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  1. Excuse me, I was wondering how to get printing to work under firefox. Printerdrake (or whatever it's called) has successfully detected my multi-purpose printer (including the scanner, which didn't work under windows :beer: ). However, FireFox doesn't seem to print anything properly. Is there any way to resolve this? Thank you.

  2. You can also do type the following:

    ps -aux

    at a command prompt to see all processes running. Then you can use killall with the program you wish to close. Example:

    killall kdeinit

    . Of course, this is the oldschool command prompt way to do this sort of thing :P

  3. MIDI is a very important feature to many computer users, and many MIDI musicians/listeners haven't the money to buy a SoundCard with an Emu chip or high-quality hardware wavetable synthesis. With that in mind, I post this small guide in order to help the users of MIDI with computers to discover software synthesis on their Linux Box.

    Having a mere PCM-capable soundcard myself, getting MIDI to work on Linux was a hard concept to understand. However it is very possible, and very easy, thanks to a very facilitated software synthesizer called FluidSynth. Fluidsynth is a commandline-driven software synthesizer

    Under Mandrake/Mandriva, all it takes is a urpmi fluidsynth as root user. You can optionally install QSynth, a QT frontend for FluidSynth, which also requires Jack (I don't recommend this, FluidSynth runs perfectly fine standalone).

    Once you have this set up, go to Getting Started with MIDI on Linux and read the tutorial. It will explain how to work with FluidSynth.

    I also recommend Mandrake Digital Audio Workstation for anything that the first guide did not cover.

    Good luck, everyone, if you have any questions feel free to ask.

  4. I did a search on sourceforge for chm, and I came up with plenty of results.

    www.sourceforge.net if you didn't know.

    Just do a search for chm, and find the one you want, then try doing urpmi for it.

    I would go with devries' example though. That appears to be a good one.

  5. Heh, I am using an NVidia TNT2 M64, but that's only because that's all that I can afford right now. It came that way with the box I purchased (for 100 USD). I highly recommend any NVidia card.

    I have a geforce 6600, but i'm not really a pc gamer so i couldn't care less if it was bad or good.  :P

    Would that be a Geforce FX? I'm just wondering because I'm getting a better job soon so something like that will probably be in my range.

  6. So I decided to update my workstation by installing various audio software. One of them is Jack. After installing Jack, I had poor performance by it (only beeps and clicks when rerouting the mic in to play in the speakers) so I decided to do some research.

    I found the Mandrake Digital Audio Workstation guide. One of the things they explained to urpmi for was a package called "jackit-realtime". So I did so and here is the output I received

    One of the following packages is needed:

    1- kernel-multimedia- : A preemptible Linux kernel, which reduces the latency of the kernel. (to install)

    2- kernel-multimedia-smp- : A multiprocessor version of a preemptive, low-latency kernel (to install)

    What is your choice? (1-2)

    After looking at the choices, a little paranoia was instilled in me. I've broken my Mandrake before, and took much time to repair it, heh. I am using a 2.6 version kernel with Mandrake 10.1 and Blackbox (I disable aRTs for Jack). Can somebody either reassure me that installing one of the packages above will not decrement the kernel, and if so, which one to choose? Or how to get Jack running realtime and properly producing the effect I mentioned (having MIC input play on the Speakers realtime)? I'm using QJackCTL. Thank you in advance.

  7. Changing the hogthreshold might help. Try playing with the speed variable, it makes every difference.

    speed xx

    where xx stands for a percentage between 1 and 100.

    Don't do 100, heh. I use 20 or 25, and if something runs a lil slower than I need sometimes I increase it to about 50.

    It makes a tremendous difference in the lower percentages, separating a game from being playable or unplayable, in my experience.

  8. Well, I can give you some basic advice.

    Just install the latest version from an RPM. The Wine version on the Mandrake 10.1 CDs is rather obsolete. I am uncertain about Mandriva 2005 LE.

    Just use the console or a script to change the directory to your photoshop directory. Then type Wine and then your executable file. For example, "wine photoshop.exe" without the quotes of course.

    As for saving and opening, well, the drives are a lot different than on windows. Your home directory is usually something like E:\ I think. The most important thing is you start the executable from its respective directory.

  9. Well, there are no universal emulators that I know of except for MAME, which emulates the Arcade systems.

    I highly suggest you the Linux version of ZSNES. Be sure to run it in OpenGL mode if you have accelerated graphics drivers. You can find ZSNES RPM's on any of the major rpm sites.

    I highly suggest you try SNES and/or Genesis emulation if your national/local laws permit you to do so.

    Console Emulation is very simple to work with, all you need to do is download the ROMs and run them from your emulator.

    I also want to know that is there any websites you people suggest on downloading games that is actually based on these gaming consoles couple years back.

    Well, that's something you'll have to figure out. You're on your own there. Just do a google or yahoo search on Emulation or ROMs, of course adding the desired system at the end, and that should give you sites for it. Be careful which sites you go to though, not all of them are friendly.

  10. My advice to you is to first install the DOSEmu RPM, then install XDOSEmu RPM. Make sure the DOSEmu and XDOSEmu versions are identical though. Get DOSEmu with the Freedos as well.

    I myself am a big DOS user; running XDOSEmu simplifies the process of running DOS applications in that it's basically a XWindow component of DOSEmu.

    Both of these RPMs can be found at big RPM sites such as rpmseek, rpmfind, and rpm.pbone.

    A little advice to get you started. The D: drive is set to your home ~/ directory, so I'd run my games from the D: drive. You should probably set the speed variable in DOSEmu a lil higher than it normally is to be able to play some later DOS games. I set mine like this

    D:\>  speed 25

    You can also maximize the X-Window by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F. Good luck.

  11. They have a fluxbox RPM for Mandrake at http://www.linuxsoft.cz/en/sw_detail.php?id_item=297 .

    If you cannot figure that out, then I suggest BlackBox. BlackBox version 0.65 is in the Mandrake Install Software GUI, and if you want to try the latest, you can get version 0.70 at http://norlug.org/?op=rpms&rpm_func=rpm_index&cat=5 . FluxBox is based off of BlackBox. The only real differences are that BlackBox is more minimalistic, if you didn't know.

  12. I am aiming to get the Extended ASCII character set to be displayed in pure Commandline mode (without X). It seems that only the first 127 characters of ASCII are displayed properly.

    Not only that, but how can you get multiple textmode resolutions in the Commandline? I want to use standard 80 by 25 like in DOS.

    Does the Linux CLI use a font or something, or is it like DOS and uses the ROM? If somebody could help me with my predicament, I'll be very thankful.


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  13. Hi Lärs,


    why unrar? You could also use rar: with "rar e" you can extract rar archives. I use it for years and it works fine.



    As long as you have a contribs source in your urpmi


    urpmi unrar


    Steve, I wish it could be that simple. However, I don't currently have an internet connection on my Linux box (sad isn't it, as many of Linux's strongpoints are with the net). Thank you for your advice, nevertheless.


    tl017, Well, I never thought of that. However, 7zip has been working well to my tastes. Yes indeed, rar has become a popular format with the Windows crowd because of its superiority to the somewhat archaic yet common Zip format. Saying rar files are useless because there aren't so many softwares for it to a Windows user is like a Windows user telling a *nix user that Tar.gz's are useless because they aren't well supported on Windows, heh. :lol:

    Good luck everyone, and thank you for advice to my inquiries. This forum is a lifesaver :headbang:

  14. Ok, first of all I would like to state what I'm trying to get done. I'm recording wave output from my Keyboard using Audacity. So you see, the recording is working fine and everything. Since there's a chord coming from the aux out from the keyboard, the keyboard is not generating audible sound waves through its speakers. So when I'm recording from the keyboard, I cannot hear what I'm playing at all :P .

    So what I'm asking is, is there a way that will capture the MIC In frequencies and play them through the speakers? I've already tried Audacity's "Software Redirect Output" feature, and it muffles and clicks the sound I'm recording. Is there some kind of module/server/daemon I can load after my box is booted up to serve this purpose? I'm looking for something that will play what is being taken from the MIC-In, but does not ruin the sound (preferrably hardware redirection). Thank you.

  15. Heh, if you're interested, you should try a lightweight window manager instead of using KDE. I use BlackBox myself. I even made my own style/theme for it. You see, with BlackBox, you do get a hi-tech look, yet you don't get all the icons on the desktop and nice yet unnecessary eye candy KDE gives you. All you really have is your menu, and the ToolBar to change windows and view the time. With BlackBox, you don't have to run an App to change the menu. Editing the menu is as simple as writing to a textfile :P . However, it is your call. I recently made the switch from KDE, and I do not regret it at all. BlackBox is very fast, reliable, and I have not had an error with it yet that was not on my part :cheeky: . If you install BlackBox, however, make sure you get BlackBox version 0.70. You can get the rpm from Norlug's RPM's. Maybe Easy-URPMI as well.


    That is just a small suggestion I recommend, you do not have to take it. Oh and by the way, MenuDrake will not run in other WM's than KDE, but as I've said, with BlackBox you do not need to use MenuDrake at all (in fact it will not do anything).

    Good Luck! :beer:

  16. Umm....

    32-bit and 24-bit have the same amount of colors :P . They are exactly the same (maybe not to the hardware, but they are equally capable). It all depends on the drivers whether you are in 24 or 32-bit... They look and operate exactly the same, and both have 256 values of Red, Green, and Blue each :beer: . I don't know what to tell you about the SoundCard, however... It appears to be a very uncommon card... If only we had an XFree86 for Soundcards and Midi, heh :cheeky: .

    My advice is to buy an Audigy for Linux. If you don't need hardware Midi, however, you can get away with a cheap Aureal au8810 (what I have) from eBay :P .

  17. Umm, what kind of soundcard do you have? Devries gave a link above, if you have a soundcard that has wavetable (or FM maybe) midi, you should use that. The method does work for SoundBlasters or Audigy, that method will work. Perhaps it will work with other chipsets as well.

    If you want software midi, you'll have to look elsewhere. However, most of the software midi tutorials are for OSS, and apparently it seems you're using ALSA (as most nowadays are using :P ).

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