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  1. Dual boot with 2 HDD

    That does sound better. I am just scared, can that somehow mess up my Widnows disk? Like which bootloader will get set up, LILO or the Windows one? Latem
  2. Hello, I have 2 computers. 1 runs windows XP. 1 runs Mandriva LE2005. I mostly use the linux box, and pretty much only use my windows box to play counter strike source and for backup, and some school related things. I am giving away my Linux computer to a relative, except for the HDD. I would like to make my windows computer now have dual boot options with the two hard drives, preferebly without messing with my Windows install and hard drive as much as possible (I have some important stuff on there and it would really suck if i lost it). I have never done any kind of dual boot before. I've searched internet, and so far I think this is what I have to do: In case it's useful to know, this is output from df: My windows disk is an 80 gig harddrive, and just has the 1 partition on it. First, on my linux box: dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/home/me/linux.bin size=512 count=1 or dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/home/me/linux.bin bs=512 count=1 I am not sure if it's suppose to be bs or size? My man page for dd doesn't have size, and just has bs. Then copy the linux.bin file to my Windows drive in C:\linux.bin. Then edit the C:\boot.ini file to have: c:\linux.bin="Linux" Save the file. Turn off the computer, and add the Linux hard drive as the second hard drive. Put its jumper into the salve option. Turn on the computer and I should have a Linux option to boot. Is this all I have to do? I think the fact that Mandriva is installed on that harddrive as it was the primary drive (hda1) could be a problem. Does this matter? Or will I need to reinstall Mandriva onto the drive when the drive is in fact the second drive (hdb1)? Any advice/suggestions/words of wisdom regarding this? If there is a proper guide on how to do this that I don't know of maybe, that would be helpful. Thanks a lot, Latem [moved from Software by spinynorman]
  3. KDE 3.4.2

    Just wondering how do you know that? and why (if you know) would they do that? I think that obviously explains why my desktop icons aren't showing up. :o I wander if it also explain why it mounts USB to /mnt/removable1 instead of /mnt/removable Thanks, Latem
  4. KDE 3.4.2

    What version of hal does KDE 3.4.x need? I have: hal-0.4.7-11mdk libhal0-0.4.7-11mdk Maybe that affects my USB thingy. When I installed KDE, I had a main, update, and contrib repos as well, which urpmi --auto-select did use to update everything I have on my system, and resolved dependacies (about 15 in total). I didnt have any plf repos, cuz I've never really used them. I think I used it once before long time ago, to get some codecs or something. If I do urpmi --auto-select now, there is nothing to isntall. Also on IRC, someone mentioned that these kde.org packages were build for cooker, and not LE2005. I don't know if this is true. If it is, I would have thought twice about installing them; but still they aren't too bad, overall. These are pretty much all the problems I've noticed, in order of severity (according to my opinion and my needs): 1. USB stick not working correcty, as described above. 2. My trash is behaving weird. When I send something to it, sometimes it doesn't "register", and the icon is still the empty trash. If it did work, than using trash deleting the file, or emptying the trash, makes my floppy disk activated, and make the "checking for floppy" sound. I'm still investigating this, and playing around. openning the trash always causes the floppy activation. 3. konsole doesn't have sound. Like it doesn't beep , even though the notification is properly set up for it to play beep on "bell event", and I can test the sound there. 4. Using the big tooltips on taskbar cuse the kicker to behave weird a little, and causes Kopete to crash (with QPixmap::convertToImage at the end of backtrace). When this happens the icons in kicked on the left are empty when u hover over them (when they are suppose to highlight); and big tooltips don't have the icons in them any more. Disabling the big tooltips seems to make kicker behave nice. Those are all the problems I've encountered. The only 2 ones that bother me are 1 and 2. 3 and 4 aren't all that bad in my opinion. Actually the big tooltips get annoying pretty fast, as cool as they are. But the konsole beeping would be nice. Cheers, Latem
  5. KDE 3.4.2

    So after a day of messing around, this is what I did. I opted to use the kde.org packages since I had them downloaded already (brought them from work cuz I have a slow connection), and it didn't feel like downlaoding another 250 megs by using thac's or SoS repos. 1. Put all the KDE packages into a local folder (ie. ~/kde-3.4.2). 2. Add it to media with urpmi.addmedia kde /home/name/kde-3.4.2 3. Do urpmi --auto-select This updated all packages that have a newer version, installing KDE 3.4.2 that's in the local directory, and resolve all dependancies. I should also mention just so it's here for the record, that urpmi * does not work as I'd like. This appears to install all packages in the directory that you do not have already. So I actually did do this (to try it) before what I did as listed above, and ended up installing KDE 3.4.2 packages, that I didnt have any version of. Because of this, now I have pretty much a complete KDE install. I even had klaptop stuff, but removed it later because it's not a laptop computer. :) Pretty much everything worked. I didn't have any problem with kdm, and logging in. I did have 1 problem with Kontact, where it couldn't log in to one of my email accounts for some reason. It was giving some authentication error. Changing authentication method from LOGIN, to Clear Text fixed it. Everything seems to be working fine except for one thing. Before, when I put a usb key into usb, it created a desktop icon for it, and mounted it to /mnt/removable. Now it doesnt create a desktop icon. It creates /mnt/removable, and /mnt/removable1. The usb key is mounted to /mnt/removable1. So when I remove the key, /mnt/removable still stays there. Even if I delete that folder, the behaviour is still the same. Both folders are created, key mounted to /mnt/removable1. Any ideas on how to get it to mount to /mnt/removable and to show desktop icon? Thanks, Latem
  6. KDE 3.4.2

    I understand what urpmi does in general. I understand that it's a package manager, and it resolves dependancies. By download packages, I meant actually download packages using web browser, wget, or whatever. Sorry maybe I didn't word it best. I'll explain in more detail what I meant, and what I wasnt sure about if it would work or not. Let's pretend hypothetically for a moment that thac's repos did not exist at all, and that the only KDE 3.4.2 packages were from the KDE site. Also let's say I have all other (non-kde) requirements and dependancies on my system. I am thinking I could download all the new KDE 3.4.2 version of packages that I already have, and place the new packages in ~/kde342. Then as root go to that folder, and type urpmi *. My concern is that this could happen: urpmi starts alphabetically, and tries arts package. I don't have the necesarry dependancy (because it needs kde 3.4.2), and urpmi just bails, leaving me to install all the packages manually in the correct order. Or is urpmi smart enough to actually look into the local folder, and see that there are all these other packages there that solve this problem, sort it out and all the dependancies on it's own, and install all the packages on its own. Basically to the user (me) it would look like this local folder was a repos. That was my concern when I said: should urpmi * work? What about rpm -Uvh *? This is kinda relevant even with thac's repos. For example if I have a slow connection, I could download all the thac's rpm's at work or school, transfer them with USB stick to my comp, and put them in ~/kde342, and do urpmi * and install them. That is if urpmi * can actually work like I'd like :) Hope you understand my question. Latem
  7. KDE 3.4.2

    I've been told this could work: Download all the kde packages from a mirror into a local folder, lets say ~/kde342. Then as root go to the folder, and do urpmi *. I guess this should upgrade all of your existing kde stuff with the new kde packages. But I am not sure I see how does this manage to install all the packages in the appropriate and correct order. Can anyone who knows more about how urpmi works confirm this? I haven't tried it yet since I'll need some time to download everything, and get my system ready for the upgrade (back up all my stuff just in case, etc...). I have a question regarding the kdm bug. Is there a manual way of fixing this. What specific config file does it refer to. Should I just delete it before doing the upgrade, or edit something somewhere? Thanks, Latem
  8. KDE 3.4.2

    KDE 3.4.2 was released today. http://kde.org/info/3.4.2.php They have Mandriva packages. Anyone try'em out yet? What's the best way to go about upgrading to this? I am thinking of trying it, but the only times my KDE was upgraded was during a Mandriva/Mandrake upgrade install. That is I've never just upgraded KDE on my own. It doesn't appear that the mirror can be added to urpmi, so the packages would have to be installed manually I think. Start with kdebase, and then everything else? Maybe you should remove KDE first (and how)? Latem
  9. major hardware change

    Ok thanks for the feedback. Just wandering would it work without doing any kind of install at all. Will mandriva be able to pick up the changes ok all on it's own? I mean let's say I rebuild the system with some new parts (mainly just the mobo, cpu, and ram), and I turn it back on. Is it possible that it reconfigures everything correctly all on its own? With regards to tigerdirect, yea upon reading around different forums, I haven't heard much good about them. For example that perticular 2900+ cpu is fishy, cuz I guess its some special OEM thing. I can't find it anywhere on AMD's website. I'll look around some more on some other places. Thanks for the suggested links. I am not in any real rush to upgrade this comp yet, just investigating things until I make up all the details of what I want to do. Latem
  10. major hardware change

    Hello, this is my current setup: CPU: P3-1GHz Motherboard: Chaintech CT-60JV2 Video Card: ATI Radeon 32MB AGP DDR RAM: 256MB Hard Drive: Samsung 40GB Sound Card: SoundBlaster 256 Live! Value Monitor: Viewsonic Q71B 17IN Floppy Drive: 1.44M Drive DVD: Raide 8X DVD CD-Writer: Sony 52x32x52 CDRW Mouse: Microsoft IntelliPoint Optical Scroll Mouse Speakers: 2-piece ZoltriXound ZX-MPro w/ 300W Sub-Woofer Modem: Conectant SoftKey 56K v.90 PCI Fax Modem Network Card: RealTek 10/100 PCI Ethernet Operating System: Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 I am thinking of getting this: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Sea...&Tab=0&NoMapp=0 I'll also get another hard drive. I am planning on putting in my current DVD, CDRW, network card, and sound card. I am not sure whether I should continue using the Radoen video card, or the onboard video? What do you suggest? Mainly I am wandering if the installed Mandriva will be able to handle the HW changes, or should I pretty much expect that I'll have to do a clean install? I had never done any sort of hardware change (except for Monitor) under Linux, so I am not sure what to expect, and if maybe there's something I should look out for? Doing a clean reinstall isnt that big of a deal I guess, but it is an inconveniance. Especially since I have a few things installed from source, and some other cusotmizations. Plus I always do urpmi --auto-select after a new install or update, and that can take up to 12 hours on my slow connection. Any other ideas, cautions, suggestions? Thanks, Latem
  11. issues after upgrade to LE2005

    Thanks. I use my usb stick often, so I'll just keep both services at bootup. I've been reading up on my fonts issue with my fonts being a little bigger than before. When I go into the fonts manager thing in MCC, the selected font is Sans, size 12, which is exactly how big my fonts were originally everywhere (even though in KCC is said 10). Does that selected font size in MCC mean anything? Also I've read that the X dpi setting has a lot to do with fonts. From what I can tell (thru KCC) my dpi is set to 81x81. This is my monitor: http://www.viewsonic.com/products/desktopd...optiquest/q71b/ and I use 1024x768 resolution. So is this the correct dpi setting? I've read about some equation like <horizontal size in pixels> / <horizontal width (in inches?)> = <your dpi setting>. However, I cant get 81, any way. My monitor is correctly selected in MCC. Any input/suggestions is appreciated. Also what's the proper way of changing and playing around with this. From what I've read you have to edit some text file, but different posts refered to different config files, and different things to edit. Some say to edit the monitor dimensions, some say to edit dpi directly, or some other variables. Thanks, Latem
  12. issues after upgrade to LE2005

    This is going to be a big post. Ok I got my network setup after much messing around. First I did reconfigure network (cuz it was already running), and truned off hotplugging. Before that I was looking thru my hardware and in my video card config I had pressed "Options" which brought that up that "Do you want to start X at staartup" dialog or something similar. Well I closed the dialog, instead of pressing Yes. That was a mistake. After shutting down, I got postfix gailed to shutdown errors. On bootup, I got a whole bunch of errors, and a starck trace print out. Also my x wouldn't start and I would boot up to console. I had to startx manually. And my network didnt work. I paniced pretty bad. I set up my interface (thru LAN as sugested in another thread) leaving hotplugging enabled, and restarted. I still got all the problems on bootup. but upon loading in my netowrk worked. I went to my video settings again, and in Options pressed Yes. I then removed the eth0 interface, and reset it up back to Cable. I also went into Services, where a bunch of stuff, that I knew was on before, was turned off. So i went crazy and pretty much truned on (set to boot), a whole bunch of stuff. Almost everything. Restarted, and it seems to work now. However, at line "Starting non-interactive setup" I get "starting hotplug", or something, and I think this wasnt there before. It's follwoed by "checking for new hardware". As well before I had "starting eth0" followed by "starting portmapper", which took like 20 seconds to start. Now I have "starting netplug" or something in between them. and portmapper doesnt take as long to start up. I have restarted 3 times so far. It seems maybe it takes a little longer for KDE to start initiializing (before I even see the splash screen). One of the 3 times, All my input, or my KDE seemed to freeze after starting up. Like I could move my mouse, but everything else was frozen. But everything seems to boot up ok. and my network starts ok. Should I disable hotplug, and/or netplug. netplug maybe importnat, since it seems to be something with dynamic IP, which I have dynamic IP assigned by DHCP? Thanks, Latem
  13. issues after upgrade to LE2005

    Hello, I upgraded from 10.1 OE to LE 2005, and now I have a few issues. here they are in order of relative importance I guess. Any help or ideas on these is greatly appreciated. 1. Now whenever I restart my computer, on bootup it says eth0 is OK, but when i come into KDE there is no network, And I have to do the MCC wizard to create a connection. I am using cable modem, and my ISP is Rogers (in Canada). I had this problem when I upgraded from 10.0 to 10.1, but doing urpmi --auto-select fixed it. I did urpmi --auto-select today, and everyhing got updated, but I still have this problem. There are a few cosmetic issues/question I have as well. 2. I have always used Sans 10 fonts. After the upgrade my fonts seemed bigger. Now I change them to Sans 9, and it looks fine. However this is only for KDE. Gtk and X applications still have a little bigger fonts. Is there a way to cahnge this globally? You can see this in the two attached files, with the difference between Konqueror and Firefox fonts in the menus. 3. My KDE doesnt render fonts right in websites. They don't look AA'ed, and just kind of wrong, as you can see from the screenshot. When I browse my file system, the look fine. 4. The icons in the taskbar on the left look bad. I am not sure but it looks like KDE uses SVG there now, so it streches them or something. The konqueror one looks good though. Any way of fixing this. Also is there a way to change the "show desktop" icon to one that's in the panel menu for that functionality (Panel menu | Add | Special Button | Desktop Access). 5. Now, textedits, and comboboxes that have focus on them have a blue border around them. For example in Konqueror, when the address bar has focus it has a blue border. Can I turn this off? I think this is a feature because my brother had this before in 10.1, but he used Lipstick. I use Plastik. Was this added to Plastik in 3.3 and cant be truned off? 5. Is there a way to get rid of the "Menu" word? 6. Is there a way to change the icon from star to something else. I know this is a lot of stuff, and hopefully I can get it all resolved. I know maybe I should have done a clean install, but since I didn't have many problems last time doing an upgrade (and all my post-upgrade issues were fixed by doing urpmi --auto-select), I thought I could do the same thing now. So I really want to keep doing a clean install as a last option. BTW, is it possible to do a clean install, but keep /home? Any help on any of these is greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot. Latem
  14. Kopete rpms? [solved]

    I searched there, and I dont know what I was looking at, or if im blind or what, and how i missed them. found them now thanks. I think you can link to actual packages like this: the KDE 3.3.2 ones (for LE2005): http://rpm.pbone.net/index.php3/stat/4/idp...k.i586.rpm.html the KDE 3.2.3 ones for (10.1): http://rpm.pbone.net/index.php3/stat/4/idp...k.i586.rpm.html Latem
  15. Kopete rpms? [solved]

    Hello, are there anywhere Mdk RPMs for Kopete 0.9.3 (for KDE 3.2), and 0.10.1 (for KDE 3.3) that have the MSN fix? The standalone sources w/ the fix were realeased on May 23rd. I can't seem to find any rpms, so just wandering if there have been any built, or is the only option to build from source? Thanks, a lot. Latem