I am trying to help out my friend use his Inspiron 3800. He wants to display what is on his laptop onto the television to watch his dvd movies. However, now that he has win2k on the laptop he cannot seem to get the fn+f5 button function to work. This should be very simple. Connect the s-video to the t.v., and then push the button. But it isn't working, and I cannot get Dell help since it is not my laptop.
Ben sent him a cheerfully silly note expressing that this is not the right place for this question. See the Greeting From Heather Stern in this month's TAG for more about that -- Heather
Just as a possibly helpful aside, I've spoken to Dell tech support 20 times or more, never as an owner. I always start out the conversation with "Hi, this is Ben Okopnik, and I'm the tech working on Mr. X's machine." As long as you have the serial numbers, etc. that they're asking for, there shouldn't be a problem; ask to speak to a supervisor if there is one. There's absolutely no reason for them to deny you help, especially if your friend is there with you.
On Thu, Jun 07, 2001 at 08:39:49AM -0000, Kane Felix wrote:
I have been attempting to contact any hackers in the Tampabay, Orlando, FL area. I have a project that needs some expert input, however, I have been unsuccessful thus far. Is there a mailing list, or e-mail address listing for this area I may locate? If so, please help me to locate it, or offer any advice possible.
Depends on which common meaning of the term "hacker" you intend. For "expert code mechanic," try
("Groups of Linux Users Everywhere") for a Linux user group in your area.
Do you need to restrict yourself to your geographic area? Linux itself is written by many people scattered all over the world. The Internet provides a substitute for physical proximity. While a little long in the tooth, the internet newsgroups still provide forums around which many efforts coalesce. Check
For mailing lists or other forums related to the subject matter you're interested in, again check Google. A suitable search will reveal various forums. Jump in, participate, you're quite likely to find people who can assist you.
If your project is open source, consider registering it on SourceForge,
which provides network CVS access, forums, and other services organized around particular projects.
-- Dan Wilder
Hi there, I am trying to do an upgrade on a working RH6.2 system, trying to upgrade to RH7.1 by using the netboot.img (Install via FTP/HTTP/NFS), when I get to the question "do you have a driver disk" I insert the driver disk, but the drivers listed do not have the 3com 3c509 nic card listed they all seem to be PCI nic cards.
How can I create a new driver disk for the 3c509 ISA card?
Hi Rick --
See the README file from the RedHat CD. It points you to an additional drivers.img file that you use to make another floppy. I'd guess that the 3C509 driver is there.
I'd like to know how long is the account field in the /etc/passwd file and if it can be modified: I'm trying to install a system that will serve users distinguished with their registration code (14 chars or more) instead of their usual user name.
Any tip is welcome. TIA.
Under any reasonably recent Linux distribution (any glibc based one) you can have usernames of up to 31 characters. I think you're still required to have an initial alphabetic and I'd be very dubious of any effort to use any characters other than alphanumerics and maybe underscores.
However, I think the software that you're talking about is bizarre in this requirement --- and I suspect that it's a severely broken model that would lead UNIX software to impose constraints on usernames beyond those implicit in the standard libraries.
BTW: Limitations on username lengths and similar issues are purely a library and userspace issue. The kernel has no notion of usernames. UID limits are primarily a kernel issue; although the libraries naturally must implement to the kernel's requirements. Linux kernels prior to 2.4 used a 16-bit UID (limits us to 65,536 distinct users). In 2.4 this has been changed to a 32-bit value allowing us to use upto 4-billion UIDs. Although its a rare system that needs to provide access to more than 64K users --- there are fairly common administrative requirements that UIDs be unique throughout the life of a company or organization -- that they never be re-used or that they be retained for seven years or whatever.
I realize that UID limits weren't part of your question; but they're likely to be of interest to other readers, especially others who are come across this in the search engines.
-- Jim Dennis
I enjoy your column and invariably learn something from reading it, but this time I can answer a question of yours!
In your answer to the "LINUX FOR THE PRODUCTION ENVIROMENT" question in the June issue you asked what sql-ledger is. It's an accounting package written in perl. It uses a relational database back-end (postgres, maybe others) and the UI is cgi-scripts. It's pretty good; I used it last year when I was consulting to cut and track some invoices. I'm not an accountant but it seemed to work just fine for me, and it wasn't that hard to figure out.
Regards, Toby Cabot
For the English version og Linux Magazin(e): http://www.linux-magazine.co.uk This was the only version I had seen until I came across this posting of Linux being a German Mag.
I formatted my machine and got rid of windows98 but
when i boot up i get to the command grub> i'm a new
user with some undestanding of linux and windws.
i found this posted i tried this peice of code
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
and it said Error: unrecognised command
guys i need to install windows again for some project work so could u kindly tell me what i should type in the grub> so that i can do the normal fdisk with a bootable floppy of win98/95
This should be no problem,
this GRUB thing is the bootmanager installed by your linux distro, grub is not linux, so it can not regonise the dd command. Since you allready got rid of Linux the only thinbg left is to remove the bootmanager. The dd command would be the right one if you were still using Linux.
Now, for the solution:
- -Take the win9X floppy,
- -boot from this floppy,
- -type: fdisk /mbr
- -repartition with fdisk (dont forget to keep 2 Gig for Linux (do not
partion this explicidly, just leave it unused) in an extended
partition in case you want to try linux again)
- -install M$ Windows...
- -get your projekt done
- -get Linux back on your PC (we are a Linux List, I have to say this :-)
Hope I could help,
my linux passs forget
i'm reboot & booting single
bash command not access
pls help me
What is the exact error message you're seeing?
What happens if you type this at the Lilo prompt?
Lilo: linux init=/bin/sh
I successfully installed windows 2000 and linux,but i need
dual booting facility,i have 20 gb seagate hardisk ,i partitioned my hardisk as 5 gb for c: 10 gb for d: and for linux the rest of the space i use,but while i overwrite the first sector,but this lilo partition is not happening,it shows ur partion limit exceeds 1024 cylinders,so please give assistance to do the same.
with regards saravanan
I hope I understand correctly that you managed to install both W2K and some Linux distro. but get into problems dualbooting with Lilo.....
If you have an 'older' version of a linux distro, it probably hasnt got over the '1024 cylinder problem' yet.
I hope you have a bootfloppy ready and working. Then the only thing you have to do is:
remove old Lilo
Download source, install, be happy
or ask follow up question right here....
the new versions of lilo have no problems on new PC's but as you are running W2K this should be no problem...
Hope I could help..
I am wondering if there is a way using CGI/Perl or C
to create a program that learns and mimics the packets
sent by programs like realplayer etc, and then be able
to modify the packets so that information like
destination, who sent it etc. I have read a lot on
packet swtiching, bridge proxies etc and I have no
idea on what to do.....
The first thing you want to learn is a packet sniffer, such as ethereal: http://www.ethereal.com
That should give you some idea of what the proprietary application is sending over the wire. Next, you'll want to experiment with mimicking it. You can get the information you need to do this from the excellent "Unix Network Programming" volume 1, by W. Richard Stevens. (It's C-centric, but you can apply the ideas to other programming languages too.)
-- Don Marti
not only do i want to have a central logserver, i also want to find a
way to log these events to a postgresql database table--this includes
and is not limited to only "secure","messages" files but all syslogd
events. what should i do?
syslogd supports writing to a named pipe. See man syslog.conf. So, you could write a script to read from the named pipe and do inserts into the database.
If something bad happens to the database, you'll still want regular logs to fall back on, so you should log the important stuff to files too.
-- Don Marti
On Thu, Jun 07, 2001 at 06:59:12PM +0500, sami ullah jan wrote: i need to do something like this:
how do i go about 'catching' the stdin?
It sounds like you want a script to automatically log into one place. There are a few possibilities:
1) The 'expect' program allows a script to wait for certain characters from the host (e.g., "ogin:" or "ssword:") and then send the specified text. That's usually used for programs that want the entire session under program control. Whether you can use 'expect' to log in and then switch to interactive mode, I don't know.
2) If you use ssh instead of telnet, you can set up your account on 'host' so that it will allow you to log into it without having to type a password. See "man ssh".
-- Mike Orr
hi, thanx for the quick reply before. u guys are doig a great job.
QS. how do u go about writing on the soundcard? what do u need to know? i presume its not as simple as writing to a terminal device.
hey guys.... i go it!!! I'm in love with linux!! i found the code on site.. sorry for the bother... this part of code did the trick!! yep it was ben who had given the link thanx fellow!! made my day!!
Boot with a DOS floppy that has "debug" on it; run "debug". At the '-' prompt, "block-fill" a 512-byte chunk of memory with zeroes:
f 9000:0 200 0
Start assembly mode with the 'a' command, and enter the following code:
Press <Enter> to exit assembly mode, take a deep breath - and press "g" to execute, then "q" to quit "debug". Your HD is now in a virgin state, and ready for partitioning and installation.
Glad I could help, Rodrigo (or is that 'rodrigo!!'? -=- Ben Okopnik!!
Hi I am currently running MS Frontpage98 Server extension Redhat Linux 6.0 (Apache) I would like to know if it is possible to run ASP on the same configuration. Would it be a Frontpage Upgrade or would it be on the Linux Side and is it major changes?. Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanx
You should be able to build apache with both Frontpage98 and ASP, but you will need to add mod_perl first. Check out this site: http://www.nodeworks.com/asp
-- Daniel S. Washko
(Yet Another "Helpful" Email)
BIND sucks, and we all know it, even though it is a core piece of infrastructure to the 'net. Bind 9 looks good, but I don't quite yet feel ready to deploy it. Instead, run BIND in a chroot jail - so even if it gets hacked, they don't "get" anything.
Thanks Ben, and for your thoughts on the learning curve of Windows vs. UNIX type systems, posted in the Mailbag this month. Just about any dangerous daemon might be a tiny bit safer in a chroot jail. It's not a perfect trap without some use of the 'capabilities' (privileges really) in newer kernels, but it's pretty good. -- Heather
I hope that you can help me find a solution before I'm forced back to NT. I have to find a Linux solution that will allow me to connect to an Exchange server over the WAN and then sync address books.
Well, we've had numerous past articles address the matter of replacing an Exchange server with a Linux box, but you're asking about being a client to one...
And I can't just point you at the Gazette search engine because "Exchange" is way too common a word. MX records and the server side of this question will flood you, even without people just using the word for its real meaning.
But, we had a mention in a past issue (http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue58/lg_tips58.html#2c/6) about Bynari having a good one - they also have a server product. So I think you might find the Insight client to be just what you need! (http://www.bynari.com)
I post it again because I have to update you ... it's not free - you have to pay them for their hard work in getting the protocols right. Their website has a "price special" but it appears to have expired a month ago, so I have no idea what they cost, but it's probably not trying to be too expensive. -- Heather