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ianw1974

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  1. Hi, thanks for the reply. I'm OK getting into it. Initially I said no to auto-load, and as you said, I just got a prompt to login and use it at CLI level. I did try to load XFree, but I just got a blue screen and cross cursor and that was it. So I just turned off, reinstalled and said yes I want auto-load, and then I'm all working fine. My main reason was, that when I installed the desktop (Dell Optiplex), I set the graphics card, colour depth etc when installing off the CD, but it made no mention about XFree. It was only when I came to my laptop (Toshiba Satellite A10), that when configuring the graphics card, it mentioned XFree as options for me to choose. This kind of confused me, as I didn't see it with the desktop, and wasn't sure if it was because Mandrake didn't detect the drivers on the CD for the video card. I'm using Mandrake 10.0 Original. The desktop is using ATI Radeon and detected this no problem. My laptop wanted me to choose a resolution for a Flat Panel, which I set to 1024x768, and then mentioned the XFree bit, and acceleration, configuring the heads independently and then setting the 24bit colour depth. The graphics card in my laptop is Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME controller, however the default driver I used after selecting the Flat Panel, was Intel 85x. I'm quite happy with using the XFree as obviously it sounds a requirement, I just wondered why I never saw it mentioned when I installed the desktop.
  2. I really only know two options. I'm not sure what version of Windows you are using, am assuming Windows XP. This is what you need to do: Boot from your Linux CD and press F1. Then type rescue and press enter. You want to rescue the LILO boot loader, or whichever one you had chosen to use in the first place. (or boot from the floppy, press F1 and then supply the CD1 and go from there). However, after it's rescued it you won't see Windows on the list of being able to boot. So boot Linux, and then System/Configuration/Configure your desktop/Boot/Boot Loader (I'm using KDE so I chose through here). You'll get the screen saying LILO graphical etc, etc, click Next. Click Add, then choose Other (Windows etc). Mine is on /dev/hda1, so choose the relevant partition. OK everything, and you'll now be able to dual boot again. If you have probs with that, I can only suggest load Windows first, then Linux Mandrake afterwards.
  3. As a new user of Mandrake, first I apologise if you've seen this question before! I did do a search but couldn't find anything that answered my question. Am just trying to understand, as I want to use Linux a lot more. OK, I've installed on my laptop, and the graphics card didn't list the driver, so I just chose 1024x768 flat panel, chose Intel 85x I think, and then set the colour depth. It then went on about XFree86 (two options, one hardware accelerated), which I chose the faster one obviously (my previous install I chose not to have it loaded automatically, and I only got command prompt, so I reinstalled to get the GUI loaded as I couldn't figure out how to do it manually). When I installed on the desktop, it didn't install XFree. Do laptops have to use XFree or is it just certain video cards if the drivers aren't present? Am I able to install a graphics driver that doesn't require using XFree? Or is there a benefit of using it?
  4. Excellent, thanks for that. I wasn't sure, as I'm new to this, and want to understand it a bit more and use it. The laptop does have 1GB of RAM, so I think I should be OK using this option. It didn't appear on the desktop, which made me wonder why it was there. Thanks for your help, I understood what you wrote :-) so you have nothing to worry about. My book arrives in a few days, so at least I'll be able to persevere a bit more and learn! Well, that's the idea anyhow.
  5. I've just recently downloaded and installed Linux Mandrake 10.0 Official on a desktop machine, and also my laptop too. However, I noticed one of two things. Firstly, I have an option for the i686 up to 4GB. I'm not sure which option to choose to boot from. The desktop had 512MB RAM and I use the entry coded "linux". For the laptop, I had the i686 up to 4GB and the previous mentioned "linux" option. Why are there two, and which one am I best to use? Also, my laptop wouldn't sort the graphics automatically, and wants to use XFree86, else I don't get a GUI. Is this normal? The desktop was fine, running an ATI Radeon driver. Laptop is Intel based chipset. Apologies, only I don't really understand all this at the minute, but am learning slowly :-). Your help is appreciated so that I know which is best for me to boot with.
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