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Everything posted by ianw1974

  1. As another note for file systems: EXT2 is similar to EXT3 except no journaling. This means if your system crashes it will be harder to recover from. EXT3 is the same as EXT2 except has journaling meaning that if it crashes, it can run checks on your system and sort itself out. There are other journaling file systems like Reiser and XFS of which all have different advantages and disadvantages. Stick with EXT3 it'll do all you need anyway.
  2. Sounds like you have some partition problems! This is what I suggest you do, since the system won't boot and it can't read your lilo.conf. First, boot from the Linux 10.1 Official CD up to the point you can start to install. Go through this, and then when you come to configuring disk, choose the option that allows you to change it (I can't remember the wording). Are you wanting to just use Linux on the laptop? If so, delete every partition that exists. Then you want to choose EXT3 and set the required size for the partition. You will need to leave some spare for your swap partition, which is normally your memory x 2. So, if you have 128MB ram in the laptop, set the swap to 256MB. Also, you don't need to set a HOME partition. This is just to keep your user files separate in case you upgrade the system at a later date. I only have two partitions, one for / which is 3.5GB and SWAP which is 512MB. Then continue through the installation. If you get asked about where to install LILO, make sure it is in the MBR and not the other options. This may be why you have boot problems now. Give that a shot, and let us know how you get on. Since the install only takes about 30 minutes, this is your easiest route to fixing it as it stands.
  3. I installed the kernel- and also the kernel-source- System rebooted fine, and I removed the old kernel of kernel- I had to reinstall the drivers for my Intel video card, but this wasn't a major deal, and worked OK. I kind of expected I would have to, as they were installed on the old kernel. The only thing I did notice was that when I reboot the system, the blue mandrake shut-down screen has a yellow border about half an inch wide around the extents of the screen! The way my system boots at the moment is that it doesn't load Xorg straightaway. So I login at prompt, and then startx, which then loads KDE for me. Any ideas as to the yellow border?
  4. I don't have the machine near me, but I believe it's a USR Internal PCI WinModem. I checked the link that was left by adolfix and it says "No Available Status". So am assuming that this modem is not supported?
  5. I managed to download MDK 10.1 DVD version. This may have everything you require, as I've not noticed anything missing - but then I only use as desktop environment rather than server environment.
  6. How would I install it manually if I don't urpmi the kernel in? I thought I would urpmi the source and kernel at the same time. Is that OK?
  7. Glad it's all OK, I was about to say that the only other time I've seen this a problem is when a network card has been forced to a speed/duplex setting and the switch/hub was on auto-negotiate (or vice versa). But as you're OK now, you won't need to worry about this! :P
  8. OK, cool, I thought that would be the case, because I know some things rely on this when you compile them. I'll have a go at this first thing in the morning and keep you posted.....
  9. Do you have all machines using the DSL as the default gateway? I have a similar setup (different IP addresses), but a handful of machines, a DSL router and a hardware firewall in between the internet connection. I had an icmp ping problem earlier because the Windows firewall was on one of the machine I tried to contact. As you don't have the firewalls, this shouldn't be a problem for you. When you configured the network, did you configure the following items: IP Subnet Gateway DNS entries Hostname for your machine I left zeroconf blank as it's not normally needed. I also left the fully qualified domainname blank when I configured the hostname, as it's not really needed anyhow.
  10. I thought that might be the case. As the security update was flagged, I thought it prudent to upgrade the kernel so that I don't have to worry about anything! :P
  11. Just to clarify, when you ping by IP address, can you ping any other system. Or can you just ping yourself? Do you have any firewall software on the other machines (or even this one) which might be blocking icmp (ping) requests? Also, how do you access the internet? Via a DSL router or some other means?
  12. OK, thanks for that. The only reason I am upgrading it is because the kernel-source is showing as needing a security update in update-source, so I thought that if I upgrade the kernel-source, I should also upgrade the kernel at the same time.
  13. OK, I'll not load .11 for now then. I'll see if I can do a bit of googling to see if I can find out more in terms of what kernels can be applied to 10.1. Unless it's posted here first!!!!! :P Many thanks for your help on all this! Oh, and can I remove the old 1-12 kernel after the install of 1-24?
  14. Did you install any other desktops like Gnome, etc? Have you tried logging into one of these, and does it work? Is it just KDE that's affected? What graphics card does your laptop have? I found a problem with my graphics card on 10.1 Official, which I didn't find with 10.0. The only real difference between the two is XFree86 in 10.0 and XOrg in 10.1 that may have been why. What you'll need to do is install the drivers for your video card, and hopefully you should be fine. I expect that you won't be able to get into any of the GUI's, including Gnome, but it's worth a shot just to make sure it's not KDE that's screwed. When you installed MDK 10.1, did you check the final screen for the hardware and was the Graphics card showing as "Not Configured"? Mine was, so I configured it before I rebooted for the first time after the installation. Sorry had to add as I forgot something. It's most likely that you'll have to install the video card driver from the CLI. This is so that X isn't running, and when you boot into it again, it should be with the new drivers.
  15. Cool, I'll go with that for the time being. Did you happen to use 2.6.11 on MDK 10.1? Or did you only install that on 10.2?
  16. I did that with 2.6.11, and then I had the long boot prob and sound failed when ALSA went from 1.0.6 to 1.0.8 The system still booted however, it just took a lot longer to boot than the original kernel of So, if I upgrade to, would this be a major problem for me and introduce what I experienced so far (except that I don't have KDE 3.4 this time)? Or does anyone know if 2.6.11 kernel runs OK with MDK 10.1 OE without any additional changes other than the updates? I'm new to all this sort of stuff, so bear with me if I sound "simple"!
  17. I've not tried the new version yet, but I guess I'll probably have to at some point soon. I'm still on the "Mandrake" version before they changed their name. I have another thread on kernel going at the moment, so can see if that sheds any light, and I might start a sound thread too later on.
  18. It's on my laptop, a built-in Intel one, ALSA show as intel 8x0. It works normally just not after the kernel upgrade to 2.6.11
  19. Thanks for that, I've appreciated all your replies re 3.4 upgrade over the last day or so! I think I'll probably wait for a release that makes it a lot easier for me. I know that's a bit of a cop-out, but I won't have to worry too much about trashing my system when I know it'll work better :P
  20. Just out of interest, will a US Robotics internal PCI modem work with Linux 10.1? I've not tried, but I know it told me to visit linmodem.org or something when I first installed Linux. Since I use broadband, I've never had to use the modem, but I'm sure there will be a point in time that I will.
  21. I have a hardware firewall that runs Linux Coldfire, and that works quite well. However, as it's a hardware firewall, it's totally separate from my Linux installations, so means I have more resources free on my system for other things! :D
  22. Going back like four years or so I used Mandrake 7.2, which was OK, but 10.x is a far improvement and is my fave distro of Linux to date (not that I've used any others so maybe I can't say that :P ). I only have 128Kbps broadband here in Poland, so when I'm back in the UK this summer, I will be hitting the office's 512Kbps to get my latest large updates, and maybe even LE2005! Unless I wait for the next release later this year or whenever it's due out!
  23. Excellent :D I'm now fully back up and running with 10.1 OE and no KDE 3.4, although I do like what I saw, and would like to upgrade sometime in the near future! I just need to figure out ensuring a stable upgrade without any probs!!! And reading the KDE website is way over my head at the minute! I think I have a lot of reading to do.......... :P
  24. I built my system today with MDK 10.1 OE and applied all updates (Normal/Security/Bug Fixes), because of an unsuccessful KDE 3.4 upgrade. Anyway, that aside. I installed the kernel source for kernel-, as I needed this to install the drivers for my Intel video card. What i subsequently found is that a security update has appeared to upgrade the kernel source to If I do this, surely I will also need to urpmi the kernel version for this as well?!? Yesterday, before the end of my KDE 3.4 upgrade, I did apply kernel 2.6.11 as I thought it would fix a few problems, but I found it took a real long time to boot, so I figured that this kernel may not be for 10.1 or whether the KDE 3.4 upgrade didn't help either. Whichever way, what's my best way forward. Shall I upgrade the kernel to and install then upgrade the kernel source that matches this, or apply the later kernel? If so, is it just a case of installing the rpm, or are there a few more things I need to take into consideration? Appreciate your help on this one, as I'm trying to save another rebuild!!!!! :D
  25. I sure liked what I saw of it, so I know I'll be at it again soon!! :P
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