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  1. right click on the Google search bar. a drop down box with options should appear. select "orientation" then choose the place you want it. the choices are "top", "left", "right", "bottom", "float".





    orientaton isnt an option when i right click


    (mandrake 10.1 official)


    the only way to disable the it is to disable the "location" toolbar and move the location text box to the main toolbar.

  2. When I was sorting out my Konqueror toolbars I somehow made the Google search box end up floating in its own window.


    Now , anytime i open up a new Konqie windows, the Google search thingy is floating in its own window - how do i re-integrate it into the normal konqie toolbar?

  3. umm... where are the crappy fonts? i don't see any  :geek:


    "Google Smacks" - right hand side - note how the "a" and "c" are nearly joined together


    This is way different to a fresh 10.1 install - and over a whole page of text you really notice it.


    And it's not just google news - the fonts are screwed up on numerous sites - i guess the only way to prove it is to post up before and after pictures to make it clearer.

  4. I doubt it. Gaming companies are in it for the money and as long as they don't get a decent return on their investment they won't bother with Linux. The only thing that helps is enough people buying games. When Linux becomes more popular we will see more games.


    curiously , and i think it was EA Games who said it, is that most game development is actually done ON Linux.


    That's why the Linux client of Enemy Territory suddenly appeared.


    What's preventing more Linux games is as devries says - the return on investment - NOT the technical obstacles to producing games on Linux.

  5. did some google searching - looks like the Gentoo folks are also experiencing Xorg fonts problems too.


    Came across this Gentoo FAQ about solving xorg font issues , which might give some clues.





    Let me re-iterate that the way to replicate the problem is


    1. fresh install off CD isos

    2. change sources to easyurpmi ones

    3. urpmi fluxbox - say yes to Xorg dependencies


    viola - crappy fonts.

  6. Ok, here's the deal


    1. Fresh 10.1 Official install - downloaded ISOs


    2. Remove my cd sources, and urpmi internet ones.


    3. urpmi fluxbox

    - says that there are a lot of XOrg dependencies - these are the latest security patched updates from Mandrake.


    4. I said yes, downloaded packages - restarted KDE - and i'm in font hell.

    Firefox fonts are badly affected - i just have a choice of very small and too big when i do CTRL - and CTRL + to resize. Certain fonts elsewhere (konqueror,konsole) are messed up too.


    Note that this is FRESH install - and i didnt tweak the fonts at all nor did i tweak or configure any XOrg config files. Out of the box, Mdk 10.1 off the ISOs has great ,crisp fonts.


    Try uprmi'ng fluxbox and you end up with a real nasty font mess.


    Any idea why exactly the fonts would mess up so badly after such a simple procedure as detailed above?


    Here's a snippet of Google news in Firefox 1.0 - my Firefox font config is :

    Proportional Font is Sans Serif, size 14 , minimum font size none.


    Ugly isn't it?


  7. If you want to have a random wallpaper every 10 minutes execute the command crontab -e and then add a line like this:


    */10 * * * * /full/path/to/fbsetbg -R /path/to/your/wallpaperdirectory


    trouble is , it doesnt appear to work. i can run it from the command line ok. do i need to set something else?

  8. It was killed at the last minute by Poland. Yay Poland. Have been attempting to find an email address for the Polish government department in question all day to send them a note of thanks, but I can't. Ah well.


    Thank god for the Poles. They saved the Brits in the Battle Of Britain, and now they've done it again - saved us from greedy corporations and lawyers.





    Reg story here:



    This is the guy we've got to thank:

    "The Polish Minister of Science and Information Technology, Wlodzimierz Marcinski, made a special journey to Brussels to demand that the directive be dropped from the agenda."


    Here's his department's government website:



    email: dip AT mnii DOT gov DOT pl

  9. ok found 2 solutions :






    had to goto another linux distro site to find them. Hope that helps other people




    fbdesk is in the contrib repository in Mandrake 10.1 - you can find it in "Install Software" - search for fbdesk - or just urpmi fbdesk from the command line.


    version number is 1.1.5-2mdk


    must give a try myself, as i love the lightweightedness of fluxbox, but i also just wanted a few icons on the desktop for quick and easy access to the stuff i use everyday at work.

  10. # File generated by XFdrake.


    # **********************************************************************

    # Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of

    # this file.

    # **********************************************************************


    Section "Files"

        # Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)

        # By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of

        # the X server to render fonts.

        FontPath "unix/:-1"



    Section "ServerFlags"

        #DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)

        #DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)

        AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work



    Section "Module"

        Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension

        Load "v4l" # Video for Linux

        Load "extmod"

        Load "type1"

        Load "freetype"

        Load "synaptics"

        Load "glx" # 3D layer

        Load "dri" # direct rendering

        Load "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libglx.a"



    Section "InputDevice"

        Identifier "Keyboard1"

        Driver "keyboard"

        Option "XkbModel" "pc105"

        Option "XkbLayout" "gb"

        Option "XkbOptions" ""



    Section "InputDevice"

        Identifier "SynapticsMouse1"

        Driver "synaptics"

        Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"

        Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

        Option "MaxSpeed" "0.12"

        Option "MinSpeed" "0.06"

        Option "BottomEdge" "4200"

        Option "SHMConfig" "on"

        Option "LeftEdge" "1700"

        Option "FingerLow" "25"

        Option "MaxTapTime" "180"

        Option "MaxTapMove" "220"

        Option "FingerHigh" "30"

        Option "VertScrollDelta" "100"

        Option "TopEdge" "1700"

        Option "RightEdge" "5300"

        Option "AccelFactor" "0.0010"



    Section "Monitor"

        Identifier "monitor1"

        VendorName "Generic"

        ModelName "Flat Panel 1024x768"

        HorizSync 31.5-48.5

        VertRefresh 40-70


        # Sony Vaio C1(X,XS,VE,VN)?

        # 1024x480 @ 85.6 Hz, 48 kHz hsync

        ModeLine "1024x480"    65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344  480  488  494  563 -hsync -vsync


        # Dell D800 and few Inspiron (16/10) 1280x800

        ModeLine "1280x800"  147.89  1280 1376 1512 1744  800 801 804 848


        # Dell D800 and few Inspiron (16/10) 1680x1050

        ModeLine "1680x1050"  214.51  1680 1800 1984 2288  1050 1051 1054 1103


        # Dell D800 and few Inspiron (16/10) 1920x1200

        ModeLine "1920x1200" 230 1920 1936 2096 2528 1200 1201 1204 1250 +HSync +VSync


        # TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.

        # 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync

        ModeLine "768x576"    50.00  768  832  846 1000  576  590  595  630


        # 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync

        ModeLine "768x576"    63.07  768  800  960 1024  576  578  590  616



    Section "Device"

        Identifier "device1"

        VendorName "Intel Corp."

        BoardName "Intel 85x"

        Driver "i810"

        BusID "PCI:0:2:0"

        Option "DPMS"



    Section "Screen"

        Identifier "screen1"

        Device "device1"

        Monitor "monitor1"

        DefaultColorDepth 24


        Subsection "Display"

            Depth 8

            Virtual 1024 768



        Subsection "Display"

            Depth 15

            Virtual 1024 768



        Subsection "Display"

            Depth 16

            Virtual 1024 768



        Subsection "Display"

            Depth 24

            Virtual 1024 768




    Section "ServerLayout"

        Identifier "layout1"

        InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"

        InputDevice "SynapticsMouse1" "CorePointer"

        Screen "screen1"



    modprobe i915 returns nothing.

  11. SOLVED.


    Here's how.


    Your mileage may vary , but this is my situation


    1. Fresh 10.1 Official install


    Set /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-eth1 ONBOOT=no


    This will prevent eth0 and eth1 confusion if you have eth0 network card set to run off your work ethernet and eth1 to run off wireless at home.



    note: su root when doing console level stuff.


    2. Install kernel source via urpmi ( doing uname -r will tell you what mandrake kernel you are using.)


    2. Download Buchan Milne ipw2200 dkms rpm




    3. Download latest firmware from



    Select 0.17 current firmware - download the gzipped tar file


    tar -xvzf firmware file.


    5.copy firmware files ( they end in .fw) to /lib/hotplug/firmware (create firmware dir if it doesnt exist) and /etc/firmware (read somewhere that this can solve some problems)


    6. now urpmi ipw2200-dkms-0.15-1mdk.noarch.rpm


    Buchan Milnes ipw2200 package will install and do a bunch of perl stuff.


    7. Go to Mandrake Control Center - Services - check that hotplug is set to start at boot - turn it on as well.


    8 Reboot.


    9. ifup eth1


    10. Browse - you are now wireless.


    NOTE: your own DHCP, static, gateway etc settings need to be set in ifcfg-eth1

    If you dont want to use DHCP, /etc/resolv.conf is where you put your DNS server settings.



    Here's my ifcfg-eth1 (home, wireless)














    UPSHOT is this is all you need to get an Intel 2200 working:


    1. buchan milne rpm 2. kernel source 3. firmware 4. hotplug enabled 5.dkms enabled.


    (dkms and hotplug are enabled as default in fresh mandrake 10.1 install - just saying this in case you have switched them off)

  12. find . -print | xargs grep -si 'Monday morning meeting'

    above searches recursively down through the directory tree below your current position on the command line.


    grep -sril 'Monday morning meeting' ./*


    does exactly the same *but* in a single command ;)


    and even if you need to use find, xargs is superfluous, ie:


    find . -iname '*.txt' -exec grep -isl "Monday morning meeting" {} \;


    but they give differently output formats (extracts are shortened for clarity):


    find . -print | xargs grep -s 'blog'

    output : file , result


    ./class.bloggerclient.php:function blogger_checkFaultString($bloggerResult) {

    ./class.bloggerclient.php: if ($bloggerResult["faultString"]) {

    ./class.bloggerclient.php: return $bloggerResult["faultString"];

    ./class.bloggerclient.php: else if (strpos($bloggerResult, "java.lang.Exception") !== false) {

    ./class.bloggerclient.php: return $bloggerResult;


    grep -sril 'blog' ./*


    output: file







    find . -iname '*.php' -exec grep -isi "blog" {} \;


    output: file content match


    // If the user only has one blog, then it returns a string containing the name of the blog

    // in plain text, with a hidden form input containing the blogid, using the same

    function getUsersBlogsSelect($name="blog", $selected="", $extra="")

    $getUsersBlogsArray = $this->getUsersBlogs();



    and no it doesnt integrate into kde - although you could pipe the results to dcop and display them in kedit maybe - or just add ">output.txt" to pipe to a file and just open up in your favourite editor.

  13. su root

    edit /etc/lilo.conf

    enter a new line - "compact" (without the double quotes)


    /sbin/lilo (to apply your changes)




    note how the initial 30 second odd delay that used to occur with the kernel was booting now occurs more or less instantaneously.


    NOTE: using compact may hang older systems. I've used it on my new laptop, and it's dramatically increased boot time.

  14. So I guess there should be a new link in the front of the MUSB to reflect this fact. I mean, easyurpmi is such an important webpage for any Mandrake users.


    the moderators of MUSB should get in touch with the easyurpmi people first to confirm this - but it certainly appears so.


    i guess a lot of folks might not know about this just yet, as the zarb.org site comes up first on a google search for easyurpmi.


    If confirmed, it might be a good idea for MUSB to do a big splash announcement on the front page maybe , just to let as many folks know as possible.


    i honestly cant live without EasyURPMI - it really is a crucial service to mandrake users.

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