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Monday, July 12th, 2004

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3:53a
First No Sound, No Load Errors....
Ok, so when i first compiled my kernel on my Sony Vaio laptop, i didn't have any sound. Everything loaded correctly i didn't get any errors, other than error opening /dev/mixer.

So i went about my business putting other needed applications on the laptop etc. Ok, so today i decided to try once again to get ALSA to work w/ my laptop. emerge -f ALSA didn't do anything, so i went ahead with ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge -f alsa After i got the time, i went ahead and installed it. I then went to my /usr/src folder to see the new linux-2.6.6-mm5 folder there. I removed my old symlink file with a rm /usr/src/linux, and replaced it with a ln -s linux-2.6.6-mm5 linux command. i then went into menuconfig and copied over my old file that i had saved as "2.6.6.config" and put it in the /usr/src/linux folder. Then i used the make command to compile the kernel. After that i went ahead and rebooted and upon reboot i was getting many module load errors that i was not getting on any previous boot. i was still intending to cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage boot/mm-2.6.6_rc3-r1 and finally cp /System.map /boot/System.map.

But alas, errors have foiled my plans for a simple evening. Anyone with help in fixing the errors will be my Hero.
8:58a
linux firewall cd
So someone with some experience with coyote and similar linux firewalls help me out here. Can I just run coyote linux in the cd rom of a windows machine or does it have to boot form cd? What happens then?

More to the point, how can I accomplish the above? Will a small linux firewall do it? Does it have to boot form cd? is there not a small program that I can run independantly of the drives? or maybe a windows excecutable file that runs a linux firewall inside windows? Is that a pipe dream or does it exist?

later,
~joe
12:35p
games + linux
now, i know that if i want to game in linux im pretty much going to be building my own transmeta winex cvs, so... i was just wondering... is it worth it?

i mean, my XP laptop can handle games great (i am a moderatly hardcore gamer, but i like keeping up with new games, but i always fall back on steam) but im worried about how it would perform under emulation.

anyone have any luck with this? namely steam (counter-strike 1.6, half-life, DoD are must haves for me as i do leagues and LANs more often then i should), heroes of might and magic 2 (me and my girlfriend play), fallout:tactics, etc.

i love linux, but i love gaming, and i am torn. i would LOVE to do away completely with windows on all my machines, but i fear i cannot. also: i use my data server as a part time game machine for when i host LAN parties, and i dont want to waste the space by dual booting. it has a faster processor then my laptop but a shittier gfx card. i was just wondering whats everyone's luck with gaming in linux and any hints/tips they can give me.

thanks

laptop:
1ghz PentM, 256 DDR Ram, go5200 gfx card

desktop:
AMD 1800+, 512 SD Ram, ti4200 gfx card
1:21p
php + slackware
So I'm thinking of loading php onto my slackware based home webserver so I can run gallery for my folks to use. I was wondering three things about php..

First, should I go with the slackware package, or are there big advantages to installing (and compiling) the package from source?

Second, does php take up a lot of processing power/memory during normal use? I'm going to be running it on a fairly busy server... I ran php on my old p133 without a hitch, but I was just curious what it's actual processing costs are.. I cant' remember - doesn it always run, or does it just run cgi style, when a php script is invoked?

Third, I've writen my own apache config file.. Is it much of a pain to add php to an apache configuration?
1:37p
Clipboard utilities
Perhaps the most lacking element in Linux is the lack of a standardized clipboard. One can copy something in one application, but it's not going to paste into another.

Not without a clipboard utility, that is.

Now here's why I'm writing this: I've been using Klipper, which gets the job done and it's convenient to use, but kdeinit and klauncher crash when I run certain applications *cough* K3b *cough* and I'm getting sick of having to restart Klipper.

Are there any other apps with similar features that don't rely on KDE's widgets? I've only looked into Gnome Clipboard Manager so far, but since it's no longer being developed (and looks like a bitch to install) I'm not interested.
2:26p
I recently installed Suse 9.1. I have a Hauppauge Wintv card in teh machine. Suse detects the card and installs it to video0.

I start kwintv and it reports no device installed.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions to get these 2 to play nice or suggestions for a better TV program?

***edit***
here is the output from lsmod |grep bttv
bttv 143372 1
video_buf 19972 1 bttv
i2c_algo_bit 9352 1 bttv
v4l2_common 6400 1 bttv
btcx_risc 4872 1 bttv
i2c_core 23684 2 bttv,i2c_algo_bit
videodev 9472 1 bttv
soundcore 8800 2 bttv,snd

and when I try to start v4l-config I get:

v4l-conf: using X11 display :0.0
dga: version 2.0
mode: 1024x768, depth=16, bpp=16, bpl=2048, base=0xe8000000
can't open /dev/video0: No such device

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