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Monday, June 3rd, 2002

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1:40a
Debian package problem
I was installing nas...but I seem to have messed something up. Because now the package is stuck somewhere between being installed and not being installed, and I can't get it to either install or uninstall so I can start over again.

What should I do to get this thing unstuck?

[root@terrania nvidia]# apt-get install nas
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Sorry, nas is already the newest version.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3  not upgraded.
1 packages not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
Setting up nas (1.5-1) ...
update-rc.d: /etc/init.d/nas: file does not exist
dpkg: error processing nas (--configure):
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 nas
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

[root@terrania nvidia]# apt-get remove nas
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  nas 
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 3  not upgraded.
1 packages not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 258kB will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 
(Reading database ... 81810 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing nas ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/nas.prerm: /etc/init.d/nas: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing nas (--remove):
 subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
/var/lib/dpkg/info/nas.postinst: /etc/init.d/nas: No such file or directory
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 nas
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
4:06a
Hey everybody. I'm a n00b, to linux and to this community, so thought I'd say hi. Hi!

I just installed Mandrake 8.2 the other day on my machine -- it's running great. I had minimal knowledge of linux before (nothing more than basic *nix commands from using shells), but I consider myself somewhat technically oriented, so I figgered most of the basic stuff out pretty quickly. Sound wouldn't work at first, so I blindly hit buttons and typed stuff, then it worked. Don't ask me to do it again, because I honestly don't know what I did.

Of course, it wouldn't be linux if something didn't work perfectly off the bat -- in my case, it's my Wacom tablet. It's an older serial-cable tab, not USB, but I still haven't the faintest on how to make it work. I found a driver on the net that Wacom semi-supports, and I tried installing it, but that seriously screwed up X, which required an additional amount of random typing to make it work once again. If anybody can help me here, that'd be cool.

Other than that lil problem, though, it's all good. I knew Mandrake 8.2 would be pretty easy for a linux neophyte like myself -- I read the reviews and whatnot, and printed a billion pages worth of how-to's for the tough stuff, like configuring my cable modem, my cdrw, etc. Never again back to Windows (well, maybe just to play Simcity3000......)
7:11p
A few things
I heard that Red Hat 7.3 uses xfs, whereas 7.2 uses ext3. Is this true?

And how do you boot directly into the console on RH, without loading X?

That last question is part one of my two part problem. I installed RH 7.2 on my laptop, and I apparently screwed up the display, because when it attempts to load X, it's all screwed up. A black screen with horizontal lines going all over the place. I was told that you can change your display settings through the console, but I don't know how to get directly to the console, much less fix the display. And once you get to the console, how do you set your display up through it?
10:19p
Another laptop post...
Hi all. I'm new to using Linux on a laptop, but not so new to using it on a desktop. At any rate, lemme get to the point.

I just put SuSE8 on my laptop. I had no problems at all with the install, but there're a few things I'm having trouble getting set up, and I'm hoping one of you can help.

First and foremost, wireless LAN. I have a Siemens SpeedStream wireless card, which I'm almost certain uses the prism2 driver. As far as I can tell, PCMCIA is working correctly. It loads without error on boot, cardmgr in the xconsole shows the card in the slot, 'cardctl ident' gives correct info about the card. I downloaded the wlan-ng drivers, and compiled for prism2. The compile goes okay, but when I insmod it, I get a bunch of unresolved symbols, and no driver loaded. I've found a prism2 driver which I believe was installed with SuSE, and I tried using YAST to set the card up with it (I've tried setting the card up as eth1 using prism2_cs module, and as a PCMCIA card. In both cases, I get nothing). Any suggestions? Anywhere I should look for info? Nothing I've found yet as been of much help, and I can't find any instances of the Siemens card being used, but surely someone out there's using it. Even if they're not, it's essentially the same card as the Linksys, which seems to be quite common.

Okay, next problem. Pointing devices. I did the install with a USB mouse connected. This got set up fine. But the touchpad doesn't work. I was able to set the touchpad up with SaX, and was also able to have both pointing devices setup with SaX, but couldn't use both simultaneously. This is nothing serious, but its convenient at times to use the mouse, other times to unplug it & just use the touchpad. Either way, I don't wanna have to run SaX every time I change. Surely there's a way to use them both at the same time, and connect / disconnect the USB mouse at will.

Also, is there anyway to use the scroll button of the mouse / touchpad without the imwheel program?

Finally, the battery monitor. It seems to always read "-49%." Any fix for this? Again, this is not a big problem, just a minor annoyance.

Thanks for your help.

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