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  1. Hi all! I have been using Linux (mostly Mandrake/driva) for a long time. Yep, every next release gets better and better. But the single most annoying part of the game is that you set everything up, spend a week on finetuning it, finally have nice working setup (in my case not exactly trivial) and then half a year later you start all over again. I am beyond the age when tinkering with my comp was my favourite passtime, all I need is a working setup. I have considered simply not upgrading - but that's not an option either. New versions of software come out that I depend on and using old versions is often not very practical. So here is the Q: Is there any Linux distro that supports version upgrades? Suse? Fedora? Some other? Note that I am not friends with Ubuntu so suggesting it is useless. I know upgrade is possible in Mandriva, but AFAIK it is not officially supported and i know from my earlier experience that it is possible to get burned quite easily. I make my living on my computer and killing it with failed upgrade I cannot afford. With regards Wahur
  2. Just to close the issue: I have not had any problems with that box since my previous posting. Obviously "urpme imwheel" was the magic formula this time. Wahur
  3. I start another thread on that - this is not the only small annoyance I have with my current setup. In fact, number of those "small annoyances" is getting little beyond my tolerance. But not before this current serious problem gets solved properly - one issue at a time. W
  4. Guess I have been WAY luckier with computer hardware than you. No significant failures in 7-8 years despite bying only price (and mentally accepting possible consequences). The more ironic would be failure now that I have bought more or less quality hardware. Your first suggestion is not OK as the box still has warranty and I would not open it. Memtest ran all night and reported zero failures so I think there will be no need, too. I removed imwheel and will come back later today and let you know how this worked. Meanwhile I came to a great idea to check logs ;) This is what I found in kernel error.log for every start: May 6 10:55:54 localhost kernel: pnpacpi: exceeded the max number of mem resources: 12 Maybe this will give us some clue? Oh, btw, for some reason time is also wrong here. Machine was started 7.55. W
  5. AussieJohn - hardware problem crossed my mind. This computer is only one year old, though, so I am reluctant to accept the idea. Letting the box run overnight probably would not work. I have needed like 2 restarts a day so it will most probably freeze hard overnight. Can I run it as I work? Never needed this before... ianw - what this imwheel actually does? It seems its needed for mousewheel and I would not want to give up that functionality.
  6. Hello! Had quite well set up and nicely working 2008.0 system on my box, but due to need to repartition HD decided also to upgrade to Spring few weeks ago. Bad idea - having used Mandrake/driva since 9.0 I haven't had a box hanging on a daily basis - and this one dies couple of times a day. Hanging happens gradually and starts from the mouse (ordinary Logitech wheel mouse). In the only occasion when I waited until complete lockup imwheel was eating up most of the CPU, with X using what was left to it, so I guess mouse might be the source of the problems. In fact, because I work a lot on a keyboard I do not notice always when it starts, just in one moment mouse pointer still moves, but clicking produces no result. Then usually window decorations get lost and while I am not completely sure of that, some keyboard shortcuts go with them. CPU usage is high, but not 100%. At that point I usually restart X which solves the problem for a while. Hardware ‎Dual Core Intel® Pentium® D CPU 2.8 Graphics GeForce 7300 GT ImExPS/2 Logitech Wheel Mouse
  7. Well, thats what I thought. And thats why I am asking here. As I said, I failed miserably even when i tried to start my machine after moving the .vdi to another partition (/home was too small). So your surprise is serious worry for me - I may have many backups, but what's the use... W
  8. So its out and i want to upgrade - there are OOo2.4 and few other things I need. Main problem is, I have Virtualbox setup running XP as guest. This setup is mission-critical and losing it would mean reactivation of Windows and re-licencing of some tools. This would cost money. How to back up existing setup so that I could use existing image/machine after the upgrade? I tested this once before and failed miserably, so now I am very careful.
  9. First, I did: "Instead, when you open xorg.conf, you will find this DontZap option, commented out, in one of the first sections." But if you insist, beginning of my xorg.conf (Ctrl-Alt-BS already disabled) looks like this: # File generated by XFdrake (rev 230776) Section "Extensions" Option "Composite" EndSection # ********************************************************************** # Refer to the xorg.conf man page for details about the format of # this file. # ********************************************************************** Section "ServerFlags" DontZap # disable <Ctrl><Alt><BS> (server abort) AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work #DontZoom # disable <Ctrl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching) EndSection Wahur
  10. I thought I already explained. You suggested adding DontZap option in a new section in the end of the file. Problem is, Mandriva xorg.conf already has that option, only its commented out. So adding it once more ends up with X not starting anymore. Therefore, Mandriva (and possibly, other non-Ubuntu distros) users should look for the already existing option in the file and simply uncomment. Difference is, indeed, tiny, but might save lots of trouble for someone not used to digging in conf files. Wahur
  11. OK, for further reference to all Mandriva users. Do not do it the Ubuntu way like ianw suggested above. You will end up with X spewing errors and not coming up again. Instead, when you open xorg.conf, you will find this DontZap option, commented out, in one of the first sections. Simply uncomment, restart X, done. And then pray you never need it in emergency ;) Wahur, many thanks to everyone
  12. No. In fact, now that i think about it, this might have been the case. If speed-typing and concentrating on the text, it is sometimes quite hard to reconstruct, what I did exactly. I do a lot of Ctrl-backspace and if because of Wordfast, finger goes to Alt a lot, this is probably what happened This does restart X, right? Now how can I get rid of this - its just another catastrophy waiting to happen?
  13. Yep, that place I know, although the default settings there were not consistent with what really happened. I found two settings there - Log Out (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and Log out without Confirmation (Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Del). In my case C-A-D was quite enough to cause logout without any confirmation despite what these settings said. Which was annoying and caused actual loss of data. I disabled both just in case. Still, it would be cool to know if such disabling/enabling could be done depending on, say, certain program window being/becoming active.
  14. Hi! Such a funny problem. I am using certain program (Wordfast) a lot, which is heavy on keyboard shortcuts. Including all thinkable Ctrl, Alt, Ctrl-Alt combinations. Result tends to be, that when typing really fast, sometimes I end up giving it unwanted three-finger-salute :( Is there a way to switch Ctrl-Alt-Del off, ideally only if certain program is running (it might still come handy in some other occasion)? Wahur
  15. Did not see any configuration possibility, but 10 secs is much-much better :) Exactly what I was hoping for. Wahur, knee-deep in zombies and vampires :D
  16. Hello all! I am doing a subtitle translation for a film festival. This requires moving back and forward in film quite a bit, especially when translating by ear. Currently I've found that my best choice for player is Kaffeine, where i can use keyboard arrows to move by 20 seconds (most other players only allow to move by minute or even longer). Do you know of any other player that would allow configuring this setting? Or player where this setting would be smaller, like 5 seconds? Wahur
  17. Only question I have is - Mandriva One is live CD. Did it work OK before trying an install? I mean, if you put it into drive and reboot, do you end up getting normal desktop? And I would still try to go with MandrivaOne (in fact I just installed it into three comps in my house during last few days, one of them ending actually up as fileserver - oh that lazyness). This way one can avoid hassle with nvidia drivers and all kinds of proprietary plugins that otherwise come with DVD. But your current problem looks like bad burn to me as well so you should 1. check that iso you got is OK. If not, re-download. 2. burn another CD. 3. See if this boots into nice Mandriva desktop. 4. Install. As SilverSurfer mentioned, you can probably use partitions made during previous install. 5. Enjoy and come back with next questions :)
  18. Thanks Greg, that solved it and my Mandriva is running OK now. I noticed the bug in errata, but somehow had the impression that it influenced only ATI. Dunno why. Wahur, soon back with other problems ;)
  19. OK, nobody seems to answer, so I reformulate the Q. I found following in the errata: 10.2 MandrivaUpdate installs packages from non-update repositories I tried to install the stuff and then update. Does this errata item say, that I should update first, BEFORE even adding any other repo? And only then can rest of the needed software be installed safely? And if proceeded otherwise it will somehow stick something unnecessary and/or harmful (like extra kernel) into my setup, rendering it useless? Please, anyone knowledgeable, confirm or deny. And then next Q. If problem above is the cause of my problems, is there any quick fix or is another reinstall my fastest option? Wahur
  20. Note that on dualboot computers it is generally much easier to get an acess from linux to data on windows partitions than vice versa. Especially when this data is on fat partitions (although it works ok with ntfs nowadays). Especially if you are simply trying out and learning your ways around in linux. Therefore my approach has usually been to give linux enough space for system and essential software and data, but not much more. Music, pics and documents that need to be accessible from both linux and windows are better to be left on windows partitions. I would say, nowadays 15GB would be generous for linux, for most learning purposes even 4-5GB will do just fine. Second, do not try to compare linux and windows filesystems. It will be just plain confusing, cause logic is quite different. As you do different administration tasks in linux, you will learn how it works, for the beginning you wont need to touch anuthing but your /home for personal data and /mnt where windows partitions will be mounted. Third, partitioning the space you are going to use for linux depends on what you are going to use it for. Schemes vary enormously. For ordinary home-office use 4-5GB / partition is fine, rest of the space can be made into separate /home (separate home is good if you reinstall, e.g. if trying another distro or upgrading Mandriva - you can reformat / but leave /home with your data and docs intact). Partitioning is most confusing part for us noobs, so if your into learning do it the hard way, do some home reading and custom-partition your install. Oh, and BACKUP YOUR EXISTING DATA! Did I mention backup? Anyway, dont forget to backup. Welcome to the club Wahur
  21. Hi! Specs: Pentium D 2,8 GHz, 1GB memory, NVIDIA Geforce 7300 GT Already running WinXP Pro. Installed Mandriva One, using /boot, / and /home partitions, altogether with swap about 20GB. I need Estonian locale that is not available on the cd, so installed et packages and removed all the rest locale packages. Installed virtualbox. Everything working nice. Installed samba and while trying to get it to work disabled shorewall and mandi services. Then made a stupid move - went for mde packages, wanting to get newer vbox and OOo. Set it updating everything and went to sleep. Next morning discovered 2 new desktop kernels in grub menu and whichever I choose, X would not start, syslog would show multiple probs with vbox and shorewall. Went for reinstall. (/boot also reformated). All the same routine - change locale packages, this time no mde repositories, delete all kde-related folders in /home. Install everything I need, works fine (some probs with samba, but thats another story). Update packages. In the morning - exactly the same thing. strange new kernels in grub, and X wont start. Boot sequence stops at starting mandi, when I hit enter it completes and gives me command line login prompt, starting X manually gives some generic error message (like "connection refused"). So whats bugging it? Everything seems to work nicely until updates. Wahur
  22. OK, looks like I got it working now. Did some more experimenting with webmin user management options and something there did the trick ;) Logs showed that I was really logging in with proper username and it did not even ask for my pwd. Although I still need to check and recheck that kids do not have access to it from the other box. And this cups thingy keeps me bugging as well. Looks like I just can never be content ;) Anyway, thanks to everybody, I have really forgotten my ways around in linux. Hopefully it will get better now again. Wahur
  23. All I have now is access through webmin, so I checked logs this way. It is full of: [2008/02/20 00:02:09, 0] printing/print_cups.c:cups_connect(69) Unable to connect to CUPS server localhost:631 - Connection refused And nothing much else. Why the hell it is so desperate about cups when I even dont have print shares? There are like 2 such lines per minute! I did another unsuccessful login attempt to my business folder and there is no trace of it in the logs. Wahur
  24. :P No insult taken. Yes I did. Since morning an interesting development came. All of a sudden I am able to see the existing shares, although accessible is only the public one. And all of a sudden I am able to connect to the server remotely using webmin (that yesterday constantly timed out). All is not ok, though, as I still cannot log into my private share, meant for business things - I get password dialog, but username is guest greyed out and cannot be changed. Windows magic... Wahur
  25. Workgroup names match. Usernames match. User passwords match. Unless there is some black magic with upper/lower case. Server has been restarted after changes. I was also able to access shared folders of my winbox from server side and LinNeighborhood allowed me to mount Samba folder on server and those on winbox. So it seems to be working ok. What keeps puzzling me is why I can ping, samba, whatever from linbox to winbox, but none of these work the other way. It might not be samba problem after all. And smb.conf is (after throwing all the commented stuff out) like that: [global] printcap cache time = 60 log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log dns proxy = no netbios name = LAANESERVER load printers = yes smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd netbios aliases = laaneserver server string = Samba Server %v printing = cups socket options = TCP_NODELAY dos charset = 850 workgroup = LAANETALU os level = 20 map to guest = bad user printcap name = cups encrypt passwords = yes security = share unix charset = ISO8859-1 max log size = 50 [homes] comment = Home Directories browseable = yes writable = yes create mode = 0755 [muusika] browseable = yes public = yes create mask = 664 directory mask = 775 comment = muusika path = /home/muusika writable = yes [VLO] comment = VLO asjad path = /home/VLO
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