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Hi there,

I just installed Mandrake 9.1 and being completely new to Linux I have some questions for you guys, the experts.

First off my video card will not work in DVI out only Analog out. It is a Asus V8420 128mb AGP card. In Analog it works fine, so is there a place where I can change the output selection?

My second question is a bit more complex. I'm trying to figure this O/S out as I go along and part of that is installing software. So what better software to start off with then a little p2p client. So I went and downloaded "GIFT". I created a new "Downloads" folder under homemy username and downloaded the .tar file there. I then unpacked the file using:
$ tar -xzvf gift-0.11.4.tar.gz

This created a new file folder with all the files in it. I then moved this to a "Programs" folder I created.
$ cd gift-0.11.4/
$ ./configure

That return a checklist of items, which let me know that I needed "GCC"

So now I have gone and found "GCC" and unpacked it to my "Programs" directory, however that's as far as I got. I can't figure out how to install this damn thing!

I started reading the instal readme and it starting talking you through the installation steps. It explains that you must configure the software before you can build it. It goes on to say
First, we highly recommend that GCC be built into a separate directory than the sources which does not reside within the source tree. This is how we generally build GCC; building where srcdir == objdir should still work, but doesn't get extensive testing; building where objdir is a subdirectory of srcdir is unsupported.

Now does this mean that you are suppose to unpack the files to a different dir. than the original downloaded code? Or that the finished product should be in a different directory than the files you are compiling?

Then it tells me to run the following command,
  % mkdir objdir
  % cd objdir
  % srcdir/configure [options] [target]

Which is fine exept for the "options" and "target" variables. It goes on for a long while of what option and target variable you can enter and I didn't understand one bit of it. So what do I want to enter there?

Sorry for the extremely long explanation to a short question. I just wanted to write it all out step by step so that you guys could tell me if I am doing anything else wrong (i.e is that the proper way to unzip? Should I be putting them in those folders? Should be be logged in as root? etc etc).

Also when doing all this should I be logged in as root? And on that note, how do I do that? When Linux boots up the user logon screen only features my user name and no other options.

Any Linux for idiots sites you guys recommend? Any good IRC channels?

Thanks in advance guys.
I would install the whole development RPM package not just gcc. The easist method is to use MDK package manager. Look under configuration in the kde menu.
If you are not using an SMP kernel (unless you have dual processor machine, you probably are NOT) then upgrading to the Nvidia drivers will allow DVI out to work with your card...

Here is the Driver download page, Here is the installation instructions.

Here is all the info on your card at the nvidia discussion forums.

You will need gcc for this driver install as well. I also recommend that you install GCC from a package using the Install Software option at Menu - Configuration - Packaging - Install Software (or just type rpmdrake at a GUI terminal window)...then install the latest version of gcc and gcc-c++ ... the rpms I have installed on my mandrake 9.1 test system are:

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