i just installed suse 8.2. setup as a dual boot w/windows 98. the installation went alot smoother than i thought it would.
however, i have several questions:
1) i booted into the "root" so i could add my sound card but then i could not fiqure out how to log out of it. i have several more things to add to the machine(moden, nic car etc). i'm doing the hardware one by one just in case there is a problem and then i'll know what the culprit is.
so how do you log out of the "root"?
2) i want to play my dvd's on the machine. i tried all the things listed on the menue but nothing worked. i have a copy of power dvd for windows. any idea of what i can use to play them?
3) the only problem i've run into so far is the desktop. it seems as though it's larger than my vis. i tried different settings (800x600 etc) but i nothing worked. i could use the controls on the monitor but if i boot into w98 i would then have to change them back. suggestions?
my setup is the following:
epox 8kha+ mobo (kt266a chipset)
athlon 1700 xp processor
256mb pc2100 ram
pioneer 120s dvd-rom drive
wd 40mb hard drive
xtasy (ati) radeon 9100 64mb agp card
turtle beach santa cruz sound card
i am planning on putting the modem and nic card in either tomorrow or thursday (i have a job fair to go to tomorrow so it depends on how long i'm there).
-the installation is a breeze, SO FAR!
-on bootup you have a menue w/linux as the default. i read threads of people having problems on a dual boot configuration but i had none.
-the desktop is very different than windows so if, like me, that's all your used to then you're in for quite a shock.
i'll post more messages as i add more things to the machine, aka modem, nic and a cd-rw to let you know if i have any problems.
If you logged in so your entire session was as root, then it's as simple as using the graphical menu (foot button for gnome, or k for KDE) and then going to the logout option. It's sort of like Start/Log off in windows.
If you opened up a terminal and did your
Then all you have to do is type
and you'll get back to your $ prompt (instead of # for root).
As for DVDs, I've not ever tried it, but there should be some good DVD playback software for linux. In fact, I'm almost certain of it. It's just a matter of getting it to work right. If you want a quick fix for now, I'm pretty sure winex and powerdvd for windows will do the trick.
I used to have that problem with mandrake 7.0 too, and it resulted in my having to edit the XF86Config file...
Some day I'll be rich and famous for inventing a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet.
2) The reason why no Linux distros come ready to play (encrypted) DVDs is because of the DVD CSS encryption copyright issue. You're gonna have to install the necessary files in order to play encrypted DVDs. I use <A HREF="http://xinehq.de" target="_new">Xine</A>. There are many other DVD-capable players like <A HREF="http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design6/info.html" target="_new">MPlayer</A>, Ogle and MovieTime. For more instructions on getting DVDs to play in Linux visit <A HREF="http://dvd.sf.net" target="_new">here</A> and <A HREF="http://www.captaincss.tk" target="_new">here</A>.
3) It seems like you have "virtual desktop" enabled - a desktop larger than your screen. Like silverpig said, you'll have to edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config file. I don't know exactly what you have to change in the file, because I've never had the problem. But if you post your XF86Config file, I'm sure we'll be able to help somewhat.
Disregard my previous post.
And ya know this...man!
i still can't "exit" from the 'root' login w/out restarting but maybe there is something i can't see at the bottom of the screen. i tried the 'command line' and then typed exit but it simply closed the screen. we'll see. fyi:to get into the root i've been typing "root" for user name and then the password i set-up for it.
below is the file you mentioned(not the whole thing, just the monitor sections (the thing is 3 pages long) (my actual monitor is an nec fe700+ 17" 16" vis):
DisplaySize 330 240
one thing the file is listed as read only and i don't know how to change it so i can work on it. YES! I'M A TOTAL NEWBEE IN LINUX! but i can make a w98 machine dance to my flute.
i also have another problem: open office does not see my floppy drive and also if i try to find files and click on floppy it still doesn't find it. i went to the root and tried to make a boot floppy and it took it w/no problems. any ideas what i did wrong?
Do you see any option in your XF86Config file called "Virtual"? I have that option in my file, and when I enable it, I get the large desktop like you described. If you don't have that option in your config file you can try commenting out the "DisplaySize 330 240" in your "Monitor" section.
If that doesn't help try adding the following to your "Screen" section in the "Display" Subsection with your default depth (16):
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
<b>Virtual 1024 768</b>
</pre><p>As far as your floppy goes, what silverpig said.
Disregard my previous post.
And ya know this...man!
yesterday i wiped out the hard drive and started over.
i solved the problem w/the screen. i had it set for the nec fe700 but i have the 700+ and after searching i found the right one. it may not sound like much but i noticed that the settings for the 700+ were smaller (aka size) than the 700. it works fine now.
i'm still having problems w/the floppy. the system sees it but Openoffice still doesn't. i'll do some more research on it.
it didn't take my modem (a-open). i was not really supprised. i plan on checking suse's web site for one that works.
when i initially installed it i ended up w/a very different desktop than what was on the box. i was letting the computer do it using the defaults. when i installed it this time i went slowly step by step and ended up w/the one shown on the box, which looks/acts alot like windows.
i also hooked up my printer to it and it works well. maybe this will finally make me replace my old 722c (3ppm black/1.5ppm color). yes, it's very old but it still works.