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  1. Actually it appears there might be a way to do this. If you open /etc/urpmi you will find a file called 'skip.list' you can add packages in here to stop them being updated. I have never tried it though. Let us know if it works.
  2. Just don't use it. Use MCC instead and then you can simply untick the updates that you don't want. (you won't be able to stop them from appearing again next time you check though, there might be a way to permanently block updates but I don't know it).
  3. Have you got Kerry Beagle installed? That always makes things work hard. If you have it switch it off and see if it gets quieter.
  4. Thanks for that, if it happens again I will give that a try, but today at least it is working normally. Edit. 1) your tip re 'unfreezing' MCC works' Thanks. 2) You can deduce from that that the problem has returned yet again.
  5. Did I read you right there? You ran fsck on a mounted partition? You really shouldn't, in fact I am surprised it allowed you to do so. Anyway you didn't say what options you used with fsck. This is what I would do. I suppose you can use a Ubuntu CD if you want to, but Mandriva 2008 has its own rescue system so why not use that. Boot from your 2008 disc, select 'Rescue this system' followed by 'Go to Console'. When you get there run: e2fsck -p /dev/sda7 and see if that does anything. (the -p option means 'repair') Edit: here is an alternative strategy if that doesn't work. In a console run dumpe2fs /dev/sda7 | grep -i superblock . This will tell you the locations of all the backup superblocks that Linux has created, for example on my system it returns: Primary superblock at 0, Group descriptors at 1-1 Backup superblock at 32768, Group descriptors at 32769-32769 Backup superblock at 98304, Group descriptors at 98305-98305 Backup superblock at 163840, Group descriptors at 163841-163841 Backup superblock at 229376, Group descriptors at 229377-229377 Backup superblock at 294912, Group descriptors at 294913-294913 Backup superblock at 819200, Group descriptors at 819201-819201 Backup superblock at 884736, Group descriptors at 884737-884737 Backup superblock at 1605632, Group descriptors at 1605633-1605633 Backup superblock at 2654208, Group descriptors at 2654209-2654209 Backup superblock at 4096000, Group descriptors at 4096001-4096001 You can then run e2fsck -b 32768 for example and see if it can recognise the file system from there. I should say that I have never used this technique so I don't know if it works or not. If you do happen to succeed with it please let me know.
  6. I don't think that is quite the same thing aphelion because when this happens my MCC freezes as soon as the package refresh is complete and has to be shut down, it never actually downloads anything. However, I tried it again this afternoon and it worked properly, so perhaps the update to rpmdrake that I got via urpmi this morning has made a difference. Only time will tell.
  7. Same again this morning. Again only one package visible - rpmdrake. Same error messages. urpmi updated 10 packages. Of course it it possible that the update to rpmdrake might fix it. I have also tried selecting all available sources for updates instead of just those I want to see if this makes a difference (that is what urpmi does after all).
  8. Thanks sport, I actually found this out for myself a few days ago, I just run the command when I want to be sure. As you have said, up to date it has never stopped running unless I turn it off myself.
  9. Thanks - I tried XFdrake but not Drak3d, that was exactly what I needed. I'll mark it as solved.
  10. I decided to have a play with the 3d module in MCC today. I don't know why, I don't even like 3d desktops, but it is raining outside and I was just playing, so I enabled compiz. Now I have been testing 3d desktops since the early days of 'Beryl', so I am not surprised when I booted into the new desktop to find that I have no window decorations and that all my virtual desktops have been merged into one, that is just standard. What did surprise me though is the other little tricks that Mandriva threw at me. My fairly powerful processor running at very high speed due to the load placed on it by the X-server was not a big deal, but the lack of any keyboard whatsoever was unexpected and hard to explain. The real showstopper though was that it was quite impossible to launch the MCC 3d module once again in order to switch the effects off, it point blank refused to load, although MCC itself and as far as I can tell all the other modules in it worked perfectly. So the important question as far as I can see is, how do you turn off 3d effects if you cant access the MCC 3d module? I tried XFdrake in a console but that doesn't do it, I tried booting into KDE4 but that wouldn't run the MCC module either (although strangely it did have window decorations?), I tried replacing 'xorg.conf' with an earlier copy but nothing worked. I just couldn't find a way to switch it off, so in the end I resorted to reloading a disk image from a couple of days ago and I am up and running again and just need to do a lot of updates. That is OK on Cooker, it is a testing release and you expect to have to do stuff like that occasionally, but could this happen on 2008.0 as well, or Cooker when it reaches final release status? There should be a way of disabling these effects from a console login, perhaps an extension of XFdrake. Perhaps there is but I just don't know about it? Finally though I should say that my hardware is fully capable of running 3d effects (I have had them running perfectly on Ubuntu) so this problem should not have arisen in the first place.
  11. It happened again. Exactly the same symptoms except that this time the package that caused the 'Unrecoverable error: no package found for installation, sorry'. message was 'urpmi' . I have looked on the Mandriva Club forum and on Bugzilla and I don't see anyone else reporting this, so is it just me? For information when I used urpmi in a console to update it fetched over 120 packages. This has happened on 3 updates out of the last 4 I have tried now, though strangely on one occasion it worked normally. The only difference on the one occasion when it worked was that it initially found more than one package to update. The three failures have all had just one package to update after the initial search. I find it difficult to believe that this would make a difference though. I'll try again later and see what happens then.
  12. Sorry it didn't work for you Dave, but as a parting shot, and only if you are desperate mind, you could always go here: http://www.xandros.com/products/home/home_edition.html Download the 30 day trial and see if it sorts out a network connection for you (I bet it will). When you have it going make careful note of all the settings that you can find and when you delete it (because you will, believe me) try out the same settings with a sensible distro. It is a bit of an extreme tactic I must admit, I am not even sure that I would do it, but then my network is working. All the best anyway.
  13. Well if the defaults didn't work you could always try a manual configuration. I'll say right from the outset though that I don't know if this will solve your problem and although I know how my network works I don't know if the same logic can be applied to yours, so keep a note of what you are doing and be prepared to undo it if it doesn't work. If you want to try it open MCC/setup a new network interface/Ehternet/Manual configuration. You will then be asked for IP address which is your choice but it should be in the same range as your dhcp server so for instance you could try you will be asked for netmask which sometimes will fill itself in but is usually, gateway, which is where your setup differs from mine because your default gateway from the posts you have given appears to be related to your public ip address whereas mine is related to my internal one. Anyway I have as the gateway the address of my router. In your case I guess this is You will then be asked for 2 dns servers which you can copy from your previous posts, and lastly a hostname which is the name your computer uses on your network. Fill these details in on both computers, reboot and see what happens. NB The ip addresses that you choose must be in the same range on both computers but not exactly the same. For instance if you use for upstairs you could use for downstairs. The hostname must be unique on both machines as well, the other details are the same. Hope it works for you. Don't blame me if it doesn't!!
  14. Thanks scoonma that did the trick. It first downloaded the meta-task package and then found 68 updates which I am downloading now. I don't know why rpmdrake wouldn't do it though? Anyway I have made a note of that command for future reference.
  15. I have been used to receiving quite a lot of updates for Cooker on a daily basis, but over the past couple of days I have not been able to update at all. Every time I try I get only one package listed which is called 'meta-task20mdv2008.1' . Looking at its properties it is a small package of 35Kb. When I ask to update I just get the message 'Unrecoverable error: no package found for installation, sorry'. When I click on the OK button the package list is refreshed but rpmdrake exits abnormally and freezes with all functions unavailable and has to be shut down and restarted. I have tried moving package sources from the French to the Dutch mirrors but the results are the same. I have also tried urpmi.update -a in the command line but that just said that all packages are up to date. It could be I suppose that there simply aren't any packages at the moment, but that does not explain the meta package being listed each time. Is anybody else getting this? Does anyone know how to get round it? Or am I just being impatient for my daily update fix when there are none available?
  16. Did you try running ipconfig /all in a windows command prompt? I am not sure that this is going to tell you anything but you never know. If you want to know if shorewall is running or not just go into a root terminal and type: shorewall status If it is and you want to switch it off type: shorewall clear followed by shorewall stop At this point your computer will be completely unprotected so make sure you are not connected to the internet (unplug the phone line or modem) When you want to restart it type: shorewall start If you prefer not to use the command line just look in MCC/system/manage services. This can start or stop shorewall but not clear the rules it has created, to do that graphically you have to go into MCC/security/setup firewall and set it to 'no firewall'. I wouldn't worry about the IP6 warning on shutdown btw, I get this every time as well.
  17. I am not surprised because I am pretty sure that the 78. address is your public ip address not a private network one. I don't think you want to set up a home network based on that unless you have a very relaxed attitude to personal privacy. Private IP address ranges are -, -, - and your router should provide an address somewhere in one of those ranges for you to share a network on. I assume you are using a router to connect the machines or is this just a crossover cable? When I run ifconfig I get the private address as allocated from my router not the public one, I am not sure why you don't.(unless you have NAT turned off in the router config or it doesn't provide NAT, but I am really getting a bit out of my depth with NAT - I know how to switch it on and off and I know that in general it is a good thing but that is about as far as my knowledge goes).
  18. If I had £1 for every time I have read a post like this I would be able to buy out Microsoft and release it as Open Source. The annoying thing is that I know Samba does not have to be so difficult. About 18 months ago I got hold of a copy of Xandros Open Source Edition and it was mind boggling. Networking just worked straight away without any configuration or effort. Now if they can do it why can't anybody else? And it is definitely not just a problem with Mandriva, every distro I have ever used (except Xandros) is the same. Having said that I don't want you to rush out and download the first copy of Xandros OSE that you find because I definitely do not recommend it. The OSE edition is nothing but a giant advert for the paid for version and is the most blatantly commercial distro I have ever seen (I include Windows in that). When I was using it they even expected you to pay money to install free products such as Amarok and K3b, and although I ran it for about 6 months I never received one update, security or otherwise from the OSE repository. So unless you want to pay for the full version (which I am sure would be good) stay clear. Anyway back to your problem. The only way I can connect to computers on my network with Mandriva is to use ip addresses. So run ipconfig on windows and ifconfig on Linux to find your IP addresses and then try to connect by opening a file manager and typing: smb:// or whatever your ip address is. The other classic issue with this is firewalls, but I am sure you will have thought of that. In case you haven't, unplug your telephone line then disable all installed firewalls and try again.
  19. Hi Mandrake Pupil, welcome to the forum. I should warn you that I am not an expert on Mandriva by any means, but one thing you might try is this. urpmi x11-driver-video-intel Which should make sure that the drivers required by your graphics card are installed, then try a reboot. Of course if your terminal session doesn't have an internet connection then this is not going to work and I probably can't help you, but I am sure somebody will be able to before too long. Good Luck. Edit If that doesn't work try running XFdrake in your terminal session and see if that allows you to configure it to a working condition.
  20. Thanks for reassuring me BB| - I really do want to like it and I really do want it to work. The alternative is too drastic to contemplate!
  21. I do so hope that you are right, but I don't see anything in that site that addresses the issues that I see. When I first downloaded 4, I thought that I had got hold of some 'accessibility' release for visually handicapped by mistake. The System Tray/Taskbar is the size of a plank of 4"x2", the icons are the size of paving slabs and the clock was big enough to read from the next county. Is that really what people want to see? I don't. Please don't be tempted to write back telling me how to resize the taskbar,clock etc I know that. When you do so all that happens is that anything on the bottom half of the taskbar in 'normal' mode disappears off the bottom of the screen. Useless! Incidentally I should say that my ideas about 'accessibility' releases were soon dispelled when I opened up the system settings app to find that the fonts were just big enough to read with an electron microscope on high magnification, back to the good old days of early KDE releases. I know it is not a final release and even when it is I wouldn't bother using it until it had been through about 5 or 6 versions, then maybe it will be usable, at the moment it certainly isn't.
  22. Spot on Scarecrow. Ubuntu - far to Gnome-centric, Kubuntu - OK but as you said a poor relation. Linux Mint is far better than Ubuntu itself, a very capable distro, PCLinux is good too but not as good as Mandriva for me. I actually have all of them on the go at the same time (although PCLinux is on an old computer that I use for backups, it was never able to produce any sound on my laptop, though it has probably fixed that by now). My order of preference at the moment is Mandriva - way out in front, Mint,+PCLinux joint second, then Kubuntu, although things change so often in the Linux world that it may not stay that way for ever. My only worry for the future is that being a 'Gnomeophobe!' it scares me to death when I see how bad KDE4 is. I run it on Cooker and hate it, it is the ugliest most non-functional desktop I have ever seen and If that is the future of KDE and it doesn't improve, then I might have to get used to Gnome fairly soon. EDIT. On second thoughts I would put Mint in second place and PCL third for the simple reason that Mint is the fastest booting distribution that I have by a noticeable margin and that is always desirable.
  23. You are probably going to have to attach it to a windows machine, error check it then try again. I have had this problem with my external drive as well in the past and that was the only way to solve it. It is a shame that 'dosfsck' doesn't support ntfs then you wouldn't have to go to windows.
  24. I find Mandriva far more capable than Ubuntu or any other distro come to that. I have only been using it a couple of months but it is now my firm favourite, although I do keep other distros on the go as well. I also run Cooker and that is looking very good at the moment so it looks as if the line of excellence will continue when that reaches final release status.
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