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31  Assistance / Hardware / Re: USB sound card: success and question on: October 20, 2008, 05:10:57 AM
Sorry to take so long answering this question. I was forced into house repair mode the last couple of days  Shocked

I might be missing something, but the BIOS settings (found by hitting F10 at startup) don't seem to mention anything about the sound card. I'll look again tomorrow, but I don't think it's there. Which doesn't sound right to me, either.
32  Assistance / Hardware / USB sound card: success and question on: October 18, 2008, 02:52:10 AM

One of my three Pardus installations is on a special-needs computer (an ADL Microspace PC) that has no sound card built in. I plugged in a USB sound card, a Voyetra Turtle Beach Micro, which in turn leads to my stereo system. It needed no configuration from me, and works perfectly.

I also have a Compaq laptop that has its own sound card and onboard speakers, but no dedicated jack for external speakers, only headphones. I thought I could put another Turtle Beach sound card into a spare USB slot, and put my own speakers into that. So I did, but the sounds still played through the internal systems. I don't know how to tell Tasma to ignore the internal sound card and speakers and use the USB sound card instead.

Any ideas?

33  Assistance / Software / Re: [solved]Gnome 2.24 on: October 17, 2008, 04:36:37 AM
If I understand this thread right, maybe I can install some Gnome files and have the option of booting either into Gnome or KDE. Is this possible? Or am I missing the whole point, as happens sometimes? Smiley
34  General / Wish list / [Solved] AbiWord, please? on: October 17, 2008, 02:29:00 AM
I know it's a Gnome application, not KDE, but it should run fine; the newest version (2.6), especially, is more versatile than KWord, and not as resource-heavy as OpenOffice Writer.


One of my Pardus installs is on a special-applications computer that is absolutely silent. The tradeoff is that it has a Pentium M chip and doesn't handle graphics especially quickly, so something more lightweight than OOo would be a lot of help.

I know somebody has to build the PiSi packages and maintain the repos, and my thanks for all the cool stuff that is available. I just want to bug you for a few more things!
35  Assistance / Pardus Project / Re: Translation issues / REQUEST on: October 02, 2008, 04:41:26 AM

Yeah, something a lot like that Smiley. That's a real nice job.

I guess what I was thinking of is that:

Pardus is the easiest Linux installation I've ever done. (I've installed about six different distros, and failed at a few others, so I'm working off a bit of experience.)

Therefore, Pardus should be a prominent alternative for new Linuxers.

New Linuxers (I don't want to call them "newbies" or "n00bs" or whatever) might have trouble connecting to networks once they've installed Pardus, and I wouldn't be surprised if they would have a lot of trouble finding the Pardus Wiki. (I know it took me a while.)

It would be great if (a) the Pardus home page linked to the Wiki, and/or (b) if a form of those installation instructions, maybe in .pdf, was available right from the home page. There is a link up there, but it points to installation of the 2007 model.

I'll certainly add to the Wiki if I find any holes I could help fill, but I won't try to improve on that installation guide. Thanks for pointing me at it.

36  Assistance / Configuring Pardus / Re: wifi broadcom support - findings, hopefully this helps someone on: October 02, 2008, 04:29:07 AM
I have the same card, and it seems to work fine for me. I was just down to the library tonight and had it on. In fact, Pardus was quicker to find and connect to the various WiFi networks than I'm used to. I don't do a lot of heavy video or gaming, though, and if you're doing that, maybe some limitations are showing up that I wouldn't see.

Do you have access to another wireless network, maybe at a library or Internet cafe, to see if you get the same results there?

Sorry this probably isn't a lot of help to you, but it's all I can think of for now.
37  Assistance / Pardus Project / Re: Translation issues / REQUEST on: September 29, 2008, 05:19:48 AM
I'm relatively new to Linux, quite new to Pardus, and I don't know five words of Turkish. I'm pretty sure this qualifies me to be the world's most useless member of any documentation team. But I'd like to try. I was playing with the idea today of working up a very basic guide along the idea of, "OK, you've got a Pardus CD, what happens next?" I'm  retired, but used to do professional writing and editing; and a lot of my work involved cooperating with others. (I published very little under my own name.) If this sounds helpful, or if there's any other way I could help with creating some English write-ups for this outstanding distribution, let me know.
38  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: [Solved!] Want to check on WiFi on: September 25, 2008, 22:31:34 PM
Yeah, that. I burned a Hyaena Hyaena live CD last night, brought it to the library today, and it configured my Broadcom in about 15 seconds. Unbelievable! I'm installing HH on this laptop as soon as I get 20 minutes.
39  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Want to check on WiFi on: September 24, 2008, 15:21:35 PM
Thanks. It'll take me a few days to get to a WiFi spot, but I'm looking forward to trying it out & can report back, hopefully with a [Solved!].
40  Assistance / Bugs / Re: Udev error? on: September 24, 2008, 15:19:49 PM
Thanks. Next time it happens I'll try to transcribe the error messages more exactly, and then I'll file a bug report.
41  Assistance / Bugs / Udev error? on: September 24, 2008, 03:47:58 AM
I'm using Pardus 2008 on a Shuttle computer at home. (It may be 2008.1 by now, as I just got about 165 updates the other day. I'm not sure how I can tell.)

Anyway, I have several partitions and select Pardus from a Grub entry. It's my main distribution now. But lately I've been having a problem.

I get the orange splash screen with the white line that fills in. 2 out of 3 times, the screen goes blank, I get a little circle that looks something like the end of a PS/2 connector, and then the login screen comes up. The other 1 out of 3 times, I get a non-blinking cursor, and the computer just sits there. I have to Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart.

This happened a few times before the 165 updates; it seems to be a bit more frequent now. Tonight I had to reboot twice. When I finally got in, I went to the terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1) and before the login I saw a message that looked something like "starting Udev processes that previously failed." I'm sorry, I didn't copy the exact wording, but that is quite close.

Can anybody tell me what's going on with this and help me troubleshoot it?

42  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / [Solved!] Want to check on WiFi on: September 24, 2008, 03:41:21 AM
I have a Compaq laptop with a Broadcom WiFi card. It's about a year old.

If I download the live Pardus 2008.1 disc, will I be able to tell from that whether Pardus will recognize the Broadcom card and be able to use it? Or is the configuration only something I can do after a full install?

I'll have to take the disc and the laptop to a library, as I don't live near any active WiFi signals.

In general, how successful have people here been using WiFi on Pardus?

43  Assistance / Software / Running WordPerfect in DOSEMU on: September 09, 2008, 02:09:08 AM
A few weeks ago, I posted that I was having trouble installing DOSEMU, and the result was this fascinating thread.

Life got in the way, and it was a couple of weeks before I could use this knowledge. I installed WordPerfect 5.1+. It loads, but WordPerfect is dependent upon a lot of [Alt] and [Ctrl] keystrokes (if you're as old as me, you'll probably remember all those things!), and none of them work. I can do F7 to exit WordPerfect, but it is unresponsive to, for instance, Ctrl-F8 (page setup) and Alt-F9 (merge codes)

My .dosemurc file is identical to the ones in other distributions I have on the various computers here on which I've enabled DOSEMU (Mandriva and Ubuntu), and so are my FreeDOS autoexec.bat and config.sys files. WordPerfect for DOS works well in those distros (better than it ever did in a Windows box), but unfortunately not in Pardus.

Any ideas?

Edit: I edit the URL correctly.
44  General / Tips and tricks / [Tip] Localizing Emacs spell-checking in Pardus on: September 09, 2008, 01:55:41 AM
I installed Emacs from the repository shortly after first installing Pardus. It's version 23, which GNU is not recommending for production use yet, but for my everyday work it seems fine.

I had one problem: I couldn't get aspell to work with it. I was able to track down the reason and thought I'd share it. There is some code in a file called site-start.el that localizes Emacs for the Turkish language and links the spell checker to zpspell.

If Turkish is not your native language, at the command prompt, go to the directory


The directory contains four files:


As su, edit the file site-start.el. Look for the lines

;; for zpspell
(setq ispell-program-name "zpspell")
(setq ispell-local-dictionary-alist
             "[']" nil ("") "~utf-8" utf-8)))

Comment those lines out. They override your system default spell-checker and cause Emacs to use the Turkish spell-checker that is included in every install of Pardus.

Delete the file site-start.elc. (You have to be su to do that.) That file is a compiled version of site-start.el, and it is the one that Emacs reads on startup if it is present.

Optionally, you can compile the new site-start.el if you're good at such things, but you don't have to. You might find a slight increase in startup time if you're using an older computer. I didn't recompile the file and I don't notice any difference.

Hope this helps somebody.

45  Assistance / Software / Re: KAddressBook on: September 02, 2008, 03:33:39 AM
If the problem is solved for you please edit it in your first post as [solved].

Done Smiley
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