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Re: The previous nonsense

On 5/21/07, S C <ojieurojsc@yahoo.ca> wrote:
It's better, I'm awake now.

We've all had our bad days. It happens.

Okay.  Simple. Just run apt-get install k3b. 

# apt-get install K3B
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependancy Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package K3B

Case matters in *nix; "K3B' is not the same as "k3b".

#aptitude install k3b
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... done
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.   (?)
E: Unable to correct dependencies, some packages cannot be installed
E: Unable to resolve some dependencies!
Some packages had unmet dependencies.  This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
   k3b: Depends: kdelibs4c2a (>= 4:3.5.5-1) but it is not installable
            Depends: libdbus-qt-1-1c2 (>= 0.62.git.20060814) but it is not installable
            Depends: libice6 (>= 1:1.0.0) but 4.3.0.dfsg.1-14sarge3 is installed but it is kept back.
           Depends: libk3b2 ( >= 0.12.17) but it is not installable
           Depends: libqt3-mt (>= 3: 3.3.7) but it is not installable
           Depends: libxinerama1 but it is not installable
  Debian has been upgraded to 4.1.  I think.

My suspicion is that your system has not been entirely upgraded. I'd suggest:

#aptitude update
#aptitude autoclean (to free your drive space of no-longer needed .deb packages)
#aptitude dist-upgrade
#aptitude install k3b

On freenode/#debian, I went in, three different days and different times to get different people.  I was told via an MOTD script not to ask to ask but just to ask, if you can figure that out

Just guessing; I'm thinking that's saying not to ask "Hey, can I ask a question here", but to just go ahead and ask the question.

"How can I initialize an unformatted cd so that it can be used, i.e. written to?"

I've never had to initialize an unformatted CD; that's just an automagic part of the burn process in my experience (limited, granted).

The computer, a Toshiba Satellite A30 with 1.2 gig ram and a 40 gig hard drive was originally dual boot MS-Debian 3.1.  Windows quit.  Who knows why.
Printer: HP officejet 4110 all-in-one  -  cupsys installed and set up according to the information I found but still non-functional.  However, it will copy and send faxes.

It will copy and send faxes from Debian, or from the all-in-one's control interface on the unit itself? (Printing is still way too hard, in Linux, Windows, and Mac OS/X.)

Speaker is dead.  It does work using the live Kubuntu disc

As someone mentioned, what's the output of "lsmod" and of "groups"?

, but before I screw with the hard disk there are some pictures of my wife, who recently died,

Sorry, brother. I can't even begin to imagine.

What I really want to find out is not necessarily how to do the specifics, with the possible exception of the cd problem, but how and where to find relevant and current information.

Searching this lists archive for the past year will turn up a lot of information about many topics. If that doesn't find your answer (and general Googling fails you also), posting here is probably your best bet.

  How to type wouldn't be bad either, but that's beyond even Linux.

No need; we'll have perfect voice recognition Real Soon Now ;-).

Kent West
Westing Peacefully - http://kentwest.blogspot.com
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