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  1. Leo

    Kppp problem

    I tried to set up a firewall (using MCC) and ever since I did, I am unable to connect to my ISP. At first I could connect (using Kppp) however I was unable to collect or send mail and could not access any websites. Now I have tried to reconfigure the connection (using DrakConnect and Kppp) but cannot even get a connection (Kppp tells me that the username or password is not recognised however I am certain it is correct and can't see anything wrong with the settings). Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks Leo
  2. Cool :D It appears to be working, I can see the CD R/RW, and read both CD's and DVD's through the DVD Drive. I used your fstab as a template and applied some of statics settings to it, I had a comma out of place to start with and then realised that I needed to set up directories under /mnt to match the fstab settings Thank you all for your patience and assistance Leo edit: even cdrecord works :shock:
  3. Not sure if this will help at all but none of your modeline entries seem to be entered in the display sections (under modes). I had this when I screwed up my Xwindows and it refused to even start.
  4. OK, I really f***ed something up and the GUI would not work , once I got that back by editing the XFConfig-4 file the mouse wouldn't work (XFConfig-4 again). I have tried following the instructions in statics K3b instructions but cannot mount the cdrom/DVD and cannot see the CD R/RW. My fstab file is below: /dev/hda5 / ext3 defaults 1 1 none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0 /dev/hda7 /home ext3 defaults 1 2 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto codepage=850,sync,unhide,noauto,iocharset=iso8859-15,nosuid,umask=0,user,nodev 0 0 /dev/hdb1 /mnt/hd auto user,iocharset=iso8859-15,kudzu,codepage=850,noauto,umask=0,exec 0 0 none /mnt/cdrom dev=/dev/cdrom,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 none /mnt/cdrom2 dev=/dev/scd0,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0 Would someone please help as I have looked at the man pages for fstab, mount, umount and cannot work out what is wrong. This is getting so frustrating as I know it should be straightforward but cannot get anywhere with it. I could not move the cdrom and cd R/RW onto separate IDE channels as the cable would not stretch far enough, so they are still on hdd and hdc respectively.
  5. OK. So I eventually managed to get GRUB back (using the installation cd) however I seem to have screwed up XFree86 as the X server keels over on start up. I have amended the CF86Config-4 file (swapping an error relating to the keyboard for one relating to the monitor) I then replaced the file with the sample one provided with the NVidia driver. I now get an error relating to screens not being set correctly. I am considering copying the CF86Config-4 file from a cd based distro of Morphix that works fine to see if it will enable me to get X up and running. So I am stuck using the command line at teh moment (which must admit is certainly teaching me more in the last week than I reckon I have learneg in the last couple of months using the GUI). The good news is that the ide-scsi module is being loded at startu so I have amended GRUB to include hdc=ide-scsi hdd=ide-scsi and cdrecord -scanbus recognises hdc as a CD R/RW. So I think I am going to follow statics FAQ reccomendation and switch around the ide cables so I can copy disk to disk and see what happens. Thank you all for your help Leo
  6. OK, I have managed to cock something up whilst trying to get this to work. I think I set Lilo as my bootloader which freezes after the message INIT 2.83 (a problem I had when I originally installed 9.0). I originally got around this by using GRUB instead but I cannot remember how I did this. Once I get this sorted I will post my etc/fstab file. I will also try amending GRUB to hdc=ide-scsi Thank you all for your help, I will get back and let you know how it goes
  7. The CD R/RW is on hdc, I am not sure how to access it as I am having immense difficulty getting to grips with the command line and the GUIs
  8. I am having real problems with my CD R/RW. I am running 9.0 and cannot get cdrecord to work, having looked at various websites (including one linked to from the FAQ) I think the problem is to do with the device itself and the scsi emulation not being enabled. I followed the instructions and added: alias scsi_cd ide-scsi to my /etc/modules.conf file and then adjusted /boot/grub/menu.lst adding: hdc=scsi hdd=scsi to the end of the kernel line This did not work as lsmod showed it was not loaded. I do not really understand what I am doing so would really appreciate any help or advice.
  9. I'm looking to get a second hand (cheap) laptop to put Linux onto (I have the 9.0 powerpack) all I really need on it is a cd-rom (RW as an add on later) and a couple of USB ports. So long as it is not really slow I'l be happy. What I need to know is are there any makes to avoid/look out for and does anyone have any tips as to problems I should look out for? Thanks for your help. Leo
  10. Yes, I take your point. I think I have just got lazy having used windoze for over ten years now, having started with unix in college. My escuse is that I was seduced by the pretty colours and flashy buttons . I have now forgotten pretty much all I knew (which admittedly wasn't an awful lot) so am finding Linux an up hill struggle. Still, you guys are a great help and I reckon I'm bloody-minded enough to carry on
  11. I saw this in Computer Weekly link. They are usually quite positive about Linux. Link edited by Ixthusdan
  12. I think I am part way to solving this. After I followed your instructions about looking at the shadow file, I had a closer look at the man pages for useradd and then usermod where I found 'usermod -U' which unlocks a user account (displayed in shadow as an exclamation mark in front of the encrypted password) so I ran this twice for a newly created account and I can log in using it. My only question now (relating this any way :lol: ) is why the accounts get set up as locked (twice) and how I can reset this (or should I not) but I think I will have a look around for it myself. Thank you all for your help
  13. I ran the command and the new users were in both /etc/passwd and etc/shadow. comparing the entries to existing users that seem to work OK showed a difference in the /etc/shadow file. the user I set up last night (using "useradd + passwd") had a whole load of goblledigook (technical term ) after the first colon (password related?) the other two had two exclamation marks in the same place. After the second colon was a number that was also different to the existing accounts that work. By home, do you mean the files /home/[userid]? if so then yes they have been.
  14. :lol: not this time. Are there any files I could be missing?
  15. I tried this and it all seemed to work as shown in the first extract however when I attempted the login it told me there was an incorrect password. I attempted to login the user that does work and this still told me the password was incorrect. Am I missing something obvious?
  16. OK, I removed the gtmp and ptmp files and it let me set up a new user (one using userdrake) and the other using adduser. I checked both users in linuxconf and they looked the same as an existing user that was set up as a part of the install. Neither of the new users can login, I just get 'Login Failed' :banghead: linuxconf tells me that no passwords are expected so I am fairly sure that it is not an incorrect password. Is there anyway to attempt a login but get an expanded error message (Login Failed is not particularly helpful (I appreciate that this is the point :) ) Once again thanks for the responses
  17. Thank you both for the replies, I looked at useradd (and adduser) in the man pages however when I tried to use them I got 'vipw lockfile (/etc/ptmp) is present!' I assume this is the same as the message I got previously from userdrake. What are the files ptmp and gtmp for (I'm guessing temporary files :) ) and will they be missed if I remove them? Thanks again for the quick answers.
  18. Is there an answer to this? I get this as well although I found the two files and renamed them in an attempt to get into userdrake. It let me in and allowed me to set up a new user but I cannot log in as the user, I get the message "Logn failed". I am very new to this and cound really use some help (even RTFM if someone can ponit to the right section as I cound not find anything I cound use) Thank you in advance and apologies if I am wasting your time
  19. I'm not sure if this is what you are after but in Xconfig there is the option for Raw1394. I'm only new to this so you will probably want to check this but I think it will need a newly compiled Kernel. I do know that my firewire card has not been recognised so was going to try this myself.
  20. Thanks, I had a look and there is some interesting stuff there however for the moment I think I will stick with studio 8 as it is a good all in one package. I may well give wine a shot though (once I have got to grips with all this new stuff) Thanks again for the reply Leo
  21. I realise this is probably a silly question so please forgive me I am completely new to Linux (in fact all things operating system oriented). Is there anyway of running Pinnacle Studio 8 in Linux (mandrake 9.0, mdk 2.4.16-19) I have just installed it on my pc (gateway select 750, 256 RAM, 750 Athlon) dual booting 98SE. It runs fine in 98SE but I would ideally like to ditch windows completely so could do with either getting Studio 8 to run or finding a suitable replacement for editing DV footage and burning to disk. Any assistance/comments would be greatly appreciated.
  22. Leo


    I had a very similar problem with a conexant HCF modem. I fixed it by getting the linux driver off a link from their site and installing with rpm. The /dev/modem link kept defaulting to ttys0 but after installation it was pointed to ttySHC0 and found the modem (still doesn't show in hard drake though)
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