SuSE 7.3

November 05, 2001

    Decided to do a full install of SuSE 7.3. I want to see how good my previous notes are and how much I have learned. Possible jobs comming up will require me to have answers to questions concerning this stuff that I want to work in.

    First thing to do is plan out the installation. I am working with an HP Pavilion PIII and it already has Windows 98 on it along with SuSE 7.2 which I am going to replace. Now this PIII has the following:

        Processor: Pentium III 650Mhz  (Referred to as PIII or P3)
        Memory:    544MB. (512MB + 256MB + 32MB)
                   The 512MB stick is only being recd as 256MB!!!
        Hard Disk: 40GB / 7200rpm. (need better controller to get full speed)
                   Partitioned: hda1 = C: - 6,319.7MB
                                hda2 = Extended 
                                hda3 = Linux /root
                                hda4 = Linux /opt
                                hda5 = Linux /boot
                                hda6 = Linux /swap
                                hda7 = Linux /swap
                                hda8 = Linux /swap
                                hda9 = D: - 5,729MB
                                hda10 = E: - 4,636.4MB	
        Monitor:   ViewSonic A90 horizontal freq = 30-86Khz
                                 vertical freq = 50-180Hz
Well, in the last version, SuSE 7.2, the DVD disk screwed up my system. It would appear to be working but would die at various places. I finally found that I had to do the install with the CD's. Here's Hoping that this version does not have that problem. Well, they got real fancy with the logon graphics. I hope they did as well with the code!!

    Ok, they found my partitions but made a wrong assumption. Can't blame them. I do have things scattered a bit amongst the two OS's. So, I must choose "Modify" the suggested. I changed the partition layout to look like the above, which was my old layout. I am sticking with the ext2 format...for now. There is a new ext3 but I don't know enough about it yet.

    I stopped. A couple of the choices were not clear. Things can be stated in many ways and all be correct. Trouble is we all don't understand the same way. I learned that first hand when I was teaching a computer class for a Tech School. I had ten students in this class. Since there were only ten I decided to have them turn in a status report each Monday on the material covered the previous week. Now I said the same thing to all ten students. However, I got ten different versions of what I said. A real eye opener!!! So I decided to read what others have to say about SuSE 7.3. One of the first review encounters complained bitterly about the Update. Same kind of problems that I have had in the past. I believe that it is better to just flat out do a new install than to do an Update. Linux and SuSE are not alone in this respect. I have had to many updates on other software that did not work correctly. I also found that there were some other problems and got the patches for them from the SuSE site.

    I picked the default system without StarOffice. I have a newer version of StarOffice (6.0). I went into the categories and picked: Development, Multimedia and Network/Server in addition to what was already selected. Now I'm going into Select Single packages to weed out what I really don't want.

    Well, I started it and let it load up the software. Unfortunately, it couldn't find 3 packages. (Here we go again.....and this is an install NOT an update!) Lilo.rpm, gmp.rpm and libtool.rpm. Now the first one is important. The system won't properly boot in either mode with out it!! Once again I had to fall back to good ol' YAST1. I was able to load the missing software and still keep what was already loaded. This is the second time I have had trouble with one of their DVD's. I had to use the CD's to get the missing software.

  1. Put in DVD and re-booted.
  2. Came up with fancy graphics. Looks impressive.
  3. Took time to make my selections.
  4. Started installation.
  5. During install claimed it couldn't find: lilo.rpm, gmp.rpm, libtool.rpm
  6. Upon re-boot ... you guessed it ... Died with an "Li" showing.
  7. Re-boot with CD1 in the drive.
  8. Select "Manual Install" in order to get YAST1
  9. Make the file system (partition) selections but DO NOT select format.
  10. Go thru the software selections and take back out what they put back in (unless you don't care) and then select the 3 missing items.
  11. Close out the selections and Start the installation again.
  12. After it is finished, you will now be given the opportunity to setup your display and other hardware.
  13. They are not consistent in the way they setup things. I had to go thru a couple of different gyrations in order to get my Display set up to 1280 x 960. On one hand I'm not complaining because I can understand it not being automatic ... but it should be consistent. On the other hand, if they had been consistent I wouldn't have been able to set my display the way I like it. The first setup didn't have the proper selections. Dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.
  14. They missed my DVD again.
  15. They didn't put my Windows drives on the desktop again.
  16. Looked in fstab and they are missing. 7.1 was a bear but these last two versions have been the pits. They are getting fancy graphics but falling down on the important stuff.

November 06-07, 2001

    Well .. wouldn't you know it. I was unhappy with the above and I was trying to get things cleaned up. I just decided to do the install again. (I'm a die hard!) Now I didn't change anything on my system. It is the same computer. However, this time when I did the install it only complained about missing the lilo.rpm and not the others. Lo and behold on re-boot it came up!! Seems awfully suspicious to me. On top of that ... this time it found my DVD and the Windows drives. I have absolutely no explanation as to why it worked this time ... unless it was because I had the stuff there previously. That's the way it is with these computers. To many things are, or can be, hard to explain... and I really hate it when they make me feel like an ass!!

    Wow .. oh wow!! They really got it together this time. For the first time since I have been messin' around with Linux, I have an installation that understands my CD is a CD-RW. (At least one that made it obvious to me.) In the last version I got the CD-RW to work with software that I installed. I had selected the items during the install before but this time they were used. I put a blank CD in my drive (mainly cause I wasn't sure if I had written to it yet) and it asked if I wanted to copy some data!! This is really great.

November 21, 2001

    Well, as usual my notes are behind. But not totally. I have been updating my other notes. So this isn't going like it really should be. As I have been doing stuff I have been clearing up things that were not clear in the other part.. Guess that is the way it should be anyway.

    Now all the excitement about the CD-RW was short lived. It didn't work as well as the previous setup that I had from before. Burncenter is still better .. However, I have the source for this new koncd and I am going to fix it!. But other things first or maybe at the same time.

WinNT Sound:

    I have VMware loaded with WinNT as the guest system. I have a SoundBlaster board and I really need to get WinNT to understand the sound. Ah, ha! WinNT wants its own version of the SoundBlaster stuff off of the Windows System CD. I tried various tricks and none worked. I finally broke down and read the Help file and then tried the CD. I have sound now in WinNT under VMware!!

An X11 note:

     I wanted the Xconsole to be wider. In the last version the settings were in XConsole. In this version they are in /usr/lib/X11/xdm/Xsetup and /usr/lib/X11/xdm/Xresources. The entries that were for screen widths of 1280 or greater were changed from 400 to 800. This made the Xconsole twice as wide and you could read all of the messages presented without having to fuss with horizontal scrolling. The messages didn't wrap, they just got cut off. Trivial thing but after all this is a "Personal Computer".

Zip Drive:

    Well, as usual, I follow the directions and it don't work. Have a parallel Zip 250 drive. I setup a Zip 100 drive back on 6.3 or 6.4 and I thought I had all the info. Evidently something has changed since then. This uses a feature called parport and it then emulates a scsi drive. I have, or at least think I do, all the neccessary software loaded. However, this is now kernel 2.4.10.

  alias scsi_hostadapter off     in modules.conf .. cause I don't have one??

  Ok. Had to unload VMware in order to find the problem. What it amounts to is..the new   250MB drives have a different driver. You must use 'modprobe imm' instead of 'modprobe ppa'.   Now I had tried to use the 'imm' and it wouldn't go. But at that time 'ppa' was still loaded.   Sooo, we have a situation here. How can I have both?? Question is silly ... don't remember why I asked it but I only need one or the other. (Besides in the newer versions the Zip Drive is set up for you during the install if you have it connected and powered on.)

  StepByStep Site claims to have a zip.o that does both but I'll be damned if I can find it.

November 27, 2001

    Here I am again doing another re-load. (I like doing them!! So there!!) This time it is cause of my CD drives. They got to operating extremely slow in WinNT through VMware. Now I don't remember having that trouble when I first loaded all this stuff. However, I was making lots of changes to get the CD software to get the CD writing portion working and to get the ZIP drive operational. I tried undoing stuff and making other changes and no help. So just because I can't believe they were this slow in the beginning I am reloading. Now, if they are still slow then it will be cause of 7.3. In 7.2 and earlier I didn't have a problem reading the CD's.

    Well, guess what. We are going thru the DVD scenario again. Once again it loaded without my Win drives and without the DVD. Boy. Once I get this setup I am never gona change it again!!

    This is so weird .. it is the same as before. I loaded it again and this time it included the Win drives and the DVD... AND it also included the ZIP drive .. I guess cause I still had it hooked up. However, there was something different. I used the CD's and not the DVD. They are somehow screwing up their DVD's.

    The good thing about the ZIP getting loaded is .. I had previously copied some of my configuration files over to the ZIP. Since it is loaded, I will be able to get re-setup faster and easier.

    Ok now, I have Linux loaded. Now I didn't go thru all the selections like before so what my first task will be is to get the Linux software the way I want it.

December 04, 2001 - New PC -A P4-

    Today I got authorization from "the boss" (my wife ) to get a new system. (Early Christmas Present.?!) I got another HP (told you I like HP stuff). This one is an HP 9995 with a 2.0Ghz Pentium 4. It also has a Re-Writable DVD/CD!! and an 80GB Hard Disk. Now they don't say what the speed is, of the HD, other than it is an 'Ultra DMA'. I'm hoping that it is a 7200rpm drive. The P3 came with a 5400rpm drive. In my performance checks of the P3 vs the P2 the cases that the P2 tied or beat the P3 were involved with the HD. (Nope! It is a 5400rpm!!....darn.)

    Now this one has another nVidia video card but it is a GeForce2. My last two were TNT2's. Now while in Linux I could not get the 3D mode to work. Have to see how this one will Linux. I believe that I saw that there were drivers for it in my trials to find a proper setup for the TNT's. But there are more important things to take care of first. We'll get around to the 3D stuff eventually.

December 06, 2001

    As usual I had to get software off of my 'old' one. But also had to set the old one up for my Son. There was also his old computer that I had to get stuff off of and put on his new one and then had to clean out his old one. (whew! ) So finally today I am able to start setting up the new P4.

    I decided to try the fancy new keyboard and the optical mouse. They are both USB so I may be changing them when I set up Linux. But for now we'll have a go at it. (Later note: I think I am going back to my old keyboard regardless. All the new keyboard has is a fancy look and some buttons to do stuff with. I never needed the buttons before so I don't think that I need them now. My Omnikey is a very well designed and comfortable keyboard.)

Wheel Mouse:

     This got confusing .. at times. It depends on what version of what that you have. In this case I have SuSE version 7.3 and am using XF86 version 4. Now the trick is finding the correct XF86Config to place the
     Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
parameter in. It turned out to be under /etc/X11.

    Well I hit the power switch and it fired up. Had some preliminary reading of the usual EULA. Had to agree or they wouldn't set up. Kinda silly. So much for legalities. Now it got to a point in the setup of checking the equipment. Guess it liked the extra RAM stick I slipped in cause there was no complaint. I stuck in that 512MB stick that was only being read as a 256MB in my last HP P3. (In the about Windows of this machine it says there is 1GB of memory!)

    It, Windows XP install, tried to connect to the internet but XP couldn't figure out how. I have a cable connection that must go thru the NIC and then a HUB and then a Switch and then the cable Modem. I guess I'll have to set that up after it finishes. (They are looking for a phone ... period. Guess they assume a Home system will only connect that way....short sighted)

    Well now .. isn't this interesting. After answering a series of questions for registration it went out to do the registration. Now I did not have the phone connected, so it couldn't call. It showed a nice graphic of info flowing and then finalized with "Your registration information was successfully received." Hmmmm.. Windows setup said they couldn't determine my internet connection, now here HP is registering me over the inter net. ???? I'll have to check and see if they really got my registration. (I got registered but I really believe that it was later in the confusion.)

    Well the next screen says I am all done with the setup. Now we get to use it... now we get to see if it is really fast or what.

    b>Darn!! I forgot to power on my ZIP drive. So now I don't know if it will see it and try a setup or not. Really it shouldn't unless they have included the Iomega code in this new XP Windows.

    Ok I am offered the chance to setup my internet connection. They sure go thru a lot of screens to get where you need to be. Well, they blew it. They are just automatically assuming that you are connected via a modem. They never even ask about cable or anything else. Well they found that they couldn't connect. Some "Internet Connection Wizard"!! I'm clicking cancel and will have to see if they will let me set it up as I had it before.

    Well, not exactly. It came up with a Network Wizard to setup my home Network. Now it went thru all these gyrations and then wanted me to make a disk so that it could setup my other computers .. even though they don't have XP. Now that is pretty stupid and intrusive. I already have the others setup. If this XP isn't smart enough to communicate with them without that special disk then fooy on it!!!

    Hmmm... they are still requiring a re-boot after making the settings. Well, that wasn't so bad. During the re-boot it found my Iomega that I had forgotten to turn on earlier. It also appears to be hooked up to the Internet. I started Internet Explorer and it is trying to get me to make MSN my homepage. I don't think so, but we will continue to make sure that I am connected. I let it make MSN the home page for now and I got signed on. In fact, since this is Internet Explorer which I don't normally use, I am gona let it stay that way. Keep MS stuff for MS. Looks like it is making connections. Must be using DHCP cause I never gave it any IP's.

    Ok it is definitely connected. I can access my homepage on Cox. Now I have to see if the other PC's I have on the Net, my local net, can see it ..and.. it can see them. Well, almost. I had to go turn on the P3 (which I moved to my son's room). Now the P2 was already on (cause that is where I am writing this). The P4 and the P2 could see each other and a refresh on the P4 brought up the P3 in its list. However, the P2 had to be re-booted in order to see the P3. But.. now they can all see each other. Didn't need to do the special XP disk like they were requesting.

    I installed PartitionMagic and Netscape 6. Those were my only additions so far. Now this software, XP and stuff, has taken 12,648,910,336 bytes of my 80GB drive. This is interesting. They are using NTFS which I thought was used in NT first but they are portraying it as new or revised.(NTFS5) PartitionMagic 6.0 would handle NT but it won't handle XP. Had to get version 7.0. The sector size is only 4k so they are really using a lot of disk space for this operating system... 12.6GB. From what I have seen so far I believe that most of the space is occupied by graphics. They got real fancy on the display. Like SuSE did on 7.3 and then still had a couple of screw ups. So far the only screw up with this one was the registration when I was really connected.

December 07, 2001 - XP Reload

    "A day that will live in infamy!" Well I hope not. But I am going to try a reload of XP on my new machine. They didn't give me a CD or DVD with the software. They made a small partition, if you call 4.5GB small, and put the recovery there. Now, I need to know that I can reload the system if I have a problem. So ... here goes another one of my reloads.

    Well, I got it reloaded in about 45 minutes. Just the XP OS part. Didn't do any of my stuff. I guess it is pretty smart. It reconnected my Network, I got back on the internet and it found my printer thru theWin98 P2. Unfortunately, it doesn't know how to do color on the printer. (I have since tried to use my HP 1120C CD to set up the printer and I was not allowed!! First Linux and now XP doesn't understand my printer.) It also found my Zip drive. They must have a deal with AOL cause it got installed on my 'puter.

    Must have been a lot of "extras" that were loaded when it came from the factory. Cause this time it only took up 7,154,130,944 bytes of my HD. My company name was not entered. Come to think of it, it never asked me. Guess that is because this is a 'Home Edition'. Seems to me they got real specific on this being a Home version and not for an Office. Loaded up PartitionMagic and Netscape 6.2, it still didn't occupy as much as the original. That's over 5GB of software missing. I just don't have enough CD's that came with this system to fill it back up. That means one of two things. Either they had a bunch of junk on the original setup or they didn't give me a means of restoring all that I got. I'll have to go back to the store and see what the demo has on it. I know the ball park figures to look at so I should be able to tell.

    Now I want to do things like always, OS on C and almost everything else on D & E. Also need space for Linux. Now this will be reeaallll interesting. All of my free space is above the 1024 cylinder limit. There is supposed to be a new Lilo that can ignore this limit. However, I must not have it. During previous installs I got a notice if I tried to install above 1024.

    I created a new XP partition and it became G: not D. Now let's see .. Floppy is A or B, HD is C, top DVD is D and lower DVD is E. Where is F:??? Well it is something called a 'Local Disk'. Oh! Dummy it is the last thing in the extended partition. I didn't really expect it to get that letter. Oh well, that's the way it goes.

    Now then, the following layout is not necessarily a good one but it is the result of my experimentation to get Linux to load. I put a small Linux partition below 1024 so that I can install the /boot partition there. The little F: partition is cause I read in one of my searches that the last partition must be a Windows partition in the Extended partition. (Don't remember that being a problem before.) So for now 'till I get this to work I am going to leave it there.

December 08, 2001

    Well, I searched the net for info on a Linux and XP dual boot setup. Found lots of stuff. Complaints and Praise .. but then that is the nature of humanity. At any rate I found "" that had a lot of good information. I just knew from the various articles and reports about XP that a dual boot was going to be tricky. Especially with anything outside of M$. This is going to be interesting. (Turned out to be a piece of cake really.)

Net Uploads

    Well, well .. another interesting situation. I could not upload this with Netscape 6.2 or Internet Explorer 6.0!! How-some-ever .. I could with Netscape version 4.77. Guess somebody needs to clean up their act.

December 09, 2001

    Well now... just found that my new memory stick had a bad location. This is the one I was so proud of earlier in that it didn't seem to cause any problems. I performed some memory tests and found it. However, this isn't the problem in trying to load SuSE. Alllrighty Now. I can load SuSE if I select "Installation - safe mode". The answer was right there in front of me. Sometimes .... ok 'nuff feelin' bad for myself. On with the show!

December 10, 2001 - Dual Boot note

     .. all that stuff I researched on the Net about booting?? Well guess what? Didn't mean a thing. I worried and worried and worried. A number of the suggestions talked about a boot.ini file in Windows XP. Supposed to copy the boot portion of the boot drive in Linux to a floppy and then copy that to Windows XP. Then you add a line to the XP boot.ini so that it will appear on a boot menu. Well, that would be great except for one thing.... My system doesn't have a boot.ini for XP.

    Sooooo we take my usual approach .. screw it all and just do it. I loaded SuSE 7.3 after changing the partitions via PartitionMagic 7.0. Now during my Net search for information I ran across a number a places where people had trouble with PM. I made some drastic changes. I shrank the NTFS5 partition and then changed it to a FAT32. Then I moved it so I could create a partition below 1024 for /boot. During the install of SuSE I selected to put Lilo on the MBR. Now there were some indications in the various articles that this would be a problem. It wasn't. Both OS's will boot just fine.

    In summary: I apologize for getting mad at HP for my initial problems. They make fine equipment and that is why I continue to purchase them. The problems were mine. (And the misinformation on the Net.) I finally made the correct selections and everything is working as it should. The only difference between this install and all my previous ones was that I had to select safe mode (for SuSE Linux install). Other than that there was no difference. So I can also praise my favorite Linux .. SuSE and my favorite computers .. HP. Both OS's found everything, everything meaning the peripherals, that I had connected to the PC during their installations.

    Another interesting note: During the install of 7.3 on the HP 9995 it found all the software (as it should). My previous install on the HP 9680, as mentioned above, had three items missing. This one went clean. Same software on two different machines from the same company. However, I believe the later one was less Windows specific than the previous one. This is my 4th HP and I was getting worried about them becoming to Windows specific. This last one went that other way and I really believe that Linux was a big influence on that. Nothing to back that up ... just a hunch.

December 11, 2001

    First thing to do today is setup the 'fstab'. Have to make mount points for the PII drives also. Now with this setup I can access the files that I have saved on the PII. Things like the .alias, .bashrc, .xinitrc ... and so on. You know the tools and environment that I like. After all, this is a 'Personal Computer'.

    Hmmmm. We have another interesting point. I mounted and copied files from the PII to my new P4 and I haven't setup Samba yet. So this is a new understanding. I thought Samba was needed by both. Evidently Samba is needed so the Windows can read Linux files. I believe that it has been this way all the time but right now it is driven home. I need to pay closer attention to the details. (Tattoo that on your Brain.)

    So anyway, now I am going to setup Samba. The main thing here is to copy my saved smb.conf file to the new machine. Then to edit the rc.config file to enable the Samba startup. Did it. Performed a re-boot of Linux to ensure that I didn't break anything. Came up fine. Then I went over to the PII and did a refresh on Windows Explorer and it saw my new machine. Ok we're doing great now.

CD Problem:

    Well, we are not doing so OK. I loaded up VMware and then started loading Win2000. The CD operations were extremely slow. I stopped the load. It took a couple of hours just to get 59% of Win2000 loaded. Now I had slow operations on my previous machine thru VMware. This was with VMware 2.0 and 3.0. In the beginning when I first started using VMware, the CD operations were not this slow. In fact I believe they only got slow after I loaded SuSE 7.3. So I am going to dump 7.3 and re-load 7.2 just to prove my theory. Then I will complain to SuSE .. if I'm right.

    I am not going to even chance the SuSE 7.2 DVD. I messed up two machines with it before. I am going straight for the CD's.

    Well, I installed 7.2 but had a problem at the end. It couldn't configure my Network card properly. Now 7.3 had no problems with it. However, it could setup the sound card. Upon sign on to my area I had the Windows Drives and both CD's showing on the desktop. But it didn't find my ZIP. However, there are other problems. I'm going back to 7.3 as soon as I test the VMware CD read. It seems to have problems with my Omnikey Keyboard. I didn't have any troubles in 7.3. However, it is working well enough to do the test. In fact, if it passes under these conditions I can say it is working great.

    Hmmmmm. It appears that I am right. I loaded Win2000 in 10 minutes. At least the first part. Then when it restarts it does more, so set up is not finished yet. However, the part that took 10 min. here on 7.2 took a couple of hours on 7.3 and still wasn't finished. There is definitely something wrong with 7.3 and the CD drives. Final is 45 minutes total to get a working Win2000 in VMware on 7.2. I am going to tar the image and then use it in 7.3.

    Alllrighty.. I was able to tar the Win2000 and then load 7.3 and untar it and it works.

December 13, 2001

    Installed DreamWeaver and HomeSite in Win2000. In fact I am using HomeSite thru Win2000 this moment. Also installed Netscape and enabled plaintext passwords.

;Subject:       Registry file to enable plain text passwords in Windows 2000
Another Note: I didn't have to enable Plain text passwords on XP. Hmmmm?????

December 23, 2001 - QT 3 & KDE 3

    QT3 is needed for KDE3. In fact after reading about KDE3 on, that is the main change so far. But I am going to install it so that I may test it and give feed back to the developers. Maybe even make some changes myself.

    Now I downloaded QT3 and KDE3 from the net and tried to find info on the order to load them. For QT3 I couldn't find any particular order. So I just did it on my own: qt3, qt3-extensions, qt3-static, qt3-designer, qt3-develop, qt3-man and qt3-develop-doc. All was fine except for the man pages. It complained about conflicts with other man pages. Probably cause they say the same thing. So for now I will ignore the complaint.

    For KDE3 you must load kdelibs first and then kdebase. After that, the rest can be in any order. Except I believe that kdeaddons should be last. There is one point to all this that I haven't seen any word on. Do I have to be out of X-windows while updating the desktop controller?? I loaded QT while still in the desktop but because I haven't set the path yet .. makes no difference. I'm not so sure on this KDE3 portion. But I'll give it a whirl. Hmmmmm ... got this response:

dusty-tr:/home/ctaylor/Downloads/KDE3-beta1/FromSuSE # rpm -Uivh kdelibs3.rpm 
        error: failed dependencies:
       is needed by kdelibs3-2.90.20011203-0
       is needed by kdelibs3-2.90.20011203-0
       is needed by kdelibs3-2.90.20011203-0
Looks like I am either missing some libraries or it just can't find them.( I'm missing them. The first one is part of a package pscs-lite under 'sec'. The second is under 'sgm'. The last I had to update libxml2-2.4.12-1mdk.i586.rpm and get libxslt1-1.0.9-1mdk.i586.rpm from the Internet. ** Had to remove libxslt-1.0.3-21 before I could install the later version. ** After the previous changes I was able to install kdelibs3.rpm.

    Now to install kdebase. .. I had to do kdebase3-ksysguardd.rpm first. Then I could install kdebase3.rpm Ok got the libs and base. Now on to the others. Oooops... Need libvorbis-devel. It is on the DVD. Installed the rest with no more problems.

    Ok now to see if I can use it!!

    Had to go into Login Manager to add KDE3. Had to modify wmlist to add KDE3. Hmmm... Well ... I'm not so smart. Didn't get it all to work. Matter of fact it looks like I screwed things up!! Now to see if I can reverse this process. .. Partially, but still not quite right. I was trying to set this up so I could switch between KDE2 and KDE3. Don't believe that I did things right. On top of that, I think ... no I know things got a little screwed up when I tried to fix the CD slowness. I know the display update changed things concerning my VMware. I have tar'd off and saved Win2000 (over 2GB unzipped). So I think I am gona try to just re-install VMware and if that don't work ... guess what?? Yep .. I'm gona reload the whole shebang!!!!

    I did it ..... the re-load of all !!!!!

December 26, 2001 - Printer . again

    This time when I needed to setup my printer remotely I was able to do the whole thing thru YAST2. They definitely are improving. (I tried my previous stuff and it didn't work!!) Hmmmm.. spoke a little to soon here. It is not working correctly. Wellll ... yes it is. For this setup I use lp2. The last one was lp3. Sooo.. now I can print again.

January 11, 2002

    Well, here it is the new year and this is my first entry. Been a few things happening. I had some conversations with the SuSE team about the CD. They seem to think that an update to the latest Linux version, 2.4.16, will be a help. So, I guess I will get it an try an install.

    Vellll, I got it and as usual had some problems. I got it to compile but it kept leaving out my USB and Sound. Now the USB is one of the major benefits of the 2.4 versions. Also I had problems getting it. The site they sent me to had garbage... I downloaded the files and could not decompress them. I couldn't even query them. I found another site that had version 2.4.16 that was apparently somewhat sanctified by SuSE. I got the binary and the source and they would both decompress. Good thing cause I needed both.

    VMware has to have code matched to the version of Linux that it is running on. It needs vmmon and vmnet. If they are not correct it will build them for its purposes. I think I need to check into this more cause it appears that vmmon and vmnet are part of Linux originally and they are making changes to them to fit their needs. This same kind of thing happened in the MS Windows world with the DLL's. Everybody was making code changes to fit there needs and replacing DLL's on their installs. This caused a lot of problems and was in fact one of the biggest reasons Windows was/is so unstable.

    Copy of e-mail I sent to SuSE:
I was able to download 2.4.16 from and install it. I got both the default binary and the kernel sources. When I installed the binary... the system came up fine. (My USB's and Sound both worked...which was a problem I had with the other 2.4.16 when I compiled and installed it for this test.). Now then, with the system all setup and running ... as before on 2.4.10 ... but now on 2.4.16 ... I was able to do everything that I could do before. I already had Oracle 8.1.7 loaded and this "update" to 2.4.16 did not disturb it. Still works fine. I also have Windows 2000 and RedHat 7.2 loaded in separate VMware loads. They both work fine ... except for the CD speed. This is also a dual bootable machine with the other OS being Windows XP.

With this latest version of 2.4.16 .... the CD ops are still to slow when I am in VMware. I will back track to trying to find out the difference between 7.2 and 7.3. I seem to remember that in one of our conversations in the beginning you thought that I was running the 7.2 version on Linux 2.2. Well, I wasn't . SuSE 7.2 is when I finally switched over to 2.4. So, the differences are in the 2.4 version of 7.2 and the 2.4 version of 7.3. (Hmmmm ... ain't that a tongue twister. :-) At any rate, if you find something let me know and when I find something I will let you know.
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February 9, 2002

    Boy... I really need to get more consistent in this. I was checking out PHP and writing it up in another Doc plus creating another version of this. Well, now is not really the time to be ... or is it?? .. to be creating another version. Gota do it some time .. so .. why not now. Ok, I'm gona continue on the new version cause in it I will try to get this more organized, or at least categorized.

New Printer HP cp1700

    But I do want to make note of something here first so it doesn't get lost. I got a new printer, another HP. This was a similar instance like the 'puter. I saw it and had to have it. It has all the features that my last one had plus. The things it doesn't have is pages with hearts on first print at power up and it is not getting multiple pages. This is the same paper that I was using on the 1120 and it is working fine on this one. I thought and the store clerk almost has confirmed my suspicions. The printer is approximately 4 years old. That and the dry climate here in Arizona have not been good for the rollers. The cost of fixing it will be more than I have now and I am really tired of the problems. This new one also has a clearer print. HP has been at work and as always, good work. I am extremely happy with the printer and I have only had it one day.

    Now the big thing is to see how well it will work with Linux. I know I said that I would, and I should have, checked it Linux compatibility first but ... I like this printer. Another of my dumb reasons. But some minor investigations have given me hope.

    Well, it appears that I may not have to change anything. It looks like this printer is going to use the same setup that the previous one did. Darn!!! I was hoping for color. The setup was a little different but not much. My first print out was in Grey Scale. Now I at times before got color out of my 1120 but it was way to slow. Now this printer is faster to begin with, so all I need to do is figure out how to get it to print in color. It may be slower than normal, but still faster than the 1120 was.

February 11, 2002

    Hmmm.. I did have to change a lot. Got new Ghostscript driver and hpijs (HP Ink Jet S??) driver. I was able to set things up via YAST2. *** I have color in Linux mode with this new printer and it is not slow!!! *** We are cool ... we are cool.

March 10, 2002

    My note taking is getting worse. I was trying to access the plugins and get them installed. I finally switched to root mode and let install a J2 runtime so I would quit getting those messages that said I didn't have the proper plugins!!




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