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Friday, November 14th, 2008

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3:14a
The bridges are burned behind us and there's waiting guns ahead.
Thanks for all the answers the other day.

Things I have learned since then are:
  1. Just because rearranging the HDD boot order (even though only one is allowed to boot) doesn't make any difference for Ubuntu, doesn't mean it doesn't fix it for Fedora (as I found out while trying something else) and while Ibex can be fixed, Heron really can't. Pity Ibex still needs to stabilise. It all seemed to go past in a flash of Grub commands and then disappoint. I know I'm hardly going to have a screen connected to it but having to edit xorg.conf just to override Ubuntu's crappy autodetection was a bad start for one.

    For reference, you need to both 'grub-install' on the command line and locate all the necessary files in the grub console before saying definitely 'setup(hdX,X)'. It did insist that stage1 et al were in /grub and not /boot/grub.

  2. DVMT can cause real problems. It's been some time since I've seen Linux actually freeze up (I mean, I couldn't ssh in or anything). Is it just me or does the idea of dynamically allocating shared video memory seem a bit sketchy? It'd at least need an aware O/S no? I've made so many changes on that BIOS in the last few days I feel like I want to back it up.

  3. I'm really reluctant to flash my BIOS
Tomor^H^H^Hday I configure things but now for sleep.

Current Mood: drained
10:29p
Can't find this initrd
Hi all. I need to locate this initrd (initrd-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5.img), which is supposedly part of the Centos5 package kernel-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5.x86_64.rpm; however, extracting the files out of the package and CPIO archive have not resulted in finding the aforementioned initrd. Is it perhaps packaged somewhere else, or generated at installation time of the kernel package? If the latter, then I'm rather screwed, since I don't have access to a 64-bit machine at the moment where I can do any sort of compiling. Perhaps I am missing something here? I googled the filename as well; however, I have not gotten very far with that as of yet. Thanks!
Edit: I managed to get the kernel RPM reinstalled, and subsequently booted.
Thanks everyone for your comments and insight; I knew I subscribed to this
community for a reason way back when.
11:39p
Mac user wanting to learn more about Linux & maybe switch
Hi, Linux people. I've been a UK-based Mac user for 10 or so years, and always been aware of Linux but never felt confident enough to get into it. I'm now thinking about giving it a go.

Today I was looking for a way to play my video files on a TV, and recently I've been thinking about getting a cheap laptop for word processing. A Linux netbook caught my eye - though the shop staff hadn't got a clue, so I thought I'd take my questions to a Linux community instead. Sorry if some of these are really basic, but like I say I'm totally new to Linux.

Firstly, is the above machine a decent buy?

Secondly, there is an alternative model available. My somewhat basic knowledge of computer hardware leads me to presume that the lower capacity solid state HD will use less power, and be less likely to develop faults caused by vibration (as I cycle anything up to 20 miles a day, this is something I have concerns about)?

Thirdly, my video files are of all types - mp4, mov, wmv, avi, and those odd ones you get from various youtube video ripping applications. How easy will it be for a Linux newbie to get these files to play on this sort of machine (if the included software can't do it, that it) - and can I get an AV or SCART output so that I can use the machine to view them on my pre-HD TV?

Fourthly, suppose I was to put my compatible video files on an external HD, would things all run smoothly if I was to use this machine to play them on my TV? (This would make it a lot easier for me to use it as a mobile office, and a home cinema system.) By extension, is there anything I should know about formatting storage devices to work with both this and OSX?

Fifthly, am I going to see any compatibility problems when writing documents in openoffice then sending them over to iWork 06 or Office 2008?

Sixthly: anything I should know regarding viruses? 

Finally, if word processing, video playback on a TV, and wireless web browsing/messaging are my main purposes for a laptop and I want to spend as little money as possible, is there an even more economic option?

Many thanks!

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