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Old 12-06-2005, 04:31 PM   #16
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The only System Restore discs I have are HP-issued for this specific model laptop. They're the exact same drivers I was running before, which is why I don't get why my sound isn't working. I have no discs for any specific hardware except things like my printer and mouse, which were purchased separatly. Stupid Windows troubleshooter was also useless, but I figured I'd do it anyway in case I wind up needing to call a help desk or something; they'll want me to do it in vain hopes that it will solve the problem and they don't have to figure out what's wrong. -_-
 
Old 12-06-2005, 04:35 PM   #17
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That's where your drivers came from. Press the Windows logo key and Pause|Break at the same time, and System Properties will show up. Then go to Device Manager (I'm trying this from memory) and look in your hardware to see where the problem is with your sound. You might be able to click on the offended item and reinstall the drivers. You should first let Windows check on the CD, since that is where the drivers are stored. I don't know how the HP Recovery CDs work. Some are no more than ghosted images, and some actually have reachable files with drivers.

At any rate, as with all Windows installs, you might need to format that partition and install it again. Go slowly...haste makes waste.
 
Old 12-07-2005, 01:27 PM   #18
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I figured it out. I have several audio devices listed, (not necessarily present, but the device names aren't descriptive enough for me to figure out which ones I need and scrap the rest,) and I had the wrong one set for sound playback. Figures--something so simple I didn't think to check it.

I'm going to take care of everything Slackware related over Christmas break, since I have too much due right now to do anymore. I basically wanted to do the bare minimum to make this laptop stable so I could trust it for finals week.

My first plan once I get Slackware up and running is to see how it works and contribute to the HCL, since the last time I checked, (which admittedly a few weeks ago,) there were no listings for this model.

For now, though, I have a workable Windows system with Firefox, Office XP, and Visual Basic.NET installed, and that's all I need for the next two weeks.
 
Old 12-08-2005, 04:32 PM   #19
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Alright, the install went off without a hitch, but...*blushes* how do I tell the stupid thing to run the desktop environment? Also, how do I create another user? Right now I'm having to log in as root for everything, and any help stuff goes by too fast for me to read.
Thanks!

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Old 12-08-2005, 04:48 PM   #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JesusFreak84
Alright, the install went off without a hitch, but...*blushes* how do I tell the stupid thing to run the desktop environment? Also, how do I create another user? Right now I'm having to log in as root for everything, and any help stuff goes by too fast for me to read.
Thanks!
To run the desktop environment you type "startx" from a prompt.
It'll be a $ for a normal user, and # for root. Please, run your
system as a normal user.

To create said normal user, from the root prompt you will type
"adduser thomas" or whatever username you decide to use. Then,
after you've added the user, it will return you to a prompt and
you should type "exit" to exit from root, then login as thomas
(or whomever) and issue "startx" to start the X server.

If you want to try another desktop environment, or a window
manager (such as Fluxbox), you can issue "xwmconfig" from that
users prompt.
Code:
bruce@silas:~$ man xwmconfig
XWMCONFIG(1)                                                                      XWMCONFIG(1)

NAME
       xwmconfig - choose a default window manager for X.

SYNOPSIS
       xwmconfig

DESCRIPTION
       xwmconfig  provides  a menu of the window managers available on the machine so that you
       may choose one of them to use when X is started with "startx".

       When run by root, it sets the symbolic link /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc, which selected  the
       default system-wide window manager to use for X, and also creates a /root/.xinitrc file
       with the same window manager selected (perhaps suitable to move into /etc/skel/).

       When run by a non-root user, xwmconfig writes out a $HOME/.xinitrc file,  allowing  the
       user  to choose their own default window manager (possibly overriding the one chosen as
       a system default).

AUTHOR
       Patrick J. Volkerding <volkerdi@slackware.com>

Slackware Version 8.1.0                   31 May 2002                             XWMCONFIG(1)
Any command you can issue on a Slackware system (such as "xwmconfig")
will come with a manual page, which can be obtained by issuing the
name of the command followed by man, for, manual.

You might want to try some Slackware links, such as the Slackbook,
before you try to run that screaming powerhouse down the world
wide web any more. ;')
 
Old 12-08-2005, 08:25 PM   #21
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I have the PDF version of the Slackbook on the hard drive, but I only ran off the pages relevent to installation, since I didn't want to waste paper and ink.

Thanks, though. My goal for the end of the weekend is to be steadily Slacking off. (Maybe I should study for my finals, too.... =-P )

<q>You might want to try some Slackware links, such as the Slackbook,
before you try to run that screaming powerhouse down the world
wide web any more. ;')</q>
But I like running screaming powerhouses around. However, I haven't gotten far enough with Slackware quite yet to get to the web.
I'm kicking myself on the "startx" thing, because I know I should have known that. Space cadet, I is.

Laters. I'm dead tired. Sleep calls...
 
  


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