pandarsson at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 5 13:35:23 UTC 2008
Hi. I'm new to the list.
I have three issues that I'm hoping someone can help me with. I have googled
my butt off and haven't found anything to resolve them. I've found answers
that seem to have worked for some, but I have no such luck.
First, a little information. I'm using Gutsy (7.10). I have it on a 10
gigabyte partition on my Compaq Presario V5000 laptop. It has an AMD Turion
64 CPU and an ATI graphics chip. A Broadcom wireless network chip
(fortunately got that working with ndiswrapper). And everything is working
beautifully but for the following issues.
1. The console.
After I choose to boot Kubuntu from Grub, I get a black screen. It remains
black until X starts. After, if I go to the first console (ctrl+alt+f1), the
font is huge and the resolution appears to extend below the bottom of the
monitor. And then, when I shut down, I get a black screen again. I've
installed SVGAlib and futzed around with some console configuration files
in /etc, but there's been no change whatsoever. This is particularly
annoying because I'd like to check out KDE 4 and can't seem to get it into
the system menu in KDM... which brings me to my second issue...
How the heck to I add a window manager to the login? I can't find a file
*anywhere* that has "SessionTypes" in it. I *really* want to check out KDE 4
and since I can't use the console, I don't have a lot of options. Even
launching Xephyr :1 doesn't help because it can't find xterm (which I've
installed), which is really okay because I'd rather run KDE 4 by itself.
I've used the live CD, but can't check out the neato eye candy, I suspect
because of the lack of hardware acceleration.
3. Kopete Yahoo name lookup
This is minor, but if someone has an answer, I'd appreciate it. Google has
shown me that many people have this problem. Some say that when they run
Kopete from Konsole, they get a message that it failed, but I don't get
that - though I do get errors about being unable to create an io-slave
(twice). I found one promising suggestion from someone who had fixed the
problem themselves, but it appears it was referring to an older version (I'm
guessing) of Kopete where the settings for the Yahoo account allowed you to
specify a pager server (which the individual had replaced with a Japanese
server). I find no such option in mine.
Other than this, everything is great. I'm so happy to have my Windows
partition as my second choice - Linux rocks my computing world. And I'm a
total convert from SuSE. When I get around to it, I'm going to install
Kubuntu on my desktop machine to replace SuSE. (By the way, any tips for
replacing an rpm-based system with a deb-based one would be appreciated.) In
any case, thanks in advance for any help (or attempt at it) that people can
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