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Thursday, March 25th, 2004

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7:01a
so i have a problem. whenever i try to use yum, i get a segmentation fault. i'm running fedora core 1, version 2.4.22-1.2174.

if anyone can help, i'll give them a dollar :)
10:06a
new
Hello. I am new to this community (just joined) so I figured I would introduce myself. I have been using Linux for the past 2 years and am more than happy with it...Currently I use Debian, but hope to build an Lfs system on my next machine. Some of you may know me from the Computergeeks community. And then I found this one and decided...Why not join? Sounds more on topic for me.
10:45a
Mandrake 10 + ALSA question
So, like a dutiful little idiot boy I just upgraded to Mandrake 10.0 for kicks, and I have been having what is apparently a very common problem, namely the sound doesn't work (either OSS or ALSA). After poking around for the last day and I half, I think I've discerned what is wrong, but I don't know how to fix it.

The new version of ALSA drops the snd_ from the beginning of all of the symbols related to the sound card; the kernel is still looking for them (e.g. "snd-emu10k1: Unknown symbol snd_pcm_period_elapsed" from dmesg). ALSA comes with a little utility to drop all of the preceeding "snd_" tags from these symbols, but it does not work right on my system.

So, with that overlong preamble completed, can anyone tell me where I can find these so that I can manually edit them and get things sorted out? It seems a shame to have to ask on something so silly after reasoning it this far out, but, well, I *am* still a relative newb... ;-)

(x-posted from linuxnewbies.)
11:17a
unmounting dvd
I just burned a DVD on my powerbook.

To see what would happen, I put it in the dvd/cdrom on my Vaio PCG FX190K running Fedora Core 1. A handy little button showed up on the desktop. When I clicked on it the graphical file browser showed up, but the system didn't know what to do with VOB files. (That's another question)

I closed that file browser window (clicked on the red button)
did a right click on the wadget on the desktop and clicked on eject.

Same thing happens as when I try
umount /mnt/cdrom
or
eject

[root@unsigned dev]# umount /mnt/cdrom
umount: /mnt/cdrom: device is busy

If I'm in a text window and I'm in a directory on the drive, this is what I'd expect. I'd just cd out of that directory, it won't be in use.

How do I find what it in that directory so that I can unmount and eject the CDROM.

I don't mind a little bit of handholding on the user interface, I do mind when the UI won't let go of my hand and let me do what I need.
11:58a
Woo Linux Converty Powers
I've now been using nothing but Linux for well over a year. In that time I've been converting people to Linux. And I have a fairly high success rate at that! Most of the people I've converted to Linux are those who don't know much about computers, but are sick of the horrid slowness and general over all failings of windows. Those I've converted are almost always happy with their new system. Along with pure Linux converts I've also gotten alot of people to dual boot.

At anyrate, my aunt is among one of a few potential converts. She wants to switch to "the Linux" as she puts it, because her new computer is so terribly bogged down by Windows XP(Home edition). So I proceeded to install Mandrake 9.2 on her computer(Mandrake works best for those who are really new to Linux, plus it has a fairly large package selection to cover alot of various program needs). Now I knew she had a dial-up internet connection, using AOL(ohh yeah...Windows XP and AOL combined...that's bound to summon forth some ancient evil to wreak havoc on man kind) so I did a little searching and found a open source AOL dialer. I figured getting the AOL connection up would be the most of my troubles. But I soon discovered that her computer(and e-machine....good god...an e-machine with Windows XP and AOL...can't get more evil than that...lest maybe you toss in Martha Stewart..) had a graphics chipset I'd never heard of. I was running on the assumption that her computer probably had the i810 chipset, which is the most common for prebuilts that I've encountered. When I got through the Mandrake install and began configuring that hardware I noticed that the video card wouldn't configure(X errored out even with generic VGA drivers). The e-machine manual gave no description of the hardware I could use(nor did they have any words greater than two syllables in their manual..apparently designed for first graders). Eventually I learned from an online search that the graphics chipset was called "S3 Unichrome" and was made by VIA and intergrated into the northbridge.

So the question is, has anyone had any experience with this chipset? Cause obviously I've never heard of it until I tried installing Linux on her computer. ^^;; Boy I talk alot...

Current Mood: geeky
12:20p
the world, as a computer program... (the matrix maybe wasn't so far off)
this isn't exactly related to linux, per se, but i think some people in this community might have something important to say about it... soo, i'll cut it, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to.

topic = philosophy (with a nerdy twist).

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(comment if you have something to add or criticize.)
11:12p
next on fox: when xterminals attack
i'm a network admin at the head office for a construction firm. we're moving to a new building soon and bringing two other smaller offices into our fold. this will equate to somewhere around 75-90 desktop users.

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11:17p
Critical failure - IDE drive seems to have gone away
My Linux desktop locked-up a few nights ago. A hard-reboot showed that neither the primary master or primary slave were registering on the BIOS. I assumed the motherboard was the problem, since I already have problems there (I posted about a video problem a few months ago, that seemed to be MoBo-related). So I replaced it. No dice. When the machine boots, the BIOS beeps for about 60 seconds or so, and the primaries are still not showing up.

I switched the IDE cables around, and the secondary master/slave showed up as the the primaries. However, the (former primaries, now) secondaries didn't show up.

So now I'm pretty confused. Every other HD failure I've dealt with in the past at least gave me a few weeks of warning, and generally appeared in the form of failures in the kernel log or at fsck time (or journal recovery, since I switched to ext3). This sort of sudden failure to even register with the BIOS is a new one.

Any ideas?

(To make matters worse, I don't recall off the top of my head which partitions are on this disk versus my seccondary HD. Both of the secondaries are removable media-- one DVD-RW, one CD-RW. So, if the only partitions on this disk are things like /, /var, /usr and swap, then I could just replace it and re-install the O/S while keeping the /home and other personalized-data partitions from the other [working] drive.)

Randy

Current Mood: frustrated

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