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Old 04-17-2005, 10:53 AM   #1
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SuSe 9.1 help needed, please.


Sorry if this should have gone in the noob forum? I wasn't too sure?



I am a noob and will try to explain this the best I can, so please bare with me

I don't know if any of you are familiar with the book by Keir Thomas, titled “Beginning SUSE Linux: From Novice to Professional” - Attached with this book is a copy of Suse 9.1.

I had followed all of the instructions to duel boot with WinXP, once installation was finished and the machine rebooted, instead of booting back up to an OS selection screen, I was presented with GRUB, a prompt screen? This wasn't user/noob friendly at all and I hadn't a clue what to do, the book offered nothing in the way of support for this. So I installed Suse again, this time using the whole of the hard drive and deleting Windows XP. This worked fine and I logged in as root. I played about for a bit because this was my first Linux experience and then had a go at setting up my Thomson Speedtouch DSL modem, this proved very difficult as there was nothing in the way of support for this. I was asked some questions I didn't know the answers to and could find no driver built in for it, nor a Linux specific driver on the Modem disk.

So my main question is this, how do I connect to the Internet using a Thomson Speedtouch DSL modem?

Also, I deleted the full Suse partition and reinstalled XP so that I could get online and ask you these question, this time I only used half the hard drive for Windows and plan on using the other half for Suse again, but I'm very unsure of this because instead of a duel boot I may end up with the Grub screen again?

And one last thing, I'm quite certain that Suse did not configure my graphics correctly because whenever I dragged a window it would leave a long trail and things seemed a little unstable. I use on board graphics (ProSavage).


Please bare in mind that the above is the only Linux experience I have and that I'm more than willing to learn, So please be gentle
 
Old 04-17-2005, 11:29 AM   #2
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There are really two problems here. The first is a question on how to use the GRUB boot screen.

Firstly, for a newbie, I would suggest using LILO rather than grub if you have the option, as it provides a more user-friendly boot screen. GRUB will give you some help if you type help (if I remember correctly), although you're really better off reading the documentation (http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/).

By default, SuSE 9.1 (boxed version) will present you with a graphical boot screen by default; you just use the cursor keys to select the OS and then press Enter. I don't know why this isn't the case with the version you have.

Another tip is to install a dual-boot machine, but create a boot floppy disk for both Windows and Linux; you can then boot off the floppy to select your O/S.

As to getting your USB modem to work, first check on www.linmodems.org to see if your modem is supported. For political reasons, you may have to download and install drivers, or even kernel patches, to get some modems to work — so a dual-boot system really is a must here.
 
Old 04-17-2005, 12:03 PM   #3
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Thank you for your help, I've been reading over the the Linmodems site and it's very hard to understand, do you know of any more user friendly, similar sites?

I've created a boot Floppy for XP in case all else fails
 
Old 04-17-2005, 12:30 PM   #4
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Thank you for your help, I've been reading over the the Linmodems site and it's very hard to understand, do you know of any more user friendly, similar sites?

I've created a boot Floppy for XP in case all else fails
http://start.at/modem is linked to from the linmodems site; it provides very basic information about lots of different modems, and should point you in the right direction.

YaST supports selecting the boot-loader as either GRUB or LILO. I would suggest trying to do an expert install (accepting the defaults for anything where you are unsure), and choosing the boot-loader type as LILO. You will normally get a graphical boot-loader, but even if you don't it should still be self-explanitory; IIRC, you can press TAB for a list of options (and it should tell you this).
 
Old 04-17-2005, 01:26 PM   #5
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Thank you What do you suggest I do about my graphics problem?
 
Old 04-17-2005, 02:49 PM   #6
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I have reinstalled Suse on a partition alongside windows and can now successfully duel boot The graphics thing seems to have sorted its self out too, I had more options that last time during install, I think the problem was that Suse didn't install properly last time? I've even got a graphic interface for when I select what to boot from

All I now need is for the Internet to be connected in Suse, which brings us back to the modem problem
 
Old 04-17-2005, 04:41 PM   #7
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http://sourceforge.net/projects/speedtouch - This looks like it might be relevant but I haven't a clue on how to use it, or install anything at all for that matter?

Edit: After a scary amount of googling, I've found that setting up a Speedtouch 330 in Suse is a serious problem for everyone (well, at least it is for people who don't know what they're doing ). There many different guides telling you to download firmware and .gr.tars? And to mix the two and to go into scripts and edit things?

This is very hard if your programming skills consist of BBCode and some html

Can anyone help with setting up this modem? And explain as if you were explaining it to a small child? Or possibly a gold fish?

(All the other problems have been fixed now btw, it's just the modem that needs sorting )

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