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zarg
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Posted: 7 Sep 2008
03:50 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Ok. So, I have decided to start swiching over to linux. I heard that Ubuntu was the best(or one of the best) so I decided that I would go with it. I just downloaded the program "ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-i386.iso" from http://www.ubuntu.com/. I then burnt it to disk using InfraDisk. I put it in my commputer and rebooted. I got the Ubuntu welcome screen and started to install Ubuntu. In the part where you choose how much memory you want to give to Ubuntu and how much to XP I can't drag the line any smaller to give more memory to Ubuntu. Does this meen that I need a better computer to run both side by side? Is there a better Linux out there that I should use? Should I go all Linux insetead of duel booting? I have never ventured far out from windows so I have no knowlage of much in Linux.

Thanks,
Zarg

Edit:
I loaded Ubuntu onto my computer and installed it. Everything when fine. As I turn on my computer Ubuntu loads up. I login and it freezes up and sends me back to the login screen. I can get in in the fail safe GEONE mode but only that. How do I fix this problem?

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
Zachary940
Wraith
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Posted: 7 Sep 2008
12:15 GMT
Total Posts: 714
Something probably happend during install. Try reinstalling. Also what are the specs of the computer?


Side note: I perfer Linux Mint for workstations.

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It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.
zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 9 Sep 2008
04:07 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Ok. I figured out how to login to Ubuntu. I had to change some Xorg files and my background color?? Don't know why but it worked. I was wondering if there is a place where I can learn the basics of using Ubuntu. Also, I thought linux was text based. Why isn't Ubuntu and can it be changed to text based? Thanks.
Zarg

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
Zachary940
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Posted: 9 Sep 2008
06:08 GMT
Total Posts: 714
OK first of all, Ubuntu is a distribution of Linux. The best way to learn how to use Linux is just buy Googleing the things you are have problems with. You will find that there is an answer to just about every question. As far as being text based, Linux does have a GUI and it can be turned off. Try pressing Alt + Ctrl + F1. That will bring you to one of your other desktops, with out a GUI. There is so many different things that you can do on a Linux box that you can't do on a windows. So have fun and learn a lot of cool stuff.

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zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 9 Sep 2008
14:14 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Awsome. Thanks. Do you know of any websites that list some basic commands in the linux that I'm trying to use. Would you recomend using text based or GUI. Also I love to learn how to do cool stuff, like remotly shuting down a commputer on windows. Is there any of that type of stuff on ubuntu?

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
allynfolksjr
Administrator
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Posted: 9 Sep 2008
21:36 GMT
Total Posts: 1892
No, not at all.
It's not linux is unix-like or anything. Or designed to work on headless servers.
zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 10 Sep 2008
04:06 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Ok. I see so it's a opperating system, that just does main functions. It can't do anything special.
Thanks.

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
zarg
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Posted: 10 Sep 2008
17:49 GMT
Total Posts: 67
All right. I got a problem again with loging in.
Computer Specs:
System:
Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 2

Registered to:


*****-***-*******-*****



Hewlett-PackardCompany
Compaq Presario
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor
3500+
984 MHx, 960 MB of RAM
Phyisical Address Extention

I don't know why I can't login. Everytime I log in my screen goes into powersaving mode then returns to the login screen. I posted my question here but I haven't had much help. I have sucsessfully logged in once by changing the background in failsafe mode, but it will not work again. Any ideas how to fix it.

Thanks
Zarg

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
allynfolksjr
Administrator
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Posted: 10 Sep 2008
18:27 GMT
Total Posts: 1892
I was being sarcastic... it can do everything from a terminal.

What kind of video card are you using?
Hydraliskisback
Wraith
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Posted: 10 Sep 2008
18:56 GMT
Total Posts: 583
i *thought* that was sarcasm, although i didn't want to say. :P

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Iff Hydralisk has posted the above, the above is stupid.
zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 11 Sep 2008
04:07 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Ok. Awsome. Linux = power. Sorry, I didn't know that was sarcasm.
Some more stats:

Device:
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Techologies Inc.
Chip Type: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Seriesm (0x5954)
DAC Type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Approx Total Memory: 256.0 MB
Current Display Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit)(60Hz)
Monitor: COMPAQ FS7600 Color Monitor

DirectX Freatures
DirectDraw Acceleration: Enabled
Direct3D Acceleration: Enabled
AGP Texture Acceleration: Enabled

I hope that's the information that you need.

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
gulyman
Goliath
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Posted: 13 Sep 2008
19:36 GMT
Total Posts: 144
Are you still looking for some good Linux command tutorials? I have some stuff that might be helpful.

Isn't Directx a microsoft thing? Would Linux be able to use the Directx functionality?
zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 14 Sep 2008
03:32 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Yes!!! I would love a good Linux command tutorial! As for Directx... I have no idea but my guess was that something in directx could be messing up my login.... idk.

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
Zachary940
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Posted: 14 Sep 2008
08:40 GMT
Total Posts: 714
Nope, not DirectX. It is probably a vedio driver issue. ATI cards are known to have some issues.

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zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 14 Sep 2008
10:35 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Ok. I can drop to the shell by pressing Ctr + Alt + F1 on the login screen. From there I can login fine then cd /etc/X11 then sudo startX. After that I can get into a account but can't do much. I can also login to the failsafe. I have tryed sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. But that hasn't fixed my problem either....

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)
gulyman
Goliath
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Posted: 15 Sep 2008
16:48 GMT
Total Posts: 144
These are mostly all for Ubuntu, which is what I run right now.

excellent guide for basic computer workings, centered around Linux
http://en.tldp.org/HOWTO/Unix-and-Internet-Fundamentals-HOWTO/index.html

different commands and hotkeys
http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml

some history on the command line and basic stuff.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommandlineHowto

sudo
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo

The terminal
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal?action=show&redirect=BasicCommands

Ubuntu history
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/The_History_of_Ubuntu_Linux

chmod, interactive
http://catcode.com/teachmod/

I also learned a lot from the man pages.
I have no idea how good you are at working with Linux, so some of this stuff might be pretty basic for you.
zarg
Dragoon
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Posted: 16 Sep 2008
16:00 GMT
Total Posts: 67
Thank you very much. I have worked very little with linux. I would love how to get control over this OS. Thanks.

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In most countries selling harmful things like drugs is punishable. Then howcome people can sell Microsoft software and go unpunished? (By hasku@rost.abo.fi, Hasse Skrifvars http://www.linuxweb.com/lw_quotes.html)





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