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  1. just a heads up to you KDE users..........a new version has been released with bug & security fixes. http://kde.org/ Chris
  2. emh wrote: that did it. thanks! to all! Chris
  3. WOOOHOOOO! i did my first ./configure, make, make install! :D okay, enough with the celebrating. now that i've installed the KCDLabel tar.gz, i took a look at the program & it wasn't quite what i was hoping for. i then installed the GCover rpm & that's the shit! many more options, easy to use interface, it's a keeper. soooo.......my question is, what is the proper way to uninstall a tar.gz installation? i mean, with rpm's you can use rpmdrake uninstaller. do i just delete the KCDLabel directory, or is there more to it then that? and thanks for links, 'specially spinynorman! Chris
  4. here's another link that may help you with k3b & clear up your problem: http://www.jennings.homelinux.net/k3b.html not to step on static's excellent intstructions, but i found the above link a little easier to follow & that's what got k3b & my drives all working in harmony. pay special note to where it says (if you haven't done this already) "make sure the 'Let k3b setup create fstab entries' tick box is unchecked". if you leave that box checked, k3b will write to your fstab & create it's own k3b.fstab file too, & they seem to interfere with each other. note that my fstab file doesn't contain the entries that look like this /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/cd ./cdrom k3b puts that there if you let it edit the fstab. after i disabled supermount, manually set my mount points, & ran k3b setup without letting it edit my fstab, all worked fine for me. and, the reason i mentioned xcdroast, is, i found that xcdroast over rides the k3b permissions for cdrecord, cdrdao, & mkisfos, so you may want to check xdroast settings as "root", and set it to allow all users permission to that & save those settings. that's just my experience & it took me a while to work that out (with the fine help of people on this forum) but now i'm able to burn disc to disc, iso's, & anything else i want without a problem. last post for this afternoon. i gotta get some more work done. (damn, doesn't work always get in the way of important things?! :wink: ) Chris
  5. did this probalem just occur after setting up k3b &/or xcdroast, or has it been from the get go? reason i ask, is that may be a key. after setting up those 2 programs, i started having problems with my drives/data not being recognized & had to start tweaking some things, so fill in that blank please. also, are you sure you have permissions set correctly for your burner? mind you, i'm new at this too, but after what i went through with cdrom/burner/ide/scsi/k3b/xcdroast i feel pretty confident about setting all of those devices & programs up. also, 2 other things to do............(this is kinda late into the game to mention this ) but, before editing fstab, lilo, or any configuration file, it's always wise to backup a good working copy of said file in case things get way beyond your comprehension to repair them. that way, you can just replace with the good file & you'd (at least) be back where you started. second, you can delete all lines in your fstab referencing your cdrom & cdrw, go to Mandrake Control Center->Mount Points, & use the wizard there to set up your drives. it's pretty easy to understand using the MCC. you can set types, permission, etc in there. again, i'd advise you to make back up copies before you start editing your heart out if you don't feel confident in doing so. sorry, but i'm at work, so i gotta get back to that now. if somebody else can't get you straightened out, i'll have time to get back here tonight from home. Chris
  6. i agree with Ixthusdan about supermount. i was having horrendous problems with my cdrom & burner (not) being recognized in K3b & weird ejecting problems. he finally convinced me about the evil supermount & i've been problem free since. get rid of the supermount lines in your fstab, then add icons for your rom & burner to your desktop (if you're using KDE) by right clicking desktop->new->cdrom/dvd device (or something close to that.....not at the Linux machine right now) then point the links to your mnt/cdrom (scd0) mnt/cdrom2 (scd1). you can also do the same if you want to disable supermount with your floppy drive, just right click & select new->floppy drive for the icon & point the link to the mnt/floppy. here's my fstab with the entries to make this all happen: /dev/hdc7 / ext2 defaults 1 1 none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0 /dev/hdc10 /home ext2 defaults 1 2 /dev/scd0 /mnt/cdrom auto user,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 /dev/scd1 /mnt/cdrom2 auto user,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto user,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 dev=/dev/fd0,fs=auto,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hdc1 /mnt/win_c vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hdc5 /mnt/win_d vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hdc6 /mnt/win_e vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/hdc9 /usr ext3 defaults 1 2 /dev/hdc8 swap swap defaults 0 0 also note, again, if you're using KDE, you can right click on the desktop->configure->& select which device icons you want to appear or hide. Chris
  7. hmmmm..........so, if i add the PLF source to my rpm find, it will find the codecs in rpm format & install them to the directories that they belong in, correct? if that's the case, i may give it a whirl. when i set up MPlayer, i got all of the various codecs in tar.gz format & had to go through all the manual stuff of unpacking them & putting them in the correct directories myself. learn somethin' new every day.............. Chris
  8. turi/dyslexic.... when you install KMPlayer, or the older version of MPlayer & install it, do you also have to go through reinstalling all of the codecs that go along with it, or do you just have to set it up to use the codecs that you already have in place? that's my main concern. i mean, i could go through all the codec stuff again, but it would be nice if it just picked up where the previous version left off. i assume that you also have to set up all the video & audio preferences too. or don't you? maybe i'll dig myself another hole tonight. gonna play with setting up some cd cover art software too. here we go again.... :shock: Chris
  9. i have Gonme installed, but rarely have used it. i'll check to make sure i have the gtk libs installed, before trying to download/use it. i've yet to compile anything, so maybe i'll try pmpatrick's link too/instead. i haven't f*cked things up in a while, so now i guess would be a good time to try, huh? :wink: thanks again for the info, Chris
  10. awesome! that looks exactly what i'm lookin' for! what did you search for in Google? i tried a couple different variations of "linux cd cover designer" & didn't find anything even worth giving a second glance to. do you think that will work with KDE? that's the desktop manager that i've been stuck on. anyway, back to work. i'll try that download tonight or tomorrow. thanks again! Chris
  11. now that i've worked out the bugs with K3b & i know my way around XCDRoast, i was wondering if there are any CD cover designer apps for Linux/MDK? something with templates, text, shapes, colour choices, data formatting, etc. in Window$ i use Nero for burning & it comes with an add on called Nero Cover Designer, which does the job i'm hoping to do in Linux quite nicely. you can also use it to make CD labels, but i tend to use TDK label maker for that, since it's a bit easier to manipulate. i just can't stand burning a CD, then writing on it with black marker & sticking it in a clear case! i like to make them look a bit more pleasing to the eye. i'm sure i can use some kind of already installed/available Linux software to make pictures, crop, ect. (ala Paint Shop Pro, for example) but, ideally, what i want is the whole thing in one package. Nero is great for that.......pick the CD case size you want (slim line, normal, double disk, etc) & it sets the size automatically for your work space, then all you have to do is add pics, artwork, text, etc., print, & cut along the dotted lines for a perfect fit in your jewel case. so, any suggestions on software that can do this? Chris
  12. hmmmm.........after reading turi's latest post & looking at that link again, me thinks i'll forgo downloading that for now. i didn't realize the link pointed to an older version of MPlayer. i was thinking it was for a Quicktime plugin. (gotta look more closely at things, i guess) i have the latest version of MPlayer with all the codecs. i don't want to go through the setup nightmare that's known as MPlayer again, after getting it working fine for me. that leaves me back to square one.........is their a way to get Quicktime movies to play in Konqueror? or, for that matter, any type of streaming media format (mpg, avi, wmv, .....)? MPlayer claims to support all these formats, & then some, & it does.........but only if i download first, then play. about the only streaming media i can get to work are RealPlayer audio files using the RealPlayer plugin & some streaming wavs from some radio stations. i haven't played with this in Mozilla too much 'cause Moz is slow as a snail on my computer compared to Konqueror. i aslo have some other issues with Mozilla (java.....fonts.....) that keep me from making it my regular browser. (though it does work great on Window$......using it right now at work on a Win2k machine!) anywho, i'll keep watching this post in hopes of an easier answer than setting up an older version of MPlayer in hopes that it might work. thanks anyway....... Chris
  13. thanks! i'll give that a try tonight or tomorrow (when i have time) & post back with my results. Chris
  14. sorry, but i don't have a solution to the Quicktime problem, but i do have the same problem with Quicktime in Konqueror, so i figured i'd jump in on this thread in hopes of finding a solution too. i have the Quicktime plugin installed, MPlayer installed, MozPlugger installed. all plugins are recognized & all paths are correct. i've tried viewing Quicktime movies using both the embedded viewer & the MPlayer viewer. when i use embedded viewer, i get the interface for Kaboodle where the Quictime movie should show up. the play button is active, but when i push play, nothing happens.......no movie. when i use the MPlayer viewer, i get a grey box where the movie should be, telling me "MPlayer loaded.........retrieving data" (or something close to that......not in front of the Linux machine right now). that grey box stays in that state forever & the movie never loads. i can view Qicktime movies in MPlayer if i download them first, then play them from the hard drive. just wanted to let you know that you're not the only one with this bug. mtweidmann, where is this rpm you speak of? i don't have ftp access here at work, so i can't check the downloads section of this forum. and, last time i did look there, all of the downloads were gone. (there's a thread about this in the "forum discussion" section. thanks, Chris
  15. cool! thanks! :D time to start drinkin' now. 'tis a lovely Saturday here. now where did i put that gin???.............. Chris
  16. just noticed that my syslog (/var/log/syslog) file is getting quite large. it's 5.6megs! can that be safely deleted every once in a while, or just cleared out using KWrite or another text editor? just wondrin' & trying to conserve drive space whenever possible. Chris
  17. just a naive thought, perhaps, but what about, fdisk /mbr from command prompt? that should reset the Window$ boot loader. then you can use the MDK disc 1 rescue function & set up Lilo from there. unless you somehow wiped out the Window$ partition during MDK installation, all your XP stuff should still be there. Chris
  18. not sure about the hardware issues, but instead of Partiton magic, why don't you just use a Window$ boot disk & then use fdisk for the partitioning? or, if a Window$ OS is still installed on the machine, just run fdisk from a command prompt. that always works fine for me. create partitons with fdisk, load WinXP first, then use MDK install disk 1 in expert mode to create Linux partiton(s). you can edit Lilo during the final stages of MDK install to reflect how you want the boot menu to read. or, just edit it from MDK once you get both OS's installed. also, with sound, my sound is integrated on my old war horse here & i've never had a problem with sound. when MDK didn't detect a soundcard during install, i just ran sndconfig from terminal & that set things up fine. Chris
  19. ummm........ same channel? yeah, they are. my computer is old & a bit outdated, by today's standards. it's a vintage 1998 IBM Aptiva 2153-E2U. it only had 1 expansion slot & it's very cramped quarters inside. when i added the burner & tried hooking it up, this is the only setup that worked for me. i did this when Window$ was my only OS. my burner is set up as IDE primary master, cdrom is IDE primary slave, hard disk is IDE secondary channel master. that's the basic configuration the computer came with, 'cept the burner wasn't installed. i set the burner as primary & the rom as slave when i installed the burner, 'cause i figured if anything would go kaput cdrom wise, it would be the cdplayer since that's older. the hard drive has always been secondary master. why? i dunno, but it's always worked fine with this setup. (and, no.......since it ain't broke, i'm NOT gonna break it!) :lol: anyways, as i said in the prior post, everything is just ducky now! since last i posted my fstab file, i've removed the following lines since i don't use supergoof (as you call it :wink: ): #none /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/scd0,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 #none /mnt/cdrom2 supermount dev=/dev/hdb,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 so, my roms are working, i can burn data, iso's, & music, KDE is rockin' fine, MDK is very stable (unless i do something stoopid to it). cest la vie, i guess........... Chris
  20. never mind...........again. see, if ya let me hanging long enough, i'll (usually) find a way to untie the rope........ first, sorry that this thread went a bit off topic, but actually, it's all related (i think) because upgrading KDE begat my cd drive woes, which (re)begat my K3B woes. after trying everything under the sun that i could possibly think of, i resorted to Google, which solved everything. first, the reason i was unable to eject my burner was because i had KSCD player set to start automatically when KDE starts & had it docked in the tray. i found a Google reference that by doing that it can interfere with the manual eject function because KSCD has it's own eject function. by shutting down KSCD & not allowing it to load at log in, i can now eject both cd drives, by the eject button or by right click->eject! :D then it was on to K3B. again, Google saved my ass! after running the K3B setup, setting various permissions, rebooting, & testing it so many times that i can't remember, it always reverted to only recognizing my burner & rom as root. it wouldn't budge for user "chris". i did a Google for "cdrecord permissions" & found a page saying that XCDRoast can override K3B permissions. again, sure as sh*t, i ran XCDRoast as root, went to setup->users, added chris as a user & set permissions to non-root mode, fired up K3B as "chris", & walla, bang, zip, zoom! K3B now recognizes my cd drives as user "chris"! :lol: man, i've been at this so long that my eyes are buggy & my nerves are frayed. but i did it! i'll learn the wicked ways of Linux if it kills me! so, in synopsis, my cd drvies are operational, my fstab is cleaned up, i have ide-scsi emulation, supermount is history, KDE 3.1.2 is working wonderfully, & so is K3b! consider this case closed! (all breathe a sigh of relief......again) now, what else can i get myself into? Chris
  21. HEEEELLLLLPPPPP!!!!!!! i'm thoroughly confused!!! i've been dicking around with my cdrom & burner mount points. i still haven't run the k3b set up. i have edited my fstab & lilo.conf. i used MCC set mount points to reset the mount points for my cdrom & burner. currently i have 2 working icons on my desktop, 1 for cdplayer, 1 for cdburner. i am not using supermount. eveything is ALMOST working fine, except for one thing that is driving me crazy!!!! :banghead: i put a cd in my cdplayer.....click on the cd player icon......it opens file manager, shows me the contents of the cd, the icon shows as mounted.......i close file manager, right click the icon, click unmount, the icon shows unmouted, i push the eject button on the cdplayer, it ejects. good, right???!!! so, i go through the same motions for my cd burner......it all works the same as my cdplayer EXCEPT when i push the eject button on my cdburner, it won't eject! nor will it eject by right clicking on the icon & clicking the eject option. if i try that, i get a message that says "eject /dev/scd0 failed!". i can only eject my burner by going to terminal, su to root, then do "eject /dev/cdrom"!!! why can't i eject the freakin' CD with the button any more???!!! here's my current fstab: /dev/hdc7 / ext2 defaults 1 1 none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0 /dev/hdc10 /home ext2 defaults 1 2 /dev/scd0 /mnt/cdrom auto user,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 /dev/scd1 /mnt/cdrom2 auto user,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 #none /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/scd0,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 #none /mnt/cdrom2 supermount dev=/dev/hdb,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=auto,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hdc1 /mnt/win_c vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hdc5 /mnt/win_d vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 /dev/hdc6 /mnt/win_e vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/hdc9 /usr ext3 defaults 1 2 /dev/hdc8 swap swap defaults 0 0 here's my current lilo.conf boot=/dev/hdc map=/boot/map vga=normal default="linux" keytable=/boot/us.klt prompt nowarn timeout=900 message=/boot/message menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw image=/boot/vmlinuz label="linux" root=/dev/hdc7 initrd=/boot/initrd.img append="quiet devfs=mount hda=ide-scsi hdb=ide-scsi acpi=off" vga=788 read-only image=/boot/vmlinuz label="linux-nonfb" root=/dev/hdc7 initrd=/boot/initrd.img append="devfs=mount hda=ide-scsi acpi=off" read-only other=/dev/hdc1 label="windows" table=/dev/hdc other=/dev/fd0 label="floppy" unsafe image=/boot/vmlinuz label="failsafe" root=/dev/hdc7 initrd=/boot/initrd.img append="failsafe devfs=nomount hda=ide-scsi acpi=off" read-only image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.21-0.18mdk label="2421-18" root=/dev/hdc7 initrd=/boot/initrd-2.4.21-0.18mdk.img append="quiet devfs=mount hda=ide-scsi acpi=off" vga=788 read-only does anybody see anything that doesn't look right, that may be causing me not to be able to eject my burner with the button? or, if it doesn't have anything to do with those 2 files, can anybody tell me what i need to do to be able to eject my burner using the button? i have off from work today, so i'll be anxiously awaiting a reply & some assistance. (pleeeeze......) Chris
  22. k3b is a good program to use for burning iso's, & data. if it didn't install automatically when you set up MDK, if you're using KDE, look in kicker->applications->archiving->cdburners (or something like that.........going from memory, i'm at work). if it isn't installed, use MCC->add software & search from k3b. also, to use it, make sure you also install cdrdao, cdrecord, & mkisofs, which also can be found via add software. it can be a little tricky to set up, but once you have it going, it's very easy to use & does the job (quick too!) here's a thread i started about k3b (it's a good read & should be able to show you how to set it up) http://mandrakeusers.org/viewtopic.php?t=6...29ed7179aac5a69 here's another thread about what can happen to k3b settings if you decide to upgrade to KDE 3.1.2 with Textstars rpms http://mandrakeusers.org/viewtopic.php?t=6...29ed7179aac5a69 here's a link to a "how to" that static wrote for this forum on how to set it up http://mandrakeusers.org/viewtopic.php?t=6...29ed7179aac5a69 and, finally, here's an excellent tutorial on how to get it working that somebody else wrote. this one is easier for the newbie (IMHO) http://www.jennings.homelinux.net/k3b.html hope one or more of those links helps you, if you decide to use it. Chris
  23. do you mean like this? Use rpm -qR like this: rpm -qR -mozilla (For a package not yet installed use rpm -qpR, with the full file name ) Chris
  24. NOObie stupidity perhaps, but can't you get a list of installed rpm's by using MCC->remove software->list all alphabetically? that will only show installed software on any particular (smooth running) machine, of course. but, if somebody gets brave can't you install all packages (or maybe somebody has already done so) then you'd have a complete list. orrrrr.........also look at the "add software" in MCC, then you'd have a list of what is missing on your (or) any given system? it could be a bit tedious, but (as you all know) when you wantt to add a software package (or remove) MCC will give you a pop up box of all dependencies that have to go with that particular item. does that make sense, or am i stepping into something i shouldn't be commenting on? Chris
  25. just a brief update, to anyone who cares......... had a bit of time to play last night, so what i did was (using KUser) deleted all the groups for cdrecord, cdrdao, mkisofs, & k3b..........saved..........re-opened KUser, added all of those groups back, gave user "chris", admistrator, operator, & root permissions for those groups, saved, rebooted, & i was back in business with k3b recognizing my burner as user "chris"! but, still not breaking out the champagne.......when i insert a cd (music or data) in my cdrom then open k3b, it locks my cdrom so i can't eject or unmount, manually, via k3b, or even via terminal (as root, even)! this is driving me batty! what i'm gonna do tonight, is disable supermount, wipe out all of the k3b fstab settings, redo the lilo.conf for ide/scsi emulation (made backups of all these files, just in case), rerun the k3b setup, redo the groups & permissions, & see what flies from there. i'll post back with results when i'm done...........either deeper in the hole, or climbing out of it. Chris
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