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Discussion in 'Home Cinema, Hi-Fi and Gadgets' started by lost_it, Jun 10, 2003.

  1. lost_it
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    [Jun 10, 2003]
    Who are the Guru's
    I decided it is time to get technical again (well at least dabble)- So I intalled linux to play around with.
    If they ever get this to install correctly without having to play around with drivers etc,, it will be windows killer.
    I need to edit some files in the ETC/sysconfig to get the pcmcia cards working but they seem to be read only and I guess I need to login in as the owner, but cannot remember how to do this- Any Gurus care to point me in the direction.
    The only way I seem to be able to do this at present, is boot up in rescue mode and then use VI to edit(I still remember how to use this) and then reboot.
    -But I cannot help thinking there must be an easier way.

    When you sit down and try and get something working you adn then realise the gaps are bigger than the knowledge you realise you have been away from it for too long.

    help appreciated

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    [Jun 11, 2003]
    I've not had problems installing RedHat since RH4!

    Is there anything specific about your install that could be causing it difficulties? (Specialist hardware etc.)

    You'll need to login as root in order to edit files in /etc - you should be able to do this from the login prompt but if you can't then login as you and then do

    su -

    (space either side of the -)

    and then it'll prompt you for the root password.

    I like the fact you're using Vi - you're obviously a *REAL* man /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif Alternatively you could use pico - it's a bit more user friendly.

    If the files are still read-only then a quick

    chmod +rw /path/to/file

    should sort you out.

    Any probs, just ask /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Cheers

    Alex.
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    [Jun 12, 2003]
    I must get round to playing with Linux, I have just installed Solaris 8 on my laptop which was somewhat of a challenge, just gotta get x windows etc working now. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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    [Jun 12, 2003]
    I am having problems getting it to recognise the PCMCIA cards and the Soundcard working...I must admit the laptop is a few years old, but if XP can do it It must be able to be done.
    Tommorrow is play with interupt and DMA day to get the sound card going as Dmsgr shows that the card is found but there seems to be some collision.
    Is there not a unix command something like ipn???. I cant remember exactly (it is so frustrating) which shows DMA and IRQ usage..

    The Network card will be another kettle of fish I suspect; as it does not seem to even load the IO drivers.

    Wish me luck, i refuse to switch back to XP, the old spare will fly out the window before I go back there again.(too much fun, and i can actually input stuff manualy)

    Some one said to me today linux is very user friendly it just chooses its friends very carefully. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
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    [Jun 13, 2003]
    As root, you could try running kudzu with all the hardware plugged in - it will try and detect and configure anything that it finds - might be worth trying in the first instance.

    You can also run modprobe, which will show you every kernel module that it's loaded (like the sound card module, pcmcia bridge etc.) - it will give you a clue as to how far it's got with bringing up services like pcmcia

    I'm not the most knowledgeable on this front, but there are lots of people who are - try joining a mailing list.

    The one I am on is the Devon & Cornwall LUG (Linux User Group) - check out http://www.dclug.org.uk - there is *always* someone knowledgeable ready to answer your question.

    Alex.
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