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  1. SuSE Pro is really nice. Especially if you want to use your computer and not worry about configs and such. I am using 9.2 Pro, and I was impressed enough to switch from Mandrake.
  2. For the Graphics card, consider what your applications require. Do they require Hardware OpenGL? If so, nVidia is your best choice. Even then, you need to consider the minimum requirements for what you want to do. If you want to get into 3D CGI, then you really have to look over the applications' hardware requirements, before you make a purchase. If you are installing the drivers in Mandrake Linux (non-powerpack), your card options are greater (nVidia). Consider the applications for both OSes. Then make the choice based on that. For example, I cannot run Daz Studio because the card is below the minimum spec of 64 MB, OpenGL 1.5. This card is an ATI Xpert 2000 Pro, 32 MB AGP, OpenGL 1.1. (on this computer) On my CGI box, I can run Maya and other high end apps, as well as Daz Studio. I can also run SuSE 9.2 Pro, but not Mandrake Powerpack.
  3. If you think in terms of printers, scanners, digital cameras, and such, there's alot of incompatible hardware. Lexmark is notorious for lack of support for Linux. Even Mandrake Powerpack does not support nVidia Quadro workstation cards, while SuSE Pro does. Also Linksys WiFi cards are not supported in Linux. I got that straight from Linksys. The wired/wireless broadband G gateway/router works, so long as the linux box is connected via ethernet.
  4. If you want 3D, then use Blender 2.34, since it IS a full blown 3D CGI app, including animation, modelling, and all that.
  5. I think MS believes that their SCO UNIX license gives them Carte Blanche access to all Linux code. It would certainly explain it.
  6. Hmmm....... Okay, that is weird. I am running 9.2 Pro (32 bit), and I noticed that IF you have a cable modem (or other) connected via ethernet nic, SuSE install insists on installing Samba Server and Client, even when you don't need it. This takes up alot of ram, and I would presume, cpu time as well. Could something like this be hogging your cpu, and thus generating heat?
  7. The problem is not SuSE or powersave. It is the computer! Since you already mentioned an overheat problem, BIOS is shutting down the computer to protect it. This is independent of the OS. Check your heatsink/fan to be sure it is functioning. Check in between the fins of the heatsink to make sure they are clear of crud. make sure your case fans and power supply are crud free and the fans are operating (and correctly): Fans in rear of case blow hot air OUT, while fans on bottom front, and side panel, blow air IN. Another possible cause, is there is no thermal compound between cpu heatsink and cpu core. You need proper air flow through the case in order to keep things cool (hdds put out heat as well, and the faster the spindle speed (RPM), the greater the heat output).
  8. It's already here. pktcdvd. It's still considered experimental and it makes my 680 MB CDRW only 535 MB when I format it and prepare it for packet writing, but we're getting there. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Well, I am used to the 535 MB CD-RW. I do know that k3b can supposedly format DVD+-RWs, but, I have been afraid to to try. Still, I am glad to know that progress is being made in this area. I would hope that this would become a standard part of the kernel at some point. (module or whatever) Thank you for the info, Steve.
  9. The only thing lacking in Linux, is UDF Packet Writing (aka InCD) for using cd-rw and dvd+RW/-RW, as we are used to in Windows.
  10. Sarissi

    My Hardware

    I would upgrade the video card to something that is more up to date, like an nVidia FX 5200 8X AGP.
  11. I don't think all that well of Chaintech. The mobo that I had did not like NEC dvd burners.
  12. I would need more data before I made a decision on this. This is nothing more than a Press release. No data on the website. As yet.
  13. Once all of your hardware is working in Linux, it has a way of growing on you, which is subtle and insidious. You find that you forget when you last rebooted into Windows. Here, rebooting into Windows is fairly routine (usually 3 - 4 times per week). I have to spend a substatnial amou of time in Windows to do what I want to do, since no Linux equivalents exist.
  14. I really can't understand the revulsion to .RPM. Then again, I never bothered with the Free Download Distros or Standard retail box (aka personal). I always went with the Powerpack with Mandrake, and Professional with SuSE. My box is stable with: Win98SE Windows 2000 Pro Mandrake 10.0 OE Powerpack Mandrake 10.0 CE Powerpack (used until I got the OE boxed) SuSE 9.2 Professional I haven't tried to install Debian Sarge Net Install. Yet..... My mobo is an nForce2 by Gigabyte.
  15. Nice review, aRTee! I bought the boxed 9.2 Pro, after I got a CD set for evaluation. One of the reasons that I decided to get 9.2 Pro (boxed), was the included AMD64 64 bit version, since I am planning to build such a system. One thing I have noticed with the OS install screen, is that you must be very careful and take the time to go through each section, in order to make sure things are setup the way you need them to be. Another thing I noticed with SuSE in general, for the OS install's package selection, is the inability to install things like Mozilla Mail, xchat, and some other things. I discovered that they are there, BUT, you have to install them AFTER your system is up and running! (I hate Evolution with a passion) I think I will clean install 9.2 pro again, to get mozilla with flash. Oh, on my system, SuSE installed Samba by default (ram hog), which I have NO use for. Final note: SuSE only mounts fat32 Primary partitions, not Logical fat32 (unlike Mandrake). Other than these few quirks (compared to Mandrake), SuSE 9.2 is a Fine distro/version.
  16. I have 10.0 OE and the kernel is the 2.6.3-7. In my particular case, it is 2.6.3-7mdk-i686-up-4GB, since I have 1.5 GB ram and the 2.6 enterprise kernel is not installed. Yes, Official. Retail Box (new) from Amazon dot com.
  17. I got started in Linux via plain old Curiosity. I was in Software Boutique in the City Center Mall (Columbus, Ohio), and saw these boxes called Redhat Linux. Way back in 1998. My thought was 'WTF is Linux?' (censored by Sarissi. hehehe) I decided to do some research on the WWW. All I had at the time, was a CTX EZBook 700E, 32 MB ram, supposedly 4 GB hdd (actually less), which I was using as a desktop PC (Win98 First Edition - IE4). On this notebook, I could forget Linux, even back then. I decided to wait unitl I had better hardware, and, Linux improved. According to my research, Redhat was out of the question, due to lack of hardware support, SuSE's hw support wasn't all that great, BUT, Mandrake had the best hw support of all Distros I looked at. So I bought Mandrake Linux 7.0 Powerpack Edition, knowing I would have a couple of issues (video card and modem). Once Mandrake 8.2 arrived, I was totally hooked. Dump Windows? Not unless the apps I use are ported to Linux.
  18. My advice, is to use what works best. ATI doesn't even like to work with OpenGL in the Windows world, while nVidia works closely with companies that develop openGL apps. I have an annoying issue in MDK 10.0 OE PP right now: when trying to save a pic from the web to my hdd, I keep getting this annoying popup with the pic host name and an 'ok' button, that I have to keep clicking on, until the pic is saved. As many as 20 times per pic (popup vanishes and reappears). I don't have this in Windows or SuSE 9.2 Pro. Maybe I should try Konq and see what happens (if yes, then problem is in mandy, rather than mozilla). SuSE 9.2 Pro is sweeeeet. I use 4 OSes so far. Mandy has been my internet mainstay, SuSE is looking to take that spot, Win2K Pro is my 'work' OS for my windows apps (CGI and that), and Win98SE is my games OS (MSDOS-Win98/ME games). I use whichechever one works best for the software in question, and all are stable for me. Gowater, I also have an nForce2 mobo.
  19. I subscribe to Linux Journal ( linuxjournal.com ). Some of it is quite technical, and each issue is themed (aka Security). Most is way over my head, but, it is still an interesting read. It is a US based magazine. I started with a 1 year subscription, and ended up renewing for 2, 2 times so far. On the second renewal right now.
  20. Sarissi


    Overclocking reduces the life of the cpu and other hardware. RAM included. My approach depends on whether I am upgrading hardware, or, building a new computer. When upgrading, I go for the best mobo that suits my needs and that I can afford. It must also use my current cpu, RAM, and other hardware. If I am building a new one, then I may either go for the mobo or the cpu. I generally get one thing at a time, and there is no hurry. For my CGI box, there are higher specs to be met, and that will take longer to acquire due to higher prices on some things.
  21. Urza, Was that cd drive actually bad, or, is the computer's power supply not up to the job?
  22. Does your computer have PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports? Can your keyboard and mouse be used that way (adapter: usb to ps/2, usually 1 for each)?? If the answer is 'yes' to both, or, you have a ps/2 keyboard and ps/2 mouse, then do so until you can figure out what is causing the problem, and you fix it. My Logitech Cordless iTouch Duo can be used either way. I just prefer to use the dedicated mouse and keyboard ports (ps/2).
  23. The article says "Curtail" not Abandon. In fact, it is not being abandoned by Microsoft, since they are still going to be using it for their own stuff. I became an eBay member in 2000, and eBay's going with Passport made my skin crawl, even though you don't have to use it to logon. I looked at Passport as both another attempt by Micrsoft at Absolute Global Power, and as an open invitation to identity theft. Besides, don't you have to be using Windows in order to use Passport?
  24. Have to update from previous post. My computer(s) are always a work in progress, and I get bit by the hardware upgrade bug every so often. :D See Sig, and add the Logitech Cordless iTouch Duo (cordless itouch keyboard and cordless mx700 mouse). About the only thing I would change, is go to the Pro2 version of this mobo, and go up to 2 GB ram.
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