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  1. i've been using Lm_Sensors . i'm pretty sure on of the install CD's has it. that was the case in 9.2, at least. if not, you can get a rpm from a contrib site or even cooker. not to difficult to set up. read the faq's/docs at the web site & the readme/install stuff with the package. for a gui front end to it, you can use some superkaramba stuff. i use one called tmon. i edited the theme a bit to get it to my liking. also, unless i'm mistaken, ksensors is available for kde3.2. i have it for kde3.1.3, but i coulda sworn i saw 3.2 versions of it in cooker. here's a screenie of the tmon theme running. (ignore the wacky chassis temp. i'm still tinkering with the settings on that. and, the in/out for the internet do work, but they only show action during dloads/uploads) Chris
  2. Kontrol Center->components->file associations. type cda in the search box, change the associated application preferences orders, add a new one if ya like, remove if ya like,->apply. Chris
  3. AFAIK, that's always been the case with KDE. aumix will override the kmix settings. i never really looked into any further since that fixes the problem. honestly, i don't really know. you could try playing around with different drivers & see if you can get a better match for the SB. but, regardless of that fact, aumix will still override the kmix settings. is the sound onboard, or is it a separate sound card? the cirrus logic driver tends to be sort of a default driver when nothing else works properly. if it were me, if you have sound & you're happy with it, i'd leave it alone. if you wanna try other drivers, just make note of the one you currently have that's working so you know what to go back to. Chris
  4. try using aumix, set the volumes, save settings, & see if that does it. aumix overrides kmix settings. Chris
  5. if you're still having the metric problem, go to KCC (Kontrol Center, IE: configure your desktop)->accessibility->country, region & language. check under the various tabs & make sure things are set approriately for your country/region, etc. click apply. you may have to restart KDE for the changed settings to take effect. Chris
  6. hmmm.......... no, actually, i don't use 10.0. i'm still in 9.2 land until the 10.0 official public final rcX comes out. :P so, you may well be correct & for some unknown reason they removed the "get Windows fonts" & "add all fonts" options in drakfont for 10.0. if they did, that's just plain dumb (IMHO) unless it's one of those trademark/patent issues. i dunno....... have you tried just hilighting all the fonts so they're all selected then installing them? that's the only thing i can think of in lieu of a better idea. Chris
  7. since i don't have a Windows partition any more, it's been a while since i did it. but, from memory, all you need to do is click the "get windows fonts" button->check what apps you want to be able to use them (ghostscript, staroffice, abiword, generic printers)->click "ok" & drakfont will automatically search for any /mnt/win* partition, then load the fonts from the win*/fonts folder, again, automatically. i just did a test run on my machine & that's exactly what it did (except it told me that it couldn't find a /mnt/win* directory............of course!). when i installed the fonts from the CD i burned, it was basically the same thing............i just pointed it to the folder on the CD & it found all & automatically loaded them. check to see if there's an "add all" or "select all" option. i'm almost positive one of those options is there & needs to be selected to do the job for all fonts. Chris
  8. hmmmm.................. i never had to do one font at a time. what method were you using? you can do them all in one fell swoop using MCC->system->drakfont. check out This Thread & look for my post on how to install all the Windows fonts, with or without a Windows partition. Chris
  9. i've never used this (English speaking only here) but in KDE Kontrol Center (aka: Configure Your Desktop) under Accessibility->country & region->locale, there's an option to add more than one language. so, i'm assuming that after you do that there should be a way to switch languages on the fly, or use them both simultaneously. might be something worth checking out............. Chris
  10. if you're using KDE, go to Kontrol Center (Configure your Desktop)->sound->sound system. under the "sound I/O tab, try checking the "enable full duplex" operation" box, "apply". since you're using ALSA, this may not apply, but there's options under the aRts tab that may or may not apply to your situation. Chris
  11. i don't use ACPI (troublesome, as you're finding out). the easiest way to turn it off is go to Mandrake Control Center (type MCC in terminal as root)->system->services, then look for the ACPI service, turn it off & make sure you uncheck it to start at boot. you could also do it via command line, but i'm not sure of the exact syntax. usually for a service it's............... service (name of service) start, stop, status (whichever applies) if you still have problems after that, you might want to consider turning it off via the BIOS, unless it's absolutely necessary to have it for WinXP & Debian. Chris
  12. thanks for the kind words AussieJohn. glad i could be of some help to you & jeanrev. Chris
  13. open a terminal, su to root (type su at the prompt (enter), password (enter), then type..... sndconfig enter if you get "command not found", then you need to install the sound config package first. (it's on one of the MDK install CD's. just use MCC (Mandrake Control Center)->install software & type sndconfig in the search box to find it.) after you run sndconfig, it will seem to hang & do nothing. that's normal because it's searching for any sound cards/devices. once it finds one you'll get a dialogue box telling what it found. select your correct sound device (if there's more than one) then click "ok". once it's done configuring the card, you'll get an option to test sound. click the button, you'll hear a sound, you're done. Chris
  14. if you want to make KWrite the default app to open text files, do one of the following...... when you are in file associations->text->plain (text), look in the right hand panel. at top it will say "file name patterns" & there will be a box that should say *.txt. that's the default extension for a normal text file. in the bottom panel it will say "application preference order". in the window it will list various apps you can use to open text files. KDE will use whatever app is at the top of that list to open the associated file type. if KWrite is already in the list, but not at the top, simply click on KWrite to highlite it, then click the "move up" button to move it to the top. click "apply". now KWrite will open by default whenever you click on a .txt file. if KWrite isn't in the list, click the "add" button. on the "general" tab name it KWrite, on the "permissions" tab set your permissions as you desire (user, group, and the various "read", "write", "exec" boxes that you want). (i think the default is all three "read" boxes & the "write" box for user. "sticky" is usually left blank.) under the "execute" tab, type kwrite %U in the "command" box. that will let the user open kwrite. you could also just type kwrite (without the %U & it will still work as long as the owner is accessing the file that is being opened). leave all other boxes under the "execute" tab blank. under the "application" tab, if it isn't filled in by default already (i think it should be) put KWrite next to "name" put Text Editor next to "description" put KWrite next to "comment". don't worry about anything else under the "application" tab, or the "meta info" tab. click "ok" when you're done with the "add" dialogue box. move the KWrite entry to the top if it isn't there already. on the "embedding" tab make sure the button that says "use settings for 'text' group" is checked. click "apply", you're done. Chris
  15. 2 things you could check........... do you have the onboard sound disabled in the BIOS? if not, 2 active sound cards will cause conflicts. also, if you're using KDE, in Kontrol Center->sound->second tab (i forget the tab name) do you have "enable duplex sound" checked? if so, i found that it can cause certain sounds not to work with that option checked. Chris
  16. if you think your CD sources may be borked & want to replace them, do the following........ go to Mandrake Control Center (MCC)->software sources manager. click on each CD source, then click "remove". when they're all gone, pop in the first CD, mount it (that part is important. if you don't have "supermount" or some type of "auotmount", you must mount the CD before proceeding!), then choose "add". choose "removable media" as the type of source. type in a name for it, of your own desire. for location, you want to point it to where your CD is mounted. (for instance, mine is /mnt/cdrom. yours may differ. just adjust that to fit your situation.) click "ok" (or "apply" or "save"...........i forget what it is right now) then sit back while it adds/updates the CD source. when it's done, unmount the CD, pop in the next CD, mount that, then repeat the proceedure. continue until all your CD sources have been added, then click "save" to finish the deal. Chris
  17. i'm not running MDK10.0 yet, but i've run into dependency problems (IE: missing neccessary depends) with various official updates several times. it's like you said........... sometimes they forget to add the neccessary depends with a particular update. (i had a major headache with that during an XFree86 security update in MDK9.1) anywho, there's 3 tips/tricks you can do to help you out with issues concerning updates. if you haven't done this already, they are........... first, periodically check at the Mandrake Secure Mirrors site to check if your particular mirror is up to date. sometimes a mirror that you've been using successfully for a while suddenly goes down or doesn't stay up to date. so, you can look there & change your update source to one that is current. second, if you know the mirror you're using is current but you're still getting a dependency problem, you can try typing the depend in the seacrh box. if it's on the mirror but not linked to the package you're trying to update, you'll find it & know to manually install the depend(s) first, then get the main package. (i've had to do this several times. again, with the XFree upgrade, & also more recently with a KDEPim update). third, it's sometimes wise to disable cooker sources (if you have them) before installing packages. sometimes a package (for whatever reason) will want to grab things from cooker as depends instead of a regular source. (i just ran into that issue with a KDEGames update recently & it really broked things up for me, dependency wise.) hope that might help ya out in the future. Chris
  18. in KDE, to associate programs with different files types, you need to go to KCC (KDE Control Center, or the "Configure your Desktop" link as it's now called)->components->file associations. since most config files are just text files, you would go to the "text" branch where it says "known types" & look for "plain" (with the little pen & paper icon). there you can change what you want to associate with any file type, add file types, etc. click "apply" when done. personally, i have edited config files with KWrite since day one without a problem. but, i do see Qchem's point about using the proper editor to edit certain types of files. KWrite has always been the default "plain text" file association since my first install, so i never changed it. Chris
  19. depends what browser you want to use it with. first, dload & install the java rpm. then, for Mozilla integration, see my post on This Page about 3/4 of the way down. for integration with Konqueror, choose "settings"->"configure konqueror"->"web browsing"->"java & java script" and in the box where it asks for "path to java", point it to the correct path to your java installation directory. the path will be similar to this......... /usr/local/j2re1.4.2/bin/java just change it to reflect your installation path where neccessary. just remember the end of the path must point to the /bin/java file. for Opera, the integration is basically the same as Konqueror. choose "edit"->"preferences"->"plugins" & point the java path to the java directory & click "locate" (or "find", i forget which right now). Chris
  20. i'd try installing/reinstalling the Windows fonts. my guess is you lost them somewhere along the line during the reinstall. even if you backed up /home during reinstall, that wouldn't matter because fonts aren't stored there. they are in /usr/share/fonts, which would have been overwritten during upgrade/install. give it a whirl. you got nothing to lose........... Chris
  21. i seriously doubt that the installation of ATI drivers would screw up your fonts. stranger things have happened, mind you, but i don't think that's the case here. what else preceded this? i mean, did you just upgrade the distro? upgrade OOo? install any other type of Office suite app that may have affected fonts? if any of those scenerios apply, did you install Windows TT fonts? from what i can tell, Nimbus Roman is a Windows TT font. (i just checked my Windows fonts) that being the case, have you tried reinstalling Windows fonts? that may solve the problem. (just guessing) if you need to do that & don't have a Windows partition, you can still do it as long as you have access to a Windows OS & a CD burner. for Win98, go to c:\windows\fonts. for WinNT go to c:\winnt\fonts. not sure about WinXP, but it would be in the main Windows directory. burn the fonts folder to CD, then use Mandrake Control Center->DrakFont->Advanced Options->Add & point the dialogue box to the CDROM that contains the Windows fonts. install them as you normally would from a Windows partition. (note: you'll have to mount the CD before doing this) Chris
  22. i'll just add my 2 pennies, then scoot on along........... been using Linux for almost a year now. love it! in fact, the computer i just built is Linux only (finally!). i only have tried Mandrake (since 9.0) as far as distros go. in the time i've been using it, i've learned tons. i can use it now for my everyday needs without giving it a second thought. in fact, i haven't booted into Windows at home since my NAV virus subscription ran out back in February. but.............. .......i tend to agree with BVC's line of thought here. Linux is not any where as user friendly as Windows is, right out of the box, & it seems to me that it won't be for some time. i can manage quite well in Mandrake. i am a bit of a geek (if i wasn't, why would i even be here? :P ). but............... 99% of the people i know that are computer users aren't like me. they want to turn on the computer & use it. they don't want to compile, learn cli, search endlessly for rpm's of packages, not be able to properly view everyone else's MS Office documents in OOo, worry about scsi emulation in order to burn CD's, etc, etc, etc. they just want to sit down & use their computers without much thought or tinkering involved. shit, i want that. that's why i'm in no hurry to try out something like Gentoo, Slackware, Arch, etc. i don't have the time & don't want the hassle. and, as has been stated numerous times, that's been (& still is) the main stumbling point with Linux overtaking MS as one's every day OS of choice, whether it be at home or at work. that, and the bloat of distros to choose from & the distro wars that accompany that scenerio. (can't we all just get along?) to be perfectly honest, i don't like a lot of things about MS, whether it be their various OS's or their business practices. but......... in over 10 years of using MS products, i have never once lost a system due to an OS crash. not once........ i know it happens, but it never did for me. perhaps i was one of the lucky minority. or, perhaps it was the time i took to properly maintain my various systems. yeah, defragging in Windows can take a long time, but after the first time, if you get on a regular schedule (once weekly for heavy use/file changing) or once or twice monthly (for normal usage) the defrag, scandisk, etc. takes no time at all. shoot, towards the end of my Windows usage, i could clean out all temp files & garbage, back up the registry, defrag, scandisk, & reboot the damn thing in under 10 minutes easily. i just don't understand the hatred of MS sometimes, & the numerous problems people have with it. it's just like owning a car, in a way.......... change the oil when you should, monitor fluid levels, keep the tires properly inflated, use decent gas, etc. , & your car should last you a long time without any problems. neglect the little things, then it's gonna be prone to more problems. and, it's not like Linux is maintence free. it's just different types of maintenance. i have a friend, Eric. Eric is a very intelligent guy. high IQ, fast learner, college grad. he uses a computer daily, but he has no clue as to what makes the thing tick. nor does he have a clue what to do when things don't work like they should. that's when he calls me. i would never in my life call Eric a dumb person, in any way, shape, or form. he's just not computer savy, as are a vast majority of the computer users out there in the world. i performed a similar experiment with Eric. i sat him down at my old computer, that runs MDK9.2 flawlessly, & (after much coaxing, just to humour me) i got him to try to install MDK9.2 on it without my assistance. he got as far as the partitioning tool & he was stumped. so as not to barf my system, i did that part for him. he then got as far as the check configuration screen (which is good), but that's where he hit a wall. he had no idea what to look for to make sure the correct drivers were chosen (not all of them were.........for sound & vid card) he couldn't get internet figured out. he didn't know what to do i offered him no help. he took the default settings, rebooted & got the dreaded "black screen of death" when trying to get into KDE because of improper video drivers. even if he would have gotten to a GUI, i know he would have been frustrated & given up as soon as he realized he had to dick with Java & all the other plugins you need to screw with & tweak just to get a usable internet browser. i saw this same person install WinXP on his own computer (after i partitioned the drive for him) without any problems. yeah, it took almost 2 hours, & yeah, he had to reboot several times, but he did it without any help from me & he was using his computer without problem there after. Eric is not dumb........... anywho, it's basically neither here nor there for me. i use Linux now, & i can't really see going back to Windows. (except for at work where i have no choice.........other than using OOo & Mozilla B) ) i just don't seeing any form of Linux being the OS of the future until things become a lot more standardized & more easily configured, with a GUI (point, click, choose, apply, ok) tool for everything that might need it. but, that sounds almost like Windows, doesn't it? oh well. i was having a "bored moment" at work & thought i'd chime in for a change instead of staying in the background. peace all, Chris
  23. :cough: look at my 1st post above for a link to a Mandrake rpm for OOo1.1.1......... Chris
  24. you don't have an onboard etho card or modem on the new mobo, in addition to the Winmodem & network card, by any chance do you? if so, the duplicate card/modem could be causing conflicts. if this is the case, disable the modem/etho card that you're not using in the bios, then see if the settings stick. if this isn't the case, then i'm sure somebody will come up with the proper solution. Chris
  25. just wanted to close this out & let anyone who cares know that i solved the problem. after trying various methods of forcing installations (--force, --allow-nodeps, --noclean) rebuilding the database numerous times, & removing/adding various sources (etc.), & even trying the "upgrade" option on the install CD, i finally (& painstakingly) went through every KDE package i had installed. i tested removing various things to see what depends it might want to take with it. when i tested removal of KDEgames3.1.3 i discovered that it wanted to remove (KDEPim included among them) several depends with KDE3.2 versions. so, i removed the games & the 3.2 depends along with it, then tried reinstalling the 3.1.3 games package from CD. for some reason, it still wanted to grab several cooker 3.2 depends instead of the 3.1.3 depends from CD. why? i don't know. so, i ended up temporarily disabling all sources except for CD's, force installed the depends from CD first, then installed the KDEgames package. all worked & i haven't had a problem since. why this occurred in the first place............? Chris
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