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  1. I was thinking about that too but when I booted from the Discovery Disk 1 I didn't see an option to upgrade. Anyways, its no matter now as I think I fixed it! In my exuberance to install the new vid card I forgot to reread this post and it turns out the answer is above (Did I mention that WOW looks absolutely fantastic with my new card? No. yeah my wife wasn't impressed either). the first thing I did was boot into failsafe mode and cleared my logs. I rebooted again a few times just to get a fresh population of the log files which I could look at. It appears from the logs that the offending piece was harddrake which was trying to install the nvidia driver with dkms after detecting the new hardware (now where did I read that I should have deslected that from starting before swapping the cards?). So I needed to figure out how to prevent harddrake and dkms from starting with run level 3 so that I could install the NVidia driver myself. I had just purchased this book: http://www.amazon.ca/How-Linux-Works-Super...TF8&s=books so I did a little reading. I booted into failsafe mode. Under the directory tree .../rc3.d/ I renamed the S04dkms and S05harddrake sim links by mv S04dkms _S04dkms mv S05harddrake _S05harddrake I then did an init 3 and viola! It booted into the login prompt. I logged as root and reinstalled the nvidia driver. I then manually restarted harddrake: /etc/init.d/harddrake start I was then able to startx. Once I verified that the card was recognized and that the native resolution was set up (1600x1080). I renamed the simlinks back to normal, rebooted and everything appears to have worked. It was late and I only did one reboot so I need to verify tonight when I get home. If I am going to update the NVidia drivers myself I don't think I need dkms to load so I think I'll make sure I deselect that in the startup services (assuming I am correct?). So I need to verify but I think everything is ok. One thing I got a nice preview of with the Mandriva live CD was the 3D desktop. Since I didn't bother with that with the old card what do I need to install via urpmi to get that functionality now? thanks all. I'll report back after verifying. Regards, Crispus p.s. Along with the above book I also find this one invaluable: http://www.amazon.ca/Linux-Cookbook-Tips-T...TF8&s=books As a side note, I've been using linux/Mandriva for a few years now, but am in no means an expert, and while I commend any person for giving it a try I would highly recommend that anyone new to linux pick up at least 1 resource book. I started out with Fedora Core 1 and still use an old Red Hat book from time to time. http://www.amazon.ca/Learning-Red-Linux-Bi...TF8&s=books
  2. Ok, sorry, i misunderstood and was taking you too literally. In any case if I follow your instructions and the boot still hangs at the starting Hal [OK]. So while I get what you are saying, I'd really like to try a boot without the daemon starting but don't know what to pass. I've tried passing (noapic nolapic acpi=off) without success. Regards, Crispus
  3. The command line boot prompt will not accept that command. It will only allow me to invoke my 3 boot options: Mandriva_2007, failsafe, WinXP. If I boot via failsafe and then type init 3 it still hangs at the same point. I'm really stumped and would like to avoid a full reinstall. If I boot into failsafe is there a way I can specify what daemons to start after that and not boot into X? Is there something I can do to my lilo.conf file to progress the boot like create a new boot entry? With what parameters? -Crispus
  4. Ok, so I finally did the swap and things are not going very well. I replaced the MSI GForce 5600 with an MSI GForce 7600. The machine dual boots into mandriva 2007 and winXP. The winxp boot was fine. I only needed to reinstall the NVIDIA driver. When I attempted to boot into linux the boot gets stuck at the line: starting HAL daemon I've let it sit there for awhile and it doesn't progress. I understand that the HAL daemon is what is going to detect the new hardware. If I look at the log files (unfortunately I can't save them to be copied here) it says that it is removing the 5600 and loading the 7600. There is also an error "kernel: end_request: I/O error dev fd0 sector 0" which makes no sense as fd0 should be the floppy (right?). I don't know if this error is new. I am using Lilo to boot and I don't know how to change the boot options on startup. I have the full boot, failsafe and winXP. I used the Mandriva live 2007 CD to boot and while it stops at the HAL daemon after 30 seconds the boot continues and everything stats nicely. 3D effects are initialized and all looks good. I'm stumped and don't know what config files or boot options I need to change to at least get it to boot so that I can update the vid card settings. -Crispus
  5. Why do you need it to invoke from MCC? Either: 1. Use the cmd line and enter (as root) "old_rpmdrake" or 2. create a shortcut in your menu or desktop that runs the command "kdesu old_rpmdrake" -Crispus
  6. Yes, while the card supports resolutions greater than 1280x1024, the Nvidia graphics driver only allows 1280x1024 max when using DVI. You can still get higher using VGA. Older versions of the driver allow greater digital resolutions but for some reason Nvidia removed that support from the driver around the 7000 series. Thanks for the responses. Yes I have the monitor set up @ 1280x1024 already. It won't be until the new year that I make the switch so if I remember I'll report back on how it goes. Regards, Crispus
  7. I have a GForce 5600 card installed on my Mandriva 2007 system with the latest drivers installed (using the drivers from the Nvidia site and manual method). This video card only supports a max digital resolution of 1280 x 1024 (which is working fine) Since I just purchased a new 21 LCD and this PC also dual boots into Windows XP for gaming I would like to upgrade it a GForce 7600 (its AGP and I don't want a complete hardware replacement at this time) to realize the potential of the monitor. What can I expect the response to be from Mandriva the first time I boot up after doing the hardware switch? Should I be booting into console to make some configuration changes first? Will I need to reinstall the Nvidia driver? Just want to know what to expect. Regards, Crispus
  8. Try skipping the 'update' portion of the tree and just install main and contrib and plf for now. Your other option while you wait for the mirrors to sort out is to download the rpm manually and you can still use urpmi (or the rpm command) to install it. the mplayerplugin rpm is found in contrib. If you can access a mirror either through your browser or ftp client then try that. Example: find mplayerplugin-3.25-2mdv2007.0.i586.rpm @ http://gulus.usherbrooke.ca/pub/distro/Man...ontrib/release/ Once downloaded, as root, goto the directory where you downloaded the file and use urpmi mplayerplugin-3.25-2mdv2007.0.i586.rpm If dependencies are required you can manually grab those too. -Crispus
  9. Have you considered something like this to add to your linux arsenal? http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Cookbook-Secon...TF8&s=books This isn't the only linux book out there and definetely not the cheapest, but a nice desk-side reference book could go a long way. I've had the above book in my library (along with a few other linux guides) and have found it invaluable in reminding me how to do some of those obscure and often forgotten tasks. A very worthwhile investment. In fact there's even free ones out there (of course) in pdf form, though often not as well laid out with examples. http://tldp.org/ -Crispus
  10. Would placing all of your shared files (music, docs, etc) on a separate fat partition and mounting it through fstab with read/write for all users make a difference? You could then symlink all the folders to that partition or parts of the directory tree in that partition. On my dual boot machine, I have a separate partition that houses all my music files that can be shared between windows and linux and all users. -Crispus
  11. Isn't firefox pretty much embedded into the Mandriva framework (?) now so that uninstalling the mozilla-firefox rpm is going to require that all sorts of stuff that are dependent upon it be uninstalled too? I had this issue with MDV 2005 LE. The problem comes in that when firefox updates to newer versions, mandriva has to backport the updates to the old naming convention (in 2005LE when firefox 1.5 came out, the updated mandriva package still had to be named with the 1.0 tag) to maintain dependencies. This becomes a problem when trying to update extensions and themes that insist they only work with the newer version of firefox. You can have both versions of firefox installed. What folder did you extract firefox 2.0 to? You can create a shortcut in your menu and/or your desktop that points specifically to the firefox executable in that folder. Alternatively, as superuser you can change the symlink for firefox in /usr/bin to point to the new firefox executable (this will allow other programs that try and open hyperlinks to open firefox 2.0 instead). Regards, Crispus
  12. Even the flash plugin that came with MDV 2007 Discovery or Powerpack is ver. 7. I just used the above adobe link to download the plugin and installed it in my system plugin directory (/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins i think but you could install it to your home plugin directory if you don't want anyone else to have access to it). -Crispus (ness)
  13. nano or joe are 2 very simple to use CLI based text editors. With sources set up: urpmi nano urpmi joe I'll never get the hang of vi in my lifetime and nano is usually the first thing I install after a fresh install. Regards, Crispus
  14. I'm not sure I fully understand. The standard practice would be for you to post the text of your fstab file here for people to comment. But in fstab your CD or DVD drives should appear as /dev/hdc and /dev/hdd and these should be mounted to some combination of /mnt/cdrom and/or /mnt/cdrom1 and/or /mnt/cdrom2 if you've let mandriva go with the defaults. If your /mnt directory has more than just these subdirectories, it shouldn't really matter as long as whatever /dev/hd* is mounted to in fstab appears in /mnt. If i recall correctly when I changed out a DVD-ROM for a DVD-RW I didn't need to change anything in fstab (under 2005LE). -Crispus
  15. Here is my fstab: [18:23:56][andrew@solitaire][~]$ cat /etc/fstab /dev/hdb5 / ext3 defaults 1 1 /dev/hdb7 /home ext3 defaults 1 2 /dev/hdb2 /mnt/backup vfat umask=0,iocharset=utf8 0 0 /dev/hdd /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,users,iocharset=utf8,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 /dev/hda5 /mnt/download vfat umask=0,iocharset=utf8 0 0 /dev/hdc /mnt/dvd auto umask=0,users,iocharset=utf8,noauto,ro,exec 0 0 none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=utf8,sync 0 0 /dev/hdb1 /mnt/shared vfat umask=0,iocharset=utf8 0 0 /dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c ntfs umask=0,nls=utf8,ro 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 /dev/hdb6 swap swap defaults 0 0 For LinDVD, under properties, the DVD Drive is listed as /mnt/cdrom. The m in cdrom is partially obstructed so I can't confirm whether it says cdrom or cdrom1 or cdrom2 etc. There is no option to change it. If I assume that it says /mnt/cdrom I suppose I could change my fstab for /dev/hdc to point to /mnt/cdrom and /dev/hdd to point to /mnt/cdrom2 but this would affect any other associations I've already setup for those devices. Regards, Crispus
  16. What is the Superkaramba theme on the right (not liquid weather)? I really like the clean look. -Crispus
  17. I'll post when I get home tonight. Thanks
  18. Hi all, I've just installed the discovery version of Mandriva 2007 that includes the commercial packages including LinDVD. I've seen the posts where people are claiming it is working right out of the box (so to speak). However, for me, LinDVD appears to have incorrectly assigned my DVD drive. In my fstab my DVD burner (hdc) is mounted at /mnt/dvd and my cdrom burner (hdd) is mounted at /mnt/cdrom However, LinDVD indicates that it is trying to use /mnt/cdrom (it may even say cdrom2 as I can't see all the words). Unlike what I would expect from a linux program, I can't find any file or option to change this. The only directory in my /home directory for LinDVD has a directory tree that looks like a Windows reg file. Any suggestions? -Crispus __________________ AMD 2800xp Asus A7N8X Nvidia GF4 mx440 1x Max 160 gig 1x WD 120 gig 1024 gb ddr
  19. Thanks. Since I couldn't actually read the website, I wasn't aware that they were going to change URLs. -Crispus
  20. Anyone know what happened to these guys (www.mandrakeclub.nl)? They were a good source for updated RPMs but the site appears to have been down for about a week. Regards, Crispus [moved from Software by spinynorman]
  21. For the curious, the switch from the DVDROM to DVD burner went without a hitch except for one small fix. The drive was recognized and I was able to burn a disc and erase a disc right away. However, the drive would not automatically mount a disc when inserted and I had to reenter the drive information into fstab. If anyone has any thoughts on this please share. -Crispus
  22. Hey all, I want to upgrade my DVDROM to a DVD burner, likely a BENQ or LG model (I have reviewed and they both appear to have good linux compatibility). Before I converted to the good side, I would not have thougth twice about unplugging, swapping out the drive, rebooting and clicking all of the pop-up boxes from the 'Add New Hardware' Wizard. Now that I am a convert, the only thing I have yet to do is a hardware swap. I am running MDK 10.1 OE and am just wondering what to expect with regards to the hardware swap when linux boots (Harddrake is currently on at boot). Is there some manual tinkering (fstab, or other) I will have to do or should I expect it to be seemless? Will there be any conflict if I leave my CD burner in as well? Or should a replace the CD burner with the DVD burner to avoid complications? I've tried googling but my search criteria gives some vague references but not enough to give me any insight. Any insight would be appreciated. Regards, Crispus
  23. I've traced the problem to the inclusion of the filter (or whatever it is) -dPARANOIDSAFER in the print call. For example, if I enter: cat /usr/share/cups/data/testprint.ps | gs -q -dBATCH -dPARANOIDSAFER -dQUIET -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=hpijs -sDeviceManufacturer="HEWLETT-PACKARD" -sDeviceModel="DESKJET 932" -dDEVICEWIDTHPOINTS=595 -dDEVICEHEIGHTPOINTS=842 -dDuplex=false -r300 -sIjsParams=Quality:Quality=0,Quality:ColorMode=2,Quality:MediaType=0,Quality:Pen Set=2 -dIjsUseOutputFD -sOutputFile=- - > testfile The command fails but if I remove -dPARANOIDSAFER then the command works and I can send the testfile to the printer. I understand this was added as a bug fix but I also found doing a google search that some people found this tag to be too restrictive. It appears to be the source of my grief (plug to the help I got from www.linuxprinting.org). How do I remove -dPARANOIDSAFER from my print call? -Crispus
  24. Ok, so I saw the CUPS update today and thought my problems would be solved but alas... updated to CUPS 1.1.21-0.rc1.7.3.101mdk but still cannot print from thunderbird, firefox or OpenOffice. Can print the exact same webpage (google) from Opera. Can print text files and graphics from editors/command line and gimp, respectively. Saw another post about lpr symlink. In a round about way my lpr command points to lpr-cups. Seems ok to me. From my cups error_log: D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] Last OS error: 2 D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] ESP Ghostscript 7.07.2: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1 D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] renderer return value: 1 D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] renderer received signal: 1 D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] tail process done writing data to STDOUT D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] KID4 finished D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] Process dying with "Possible error on renderer command line or PostScript error. Check options.", exit stat: 3 D [18/Jan/2005:17:31:28 -0500] [Job 3] Possible error on renderer command line or PostScript error. Check options. Command used by firefox and thunderbird is: lpr ${MOZ_PRINTER_NAME:+'-P'}${MOZ_PRINTER_NAME} but even if I truncate it to lpr it still wont' print. I have no idea how to go about resolving this. Bugging me for awhile now. Anyone have any ideas? -Crispus
  25. You can use the package from the mozilla website to install another version of firefox to a different directory but if I were you I'd remove your old versoin first using urpme <package>. This will not get rid of any of your settings as they are installed in your /home/ directory. If you are not comfortable installing the firefox program from the tar.gz file supplied by firefox then look for an RPM package of firefox 1.0 for MDK 10.1. I found some at http://norlug.org/?op=rpms copy the appropriate rpms to a directory. Then as root run urpmi /path/to/file/filename.rpm This will ensure that all the dependancies are found (if any) and incorporate firefox into the MDK menus. When started, the new version of firefox will pick up all of your settings. It may tell you that some of your themes or extensions from the previous version will not longer work but the program will run as before. Regards, Crispus
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