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16  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / How to activate lineakd on-screen-display? on: January 13, 2009, 02:25:37 AM
I'm using lineakd to access the multimedia hotkeys of my keyboard with Pardus and it works well. It's easy to set up because of the Wiki (http://en.pardus-wiki.org/HOWTO:Lineakd) but one thing is missing: The OSD (on-screen-display) that can be used to display something like "loading Amarok" on screen when the Music hotkey is pressed.

I know it's just vain eyecandy but want to use it anyway. Does anyone know how to turn it on?
17  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Hibernate and Shutdown hotkeys - how to turn off? on: January 12, 2009, 23:33:39 PM
Thanks atolboo, that did the trick!
18  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Hibernate and Shutdown hotkeys - how to turn off? on: January 11, 2009, 23:43:03 PM
Have a look in Tasma > Peripherals > Keyboard Shortcuts, Keyboard or Keyboard Layout.
I expect the first (Keyboard Shortcuts) item.

Nope, can't find it there! It's just for "normal" special keys like alt, windows, ctrl and so on, but not the "very special" keys. It's the ones you cannot just apply to a program when pressed because they are out of normal keycode range. You only get Linux to react to them with xev in a terminal - or with a special daemon/progam like hotkeys or lineakd.

Any other ideas?
19  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / [SOLVED] Hibernate and Shutdown hotkeys - how to turn off? on: January 11, 2009, 19:46:03 PM
I got a new keyboard with prgrammable hotkeys, two of them are hibernate and shutdown. These two are automatically recognized and used - but I don't want them! Hibernate does not work on my machine and causes it to crash. It's too dangerous for me to have two keys that can accidently destroy my unsaved work when hit by accident, so I want them disabled! How do I do that?

There must be a program/daemon controling these hotkeys, but what is it and how can I change the config to turn hibernate and shutdown off?

Thanks for your help in advance!
20  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / changing bootsplash! on: December 13, 2008, 03:04:45 AM
I finally figured out how to change the Pardus bootsplash:

1. take a look at menu.lst in grub which vga mode is used and find out what image type is used (google can help). vga=791 is 1024x768x16 bit colour.
2. Make if copy of your initramfs in /boot if anything goes wrong you can use it.
3. Use gimp to make a new image in the right size. Make sure colour depth is right!
4. as root: copy the picture to /etc/bootsplash/themes/Pardus/images, delete or rename the original picture and rename your own picture to fit the one you want to use.
5. as root: edit the right file in /etc/bootsplash/themes/Pardus/config if you want to change the progress bar colour, size and position, values are at the bottom of the file. Colour is html+alpha and alpha actually works!
6. as root: run mkinitramfs auto --full
7. reboot and enjoy!

This actually works 100%! Please tell me if this was helpful, I posted it because I've heard the question how to change the bootsplash in Pardus quite often... 
21  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: package manager not working anymore! on: December 05, 2008, 04:45:09 AM
sudo pisi up
in the Konsole seems to be the workaround

Yupp! That was all Pardus needed to break completely. I got a strange dbus error while upgrading and it crashed about half way into the upgrade. Since then, nothing works anymore, system hangs with dbus errors while booting and I cannot reach the network. Re-install inevitable...
22  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: easy way to switch between kde3 and kde4? on: December 04, 2008, 03:12:11 AM
With kdm@kde4, to add a KDE 3 session to the menu "session type" in kdm:

sudo cp /usr/kde/3.5/share/apps/kdm/sessions/kde.desktop /usr/kde/4/share/apps/kdm/sessions/

(And you can edit the line "name", of copied kde.desktop, from KDE to KDE 3)

This KIND OF works, but now kde3 runs with the kde4 base (I think) and it both broke the start menu and Tasma for the user that logged into kde3 PERMANENTLY!  Angry This user is not shown any Tasma modules anymore, the left hand column remains empty and thus the user cannot configure kde3 anymore, not even when switching back to kdebase!  Angry Angry

Please tell me how to fix this! Re-installing Tasma is not an option, as it is in the userfiles, but I don't know where... For other users who didn't log into kde3 from kde4's kdm, Tasma still works...
23  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: kdesu in KDE4? on: December 04, 2008, 01:57:55 AM
You can run it from a terminal with :

This was my second idea I already tried, but it does not work either. I get :

bash: konqueror: command not found.

Konqueror IS installed and I can start it from a terminal as normal user, but not as root! Same goes for dolphin.
24  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / package manager not working anymore! on: December 04, 2008, 01:48:39 AM
Since I updated the package-manager package, it does not work any longer. It starts, but then it does not show anything (=no lists, neither "installed software" nor "new" nor "updates"). It just says that it is loading the lists but nothing happens!

I can still install programs with the pisi command, but package-manager is much more comfortable, so I want it back! Does anyone know the problem?

A workaround would be to downgrade to 1.3.7-46-14 again but I don't have this pisi package anymore and cannot find it in the repos. If no-one knows how to solve this, could someone at least help me by giving me the 1.3.7-46-14 .pisi package for package-manager (rapidshare upload perhaps) or telling me where to find it?
25  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / easy way to switch between kde3 and kde4? on: November 30, 2008, 12:16:45 PM
I can use control+alt+f1 => root => service kdebase stop; service kdebase4-workspace start (or "on" and "off" instead of "start" and "stop" to change defaults) but this is a little bit too complicated for users, always having to use a root console.

Is there a more easy way? Like a boot menu entry specifying which kdebase to start? Or a way to select from the login screen, best would be different user defaults, e.g. one user logs in and kde4 starts automatically, another user automatically gets kde3. Any idea how to set this up?

My problem is: two people use this computer, one wants kde4 for "better usability" (+ and - when selecting files), the other kde3 for "more options and different workspace wallpapers".
26  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / kdesu in KDE4? on: November 30, 2008, 12:04:15 PM
I just upgraded to Linux Vista (=KDE4 Cheesy) but a major problem is that kdesu does not seem to work for file browsing applications, neither "kdesu konqueror" nor "kdesu dolphin" works.

How do I run dolphin or konqueror in root mode with kde4?
27  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Interested in exactly how to change inline /home to separate /home on: November 15, 2008, 13:01:25 PM
The best way to do this without having to reinstall is the following: Copy your home folder to the new drive, delete the old home folder from your old partition and create a symlink instead pointing to where you copied your files (just drag and drop your copy of your home folder back to /home and select something like "link here" (I don't know exactly what it is called, because my Pardus runs in German and I would select "hiermit verknüpfen" which should be something like "link here" in English).

Thus, you can use the same home folder with any new distribution, after installing all you have to do is to delete the empty home folder and replace it with the symlink.


I just saw you said "step by step" so probably you don't know enough about Linux yet to understand what I suggested. Here is the way to do it:

- install the new harddrive into the computer (must be turned OFF, but you'll probably know this... just to make sure)
- boot Pardus
- Select the partition editor from the system menu, run as root (with administrator password)
- chose your new harddrive and create a new partition, format as ext3 or reiserfs (I prefer reiserfs because it's faster, but you cannot undelete as easily as with ext3. So if you are a newbie probably ext3 is your best choise)
- wait for the partition to be formated and reboot, you will find the partition in /mnt, most likely it will be /mnt/sdb1
- open 2 konqueror windows (click your home icon), navigate one window to /home and the other to /mnt/sdb1
- let's assume your user is called myname, so drag and drop the myname folder from the /home window to the /mnt/sdb1 window and select "move here"
- when moving is finished, drag and drop the myname folder from /mnt/sdb1 back to /home and select "link here"
- that's it! A good idea to prevent data loss (in case you screw up something or I overlooked anything) is to make a copy of your folder first in order to be save. Just burn your myname folder to a DVD rw or copy to a stick before moving it. To keep the rights, it's a good idea to make a tar.gz file of your folder before copying to any media not Linux exclusive (like usb sticks or Windows readable DVDs). To do so, just right click your folder and select something like "pack as myname.tar.gz" ("komprimieren" on my German system). Then copy the myname.tar.gz file to any storage media. If anything goes wrong, you can copy it back an unpack it to get your folder back.

I hope this helps!
28  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Kaffeine , audio ok but black screen for video on: November 11, 2008, 10:23:45 AM
As Northern Frog stated in another recent thread that he installed compiz and tried to get the nvidia settings to work, I think it's the infamous nvidia black windows bug. I had the same problem on another machine, strangely enough rebooting helped. It could only play videos if uptime wasn't too high, once I started memory intensive programs like firefox or open office, I had to reboot before I could watch videos. I think it's a memory leak problem that can happen with some nvidia cards and drivers, especially when running compiz.

My advice is to do away with compiz, I did the same. Compiz looks nice but causes too many problems and uses up far too many cpu cycles. Re-encoding an xvid video with avidemux takes about 3 times as long when compiz is running. Sadly enough, compiz is just resource-hungry eye candy that shouldn't be used on a productive system.
29  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Window border missing in compiz on: November 07, 2008, 22:38:07 PM
How do i remove that info and try ( sudo nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals ) as suggested by Mhmrcs . 

I think all changes are written to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

So you can try editing that file as root. If you don't know how to do this:

- press Alt-F2
- enter "kdesu konqueror" (without quotations)
- give root password
- navigate konqueror to /etc/X11
- click the file xorg.conf to edit it, look for what you had nvidia-xconfig insert and delete that line
- save the file
- CAVEAT: ALWAYS MAKE A COPY of your old working xorg.conf before tempering with it. If X refuses to start, you can fall back to your old copy (in that case you can use a live-cd to delete xorg.conf and rename your copy to xorg.conf to get your original config back. You don't need a live cd if you can do that in a terminal)
30  Assistance / Pardus for beginners / Re: Sharing files between computers on: November 02, 2008, 15:32:34 PM
It would be great now if anyone could find out how I can mount other partitions from the server machine. At the moment, I cannot access any other partitions from the client except for the root partition, the /mnt folder stays empty.

How do I export other partitions?

something like

/dev/sda7 client_computer_name(rw,sync)

in exports does not work!
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