Monday, November 27, 2006

ive installed debian on my desktop but i dont know enough to configure the gui so its just command line. i really dont have the time right now either to mess with it as i am just too busy with school. i think im going to confine my linux experiments to an old laptop i have... and i found this website to help :

Saturday, November 18, 2006

fglrx problems

ok, so i used a guide i obtained earlier to configure my video card drivers and in the past this has worked fine. but now the OS refuses to load them. i even tried to manually edit the xorg.conf file but its already listing the correct diver to load. ive posted on some forumes, we'll see what happens.
Post HOWTO: Install LinuxDC++

First off, for those that don't know, LinuxDC++ is a Linux port of the file-sharing program DC++. It uses the DC++ core but with a GTK+ GUI. It has also been called by many other names including: linuxdcpp, ldcpp, dcpp, ldc++, dc++ for linux, wulfor. I'm a developer on LinuxDC++ and thought I'd write up a guide to install LinuxDC++ on Dapper and Edgy. There are a few older guides for Hoary and Breezy, but I've never really liked them since they install unnecessary packages, so I thought I'd write a fresh one for Dapper and Edgy.

First, download the required dependencies:


To do this in one command:
sudo apt-get install cvs scons build-essential libgtk2.0-dev libglade2-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev
Note: I didn't have this problem, but some people also needed libglitz1-dev in order for pkg-config to detect GTK+ on Dapper. If scons fails when checking for GTK+, run this command:
sudo apt-get install libglitz1-dev
There are no official releases of the program since it's still in alpha. This means that there exists no official binaries for any distribution. However, to install LinuxDC++ you can download it through CVS. Run these commands in your home directory or somewhere else where you have write access:

cvs login
[hit enter when prompted for the password]

cvs -z3 co linuxdcpp
Now to install (you can set PREFIX to whatever, but I'd recommend /usr/local):
cd linuxdcpp
scons release=1 PREFIX=/usr/local
sudo scons install
To run:
Note: Turn off Assistive Technology Support before running LinuxDC++ (System->Preferences->AST). For some reason, it makes ldcpp run very slowly and display a bunch of errors.

When we update the source, you can update your linuxdcpp source and re-run the scons & scons install commands from above to install it again. To update the source:
cd /path/to/source/dir
cvs update -d
To uninstall LinuxDC++:
cd /path/to/source/dir
sudo scons -c install
Then you can delete your source directory if you like.

taken from

How to install the fglrx driver

Install the xorg-driver-fglrx package from the Restricted repository (see Chapter 2, Adding, Removing and Updating Applications).
You now need to configure the computer to use the new driver so run this command in a terminal:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

When the dialogue appears and asks whether to do automatic detection of your video, pick Yes.
When asked to select a driver, pick fglrx.
Follow the remaining instructions as appropriate.
Restart your machine for changes to take effect.

or try

Run fglrxinfo to see if the driver loaded

thanks to notbad on the forums!

Friday, November 17, 2006

oh and...

"You are registered as user #435548 with the Linux Counter"

this means im better than anyone else with a higher number than me.

current situation

i have just installed ubuntu for the 100th time. slackware was reccomended to me to get at the "guts" of linux, but i couldnt get it to install! i think it was a combination of a couple things, the first one being that my hard drive has been been repartitioned upwards of 8 times now in a row, kinda half assed each time. the installer couldnt write to my partition table to set up the boot loader to get in to the OS. So i had to make a boot disk, except when i got to that step i realised that my disk drive was unplugged for some reason so i couldnt make one... so i borrowed a disk from someone but i had a really hard time formatting it and getting a program on to it to write zeros to the drive. once i finally got everything on the disk i tried to boot from it but it just wouldnt. i need my computer for school and such so i cant really sit around until i get a btter disk, assuming its not my drive thats screwed up.

anyways, im currently setting up ubuntu, which i appreciate a lot more now. i really want to get in to a harder linux but not having a second computer makes it almost impossible. hopefully ill get my chance when i get my laptop back.