So I installed linux...

So I installed linux...

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CornJer
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...And even though that the .ISO file has the word "Xfce" in it, it boots up into the bash shell then is all like FAIL. It tells me that X can't start cause "no screens detected" or something. I didn't install any drivers or anything, so it might be that I don't have the drivers for my Nvidia 8500 video card working.
This is Debian Linux btw. Now, I don't have a clue how to use bash, and the online doesn't work because my desktop uses a wireless card and linux didn't like it for some reason.
So my question would be: How do I get the interface setup on the machine? What commands would I have to put into bash to run it? Would I have to burn debian packages to a CD then load them onto the computer? What would the commands be to do that?
If you jump high enough you'll hurt your ankles when you land.
 
 
2008 Jan 29 at 11:18 PST — Ed. 2008 Jan 29 at 11:18 PST
Down Rodeo
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I have an Ubuntu CD. I have also used Fedora, not Debian though. I'm trying to remember bash scripts- AFAIK 'get' is what retrieves packages etc. There should be a fair amount of info on the internet on how to get the extra packages etc.

I don't know about the graphics card issues- perhaps look for some new drivers, but I guess you're smart enough to have done that

I was considering posting about this some other time; I know this guy running Wine under Ubuntu who gets Source going quite nicely. It does him his TF2 fix under full settings anyway... :D

How did you find the drive partitioning? I'm going to put Ubuntu on this but I stopped without getting help first because I had serious worries for the accidental format of my C: drive. That's never fun.
 
 
2008 Jan 29 at 14:25 PST
SuperJer
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2005 Mar 20 • 6441
You should ask your question at http://linuxquestions.org/
The people there are very helpful.


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I've never used Debian, but here's my advice for what it's worth:

Most network card manufacturers do NOT make Linux drivers. If you are lucky, someone else may have made one. What wireless card/device are you using? Can you temporarily use ethernet instead?

As for your nvidia drivers for your 8500, you may need to download them. Get the right file for your system:

32-bit:
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/169.09/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-169.09-pkg1.run
64-bit:
http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/169.09/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-169.09-pkg2.run

If you get your wireless working, or just plug in ethernet temporarily, you can download the file in bash:
wget http://(url)<enter>

If you can't do that, you'll need to burn it on a CD or something. Once you have access to it in bash, do this:
chmod 0777 NV<tab><enter>
./NV<tab><enter>

The chmod 0777 allows you to execute the file. The next line executes it. Allow it to automatically set everything up for you.

Then just do this to start the GUI:
startx
 
 
2008 Jan 29 at 16:37 PST
melloyellow582
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2005 Mar 21 • 12861
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superjer are you still running ubuntu, or did you not figure out your 6 screen problem?
 
 
2008 Jan 29 at 16:39 PST — Ed. 2008 Jan 29 at 16:39 PST
SuperJer
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2005 Mar 20 • 6441
I'm running Fedora now, but on a different machine.

I can't get the 6 screens to work on Vista, either, so that machine is going to be XP forever.
 
 
2008 Jan 29 at 17:52 PST
melloyellow582
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yeah, im gonna leave getting linux to when i get a new computer.
 
 
2008 Jan 29 at 18:25 PST
CornJer
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@Rodeo

What happened was that I tried a thousand different ways to change the partitioning of my NTFS C:/ drive that came with the prebuild gateway, on windows itself, so that I could install linux, but instead I ended up grabbing this loose drive I had revolving around and sticking it in as a slave. I made like 4 diffrent partitions of various sizes on the slave, but when I tried to partition the C:/ drive, it wanted to erase it. As we all know, we can't live WITHOUT windows (goddamn microsoft ), so that was a big no-no. As far as I can tell, there isint much way to repartition a hard drive without completely wrecking it first, although I have seen some software that allows you to dynamically partition hard drives, but A) I'm not sure that it'll keep the information, and B) it costs moneys. Plus I think you need to format your hard drive to install it ANYWAY, which kind of defeats the purpose.

@Soop
But your my hero superjer...

Anyway, probablly should have gone there in the first place, but since this is like my main forum (no joke), yeah. Ethernet IS a posibility, its just a total pain in the ass due to it (the computer) being way back in an almost completely inaccessible corner of my basement. Anyway, I'll try burning it to a CD, but I'm not entirely sure that all it needs is the drivers. Is there some kind of commands I can enter to find out the type of x implementation I have? (IE: What version of GNOME/XFCE/whatever?)
If you jump high enough you'll hurt your ankles when you land.
 
 
2008 Jan 30 at 10:26 PST — Ed. 2008 Jan 30 at 10:28 PST
Down Rodeo
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I spoke to someone this evening who told me about some partitioning software he had- he has a 'legal-ish' version and said he'd send me a copy. Apparently it allows you to partition off however much of the drive you want into ntfs; after that simply go to Debian boot CD and format that section for use with Linux.

I won't see this guy for another week (probably) but I probably would be able to send you a copy if you're interested... though obviously you'll want to be getting this installed as soon as possible.
 
 
2008 Jan 30 at 11:55 PST
SuperJer
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2005 Mar 20 • 6441
You could try:

yum list xfce* | less

I'm not sure if debian has yum, or what. Also, type q to exit less.
 
 
2008 Jan 30 at 12:48 PST — Ed. 2008 Jan 30 at 12:49 PST
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