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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 29 2006, 12:37 PM


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Removing the directory .gconf and if you have it, .gconf2 and restarting gnome will get you your panel back. Note however, that you will have to reset ALL preferences after doing this since this restores the default Gnome configuration. Also, I wouldn't recommend doing it while running Gnome. I would drop back to a "runlevel 3" or whatever Ubuntu uses as a console runlevel before doing this. It may not be necessary, but ripping a running process' configuration files out from under it seems a bit rude :-)

HTH,

Jim Dishaw
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 23 2006, 09:46 AM


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[Meanwhile, I'm gonna try the DOS drive diags ( are there Linux based diags ?)

These are pretty good for Linux/BSD systems and I think are included in the Fedora distributions

http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

Also, to check RAM, if you can leave the server down for 12-24 hours, memtest86 is a really good utility.

http://freshmeat.net/projects/memtest86/

HTH,

Jim Dishaw
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 17 2006, 01:19 PM


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arkrider,

My first inclination was to just say "bye" since you gave no information at all and your post was more of a complaint and not a question. But if you do want help, please give us something to work with. A thought would be that if you're experiencing so much trouble, that there may be a hardware issue, possibly a failing hard drive. Anyway...

Depending on your distro though, using the rescue disk and the grub-install command, you should be able to get your system to reboot. Or, since you seem to be booting to the grub command prompt, just go from there.

For more info on grub and grub-install, look at:

http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/ht...ub-install.html

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/4622

If your hardware is OK, this should get you going.

HTH,

Jim Dishaw
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 9 2006, 07:38 AM


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Probably the easiest way would be to allow the computer to boot to a root shell. Then type the following command:

touch /forcefsck

and then type:

shutdown -r now

The computer will then reboot and run a complete fsck. In most cases you will not be prompted for any input, just let it run. After that completes, you may want to run an autocheck of your SELinux contexts. To do that, in a root shell, type the following:

touch /.autorelabel

and let it do it's thing. This can take a LONG time to run depending on the number of files and drives and processor speed and all. You may want to have a cold six pack (or two) handy when you run these.

HTH,

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 8 2006, 12:22 PM


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If your wireless card is working, then you have no need for drivers. SUSE10 has pretty good support for wireless drivers right out of the box, so they are likely alright.

Use the program "networkmanager" to configure and manage your wireless connections. This link relates to using it with RedHat, but most will apply to SUSE.

http://www.redhat.com/magazine/003jan05/fe...networkmanager/

HTH,

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 8 2006, 11:23 AM


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The utility to configure sound in Fedora Core is:

system-config-sound

entered into a terminal as root. That will bring up a series of dialog boxes to help you configure your card. If you know the tyep of sound card you have, you can use the "lsmod" command and grep for it to see if there is a module for that card loaded. Without more information, I can't help any more.

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 8 2006, 11:16 AM


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Mavcat18,

The way to tell if a .rpm file has been installed is to give the command:

rpm -q <filename>

For <filename> substitute the short name of the .rpm file. For example, to see if the .rpm file

opera-9.01-20060728.6-shared-qt.i386-en.rpm

has been installed, give the command "rpm -q opera"

In this case it should return:
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dishawjp@linux:~/download/rpms> rpm -q opera
opera-9.01-20060728.6
dishawjp@linux:~/download/rpms>


To install .rpms from the command line, "cd" to the directory that they are located in and type the command (as root):

rpm -Uvh *.rpm

and they will be installed. It's possible that your install shell script has a problem and the .rpms may already be installed. You could try calling the installed programs from the command line to see if they run.

HTH

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 7 2006, 10:16 AM


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Setain,

When you installed SUSE, was it text mode or were you able to use the graphical installer? If you try a Knoppix or other live distro, do you get graphics? Are you certain that this is not a hardware issue with the computer?

Jim
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Posted on: Aug 7 2006, 08:59 AM


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Jugem,

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I have HSP56MR modem made by Pctel.

Your modem is most likely a Winmodem, meaning it is designed to use MWindows software to run it. Check out this thread for more information on installing it on SUSE Linux:

http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/suse-linu...net-issues.html

But the best solution would be to purchase an external serial modem which does not rely on Windows drivers to operate. I'm not saying that it can't be done, but for a user who is new to Linux, this would be a lot easier and more practical.

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I have Red Hot 7.3 and Suse 9.0

Both of these Linux versions are quite old and cannot be expected to support wireless. Wireless has only been popular for the last few years. I would strongly suggest obtaining much more up to date versions of Linux.
If you like the RedHat, get Fedora Core 5 or if you prefer SUSE, get OpenSUSE 10.1, both of which are current, free versions.

HTH,

Jim
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Posted on: Aug 4 2006, 12:03 PM


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[quote]
So why is it a bad idea to log in as root? And why is using su any better?
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Being logged in as root means that *every* process you run is being run as root. A hijacking of any of those processes could give an attacker or even a faulty process access to system files that could not happen as a "normal" user. Another reason to not log in as root normally is that you have protection from your own possible errors damaging the system.
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However, my system currently won't let me[log in as root], which is extremely irritating especially since I have no idea why
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Maybe your system has been cracked. I've never heard of this happening because of changing your desktop environment, though it might be possible. Crackers will sometimes disable your root password and substitute one of theirs giving them full control of your system and locking you out.
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Can anyone help me fix this?
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You can reset your root password by booting into single user mode and using the passwd command. At the grub splash screen, select the kernel you want to boot into, type the letter "a" and then the word single. After the computer has booted, use the "passwd" command to reset root's password. Then do a system check (tripwire? chkrootkit? whatever you have installed to be certain that the system has not been cracked.

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 2 2006, 08:50 AM


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Setain,

All the information you've been given so far is correct. However it may be a bit of overkill at this time.

SUSE has it's own configuration tool called sax2. Drop back to runlevel 3 or enter a virtual terminal and, as root, type "sax2" and follow the directions. There should be no need to to install any advanced drivers to get normal 2D performance with your video card. There was just an error in the X setup on your original install which sax2 should be able to correct. Once you get that straightened out, if you want to get full 3D performance, then you can install the proprietary ATI drivers that you're discussing.

For more information on sax2 and its options, just type "man sax2" (without the quotes of course).

HTH,

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 1 2006, 03:21 PM


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Grey,

Make this easy on yourself. There is no need to mount the images unless there are specific files you want to extract from the image. The most common problem is that peple burn a *copy* of the .iso file rather than burn an *image* of the file. If all you see on the CD is a single file when it's mounted, you burned a copy. Most CD burning programs have a way of burning iso images. Make sure that you're not making that mistake.

Once you've burned the images, verify them as the link describes using either the sha1sum or the md5sum commands. Then just boot your computer off the first CD, click "next" a few times and answer a few simple questions and begin enjoying Linux.

An even easier way, though slightly more expensive, would be to purchase ready made CD's or a DVD. They come free with many Linux magazines or Linux how-to books or they can be purchased separately on the internet. Either way, it will cost you less that $20 US get your hands on pre-made media. An advantage of the book/magazine route is that you'll often get very good install instructions in the book or magazine. Just be sure that you're getting a recent distribution.

RedHat hasn't provided a free download version of their Linux since RH9 and that's quite old, so I'd really recommend going with their free Fedora release by following the link I gave you earlier. Also, there is always a root user who is, or at least should be, separate from your normal user account. Even if you are the only user on the computer. This is one of the many reasons that Linux is so much more secure than MSWindows.


HTH,

Jim
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dishawjp
Posted on: Aug 1 2006, 03:04 PM


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Some more information would be very helpful.

The install.sh is just a shell script which you should be able to read and modify as necessary. If it's not running, youmay have to chmod it to be executable (chmod u+x install.sh) before running it.

The normal command to install .rpm files is "rpm -Uvh somefile.rpm" You may be able to just manually install your .rpm files with that command. File globbing works with that command so, if all the .rpm files are in a single directory, you could just "cd" to that directory and give the command "rpm -Uvh *.rpm"

Many install programs such as you are describing will have a README or an INSTALL file, or even both. These contain instructions on how to properly install the program. Those files can be read using the more command: "more INSTALL" for example.

To verify that a .rpm file has been installed, use the "rpm -q filename" command. If you want to uninstall a program installed with the rpm command, (perhaps to try reinstalling later) the command is "rpm -e filename"

Without more specific information on the program(s) you're trying to install and the specific error messages you're getting, this is about all the help I can give.

Jim
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Posted on: Jul 31 2006, 02:15 PM


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Grey,

Red Hat's free community release is Fedora Core. The current version is Fedora Core 5. Follow this link for some information and links is available at this link.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download

Not too sure from your question if this is what you're looking for though.

Jim
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Posted on: Jul 7 2006, 08:58 AM


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It kind of looks like sendmail is still trying to do its thing every 20 seconds or so. I would try the following:

ps aux | grep sendmail

and see if there's a return. If so, get the process number for sendmail and kill it:

kill nnnn (where nnnn is the process number for the sendmail process)
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Posted on: Jun 22 2006, 09:19 AM


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I don't have a full answer to your question, but may be able to point you in a direction to look. FC5 is using "gnome-mount" for all this stuff and it's driving me nuts. There are no man pages for gnome-mount, though you can google it for some info. The former "mount" and "umount" commands are deprecated and barely usable for removable media like floppies, optical drives and even usb flashdrives.

HTH,

Jim
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Posted on: May 30 2006, 08:59 AM


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In a terminal, type:

system-config-display

and increase your refresh rate.

Should take care of your problem.

Jim
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Posted on: May 24 2006, 09:50 AM


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Are you certain that you are connected with Konqueror and not with Firefox and/or Opera?

What do you get if you issue the command:

/sbin/ifconfig

Have you tried to ping a remote IP address? If so, does it go through?
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Posted on: May 24 2006, 09:44 AM


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http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/text/SMB-HOWTO

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/text/Domain

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/text/DHCP

The above should give you some starting points. Specific questions can often be answered at

http://www.google.com/linux

After you get the basics, this forum can probably be very helpful with specific questions or problems.
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Posted on: May 4 2006, 02:59 PM


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So would I have to wget the rpms? or download them with links

Depending on the site, you may be able to use wget, links (or lynx which I prefer), possibly ftp. All this is assuming you can't access X and do things with a graphical browser.

Is there a particular reason that you're operating in console mode? Just curious, it's not like there aren't lots of perfectly good reasons to not even install X.

Jim
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Posted on: May 3 2006, 12:36 PM


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SUSE uses RPM to install programs, like Red Hat and Mandriva and others.

The command:

rpm -Uvh <somefile.rpm>

is always safe. If you're sure that there isn't a previous install of the program, you may use:

rpm -ivh <somefile.rpm>

Of course with SUSE, you have YaST2 for graphical installs, and you can get a version of apt4rpm (very similar to Debian's apt-get) if you prefer.

And of course, you can always install from .src.rpms (rpmbuild --rebuild and etc.) and installing from source hasn't changed and is no different from any other Linux distro (tar -xzvf (or similar depending on compression) and then usually ./configure, make, make install, make clean or whatever the INSTALL or README file recommends.

To download files, try rpmfind.net or rpmpbone.net to find files for download.

HTH,

Jim
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Posted on: Apr 20 2006, 01:25 PM


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Any of the programs listed here work for you?

http://linux-sound.org/speech.html

HTH,

Jim
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Posted on: Apr 18 2006, 10:10 AM


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Have you tried the:

chattr +i <filename>

command? The immutable switch is supposed to prevent deletion among other things.

I'm also suprised that a file owned by root and chmoded to 444 (read only) can be deleted by a normal user regardless of where it's located.

Jim
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Posted on: Apr 3 2006, 02:32 PM


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Deep breath and count to ten...

DS2K3,

Sorry. I would never give anybody a hard time just because of poor English language skills, bad spelling, or even for asking very basic questions easily found in FAQ's & etc.

I apologize for losing my cool. My impression was that this guy was/is a Windows user with pirated warez software which is probably loaded with malware, whose computer is probably already spamming us all and spewing more malware all over the internet (given, probably without his knowledge) and he's here asking us questions on how to install more of it.

Anyway, I'm sorry, I'll ignore posts like this in the future and try to limit my responses to helpful and useful ones.

Jim
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Posted on: Mar 29 2006, 12:28 PM


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RIGHT!!!!! SO WHAT DOES MOUNT ISO MEAN??????

Yeah, right. Hmmmm..... Looks like a straight forward statement to me. So what word don't you understand, mount or iso?

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I HAVE PUT ON DISK USING ROXIO

You got Roxio running on Linux. I'm impressed, you must be quite the hacker. Maybe you should be giving us some pointers.

Fix your caps lock and try not to be such a complete jerk and you might get a better answer.

You might want to consider calling tech support for your game. Oh, wait, they don't support pirated software, do they.

Some people just shouldn't have access to computers or the internet. You're the perfect example.
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