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First I hope I correct in posting here, I have looked at the Guides and FAQ's but nothing got my attention, either not enough content or too far off track.

1st - Machine is a Toshiba Sat Pro 4600, PIII 800 Laptop with 512Mb and 20Gb HD
Hard drive is partitioned 3 ways, 15Gb (NTFS), 2.5Gb (NTFS), 2.5Gb (?). with Win2000 installed on the 1st partition, the second partition is an accumulation of downloads and manuals, the 3rd partition has been formatted and "mandrake linux 9.2" installed.

The 3 x Mandrake Linux 9.2 installation CD images were downloaded via the mandrake site using one of the suggested mirrors. and the CD's were created via Nero on the Win2000 OS.

Installation was achieved by restarting the machine with the first CD in place, All went well, though as I'll ellaborate there was at times a confusing degree of choice!

The first hurdle was with creating the correct type and number of partitions for Linux, I didn't want to touch the existing Win2000 NTFS partition and I didn't touch the 2nd NTFS partition, I elected to work solely with the 3rd 2.5Gb partiton.

I failed to find any clear guide lines but here is what I did, I created a 196MB swap partition and a 2.1Gb "journalised FS: ext3" partiton.

Q. Why all the choices are they explained some where?
Q. What size should the swap partiton be? Am i correct in having it?

This combination seemed to be agreeable with the installation program

The next fork(s) in the road were with choosing the software ctagories to install, I stayed away from server apps and selected everything from Workstation and the KDE GUI, hopefuly If you are proficient with the Mandrake installation you will understand what I mean? I didn't elect to choose from individual apps so I am assuming that the "mandrake preffered choices" were installed?

any way all went well to the end and I created a user and assigned passwords, however in my experimentation and I find myself already on my 4 installation, the 1st couple of times I suddenly found myself without the GUI (KDE), or I should say it stopped booting into the GUI, it just gave me the text interface, it took me a while to discover that just typeing KDE would launch the GUI, but still it is beyond my skill to figure out how to make it lauch automatically again! so I just elected to reinstall from scratch.

Latest happening was the disapperance of most of the basic Apps from the desktop menus, such as Konqueror and Konsole, I'm sure it was my fault but I couldn't even find a way of getting to any sort of text console, so I just elected to reinstall again from scratch!

My experimentation is now very mild, I have elected to try and get the basic apps working as well as trying to get the internal modem up and running,

Two main issues here, easy one first, the CD/DVD players work well with Audio CD's, but the apps crash or fail to play DVD's, the Hardware is a CD-RW/DVD which is listed correctly in HardDrake as "Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-R2002" I havn't tried writing cd's yet , I thought that would be too ambitious! My first thought is that the apps are unable to cope with the Menu system of DVD's my only reason for thisis from reading about other apps which state their ability to cope with DVD menu systems, "Totem Movie player" is what I currently have installed.

One thing to note, I installed a firmware upgrade to the DVD player to make it multi region, this works well in win2000, would it be causing grief in Linux?

The Question would be Do I try another DVD player app or do I have a hardware problem?

The second issue is with the modem "Toshiba Software Modem AMR" , there is a lot of commnet about this to be found on the Internet, some of it give me hope but I am still a bit baffled as to what I am supposed to do!

My attempted solution have so far involved downloading from the internet via Win2000 and then copying the downloads over to Linux.

The Modem drive I have download consists of the fllowing:

Single file - "slmdm-2.7.9.tar.gz"

after coying over to /home/"my user"/dowloads/modem on my linux Partition, I am then able to extract this file using Konqueror

The README file gives two options, 1st using the "Make" func and the 2nd using the "RMP" func
First it appears I am only able to using these func's when logged in as Root, is this correct?

now if I try either the list of errors is endless and daunting!

Further reading of the README shows up the following for the Make func:
Review and edit (if need) the 'Make File', Note: probably you will want to correct in makefile path to your local linux kernel header files: KERNEL_INCLUDES=/patrh/to/linux/include

Next question is what and where do I find the "Lnux kernel Header fIles"? in the mandrake version

Am I on the right track?

Q. With both these installation methods, should I be placeing these downloads in specific folders?

Finaly I have also downloaded Real Player for Linux, However for this app there is a large choice of linux versions to choose from, any idea what type of linux the mandrake intallation is?

Any suggestions are welcome even if they just point me in direction of reading material

I think I looking for a beginners guide in messing with your OS! such as installing applications etc and maybe something wich explains the choices in istallation as well.



The swap partition should be the double of you're Memory :

128 MB = 256 swap
256 MB = 512 swap
512 MB = 1024 swap

Robert B
if you want to install a aplication from source ...

enter console , go to the directory where you've extracted the file :

1. ./configure
2. make
3. make install
4. make clean

Robert B

ps.: you'll need gcc or something to be able to compile the source code
Here you can find applications for Linux, with some details :

Robert B
2.1 gb is going to be a very tight fit ... 5 gb is better
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