RE: Some very basic How-to needed

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Hi Joshua,


I saw those same posts but that’s part of the problem, I don’t know how to do specifically what was suggested. I am very experienced in using computers and hierarchical file systems, I am not afraid of a command line and I am highly motivated to learn this OS, but I seem to be spending more time and money than I ever did on any other OS.


I did manage to get to and downloaded two files, and Xinstall.bin (the latest version 4.0.3 I think). However, when I tried to execute the .bin file, it said that I needed to extract it using extract.exe, but I don’t have a clue where to find it or how to install it. I have no idea what to do with the .sh file.


Perhaps you could provide some advice: Maybe I’m just approaching this incorrectly, but on the newbie sites I always seem to get partial answers. For example, I don’t know how to do a “make World”, yet you refer to it as though you were talking about something that I should know intrinsically. I have been messing with RedHat Linux since version 6.x, and have read many reference books and manuals about it, yet this is the first time I have ever heard of  “make World”.  Is there some generally accepted form of inquiry that would elicit a more detailed response?


Please don’t misunderstand, I very much appreciate the assistance, I’m just a bit frustrated at how steep this learning curve is.


Mark R. Muto

PACE Systems, Inc.

(978) 352-8949

-----Original Message-----
From: newbie-admin@XFree86.Org [mailto:newbie-admin@XFree86.Org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2002 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: Some very basic How-to needed


  Someone just asked this same question with a nearly identical computer, the answer that someone else gave was to get the latest CVS version of Xfree86 and compile it using the make World and make install.

Joshua L. McDowell

In a message dated 11/30/02 1:55:41 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

Subj: Some very basic How-to needed
Date:11/30/02 1:55:41 PM Central Standard Time
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Hello all,

After years of goofing around with leftover PCs and Frankenstien
combinations of older hardware, I decided to give RedHat Linux 8.0 a new PC of its
own. I purchased a brand new 1.8ghz Pentium 4 PC from Dell (whitebox
equivalent of Optiplex GX260). The system has an Intel D845GBV motherboard
with 512MB RAM, 40GB IDE hard drive, integrated audio, video &nic.

I installed RedHat 8 and the video won't work properly. I can't seem to
figure out where to get the drivers (Redhat?,Nope. Intel?, Nope. Dell?,
Forget it...) or even how to adjust the video so that it displays properly.
I'd hate to run it down at basic 640x480 VGA, but I can't get the GUI to
work well enough to change to that either. The 845 chipset was correctly
ID'd by the GUI installer, so I don't know what the problem is.

It's always been too much work to get Linux running, but I've always felt
that I've not given it a fair shake. Now I've got a system that would run
any version of Windows superbly. I've made the effort and the investment,
and I'm getting pissed off. Please help me if you can.

Mark Muto

Mark R. Muto

PACE Systems, Inc.

(978) 352-8949



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