure my mouse as IMPS/2 to make any external mouse work. The synaptics touchpad is auto detected, and moving the cursor works, also both buttons work. To get the scrollbar function, tapping and multi-finger detection to work I needed to install the synaptics driver from

It's a relatively simple process, instructions included. Good luck.

EDIT: You get into KDE (after installing it) by running xwmconfig (as root) and setting KDE as the default window manager. Then you type startx at a prompt and assuming it's configured properly, it will get you in KDE.

Last edited by [GOD]Anck; 03-18-2005 at 04:15 AM.
Old 03-18-2005, 12:08 PM   #7
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xorgconf: mouse

I just give it "auto" and /dev/psaux for the device. Worked on my old desktop machine with a true PS/2 Logitech Trackman and also on my HP Omnibook 6000 which has a Synaptics Touchpad along with a small stick and they work both (at the same time).
Old 03-18-2005, 12:16 PM   #8
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have you tried to start the X before? if no then type



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