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A few Linux questions before install...

By Grafficks · 30 replies
Nov 3, 2006
  1. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Install ATI's Linux driver first.

    Most likely a package called xmms-mp3 which adds mp3 support to it.

    XMMS is very outdated anyhow, it uses the old GTK+ library which has been dropped from some distributions already, and hasn't been updated in years.

    I'd consider something else, such as AmaroK.

    It can be done by using an adapter that's supported in Linux :p

    There are about a million (± 999990) ways to install software in Linux.

    Most of the time when people brag how "easy" it is to install something in Linux, they type some seemingly random characters to command line (apt-get, yum, rpm, ...).
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    In newer SuSE, your best option would probably be Smart. But you have to install that first :)

    SuSE default package manager is YaST2. Go to System->Yast->Software->Software Management. This should give you the packages available on SuSE CDs.

    If you have an internet connection, then you probably want to add some extra installation sources: http://en.opensuse.orgAdditional_YaST_Package_Repositories

    Packman and Guru are a must. The other sources should be included only if you specifically need something from these.
  3. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 302

    For the ATI driver, I downloaded the first one on the list in that link you gave me, the 55.3 MB one, is that correct?

    Also, on that same page, I clicked installer instructions and got a page with a procedure on how to install it.

    Will those instructions work for me? Will I successfully install the ATI drivers by following that page step-by-step?

  4. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 302

    I got the ATI Radeon Linux driver, ati-driver-installer-8.30.3.run

    I followed their installation instructions. Everything went smoothly until I got to step #7. It was right after the installation finished.

    That command didn't work and I couldn't configure my newly installed driver.

    After a reboot, the screen settings were much clearer and was set at a higher resolution without me setting it. I tried to open the ATI driver configuration again, but no luck. The only graphics related application I could get to is the Screen/Graphics Configuration in YaST.

    I rebooted again, and this time, I couldn't get to the login screen!

    Selected Yes. It came up with a bunch of info, but I think the most interesting/problematic part was this:

    After selecting OK,

    It then took me to what I believe is terminal mode, where it asked for my username + password without the graphical login screen.

    And now, I have no clue what to do? Wow, do I need to reinstall again?

    Also, I went into YaST Software Management, and searched for "Guru" and "Packman", it came up with no result. Do I need to insert a disc for so it can find it?

    Again, I apologize for my lag in updating my progress with SuSE. This week and maybe the next will present to me a less busy schedule, where I can dedicate more time to this.

    Any thoughts with my problems are appreciated.
    Thanks in advance :)
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    "Didn't work" is not a very helpful expression. Please. How did it fail? What did it say?

    Look in the /etc/X11 directory and see if there are many filenames beginning with "xorg.conf". There could be a backup version that works. You should be able to generate a working version by deleting the current /etc/X11/xorg.conf and running "yast" from the command line. You should get a text mode version of the app that lets you configure X again. After you get the picture back, you can try installing the ATI drivers again.

    Did you actually read the pages I linked to? You have to add these repositories to the YaST configuration. They are not there by default.
  6. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 302


    I don't remember what exactly it said when I typed in the command, I didn't write it down (silly me!). I do remember that after issuing the command, a few short lines of text appeared. The first few lines confirmed parts of the command that were successful. It said something like "...found..detected..initiated..", you know, the usual stuff that indicates something works. However, the final line that popped up says something "...failed", which indicated that something didn't work. (all the "..." are parts where I don't know exactly what it said)

    I booted up into SuSE again, and after the X interface error notification, it brought me to the terminal mode again. How do I navigate to the /etc/X11 directory through text? Is it by any chance "cd /etc/X11"? Are the commands similar to that of cmd prompt in Windows?

    What if there's no backup version of xorg.conf? And How do I reconfigure X with the text mode version of Yast?

    That link you gave me before doesn't work, but I navigated through opensuse.org to what I presumed to be the correct pages you intended to link me to (YaST Repositories), and read through them. I will install a few of them once I get internet working.
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