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  1. Why don't you scrap your linux partitions and start over. You can redo the install and this time do a custom install.. Now you can set it up yourself exactly like you want it.. the custom install has a autopartition button so you can see how Mandriva would have set it up for you. You can then write that info down, clear the partition table, and set it up with your own modifications.

  2. Hi,


    You can delete whatever you want :) It just won't work afterwards..


    A suggestion.. before you continue with anything else, get your uprpm sources squared away. Then you can take advantage of RPM installs and you will feel confident that everything is being installed in the correct place.


    Have you tried the command line yet? Try this..


    1. Open a console (command line window) and type


    su [enter]

    your root password [enter]


    You are now root and have rights to do admin stuff.


    Now type




    Go to your urpmi sources and delete them all *toss them out*


    Quit MCC and you are back in the command window..


    Now use a browser (just leave the command window open) and locate EasyURPMI


    Select your locations, just get one, don't worry about getting them all


    Highlight the location with your mouse.. as you highlighted it, it is already copied to the cut/paste buffer for you to use.


    Now go to the command window and hit the middle scroll button. It should paste the text into the command window.


    Press enter and the source will be added..


    When all done (do all the individual sources), try..


    urpmi whatever




    urpmi opera


    If its listed in the sources, it will bring it down and install it for you..


    If its not, you can get the rpm source from a web site, down load it, and then type


    rpm thefilename.rpm


    It will install...

  3. Sure, all data is subject to security evaluations.. how important is it too. are you burning porn? May be very important to you *just kidding, really!* Is it media projects that you create, get paid for, back it up 2 different ways, my real point is he needs to consider what his deal is..

  4. So what it broils down to is what are you going to use it for? If you are going to do a lot of media (movies, music, whatever tickles your fancy), then don't worry about the potential for disk space loss with a large single media partition. If you just need a 10 gig partition and don't expect to do more, then just go with that. If you put the media partition on the end of the partition table, then you can always increase it later..


    However, a note on media. If you are actually using that much space for media, then you might as well burn it to DVD's because media itself doesn't tend to change that much.. (just grows)

  5. When partitions were originally created (way back in the dark ages), you could only have a maximum of 4 partitions. The partition table (which is the first sector of your hard drive (or close enough) had four entries.


    But people wanted more partitions so the extended partition was created. An extended partition is one of the four partitions but can be sub-divided into any number of "logical" partitions (I'm generalizing). Using this, you can have many more partitions than four.


    So the rules are..


    1. Only one primary partition will be an extended partition.


    2. At any time you can have between 1 - 4 primary partitions. You do not have to have all 4 in order to use your hard drive.


    3. You have to create the extended partition before you create the logical partitions. Sometimes software will just go ahead and do this for you.


    4. The extended partition is the only partition that can hold logical partitions.


    5. All of the logical partitions have to fit in an extended partition so make it big enough.


    6. The linux names for these partitions are:



    hda2 <- lets say this is your extended.




    afterwards, you are referring to logical partitions you have created that exist physically within the extended partition



    hda6 and so on



    An example of a setup.


    hda1 - primary 15 gig - windows XP

    hda2 - extended partition - fills rest of hard drive.

    -----> hda5 - linux /

    -----> hda6 - linux /usr

    -----> hda7 - linux /home

    -----> hda8 - linux swap

    -----> hda9 - vfat (Fat32) - media/work/whatever


    Generally, I've found that /usr/home can be around 10 gig comfortable for a home installation. / can be as small as about 600 meg but I suggest a gig.


    Another setup..


    hda1 - primary - 10 gig

    hda2 - primary

    hda3 - primary

    hda4 - extended

    -------> hda5 - rest of drive


    Its totally up to you. One good idea is to have a 1st drive that has your windows and media on it. 2nd drive is your linux drive.


    Special note:!!! Do not create extended partitions with linux and then use the windows disk manager to modify it. You will possibly lose everything because windows disk manager does not recognize linux extended partition table entries. (not recently tested though)

  6. Got a USB file system (like a card that's not inserted)? Or any kind of hub? I'm reaching but if there is a card or some kind of removable usb file system, try putting it in place and install. Think I read recently that this is an issue. Alternatively, you can try removing extra usb connections (aside from a mouse) and see if things go alright. This would allow you to hook things back up and identify the problem.

  7. Well said :thumbs: On Linus's defense, we all get like that from time to time so perhaps he will re-evaluate his stance on this. If it results in an open source bm software then they will always be able to make modifications in the spirit of open source rather than a private package. Again, in his defense, he has a big task to do and McVoy's product was mking life easier for him. Now his schedule is probably screwed up. But maybe he's blaming the wrong party?

  8. Does the RGB cable come with the monitor? Not a separate component? I didn't read the thread too carefully but either the monitor, cable, or video board is most likely (especially the video board). Alternatively, is there any possible magnetic radiation from nearby that may be going on and off and affecting your display? (far shot I know). Seems unlikely its the linux distro. But try Knoppix and see if it still does red..

  9. Conectiva sounds like a scam to me *solly*.. like the ol vacuum cleaner door salesman.


    How about DrakeSoft? Just kidding, I know.. too close for comfort


    Bangorang Linux

    EasyUse Linux


    Gotta start thinking out of the box..


    Mechanics of Linux (nah drive away the newbies)


    Hey! Linux for Kids! heh


    Guillotine Linux (anyone smell dead meat? lets pass)


    Bahama Linux (attract the snow bound..)


    Guess it broils down to who Mandrake is marketed too and how to attract them with a name..


    Platypus Linux? (looks like a pinguin... kinda)


    ok I'm off to bed..

  10. I'm going to assume you are using a version of windows greater than win98?


    Windows doesn't need to be in the first partition, it justs needs to think it is.. I don't know the specifics, but you can tell lilo, when booting the windows partitions to make it C:


    After booting, windows will exist on C: (as far as it is concerned)


    Optionally, you could always get another hard drive and put windows on that? (safer?)

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