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  1. Hey Mitchell, sounds like you're having quite a time of it there. Well done for persevering - it helps everyone! I can only offer my opinions, experiences and suggestions here, as alternatives to you. I did not see them being fully mentioned yet; Consider getting another wireless card...? Physically remove the suspect item, do a fresh vanilla install, leave the box running, and see if it still freezes. If it does - it's not the card. Sometimes i go to maplins (good returns policy) and buy a new part and test it in my box to see if its going to work. If it doesn't work "well", i return it and tell them it wont work on my Linux box and get a full refund. B) Then i try a better one. I have a strict 'policy set' when i go shopping online for my systems - I try to pick the best, top brands, med - high'med models, for Linux (these 'will' all work extremely well with windows too), something newish but not entirely state of the art - tried and tested. I try to research the technology - find out what i will need and what are the best features for forward/backward capability. I check the Linux hardware lists, check the manufacturers website (no info? - email them. -> wont support Linux? - Bye!) google for reviews by other Linux users (no reviews? it's either crap or it's too new -> next!). Only then will i look at prices and find a way to budget for it. I know I've invested well when dual boots' fly and the units give me years of hassle free service, coping with old and new system(s) changes. The item also has a higher re-sale value when i need to prune away old stock. A few years ago i was running a PII vaio laptop with Mandriva-2005; a linksys pcmcia wireless card (ndiswrapper) & linksys wireless switched hub without any probs at all. I went on the road with the lappy, after that, for 6 months (continuous), jumping WiFi hotspots - it was sweet! I was so impressed with it i put one in my sisters acer laptop last year (Mandriva 2006) and that's been fine as well. (In my experiences with Linux) Hardware problems can be some of the most time consuming and frustrating issues. It's so damn fussy, but, you're worth it! ;)
  2. I'm no expert skyhawk, but i find what you have written very interesting. Here's my fstab from a 'bog standard' permanently installed Mandriva One 2007.1 Live CD - mostly an office machine. /dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1 /dev/hda6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto umask=0,users,noauto,iocharset=utf8,sync 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 none /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0 /dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0 Here's the one from my Debian Etch box - I added; sda (external usb hdd), hdb (internal ide) and shm (jackd) to it. - Used mostly for multimedia; # /etc/fstab: static file system information. # # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1 /dev/hda6 /home ext3 defaults 0 2 /dev/hda5 /usr ext3 defaults 0 2 /dev/hda7 none swap sw 0 0 /dev/hdb1 /mnt/hdd ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1 /dev/hdc /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0 /dev/hdd /media/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0 /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0 /dev/sda /mnt/sda ext3 rw,noauto,user 1 0 shm /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0 I guess i just figured that the Mandriva 'live' install would require some very special considerations since it not only acts as a live install, but also has the option to install permanently. This feature of Mandriva Live blows my mind and i totally give big kudos to the developers and contributors for it. The computer and O/S does what it is supposed to do very well and i have resisted my desires to tweak it or experiment at all. If it ain't broke... ;) I hadn't noticed that i wouldn't be able to mount a cdrom in it manually. I will add it and have a better look around the system. I would like to know more though and thought i would register my interest on this discourse in your excellent thread.
  3. I don't know Ubuntu and I may be way off base here illia, but i found this on my travels. I do not vouch for it as i have never had to use it - but it's Linux - right? Maybe someone else can testify to its usefulness. ...if nothing else it may help you build a solution.
  4. What a crack! Here's a link: George Formby - When I'm Cleanin' Windows - courtesy of You Tube
  5. That last screenshot by cybormoron reminded me of an old forgotten song by "George Formby" - "When I'm Cleanin' Windows" which i somehow keep distorting with "Dereks & Clives'" - My Old Mans a Dustman" Must get sleep... Debian Etch... ish
  6. Thanks neddie~ (dumb questions - with a nut like mine? I wish!). I've only just really looked (Doh!) and Iiyama say the native resolution for the monitor is 1,8 MegaPixel (1680 x 1050). The whole reason I went for a good sized monitor, in the first place, is so it can be set to 1024x768 for pater. I guess I just want the best for him. I use a 17" set to 1280x1024 and think that's extravagant. :unsure: So... no anna the screen shots aren't scaled down. I have the monitor set on custom (with the proper sync ranges) as theres no easy entry in MCC for it. The video card is also listed as a 7900gt but this ones only 7600gst. I'm just not sure what changes will make a decent difference to the final output and I'm a little fearful of messing around too much with the hardware settings as I wont be here if he gets probs later on. I guess i'll point him here for support. All the folks here are so clever and generous (brings a tear to my eye and a smile too). :D I'll try this new "native mode" way of living that you both suggest and muck about with the fonts, styles et al. I may come back a different person though.... Thank you all for your time and efforts you are much appreciated.
  7. Hello anna and thanks. Well... My dad has a bit of trouble with reading them and has said as much. He's so new to computers and the Internet (74 yo) so I'm trying to make his excellent venture into cyber space as enjoyable as possible. They kinda hurt my eyes after a while too. I think the letters and character shapes are not well defined and tend to be a bit blurry. I find my eyes trying to focus in and out to compensate like yo-yos' (even thinking about it makes me dizzy :D ) I'm not great at Linux but I was wondering if anyone had a slightly more involved solution that I could learn something about and try to implement for him.
  8. Hi~ The font rendering on my screen is very poor. I've tried all the usuals; Anti Aliasing Force DPI Changing fonts I thought I'd post up 'the best' screenshots. The system is for my dad. His eyesight isn't great even with glasses and a big screen. Can I try anything else? System Overview ~ O/S - Linux Mandriva Spring 2007.1 'One' + Updates Ker - Linux localhost 2.6.17-13mdvlegacy #1 SMP Fri Mar 23 19:05:24 UTC 2007 i686 IntelĀ® Core2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz GNU/Linux CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz Socket 775 FSB1066 4MB Cache Retail (E6600) RAM - OCZ 2 x 1Gb PC2-6400 DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 ATI Cert. Dual Ch. (OCZ2A8002GK) M/B - ABIT IL9 Pro i945P Socket 775 ATX (IL9 Pro) GRA - Innovision 3D 256MB DDR3 DVI-D PCI-E Graphics Card (7600GST) SCR - Iiyama Pro Lite TFT E2200WS DVI-D (IIYMO269)
  9. Hey~ Crackin' chat. I'm not that great with Linux. I'm currently trying Debian etch atm, as an alternative to Mandriva. Its errr... new (muffled cry for help:). I think it was either Tyme or Arctic that, did a great piece on it, inspired me to try it. It's my first break from the Mandy dist, ever, after 4 years. Gentoo and Ubuntu are next on my list too because of great threads just like this. The technical stuff is good, but sometimes the human aspect is more interesting to me. Well done to you; Kunk, Mystified and eveyone who searches and achieves. :) Makes me feel more confident trying to give it a go too!
  10. Boner :huh: Did you do all the updates with easy-urpmi? And im guessing your not using anything "fancy shmancy" like 3d desktop. Open a terminal as user and then type; su, password, kate. Does Katie have all her widgets in the right place? I think i've seen some threads around about different KDE 3.5 GTK themes and widgets not displaying properly - so you could try changing the theme that root uses. Is it possible to re-create the fault with Gnome or ICEWm in root?
  11. Hi Scythe~ A few quickies off the bat; How long has the system been installed? What ML are you using? Was it an upgrade or a fresh install? When did the problem start? What Window manager are you using & version? Did you change anything about that time?
  12. Hey Jimtim~ long time since i've seen "Ivor the engine & Jones the steam" nice touch there chap. Well done for perservering ~ what a mystery! In light of nothing new, lets get some basics out of the way here... what are your o/s & system specs; [bash@localhost ~]$ uname -a I notice from your libs you are running a 64bit box, which i have zero experience with, but the katapult file you "downloaded separately", would seem to sugest, to me anyway, a 32 bit from the file name you mentioned initially. But i dont know how to check that out for sure! Does anyone else know if the packages are 32 & 64 bit inclusive now? S'about time! "/home/james/Download/katapult-" katapult- - belongs to Mandriva 2007 - source:rpmbone Yes, the "katapult-" Download could be significant. It is better to install using the Software installer, when u can, and not from a download as there may be other files (dependancies) it requires to install properly. The software installer will also check the integrity of all the packages, compute all the dependancies, download all the packages and install all of them for you without any hassle at all. If your using ML 2007 Katapult should be installed from the packages list and not from a folder of downloads. I do this all the time, at work, and it plays havoc with the IRS computers. Which method did you use? Personally, as a last resort and/or if time is tight here, I would consider the plan of re-installing the main o/s and keeping the home directory out of the disk format after "backing it up". 4 easy hours tops, adsl, plenty of tea and tell everyone its gonna be 2 days of hard work for 'their' benefit and demand something nice for yourself. :) Otherwise just the juicy bits Jimtim please...
  13. Just a wild shot here; I had a similar kind of issue recently. The numlock got switched on automatically (by Mandriva) and changed all the vowels to numbers. I only found out by copying and pasting in the password characters from desktop filenames. :huh: I wonder if Katapult is doing this. Does your keyboard output look normal in a text editor eg. printing all the characters right?
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