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  1. Installed and changed .mozilla directory name. When I started Firefox everything was different with all my bookmarks gone etc etc which obviously means I did the right thing. Problems with blogger? Yes. Still. So obviously the problem lies with Firefox itself. I'm starting to think now the possibility that my CPU is finally showing its lack of grunt - it is a P3 600E. I've noticed that performance is handicapped when opening 4 or more pages in tabs at once - which was true with 1.0.2 but even more so now. I'm tempted to say that is not really suitable for older CPUs.
  2. I uninstalled it via Mandriva Software Packages Removal and then installed it again via Install Software. It sped up slightly but the problem is still there. I'll uninstall it again and install
  3. Went into a command shell as SU and typed the command. Another Firefox browser opened, I went into that browser and tried to edit/paste in blogger - same problem. CPU at 100% etc. I have Mozilla 1.7.12 installed just in case I have problems with Firefox, and I have just tried editing/pasting in blogger. No problems at all. I'm hoping this fact might help people's problem solving. (No I don't wish to migrate back to Mozilla)
  4. I've been playing around with the fonts and character coding. Still no change. I'm fairly certain that Firefox is trying to execute something heavy on CPU usage that can be found when you do editing in Blogger.
  5. No, fasterfox didn't change the problem when I disabled it. I'll remove my extensions and see what happens. More soon. ------------------- Okay, I have removed all of my extensions with the exception of DOM inspector (which is Thunderbird) and Chatzilla (which, for some reason, I can't uninstall), and the problem still remains with blogger. I'm thinking it might have something to do with my choice of character encoding. Changing between Western (ISO-8859-1) and Unicode (UTF-8) makes no difference. When I go Edit --> Preferences --> Content, my default font is Times New Roman. When I from there to --> advanced, my proportional is "Serif", my Serif is Times New Roman, my Sans serif is Arial and my Monospace is courier. I am mentioning this because I remember changing this just after getting and waiting a HECK of a long time for Firefox to respond again, which leads me to believe that this may actually be the problem. Meanwhile I am going to reinstall my extensions.
  6. I put fasterfox on "Turbocharged". Everything downloaded quickly enough, but as soon as I started editing, pasting etc it slowed down the same way as before with 100% CPU load.
  7. I just installed Firefox and I am quite impressed by it so far, especially some of the extensions - Noscript being my fave. But there is something wrong. I have a blog page and whenever I try to edit or write blogs it is verrrrrry slow in responding. I thought it might have something to do with Noscript so I enabled all scripts for blogger.com and blogspot.com but that hasn't solved it. I went to my internet banking site and that functioned perfectly. According to my gnome system monitor (which I use despite the fact I use KDE) whenever I am in blogger and am trying to write, paste and edit my blog postings, the CPU runs at 100%. It is as though blogger - no other site - is causing my entire system to slow down. This was not happening while I was using my previous Firefox (1.0.2). I have the following extensions: DOM inspector PDF Download 0.6 Tabbrowser preferences Flashblock 1.5.1 Nuke anything 0.2 Noscript Fasterfox 1.0.3 (set at "courteous") Videodownloader 1.0 Yahoo Mail notifier I also have Chatzilla 0.9.73 but found it not to my taste so I uninstalled it. However it is still sitting in my "Extensions" list and cannot be installed/uninstalled or accessed.
  8. Sorry - maybe I didn't make myself clear enough! :unsure: When I say "Media player" I'm referring to the little things that you walk around with playing music, not the software used to play them on a Linux box. (I actually use TOTEM to play my oggs.) :D
  9. I realise that this subject has been done to death a little bit (I DID actually serach for it using the search engine) but there doesn't appear to be any real consensus as to a list of acceptable players. Does someone know of the best media players for Mandriva Linux 2006? I play oggs on my PC and I don't wish to sit there converting all my .ogg files to .mp3s for any media player I buy (plus I know that .ogg files are oss while .mp3 is proprietary) I know many of you have ipods. I suppose I would seriously consider this if they could play .ogg files, or didn't require software mods or whatever. Ipods are also expensive, and I would prefer something cheaper. As far as I know, only IRiver seems to produce media players that can play .ogg files, but I read an Amazon.co.uk review where some guy got very upset that his IRiver didn't work with his Linux box. So obviously I got concerned.
  10. Danie, Your suggestion is wonderful. I've been playing around with the timing and worked out that a figure of around 60000 is the best! It means that whenever I go to a large website the screen remains blank until the page is fully downloaded. The good thing is that when the entire page has been downloaded, firefox automatically assumes you want to see it, which means I don't have to wait ages for smaller pages to download. It works well. I'll keep tinkering. Thanks for your help.
  11. Is there some way of manipulating about:config so that the web page being downloaded does not appear until everything is loaded? By this I mean the screen staying blank until all the info from the address is downloaded, and then suddenly appearing as the webpage once it's ready? I want to try it out to see if the experience is worthwhile. And if I open 4-5 tabs at once ("Open all tabs") is it possible to change the downloading so that one page is downloaded at a time? BY this I mean 5 tabs open, tab 1 finishes downloading and then tab 2 starts downloading, and when it finishes tab 3 starts downloading, etc? I use 1.0.2. I'll upgrade to the latest when I work out how.
  12. This is actually a problem which got solved, but only because my brother is a minor deity in the Linux Pantheon and I had a bootable Knoppix CD - both of which were able to solve the problem. I've been using Konqueror to copy and paste my CDs onto my Hard Drive. While in Konqueor, I type audiocd:/ in the location and up comes the CD. I then copy the entire album as an .ogg file into my music folder on the hard drive. But occasionally things slowed up. My CD would stall sometimes and be unable to complete the process. One solution I had to this was to use the DVD-R/RW drive I have and switch the KDE--->Sound--->Audio CDs address from /dev/cdrom0 to /dev/cdrom1. The other solution I had was to copy the album as a .wav file, and then, once it has been saved onto the HDD, to then open it with Audacity. Once Audacity opened it (it would take 4-5 minutes to open) I would then export it as an .ogg file. Once that was completed, I would then delete the .wav file. The problem was that sometimes the PC would freeze up. Not even going into the command prompt (CTRL-ALT-F1) would help since once I typed in Root as the username it would not even ask me for a password. Instead, it came up with: 0000:00:0a.0 : tulip_stop_rxtx() failed I know now that this is something to do with the internet connection through my router, which I was connected to while ripping my CDs. I'm not sure why this occurred, but whenever the Audacity process would stuff up and freeze everything, that tulip message was what I would get whenever I did a CTRL-ALT-F1 to go to the command prompt (my motive for going to the command prompt was to do a "shutdown -r now" command). With everything frozen - even the command prompt - I had no other choice but to hit the reset button and do a dirty reboot. During Lilo, I would be prompted to check the disk since "the system appears to have shut down uncleanly". These were irritating problems, but nothing as to what happened last night. If you understand already what was going on, then you can probably predict what was happening. Whilst opening and modifying an .ogg file with audacity, I suddenly got an error message which said that the temporary file space was running out. Everything froze again and I was forced to do another dirty reboot. Again I tried to modify the .ogg file (an album) with Audacity, only for it to tell me that, again, I had run out of temporary file space. Again everything froze up and I did a dirty reboot. Except this time, KDE did not boot. In fact, during the Lilo process I got this warning: "Partmon: Checking if partitions have enough free diskspace" Then it said "Warning. </> has <0> free which is less than <20000>". Rather than booting up KDE, I went straight to the command prompt. Even after shutting down cleanly and starting again, the problem remained. Fortunately my brother had given me a Knoppix 3.2 bootable CD. I put the CD in while the system was restarting, and was able to run Linux from there. Opening up my copy of O'Reilly's "Linux in a Nutshell" (which I rarely open and rarely understand), I decided to play around with the fdisk and df commands. While running directly from the CD, and using the df command, I was able to determine that the boot partition was rather full. I rebooted again without the CD and went into the command prompt (after going through the "Warning </> has <0> free etc"). After typing df -k and the the /dev location I discovered that my boot partition was 100% full. So this morning I ring my brother who, as I have said, is rather expert at Linux. I was able to connect to the internet while running Knoppix, and I was able to type commands my brother gave me so that our two computers would connect. He discovered the problem. Essentially the problem was that the temporary files from Audacity that had been left over whenever I did a dirty reboot were piling up in the Boot partition. Eventually the partition filled up and I could no longer boot the computer properly into KDE. My brother eliminated these temporary files for me. As a result, I can now boot up properly. None of this answers the reason why I would occasionally get those "tulip_stop" warnings, unless of course there were temporary files being placed into the boot partition as a normal part of the internet connection process - in which case "tulip_stop" was an indication that the boot partition was being badly hit by another program. In order to prevent this from occurring again, my brother advised me to go into Konqueror and type in "fish://root@localhost/" which would then, after giving my root password, allow me access to the TMP folder and let me manually remove any offending files. He gave me this advice after I told him that I wasn't exactly comfortable with using the command prompt to do such things. I don't know if this is a design flaw with Audacity or with Mandriva 2006 or with both. If I had a larger boot partition the problem would have taken longer to surface. Any ideas? Comments? Is there anything I have forgotten to tell anyone?
  13. My issue was that Alsaconf didn't exist - so I did a urmpi and then installed it via the software installer. After that it worked wonders. Is it an ISA card? If it's PCI then surely the Mandriva control centre should help you with that one?
  14. I've just finished getting URPMI set up and have discovered that I can download alsaplayer. I'm doing it now as I type and we'll see what happens. update: URPMI'd alsa and everything else associated with it, then went into console as su and did alsaconf. Works great now - in fact it sounds better than it ever has before which is great! Thanks for your help
  15. As in not running as SU? Running as SU I couldn't get alsaconf to work (as per above) When I logged on as root and opened a console I typed alsaconf and it still wouldn't work.
  16. # urpmi alsa-utils The package(s) are already installed # alsaconf bash: alsaconf: command not found
  17. Every time I install a new version of Mandrake/Mandriva I seem to have the same problem. But for some reason the solution this time has escaped me. I just upgraded from 10.1 to 2006. I use an ISA Sound Card (Soundblaster) so it never got picked up by the 2006 install (as well as the 10.1 install). The solution was to go into a terminal and type sndconfig. It would then ask you what sort of sound card you have etc etc and then, finally, you would hit the okay button and Linus Torvalds would speak over your speakers saying "Hello my name is Linus Torvalds, and I pronounce Linux as Linux". And then it was supposed to be okay. But not this time. I must have done sndconfig at least a dozen times today and each time it is done Mr Torvalds DOES speak through my speakers loud and clear. The problem is, however, that if I try to play a sound file, nothing happens. I play ogg files through Totem so I went to my ogg repository and selected a favourite album. Off Totem goes playing happily away to itself - expect there is no sound. So according to KDE I have an operating sound system except there is no sound coming out. I've gone into the KDE Control centre and clicked away at the sound system. When it says "Select the audio device" in the hardware section it doesn't seem to have any device that represents a legacy ISA card. So the situation is - the old sound card works and the PC seems to have a recognised sound system that it likes, but the two don't seem to be meeting up.
  18. Well, according to the "Search results for Firefox", the latest rpms for Mandrake are 1.0.2. 1.0.7 seems available for every other distro (Suse, Fedora, etc). Is it possible to download one of those rpms? Update: I downloaded firefox-1.0.7.installer.tar.gz for the "Other" Mandrake distro (10.x is 1.0.4). Didn't work.
  19. Firefox was not part of the Mandrake 10.1 installation that I had. In order to get Firefox I downloaded it and followed the instructions... Whenever I do a Mandrake update, Firefox is not listed. Which URPMI do I go to to get the latest release of Firefox?
  20. Here's a fuller treatment of the BASH [root@ozemail 1 neil]# cd TarGZ\ Downloads [root@ozemail TarGZ Downloads]# dir 2914_files firefox-installer Mediawiki 2914.html Installing\ Mozilla.sxw mediawiki-1.3.11.tar.gz crossfire-1.6.0 install-linux_files mozplugger-1.5.0-3mdk.i586.rpm crossfire-1.6.0.maps-big.tar.gz install-linux.html Open\ Clip\ Art crossfire-1.6.0.tar.gz jdkfiles_files Stratagus dbx jdkfiles.html thunderbird firefox-1.0.4.installer.tar.gz libdvdcss-1.2.8-1.i386.rpm thunderbird-1.0.tar.gz firefox-1.0.7.installer.tar.gz libdvdcss-1.2.8-1.src.rpm [root@ozemail TarGZ Downloads]# ./firefox-installer bash: ./firefox-installer: is a directory [root@ozemail TarGZ Downloads]# cd firefox-installer [root@ozemail firefox-installer]# ./firefox-installer SCIM: im_module_init free(): invalid pointer 0x8228810! free(): invalid pointer 0x82287e8! ./firefox-installer: line 56: 4389 Segmentation fault ./${BINNAME}-bin $@
  21. I use Firefox 1.0.2. I finally decided today to download the tarball and follow the instructions found at the firefox site: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/re.../1.0.7.html#new Extract the tarball and run the installer like so: tar -xzvf firefox-1.0.7.installer.tar.gz cd firefox-installer ./firefox-installer I followed these instructions. I got the following error: SCIM: im_module_init free(): invalid pointer 0x8228810! free(): invalid pointer 0x82287e8! ./firefox-installer: line 56: 4389 Segmentation fault ./${BINNAME}-bin $@
  22. Downloaded and installed Kino 0.7.3 I go into preferences and find the following information: IEEE1394 The IEEE1394 Subsystem is not responding The raw 1394 module must be loaded, and you must have read and write access to dev/raw/1394.
  23. I've just put in a new (used) motherboard (Gigabyte GA-6BXC) and a new (used) CPU (P3-600E). They are both working fine. I also installed a VIA brand Firewire card that I have attached to my camcorder (Canon MV700i). So far I can't seem to make them work. I go into the Mandrake Control Center and it recognises that the Firewire card is there, but there's nothing I can do with it. I want to be able to copy the camcorder tapes and burn them onto DVDs (I have a DVD-R/RW). I did a Google search on this site for the relevant info to see if it had been done before, but there was too much info. I did notice that it would be good for me to copy and paste the results of typing lspci -v -v into a console, so here it is: 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03) Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap+ 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort+ >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 Region 0: Memory at e8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) Capabilities: [a0] AGP version 1.0 Status: RQ=32 Iso- ArqSz=0 Cal=0 SBA+ ITACoh- GART64- HTrans- 64bit- FW- AGP3- Rate=x1,x2 Command: RQ=1 ArqSz=0 Cal=0 SBA- AGP- GART64- 64bit- FW- Rate=<none> 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode]) Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- Status: Cap- 66Mhz+ UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64 I/O behind bridge: 0000d000-0000dfff Memory behind bridge: ec000000-edffffff Prefetchable memory behind bridge: e0000000-e7ffffff BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- NoISA- VGA+ MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B+ 00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02) Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle+ MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap- 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 0 00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01) (prog-if 80 [Master]) Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap- 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 Region 4: I/O ports at f000 00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [uHCI]) Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap- 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 Interrupt: pin D routed to IRQ 10 Region 4: I/O ports at e000 00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02) Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap- 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Interrupt: pin ? routed to IRQ 9 00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21142/43 (rev 30) Subsystem: Digital Equipment Corporation DE500B Fast Ethernet Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap- 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 (5000ns min, 10000ns max), cache line size 08 Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 9 Region 0: I/O ports at e400 Region 1: Memory at ef000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) Expansion ROM at ee000000 [disabled] 00:0b.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 46) (prog-if 10 [OHCI]) Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap+ 66Mhz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 (8000ns max), cache line size 08 Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 10 Region 0: Memory at ef001000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) Region 1: I/O ports at e800 Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2 Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2+,D3hot+,D3cold+) Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME- 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA]) Subsystem: Asustek Computer, Inc. AGP-V7100 Pro Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- Status: Cap+ 66Mhz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- Latency: 64 (1250ns min, 250ns max) Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 11 Region 0: Memory at ec000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) Region 1: Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) Expansion ROM at ed000000 [disabled] Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2 Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-) Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME- Capabilities: [44] AGP version 2.0 Status: RQ=32 Iso- ArqSz=0 Cal=0 SBA- ITACoh- GART64- HTrans- 64bit- FW+ AGP3- Rate=x1,x2,x4 Command: RQ=1 ArqSz=0 Cal=0 SBA- AGP- GART64- 64bit- FW- Rate=<none>
  24. Okay, I've done what you suggested, and when I type in cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness it now reads 10 (it was 60 before). If I have any problems I'll come back and say so. If not - you have my great thanks in advance!
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