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Postby Dave_Lethal » Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:53 pm

I figured I have this old PC that I'm running Windows XP on that I never use, so I thought I'd give Linux a try. I've never used Linux before, so I am using a live cd so that I can try it out and stuff before I replace Windows. Already, I'm having problems. I'm using Pclinuxos.

When I booted normally from the cd, it looked as if it was going to start up, but after the loading screen, all I got was a blank screen with a cursor in the upper left corner that wasn't blinking, and I couldn't do anything but manually shut off the machine. I rebooted again but this time I picked safeboot and everything went well. Why can't I boot regularly?

I did get an error message on the desktop:

Sound server informational message:
Error while initializing the sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (no such file or directory)
The sound server will continue, using the null output device.


Also, it is verrrrry slow. Is this because I'm booting from a CD?

Oh yeah, and I can't get into any display properties, I get an error message: The program has exited abnormally.
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Postby Gecko » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:03 pm

Dave_Lethal,

Sounds like Pclinuxos did not detect your video right or it doesn't have drivers for you video or sound.

Yes it's slow because it's running from a cd.

I've had the best luck with Mandrake move (now Mandriva move) for a bootable linux OS.
You can download a copy of Mandrake move from here.

As for the easiest free Linux OS to install and get running I would say try MEPIS
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Postby Dave_Lethal » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:46 pm

Thanks :) I got PCLinuxOS installed to my hard drive and up and running. I installed the drivers for my ATI card on it, so all is working well.

Seems a bit complicated right now, but hopefully I can learn it and comprehend it by doing some research and whatnot.
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Postby Gecko » Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:13 pm

Welcome to Linux

You are truly a geek now :)

So what flavor did you install Big Daddy, Junior or MiniMe?
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Postby Dave_Lethal » Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:53 pm

Junior :)

Apparently I'm still having issues with my drivers. I'm not sure if you're familiar with this but when I type fglrxinfo into the command line it comes back as

OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: www.mesa3d.org
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
OpenGL version string: 1.2 (1.5 Mesa 6.5)

Instead of my ATI settings.

Already getting frustrated :lol: :mad: I've been at it for a few hours now.

Here's what I did: I downloaded the ATI drivers from here https://support.ati.com/ics/support/def ... lderID=300

I installed the kernel stripped source rpm for my kernel version from Synaptic (hopefully I did that right)

In the command console I typed "chmod a+x ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run" and then "./ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run" to run the installer, seemed to go OK.

Do you know what I'm talking about? Because I barely do

The first time I rebooted I got a blank screen after the startup screen. Second time was OK. But I tried playing Neverball and it's verrrrrry SLOW. It takes 3 minutes just to go to a different menu. ANd like I said before, I'm not getting my ATI properties when I type fglrxinfo. I'm assuming the install did not go as I had hoped.
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Postby Gecko » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:25 pm

After some reading on the PCLinuxOS fourms it looks like you should remove the ati driver and install the one in Synaptic "dkms-ati".

Open Synaptic and search for ati. Install the ati-xorg and dkms-ati packages. Reboot. then go to PCLOS Control Center, go to Hardware>Configure Basic Video Settings...>Click Radeon (fglrx)>Click OK>You should get a message about a proprietary driver. Choose to use the driver, then uncheck the "Enable Transparency/Translucency" box. Then reboot again, and you have full 3D for your 9600.
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Postby Dave_Lethal » Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:03 pm

I actually signed up on those forums and I am getting some help from there too :)

I actually got it to start working, but I had no 3D acceleration and a terrible framerate. Well, it's been a long headache and I can't really explain everything I've done here, so I'll just give ya a link:

http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=9663.0

I've been trying to figure this out for the last 2 days lol.

I may just say "screw it" and go buy a cheapo 100 dollar Nvidia card. I'm beginning to hate ATI.
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Postby Gecko » Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:21 pm

I read through the thread and it looks like you have it working now but only at 800 x 600 resolution.
Well that's a lot better than a black screen :)

I know how you feel, I have a system that's running red hat I never could get my ATI All-in-wonder card to work with it.
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Postby Dave_Lethal » Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:11 am

Really...that would drive me nuts.

It's still driving me nuts that it's 800x600, everything's so big.

But you're right, it's a LOT better than a black screen :)
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Postby vijay2525 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:51 pm

Gecko wrote:Dave_Lethal,

Sounds like Pclinuxos did not detect your video right or it doesn't have drivers for you video or sound.

Yes it's slow because it's running from a cd.

I've had the best luck with Mandrake move (now Mandriva move) for a bootable linux OS.
You can download a copy of Mandrake move from here.

As for the easiest free Linux OS to install and get running I would say try MEPIS


Hi ...
I'm new to linux as well... i mean I learn;t shell programming many years back but am totally out of touch! so i downloaded the mandrake move iso from the link that you gave.. thanks... and I wrote it on a CD usng ultraISO software (after the windows drag ndrop didn't do it).. when I rebooted the computer from the CD., it said "fatal error reading USB" something like that.. (donot remember the exact phrase).. i aam not sure what i did wrong... can anyone please help?

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Postby Gecko » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:21 am

Hi vijay2525, welcome to our forums.

Have you tried checking your boot sequence?
Maybe it's trying to boot from a usb device before the cd drive.
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Postby vijay2525 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:32 am

Hi Gecko...
thanks for the reply..
the only device that is checked in the boot sequence in the CD/DVD drive..
once i start the system these are following screens I get..

1. press F1 for more options /press enter to launch mandrake linux

I press enter here.

2. the next screen says "Uncompressing linux.. OK.. booting the kernel"
3. third screen says "Welcome to mandrake linux"

and then it loads par1, part2 and part3.
then it says "checking for USB devices"
then the error screen comes up which says.. "fatal error when launching mandrake move"..
when I press OK it says
"fatal panic: UFS: unable to mount root fs on 08:01"

I dont know what the problem is?
can you make out what it possibly could be.. I tried it on different computers and still the same error came up.. could it be a problem with the CD?

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Postby Gecko » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:37 pm

vijay2525 wrote: could it be a problem with the CD?

That is what it sounds like to me.
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Postby vijay2525 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:41 pm

thanks!!!!!.. will make a new copy and try!
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one more question

Postby vijay2525 » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:04 pm

Hi..
I made a new copy of Madriva move and bingo!! It worked.. I have one more question.. how do I connect to the internet on mandriva.. I use a wireless internet card to connect on windows using some unsecured network... how do I configure it in Linux. any help is appreciated! :) :)
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