Re: Frustrated Windows user making switch
On Sun, Oct 22, 2000 at 11:37:30PM -0400, Chad Scott wrote:
> Let me preface this by admitting that I hadn't seen a lick of Linux or Unix
> until I installed the Potato a couple of days ago. So I basically have no
> idea what I'm doing. I successfully installed Linux, but I can't get X
> Windows to work.
That tends to be one of the bigger pains in the ass of the Linux world.
Don't feel bad. ;-)
> My first problem is that my mouse doesn't work. It's a Logitech serial
> mouse, and I've tried the Logitech, Microsoft and Auto options in XF86Setup,
> but none work. My second problem is that XF86Setup tells me I need to have
> the SVGA server installed. I don't know how to do that.
> Understand that referring me to XF86Config means nothing to me. I don't even
> know how to open the file. I'm sure this type of help request is common and
> annoying, but I'd certainly appreciate it if somebody could at least point
> me in the right direction. Thanks.
If you're not sure how to open the file, I'd highly recommend some kind of
introduction to Unix and it's tool. Navigating the file system, basic
commands, the Vi editor, etc.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lunix4/ is a good place to start, and there are
tons of free, online tutorials.
As far as installing the SVGA server, the package name is "xserver-svga".
I recommend using apt-get on your cdrom, assuming you don't have networking
echo 'deb file:/cdrom stable main contrib' > /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get install xserver-svga
I'm assuming a cdrom install here.
For your mouse, make sure that XF86Setup has selected the correct device
file. Most modern mice are PS2 interfaces, which is /dev/psaux. If it's a
serial mouse on a COM port, the correct device would be
/dev/ttySn, where n is the corresponding COM port - 1.
ie. for COM1, which is typically what serial mice are on, it would be
Try that and let us know how it goes.
Michael P. Soulier <email@example.com>
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of nerd-like effort." -Harley Hahn, A Student's Guide to UNIX
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