Linux Help Needed!!

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  1. newfoundfenix89

    newfoundfenix89 The Tone

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    hey i have a dvd with mandrake 10.1 on it and i am ready to install it on my lappy but i have winXP running on it. i DO NOT want to dual boot i want to rid winXP completely and install mandrake as my default OS how can i go about doing this?:rolleyes:
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    In the Mandrake install it should give you some partitioning options. Just delete all the current partitions and make a swap partition that's about twice your ram and a / partition. I'm guessing it'll guide you through this.

    That said, Mandrake is not a great distro, I'd recommend downloading SuSE or Ubuntu instead.
     
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    xheliox It's Good To Be King

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    And I'd recommend Fedora. ;)
     
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    ick ick ick and ick.....(time to start a distro war).....go debian or BSD....learn *nix in a challenging way :big grin:
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    unless fedora's core-3 is an extreme improvement over core-2 i would say go with SuSe
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Ubuntu is just a friendly version of Debian.
     
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    xheliox It's Good To Be King

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    With all due respect, I've been using RedHat since March 1996. I don't think I learned Linux the easy way. :)
     
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    i dont think any distro in >=96 would have been easy to learn on, the documentation was probably half what it is today....i just figure that since most people (that ive talked to in LUGs and such) switch within 6 months of installing mandrake to another distro that removes the ease (cuz hell, most of us are lazy by default and unless forced, its kinda hard to walk the long way around), that one might as well forgoe the forplay and dive in head first :)
     
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    xheliox It's Good To Be King

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    Not easy. That's the understatement of the day.

    Ah yes.. the good ole days. It was 1996, Windows 95 was just starting to ravage the earth and the smell in the air had a hint of OS/2 Warp. I was a young 15 year old with an afternoon gig at a local ISP. The RedHat box sat in the corner and was "never to be touched". I'm not even sure the owner knew what it's purpose in life was..

    One day fateful day, it broke. It had to be touched by my virgin Linux hands, there was no other option. "HORRORS!" the owner cried, "how will my two customers survive"? We worked through the night with our remote sys admin to rebuild the box and that began my pathetic life as a Linux nerd... oh, if I could only take that moment back. *sigh*

    [/drama & general stupidity]
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    distro, version, kernel?
     
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    xheliox It's Good To Be King

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    RedHat, 3.0.3, I don't recall.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Ubuntu is very nice in that it allows you the option of doing everything by hand. Of course every distro does, but on some (*cough*SuSE*cough*) they put the config files in weird places and use all sorts of non-standard things, so it's just easier to use the GUI.
     
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    :werd: Fedora > SuSe, imo.

    Fedora is good to start with. Then I'd move to something like Gentoo.
     
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    xheliox It's Good To Be King

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    Eh. RHEL & Fedora are fine to start with and end with. :)
     
  16. be a man, FreeBSD.
    if not SuSe, Fedora is bleeding edge might fuck with a noobs head.
     
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    xheliox It's Good To Be King

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    :rolleyes: Yeah, Fedora is so bleeding edge is might actually have a modern looking GUI with the utilities and configuration tools to match.
     
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    My current distro of choice :bigthumb:
     
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    Very true, I just tried this distro on my laptop. And this is the first one that actually has everything working correctly. Even wireless which is what I'm posting with now. And I mean everything. Power management, soundcard, videocard, nic, even my touchpad, and the all important wireless with a broadcom chipset.

    The other distros I used all lacked something. And while running the gambit of live cd's ubuntu has worked the best.

    :bowdown: Ubuntu

    EDIT: And if the poster was serious, delete the win partition, create a swap partiition at the beginning of the drive if needed, and then creat a new partition using your file system of choice, I like reiser. Give it the mount point of "/" and you're done the quick messy way. Partitioning options will be a little after the initial boot up.
     
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    swap should technically go at the end of the drive...
     
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    newfoundfenix89 The Tone

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    hey guys thanx for the help haha i am glad i started a good distro war. i need help though i just installed madrake 10.1 on my laptop and all it is is a BIOS looking prompt. it asks me to login and after i do so it doesnt go to a desktop. how do i get out of this prompt and view my desktop?
     
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    Sounds like it didn't detect your video card or screen properly and so you have no graphical desktop. I don't really know what to suggest since I haven't used Mandrake since version 7 or 8, all I can really say is download Ubuntu, it seems to have better hardware support than most other distros. I've also seen lots of painless working SuSE installs on laptops, so it's worth a shot as well.
     
  23. you see shet load?
    did you do the install using a GUI?
    type "start x"
    look in /var you know what gnome and kde is? were you using that shet? if not what?
     
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    What type of install did you do with mandrake?

    If memory serves correctly mandrake boots you directly into xdm/kdm. So if you're getting a prompt like "[email protected]:~$" you either didn't install a desktop manager or you had something really wierd go on with you vid card.

    If you're looking to get some help though most people are gonna need some more info on your laptop.

    What type of laptop is it?(type of videocard, sound card, nic chipsets). Have you checked first to see if there is a distro that supports your laptop easily other than mandrake?

    If you haven't I suggest you check out TuxMobil.
    They have a good amount of different laptops on there and tell what kind of distro works well on them and any special kernel patches that people have had to do.

    Also many distros have live cd's available for you, so you can try out how it would work for you before doing a full install.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    :eek3:

    i don't even recall seeing a boxed version that old. first i saw was 5.0
     

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