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Linux device drivers...

AbecX, I'll probably be IMing you shortly. I'm going to set up Red Hat through VM Ware ... maybe tonight, but not positive yet. I want to test out WINE's capabilities. Anyway, I'm going to need some drivers:

I need a driver for a D-Link DWL-650+ wireless card. I know I can get detonator drivers from NVidia. I also need Crystal Audio s/c drivers, and an Actiontec MD56ORD v.92 modem, and 3com 3C920 NIC (which I presume I can get from 3com, just haven't checked yet)

I presume it'll automatically have drivers for the chipset, and maybe the sound and modem as well.

What's a good driver to us for my mouse? (Intellimouse Explorer Optical)

Other devices, I'll need drivers for an HP Photosmart 1115, preferrably USB. And a USB driver for an HP ScanJet 6200C ... and drivers for my Jaz with the SCSI - USB adapter.

That should be it for devices. I'm going to check the manufacturers websites to see what I can find, but any help in locating these would be appreciated.

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Ok, it looks like it might be picking up the base hardware on the system ok, at least in a generic sense.

So now, I'm just down to the printer, scanner, and wireless card. Anyone? Bueler?

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So you are going to run vmware to run red hat and the run wine via redhat?
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Yeah. Basically testing the waters to see if Linux development has reached a point yet where I can make a relatively smooth transition. There's only a few programs I use that don't have adequate Linux versions, so I want to make sure they're going to run adequately in WINE.

Just ran into a problem where VM Ware doesn't allow a guest OS to run more than 640x480, without the tools package installed ... and though I clicked to install the tools packaged ... it doesn't appear to be doing anything ...

How would I edit my resolution back down? I set it to 1024x768x24b on install. And it just blanks out and flashes the command line login ... like it's trying to load the graphical login or something. I've got it logged in now, and sitting at my root folder ... shit, it's flashing again.

Says: INIT: ld "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

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use a text based editor and edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or /etc/X11/XF86Config ( us the -4 file if its there ). Go down to the video/mointor section and change your resolution.

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Shit ... I haven't used vi in years ... what's the save/exit commands?

ZZ, :wq, and :q! aren't working.

Fucking vi Why'd that have to be the first editor to come to mind?

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Shit ... I haven't used vi in years ... what's the save/exit commands?
esc esc, then shift zz to save
esc esc, then :w!

or to not save changes:
esc esc, :q!
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Ok, got it to exit, but it wouldn't save, because it was read only ... said to use ! to override, but I just quit out.

Changed attributes, and modified the file now. Rebooting to see how it goes.

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Well shit ... it's still flashing.

Any other ideas?

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you have to edit the file as root. also, if its still flashing, you need to set it to a generic vga driver.

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use pico, back up the file, then make sure your logged into root and change it. your wine apps are gunna run slooooo tho......i used to run vmware on slackware 8 using enlightenment to get a windows desktop so i could use outlook and microsoft sql apps.
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if your display isnt showing anything use the driver "vesa"
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No, no graphics at all. It just blinks about 20 or 30 times, and then gives the error "INIT: ld "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes"

After about 5 minutes, it starts blinking again, and then the same error comes up. Just keeps looping like that.

Here's how my XF86Config-4 looks

Section "Device"
# no known options
Indentifier "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
Driver "vesa"
VendorName "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
#BusID
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "640x480" "640x480"
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection

The blinking is driving me nuts, because just when I get ready to edit something, it starts back up again. How do I keep it from trying to load X, so I can get rid of this problem, and work on it manually?

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try this one

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
HorizSync 27-82 # multisync
VertRefresh 50-72 # multisync
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "nv"
Driver "vesa"
BusID "PCI:*:*:*"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen1"
Device "nv"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"

# XXX 24bpp may be broken

# DefaultDepth 8
DefaultDepth 16
# DefaultDepth 24

SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Main Layout"
Screen "Screen1"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection
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Cool, I'll give that a shot later. I'm too tired to mess with it right now

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Well, that didn't work either. I'm just going to delete it and reinstall it, this time, without choosing to boot into the graphical mode. Then I'll jack with the graphics from there.

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Make sure the XFS service is running. Thats the X font server, might be causing that. There are probably several reasons to cause an error like that besides a bunk config.

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You can always message me on aim Not now though, I'm going to bed!

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Yeah, XFS was running. I think the problem was VMWare unless you install the VMWare toolkit (which you do when the OS is fully booted) it only works in 640x480x8 ... and as X was trying to load 640x480x16, and higher, it was dumping out. The toolkit is supposed to allow up to 1024x768x24, but it wasn't letting me install it ... it just sat there doing nothing. And then every 5 minutes X tried to load again.

Though why the changing the config wasn't working, I dunno. I had it changed to generic everything, vesa driver, and 640x480x8, and it still wasn't working.

I've already deleted the virtual machine, and will create a new one, probably tomorrow. I'm going to be heading to sleep soon myself.

And yeah, I'll IM ya AbecX, or Chris, or both, once I get it set back up. I normally don't get to work on it until way late though, so neither of you are usually on

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