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Old 08-14-2007, 10:22 PM   #31
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I agree with many here that perhaps either your machine isn't supported fully, you installed a bad ISO, or you just don't have the settings correct for your machine. I am running:

AMD Athlon XP 1700
AGP PNY Nvidia FX 5200

So far the only problems I have had consisted of inability to plug in a USB device, which was remedied by adding myself to the proper groups manually, and K3B not burning CD's which was corrected by setting the group permissions to cdrom.

If you are having serious problems, I would suggest checking the hints file as well as changelogs to determine if your system components are supported, then determining if your ISO was bad, and finally checking your hardware, namely memory and HDD.
Old 08-14-2007, 11:02 PM   #32
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Distribution: Slackware 11.0
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Try to reseat your RAM, and such.
I used to have a Shuttle mobo I had to rewrite the firmware a lot of times. Failing that you could poweroff your computer and holding the (perhaps) insert key down, turn the power on and leave your fingers tightly inplace until the computer has reset the BIOS Settings.

However I am having a few problems with Slack v 12.0 and it is me (lack of familiarity w/ 2.6 kernel/udev changes/svga
and most of it is the difficult AMD/ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M on the ODR Toshiba A135-S2376 (Satellite) - Toshiba is not helpful and this should shadow you - the potential buyer and your decisions, for Linux users. Their manuals leave a lot to be desired.

I had just upgraded to the SLK v12 ( kernel to alleviate problems and everything was working (w/o X),
MPlayer was doing its thing in SVGA mode, ALSA was working with the Intel HDA Audio (AMD Southbridge chip) - mp3,ogg,etc :> :> :>

After I tried to boot X :0 with a new Xorg.conf and recovered with reboot repairs to XFS (which works really fine - compared to Reiserfs, IBM jfs (really good too!).
THis configuration of this new laptop is really hard on the
drive and XFS FS. Hurray for Slackware v12.0 and XFS!!!! :>

However I tried to compile the svga stuff and that's not recovering - messages about svgalib_helper or such.
I recompiled important programs - ffmpeg, mplayer, svgalib, theora.

My problem is should I uninstall/reinstall SLK X from the disk. I am confused sbout this as when I went into X11R6 all the entry's are softlinks to everywhere. I don't use the Slackware Package Manager much any advise on the proper use of this to uninstall. Should I also uninstall svgalib
(can't use SlackPkg now as I did it manually)? Also of concern, I encountered a problem with the svgalib install (Source) in that it with 'make install' it started to make /dev nodes (I think in the old manner) - won't this screw up udev. And when I changed from => => (and still can't stuff my MY problems into Pandoras box - yet), did I, should I have used those new modules.conf and the like files? What should I check with to repair the svgalib problem.

In all this, I can't get the kernel to work (after compile and test boot), the screen is blank - but I swear I logged in and it rebooted (configurin' N the dark :?).

Also my X system - I have the new ATI driver for this card but it uses 'aticonfig' now and changed the xorg.conf file a lot - but better ... perhaps. But now I am committed to using the fglrx driver - and perhaps thats too challenging)
There are Shared memory concerns I'am having. It seems apparently that the mentioned ATI integrated (on mobo) chip uses shared RAM (12MB) (Xorg.log VideoRam 153600)(and should I subtract 4MB for Mplayer from this value per other LQ thread and they referenced Nplayer documents - that I feel are correct. I used Option "BusID" (PCI:1:5:0) as that was in Xorg.log.8 - should I use modelines? I tried this previously but X didn't like the statement - what is the proper modleline statement?

How do I setup shared memory (no settings for this - in Phoenix TrustedCore v1.2 ( :< ) BIOS. I did in fstab set in
a tmpfs on /dev/shm

tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
(and made it the first statement in fstab)
/dev/ramfs /ramfs tmpfs defaults 0 0
none /sys sys

Also is the /sys still pertinent? AS Ihave a kernel now (but changed on this fs from => => ) and there is a statement in make menuconfig about this being deprecated but it would be save to uncheck it if you use a 2006 year kernel? Any comments on this?

I have been using Slack since v 1.2 but do to lifes ups and downs coame and went - due to factors beyond my control - so here is an expalnation for on and off query's for information here.



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