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Re: newbie question

Tendril wrote:
Hi, I am a complete noob at linux and need some assistance.

I was given a thinkpad with debian woody installed (no billyware). It
boots lovely except for the audio. I get this message at logon:

error while initialising sound driver:
device /dev/dsp can't be opened (permission denied)
the sound server will continue, using the null output lines

How do I correct this? (my installation won't let me log into an
xwindows environment as root, I have to do it through a terminal so some
easy instructions would be very welcome)
You can change the permission of the /dev/dsp. To do so you must get root:
1. Open a terminal; Type: "su"; Enter your root password.
To change the permission use the chmod command (see 'man chmod' for more info). For example: chmod a+r /dev/dsp

also how do I browse to my cd rom? It doesn't appear in konquerer and I
don't remember seing it mounted at boot.
what happens when you type 'mount /cdrom' in a terminal?

Could someone point me to some easy to understand docs about the file
system, maybe with a graphical representation, as it seems so different
to billyware. I am trying to find java so I can get my browsers to run
applets (I use mozilla and konq).
IMHO Java is not a part of the Debian distribution. To use it with mozilla you should install the blackdown java RE. (http://jopa.studentenweb.org/debian) because Sun's version of the JRE was build with another version of gcc and is not binary compatible with newer mozilla versions.

Finally (for now) is there a reason why I can't copy/paste between
applications? (ie. between advanced editor and mozilla news composer?)

Mark some text and use the third (middle) mouse button to paste it.
Many thanks for your help and I hope I don't fill up your newsgroup with
too many lame questions.



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