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Old 12-19-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
cwwilson721
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Switched to Slack 10.2 Goodbye, Bill Gates!


Hey all-

I've used ALL versions of Windows (even 2.0!!), and even dabbled w/slackware many years ago(V 3, I think). Downloaded 10.0, tried it on my Gateway Solo laptop, with bad results. Came to find that it was a bad download, so the install wouldn't copy everything. Recently got DSL at 1.5, d/l'd 10.2, installed on same laptop, and IT ROCKS!!

Everything but the 'scroll switch'. Tried all the mods to the config, but it just won't work....too bad. The ethernet, sound, video, everything works without a hitch. Plug in my USB memory card, and BAM, sees it, reads it.

Found a site on geocities about linux on the Solo 1550LS, and it showed exactly how to get the system fan to work correctly.

Been running slack for 3 months now, and my wife complains that it's time to reimage her XP box because of spyware and a virus infestation....HA HA!

Now, if there was just better games written for Linux, and if I could play WMV files correctly, I'd switch all eight PCs on my network to 10.2...so far, only 3 have been so blessed.

Well, thanks to all in this forum for the install help ('specially shilo- that "How I Did It All" sticky should be on the distro cd).
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:13 AM   #2
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Well, if you like shoot 'em ups - I'm playing Quake 4 on Linux at the moment. And as far as WMV files goes, the mplayer codec list has a few different versions of the windows media player supported... I can't post URLs here yet, but have a look at http colon slash slash www dot mplayerhq dot hu slash DOCS slash codecs-status.html
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:23 AM   #3
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Games are for my kids. And WMV can wait....Seems like I can play some, even with latest codecs for mplayer, but some just error out....too bad. No biggie, 'cuz I figure eventually, someone will figure out a way to get past the DRM on the WMV9 and 10 files. I can wait...lol
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the compliment.

Seems you have three issues:

1) You want to play WMV files:

Google MPlayer. Find their codecs package. Download it (I always get the "ALL" download). Unpack it to /usr/lib/codecs. Create a symlink from /usr/lib/codecs to /usr/lib/win32 (this isn't always recommended, but it may help with some older programs that expect codecs in the "old" standard location)

2) You need the scroll wheel to work

You can throw up a question on the forum, but there are a million already. All you really need to do is edit xorg.conf. If the generic advice given here (and EVERYWHERE on the net) doesn't work, it would be safe to assume that you don't have the same sort of generic mouse that most do. If that is the case, Google the name of your mouse along with "linux" and you will probably gfind someone wit hthe exact same model that made theirs work. Also, make sure that the changes you make are being used (restart X, or just go "Windows Style" like I do and reboot).

3) You want more games

Google the game you want. You may need to compile it yourself or use WINE, but there are many games that work for Linux. I'm not too helpful here, since I am not a PC gamer.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:41 AM   #5
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if some wmv's still don't work, even with mplayer or mplayer plugin, you could install wmp thru wine and run it for those ones that don't play
 
Old 12-19-2005, 05:43 AM   #6
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Hello all!

In order to get your scroll button (or whatever you want to call it) to work correctly in X you need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and add to the mouse section
Code:
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Don't ask me why the 4 space 5, but it just works. Now as for your movie player use xine or mplayer. Personnaly I prefer the xine player. If you need plugins for the thing you just simply go the their website. The supply of plugins is enormous, they even supply windows binaries you just throw in your /usr/local/lib/codecs/ I believe. If not that then it will be /usr/lib/xine. Do not use the package that comes with Slackware, use the source Luke!

Here is a helpful link http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html
Plugins are platform independent. After you unpack the plugins, run ldconfig as root of course.
Xine's website http://xinehq.de/index.php/releases

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Old 12-19-2005, 09:44 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by richcoosa19
Hello all!

In order to get your scroll button (or whatever you want to call it) to work correctly in X you need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and add to the mouse section
Code:
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Don't ask me why the 4 space 5, but it just works.
Because 4 and 5 are the mousebutton numbers to be assigned to Z-axis (scrolling, X and Y being moving the mouse). Scrolling wheel is 3 extra buttons from the system's point of view. I.e. button #1=left mouse button, #2=right mouse button, #3=middle mouse button (pressing down the wheel in wheelmouses), #4=scroll up, #5=scroll down.

On windowmanagers that let you assign functions to mouse buttons you could have button 4 shade the window and button 5 unshade it when clicked on the titlebar. This would shade your window when you scoll the wheel up and unshade it when you scroll down on titlebar. Switching workspaces is another popular way of using 4 and 5 mousebuttons (it's very handy indeed).

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Old 12-19-2005, 10:06 AM   #8
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if you want to play on Linux you would want to visit this page: loki installers for linux gamers

there are some other installers provided by the developers, like UT2004 has its own install.sh on the first CD, and this proyect allows you to install and play Doom3 on Linux

Anyway, one of the unique reasons I keep a windoze XP installation is to play from time on time
 
Old 12-19-2005, 11:29 AM   #9
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Because 4 and 5 are the mousebutton numbers to be assigned to Z-axis (scrolling, X and Y being moving the mouse). Scrolling wheel is 3 extra buttons from the system's point of view. I.e. button #1=left mouse button, #2=right mouse button, #3=middle mouse button (pressing down the wheel in wheelmouses), #4=scroll up, #5=scroll down.
I found this out about 2 minutes after posting this. Also I found out that 6 7 is for the same thing only for if you cursor in on a scroll bar.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 03:19 PM   #10
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Tried the "4 5" deal, it only changes my URL.....So i'll live without it.

Shilo-
Did what you said for the mplayer codecs, and most of the WMV's work....still not all, but I can accept that. Thanks again
 
Old 12-19-2005, 04:22 PM   #11
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Changes your URL? Perhaps your browser is configured in a way that mousewheel moves back and forth in history? Have you tried to see what it does in other applications?
 
Old 12-19-2005, 09:04 PM   #12
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ScrollMouse

In addition to the ZaxisMapping option in xorg.conf you should also change the "Protocol" entry as follows:

Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Kirby
 
Old 12-19-2005, 09:07 PM   #13
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As I've stated, doesn't work. If I use the "IMPS/2" driver, mouse doesn't work at all.....No biggie, I can live and wait.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 09:31 PM   #14
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A Slack package for w32 Codecs................

http://zchan.homeunix.net/pub/Slackw.../slackpkg.html

Scroll down the page, works like a charm.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 11:30 PM   #15
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I just love Google.... if all else fails, READ

Fixed the scroll problem by getting the latest Synaptics driver, editing xorg.conf, and reading the install file, PLUS the readme.alps (Didn't try the alps one, and couldn't get xorg to start, always errored out.

Live and learn..... Now my touchpad/scroll works perfect, and can watch most WMV's

Thanks, all who contributed

Shilo- Thanks again...You da man!
Only one problem. Am now trying to compile 2.6.14, and always getting a kernel panic when it tries to load NFS volumes. Any ideas? Maybe me....gotta fix what ain't broke. Maybe that's why I'm in Tech Support (Just a thought)

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