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  1. Great anecdote, aRTee, and exactly the point I was trying to make earlier - but made much better than I did... And that's the great thing - when that happens it's all worthwhile, isn't it ?
  2. jimdunn

    First Timer Here

    Do you have Powerpack edition or Free ? Can you post a link to the driver file you downloaded ?
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    First Timer Here

    I hope you didn't feel that anyone was saying you were... :unsure: That doesn't happen here - we're all stupid, so there's a kind of pact not to refer to it... Tell us what you downloaded, and why, and someone will help you with your problem. It isn't as hard as it looks, really...
  4. oops - is this the Simpsons avatar thread ? my mistake... sorry eta: (that'll mean nothing when we change them, will it ?)
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    How about: 'any card from the GeForce FX range to the 8800' :D "Smart" enough ?? But, on reflection, since dude67 made such a good point, maybe: 'any Nvidia card from the GeForce FX range to the 8800'
  6. Hmm... From what I've quietly seen, over the months and years, of your magnificent contributions in the live CD area, I'd venture that is a gap that will take an awful lot of filling... ;) edited because I originally missed out "magnificent"
  7. Excellent point - very well made :D Next you'll be telling me that "urpmi" isn't a direct yiddish translation of "install" Or that a newcomer shouldn't be hung, drawn and quartered for not guessing that "amarok" is a media player... You're just trying to destroy my faith in the surrealism of it all, aren't you ?
  8. I don't care what anybody else thinks - I'm going to respond to that with nothing other than a grin and a chuckle because that's what your reply made me do - grin and chuckle... Zac - from what I've seen in your very few posts here to date - you'll NEVER be "one of them". I frequent a few support forums like this, and my favourite slogan from all of them is: "When people work for thanks, don't leave them short changed" It's rare in my experience to see someone adapt to that (somewhat alien) philosophy as quickly as you have here - that's a credit to you, and nobody else. Thanks for making me smile Jim
  9. It doesn't matter how long you've been working with computers - there's no stigma in asking for help. I've been in computing for 25 years, running small to large networks on various operating systems - and I learn something new every day. The quickest way to learn is often just to ask. After a while, hopefully, you may start to give help too. The trick is asking in the right place... For help with Mandriva, imho, you've certainly found the right place... ;)
  10. I just read through this thread - 4 people so far have offered you help, and, as far as I can see none of them has "acted like you're an idiot". If you were a foreigner visiting a country, and you asked for directions, and the guy who gave them to you said: "Left at the highway, carry on for 20 miles, but don't stop and swim in the river, even if it looks lovely - it's full of crocodiles" Assuming you already knew there were crocodiles in the river - is he treating you like an idiot, or just giving you the best advice he can, because he's not sure if you know anything about the area ?
  11. Here's a page which indicates that sbp2 could be relevant for scanner detection: Epson Scanner Configuration So, you never know... Worth a try, in my opinion. Here's the Mandriva Bug
  12. John, this may not help - because I don't even know if the sbp2 module is involved in talking to firewire scanners - however, there is a bug filed where external firewire hard drives are not detected until sbp2 is loaded, and sbp2 is not loaded at setup time. I had to force my 2008.0 install to load sbp2 at boot time in order to access my external firewire hdd. If you look through the output of lsmod|more and see if sbp2 is loaded, or, easier: lsmod|grep sbp2 which will return nothing if sbp2 is not loaded then if it isn't, try to modprobe sbp2 then try to detect your scanner again. Like I said, it may not be relevant, but it's a 2 minute job to try it. If it works, I made the system load sbp2 at each boot by adding the single term sbp2 on a new line, on its own at the end of the file: /etc/modprobe.preload
  13. In fact, after a little thought I can't see how you could ever have 2 screens at different resolutions showing the same thing. By definition, the higher resolution screen can fit more "stuff" on it than the smaller resolution screen can display (without scrolling). Say you open a 1024 x 768 pic on a 1024 x 768 screen - it will fit. But try and display it on 800 x 600 and it won't (without resizing) So 2 screens at different resolutions can't be clones and fully visible. Unless I'm having a mad moment :unsure:
  14. Yes it is Yes, but I prefer it at 1024 x 768 I'm not sure - but if it is I'm afraid I can't tell you how :mellow: Someone else might know if you can use this trick to get the 2 screens at different resolutions - I played around with my Xorg.conf just before posting this, but everything I tried left both screens the same size, sometimes with the mouse scrolling the screen around when the desktop was bigger than the monitor. On the page I linked to he has 2 resolutions available and switches between them using xrandr depending on which screen he wants to look at. He says: He also goes on to talk about merging - using both screens as "viewports" to the same desktop, but that all sounded too complex for me. I was just happy to get the refresh rate issue solved - it had really been annoying looking at a 60Hz CRT.
  15. I posted this over at the Mandriva forum, but I thought it was interesting enough to pop it on here too: Here's a great tutorial on using the mergefb option in xorg to handle dual displays: http://ozlabs.org/~jk/docs/mergefb/ I have an external monitor hooked to my laptop via the VGA port, and I'd been struggling to get X to use anything other than a horrible 60 Hz to drive it. Once I followed the steps on the linked page, it just worked fine at a "lovely" 85 Hz - no flicker - no more headaches !!! Because I only wanted the same resolution on the lcd and the monitor, and I wasn't interested in scrolling around multiple desktops, I changed the config from the linked page a little bit - and here's what works like a charm for me now: The particular trick is duplicating your Device section with the same BusID in both sections (you can get the ID from lspci), and setting up 2 monitor sections - 1 for lcd, 1 for monitor. As you'll see, in MetaModes I've forced both displays to 1024x768 - but you don't have to do that (I played around with the dual desktop overlapping etc.., and it works really well - I just didn't use it in the end) - it was just the solution to my refresh rate problem. Section "ServerFlags" #DontZap # disable <Ctrl><Alt><BS> (server abort) #DontZoom # disable <Ctrl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching) AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work EndSection Section "Module" Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension Load "v4l" # Video for Linux Load "extmod" Load "type1" Load "freetype" Load "glx" # 3D layer Load "dri" # direct rendering EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Keyboard1" Driver "kbd" Option "XkbModel" "logicd" Option "XkbLayout" "us" Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Mouse1" Driver "mouse" Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2" Option "Device" "/dev/mouse" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "monitor1" VendorName "Philips" ModelName "Philips 107S(17inch/CM1300)" HorizSync 30.0-69.0 VertRefresh 50.0-120.0 DisplaySize 269 201 # 96 DPI @ 1024x768 EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "laptop lcd" Option "DPMS" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "device1" VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc" BoardName "ATI Radeon 9250 and earlier" Driver "ati" BusID "PCI:01:05:0" Option "MergedFB" "true" Option "MetaModes" "1024x768-1024x768 1024x768-1024x768" Option "MergedDPI" "100 100" Option "DPMS" Option "BIOSHotkeys" Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "device2" VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc" BoardName "ATI Radeon 9250 and earlier" Driver "ati" BusID "PCI:01:05:0" Option "DPMS" Option "BIOSHotkeys" Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1" Screen 1 EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "screen1" Device "device1" Monitor "monitor1" DefaultColorDepth 24 Subsection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "screen2" Device "device2" Monitor "laptop lcd" DefaultColorDepth 24 Subsection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection Subsection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240" EndSubsection EndSection Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "layout1" InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard" InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer" Screen "screen1" EndSection
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