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  1. I haven't used Mandriva since 2006. I've been considering installing it again as the 2008 live cd looks very promising. It is certainly much more polished than Ubuntu. I've given Fedora a go and Tried OpenSuse many times. But all these distros have some little thing here or there that bugs the hell out of me. I have a few questions about it since its been a while since I have used it.


    • 1) When the updates come in does it update ONLY whats installed on my system? Or do the updates still want to update everything that is an update?
      2) How is bluetooth out of the box? Is it fairly easy to associate a bluetooth keyboard and mouse?
      3) Has anyone tried installing it on one of the new Aluminum iMacs? If so how did it go?


    Thanks in advance to anyone with info about these things.

  2. My wife has sent me on a quest to find a DV Cam that is linux compatible. First of all I have never used a DV Cam or even looked into them before. So I would also like to know how to connect them to linux and what programs work well in creating DVD videos. I would even settle on svcd. Basically, which camera is reccomended and which programs are effective and easy enough to use that even my wife can do it?

  3. Hm. There's some timer issues within the kernels. Have you ever tried to use a different one? (multimedia or kernel-linus type from contrib repository?)



    I had never thought about trying different kernels. After searching I have found a laptop-multimedia kernel. I'll give that a shot. Also, i removed acpi and acpid and that seemed to fix the issue. Now I cant use my laptop like a laptop. Anyways, I'll give that kernel a shot along with acpi and see what it does.

  4. Sorry, I should have been more specific. In KDE the default icon notification is to have the icons bounce as they an application is opened. These are moving extremely fast. I have already slowed down the keyboard and mouse with the settings. However this does not actually fix the problem, it only addresses a symptom. I have never seen behavior like this before on any other distribution which is why I am so baffled. Thanks for the idea and information. I'll have a look at my BIOS to see if there is anything there.

  5. I just installed mandriva 2007 on my laptop. I had issues getting my video card working for my ATI Raedon 200M Express. I finally was able to get it working with the "ati" driver after trying the raedon driver and the vesa driver.


    Now thats all fine and dandy and I thought that was the issue. I installed the proprietary ATI fglrx driver and restarted my xserver. Still I had super fast bouncing icons, super fast keyboard repeat and super fast double click. These are just a few symptoms I have noticed. While in init level 1 i was able to use my keyboard just fine. it functioned as it should. While in init level 3 i could not use my keyboard because of the crazy fast keyboard repeat problem.


    I have searched google relentlessly looking for a fix to this issue. All I can find is how fast the distro is or how slow the distro is. I can not seem to find anyone else with this issue. I'm not sure what is causing it or why it is happening. If anyone has information on what may be causing this I would love to hear it. Anything helps because I am baffled. Although I do know that my graphics card is more than likely not the issue. Everything works well with other distros i have tried on this laptop.


    Edit Update: I started shutting down services one by one and checking the system. No services were found to be the culprit.


    Hardware specs:

    Toshiba Satellite A101-105S

    1.6 ghz processor

    700 + mb ram.

    ati raedon express 200M graphics card

  6. The Rio Karma also plays ogg files. However they are no longer manufactured so you have to get them off e-bay or a resale store. The RCA Lyra connects as a usb device. You can transfer files to it as if it were a hard drive. Same as the IRiver. However the RCA Lyra does not do ogg. Most mp3 players will connect as a usb mass storage device. All but the iPod. But as far as i know the Karma and IRiver are the only ones that do ogg.

  7. I don't think dualbooting is worth all the hassle and loss of hard drive space. Moving to Linux cured me of the loads of time I spent playing games. I only play linux native games now. It gave me a lot less options but also comes a lot more time to be more productive. I find that the older I get the less I want to play a game that takes 4-6 hours and the more I want to play a game that can be over in 20-30 min.

  8. I had the same issue in Mandriva 2006 on my old school laptop. I switched from kdm (kde display manager) to gdm (gnome display manager). It is kind of a pain because I have to logout before I shut down my system but it works much better. No more green and blue lines and messed up icons. I cant tell you exactly how to change your display manager because I'm using a lesser os right now but I believe there is a gui for it in the Control Center. You may need to install gdm as well.

  9. This applies to Soundblaster AWE, Live, and Audigy soundcards.


    I have been frustrated with the inability to load a soundfont at boot time in Mandriva LE 2005. I also recently found out that this applies to Mandriva 2006. In order to load one I would have to go into Kcontrol and to the sound setup. There I would select the midi output I wanted to use. I would have to actually re-select it. Then I would press apply. I would have to do all of this before I could load a soundfont.


    With recent trial and error I have found a solution for all you soundfont loving, midi loving, music writing, musicians who want to use the abilities of thier soundcard.


    1- Install kmid urpmi kmid


    2- lauch Kcontrol. (configure your desktop)

    Go to Sound --> Sound System --> click the hardware tab --> check the use midi mapper box. The path to the midi mapper is as follows: /usr/share/apps/kmid/maps/gm.map


    3 - If you have not already, install the awesfx package. urpmi awesfx This will enable you to load soundfonts.


    4 - Place a soundfont you would like to load in a directory that you will be familiar with. I placed mine in /home/user/.midi/soundfont.sf2 However you can place it in any directory that suits you.


    5 - In /ect/rc.local a few commands must be added at the end of the file:

    modprobe snd-emu10k1-synth - It seems that this was left out of the Alsa configuration. This command will allow a soundfont to be loaded intstead of getting the error message that "No Awe synth device found".

    aweset init - This command initializes the AWE chip and state.

    sfxload /path/to/your/soundfont/soundfont.sf2 - This command actually loads the soundfont.

    You must edit this file as root to be able to save it.


    Here is an example of what should be added to the rc.local file:


    modprobe snd-emu10k1-synth

    aweset init

    sfxload /path/to/soundfont/soundfont.sf2


    Following these simple steps will allow those of you with soundfonts, who want to use that feature, to load them at boot time.


    Enjoy! And happy music writing.

  10. This is probably more of an annoyance than a bug. I have recently upgraded to Mandriva 2005LE from Mandrake 10.0 In Mandrake 10.0 I had no problems with my Soundblaster Audigy. I had included the command to load a soundfont during boot in my rc.local file. So when the system first came up and running I could simply open my music composition program (Noteworthy Composer running under wine) and write and listen to the music. Unfortunately in Mandriva 2005LE this is not the case. I have to configure my desktop -> Sound -> play with the midi output. Then i can load a soundfont. Would anyone know why this is? how could i configure my pc so that it will load at boot? It does not seem to me that the ALSA driver works 100% right after boot. It seems that Arts has taken over. Like I said, more of an annoyance than a bug.

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