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    I'm a thirty-something computer manager who likes to play around with hobby electronics in his spare time (see website URL, and also posts on http://www.avrfreaks.net). I have been on Linux now for about 18 months, having changed over from Windows after a series of nasty malware incidents. I'm gradually getting more comfortable with the ins and outs of Linux system administration, but I guess that one of my interests will be "Learning about Linux" for the forseeable future...

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  1. I have used Kino in the past, and it's much better than the software for Windows that was bundled with the camera itself (a Panasonic MiniDV). Linux Format did a tutorial on DVD authoring using kino and dvdauthor in June 2005 (LXF 67), which they have helpfully made available on line at http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/pdfs/LXF67.tut_begin.pdf. This is what I used to produce a DVD from my imported home movies.
  2. I remember having trouble with ImageMagick's geometry command unless I added the "!" modifier (which forces it to be exactly the specified size). Unfortunately, that was some time ago, at my previous job, so I don't have the details handy.
  3. Yes, this works. As expected it mounts as a removable drive, and you just drag files onto it with Konqueror (or use cp from the shell, of course).
  4. I have a Samsung YP-U1X, but I've only transferred stuff onto it from a Windows PC so far. I'll give it a quick test when I get home this evening and get back to you. BTW, if you're also looking for an in-car unit, I really can't recommend what I have - a Yakumo Hypersound Car. True, it looks awesome (plays OGGs, MP3s and WMAs from USB stick, MMC/SD card or CD, and of course CDs as well), but it has some serious flaws in its firmware. See reviews at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B...4307734-5733220
  5. Weird synchronicity about this one. One of my friends was setting up a LAMP server the other day (just to play with) and had the same problem. The solution? Remove spaces from his php tags. He was typing <? php /* stuff */ ?> instead of <?php /* stuff */ ?> This, after spending 3 days loading and unloading modules, upgrading PHP to latest version, and generally climbing a Dollis Hill.
  6. For regular browsing, etc, I tend to just use one, but when I'm working I tend to have 4 desktops with clusters of related apps on each one: 1. Misc 2. Code 3. Graphics 4. Documentation That makes it easy to flip between (say) a web page on MySQL, and my mySQL code and related tools, without having to continually minimise and maximise windows to find the one you want. Anyway, it's just another tool. Freedom includes the freedom not to use something if you don't want to, after all.
  7. I went through this a few days ago. The "kernel sources" thing turned out to be a red herring (although I now have a nice shiny new 2.6.11-13 kernel to show for it). If you read the install log file, you may find (as I did) that the kernel object failed to load because it could not find a free IRQ for the graphics card to use. If this is the case, the solution to this is to modify some of the Plug-and-Play settings in the BIOS, as detailed in the same log file.
  8. Thanks for the confidence-boost. Kernel upgrade to 2.6.11-13 went nice and easy (once I read the additional steps required to update LILO boot sector). As it turns out, though, that wasn't the problem - NVidia's error message was very misleading. Instead, I needed to alter a couple of BIOS settings so that the IRQ on the card was recognised. After that, it worked very nicely.
  9. Also, to find out which kernel you are running (I just needed to do this), use: uname -a I get the following: Linux [hostname] 2.6.11-6mdk #1 Tue Mar 22 16:04:32 CET 2005 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1700+ unknown GNU/Linux This leads me to a question of my own. If I list what RPMs I have installed using rpm -qa | grep kernel I see that I have 3 things: kernel- kernel- kernel-source-2.6-2.6.11-13mdk Can I safely remove the kernel, as it seems to be unused? (Background: I'm trying to get my NVidia drivers working, and it's complaining that my kernel source doesn't match my kernel version (quite reasonably, IMO). I'm hoping that I should be able to upgrade the kernel to pretty easily so that everything matches.)
  10. Here's a counterexample: one of the users is 3 years old and can just about pick out his own name on the keyboard. Of course, he has *very* few privileges on his account...
  11. Before moving everything around, my little media center machine was attached via a USB wireless lan, and that was running under Mandriva 2005LE. The secret is to find a dongle with the one well-supported chipset, which is the rt2500. Here's my previous post: https://mandrivausers.org/index.php?showtopic=28779 which includes a link to the how-to document.
  12. I used to play Age of Empires and Civilization quite a bit when I had a Windows machine, but I haven't played any games since my kids came along. (BTW, Mandriva comes with the FreeCiv "client", but I've never managed to get this to run. Any ideas?) For a while, I kept a Windows partition around so that my wife could run a garden design package, but she has never once used it so I wiped the partition and reclaimed the space for backups. I am looking forward to explaining this in the spring...
  13. There's an excellent thread on this over at https://mandrivausers.org/index.php?showtopic=14972&hl=wmp54g. I used the instructions here to get my WMP54G working under Mandrake 10.0, 10.1 and 2005LE. I haven't yet upgraded to 2006.
  14. Sorry, you did mention the model number before - must have missed that in my first skim through. It sounds like the advice for using IE is the browser equivalent of a "dry clean only" washing instruction. Garment manufacturers sometimes cannot be bothered to check whether their products will wash well in all washing powders, etc., so they just stick a "dry clean only" label on them and hope that the professional cleaners will get it right. They probably only test with IE, so it's the only one they can guarantee. Anyway, glad it's all working again.
  15. That's very odd. I use a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, with a combination of wired and wireless connections, and it configures fine under Linux with Firefox. I've never had a Windows machine anywhere near it. Which model do you have, and do you have any idea what the thing is that requires IE for it to work?
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