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#1 Dox

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 07:04 PM

i finally pieced together a box to mess around with, and i popped red hat 9 on it.
the specs:
533 mHz celeron
64 megs sd ram
30 gig hdd
10/100 dlink nic
integrated 8 meg video
integrated generic sound card
24x cdrom


i've run accross a few problems, the first being that even after a bunch of tweaking the system still runs like an 80 year old with hip problems (no offence to the 80 year olds), and the second is that i will double click on an icon to get a program to run, and the cursor will turn into an hourglass for a few minutes, and then change back into a regular pointer and the program won't load, it just stops. should i try an older version of redhat? or is there some obvious thing to do that im missing?

aside from those problems, i have to say, the install was one of the easiest things i've ever done. point and click all the way. it was a real shock, after trying out debian. *shakes head while memories of kernel recompiles and vi editing swirl around*

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Posted 26 July 2003 - 10:40 AM

I think it's just straight up resources (I experienced the same things putting RH 7.3 w/ GNOME 1.4 on a Pentium Pro 200). More memory should fix everything. If not, change your default runlevel to 3 and/or install a lighter window manager.

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Posted 26 July 2003 - 11:40 AM

yeah if you're going to run gnome or KDE you need at least 128mb of ram

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Posted 26 July 2003 - 12:20 PM

alrighty, i'll try out blackbox or icewm and report back. thx for the advice B)

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Posted 27 July 2003 - 05:50 PM

hey guys i am also having a similar problem. im running a p4 or 3 cant remeber which. 1.8 ghz and 128 megs of ram. ive also trien using twm (i think its called) okay so anyway all i had was the default background and some programs still wouldnt run

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Posted 27 July 2003 - 06:00 PM

twm is the basic window manager that comes with X, you'll need to install another one(unless you really want to use that shit).

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Posted 27 July 2003 - 06:31 PM

i have like 8 installed. ive tried it using all of my window managers

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 08:12 PM

well i've tried compiling and running blackbox. and im not having much luck. i edited my /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients and my /etc/sysconfig/desktop files to point to blackbox after i had gone through the ./configure make and make install of blackbox. and at the moment my system starts up with that twm shmultz. im not quite sure where i should look next as to what files i need to edit to get this new window manager up and kicking. any ideas?

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 08:29 PM

Are you using a display manager like kdm?

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 08:31 PM

if you start x from the console with 'startx' then put this in ~/.xinitrc :

exec blackbox

edit: however, if you're going to use *box i recommend fluxbox

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 09:14 PM

at the moment im using gnome.

ah "exec blackbox" ok i missed the exec. i'll have to try that out, thx :voteyes:

why do you reccomend fluxbox btw?

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Posted 31 July 2003 - 09:18 PM

fluxbox has tabs, imo the most useful feature ever.

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 07:34 AM

i tried editing the /home/dox/.xinitrc file and replaced "blackbox" with "exec blackbox"
and it loads up gnome again. i guess i'll have to the start and do more reading, thx for the advice.

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 10:51 AM

do you use a graphical login?

#15 Dox

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 08:12 PM

why yes i do, good guess ;)

does this spark any ideas?

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Posted 01 August 2003 - 09:44 PM

yeah .xinitrc will be ignored if you use a gui login. it's been a long time since i used one but i think there should be a list of window managers you can choose from. read the documentation on kdm, xdm, gdm, whichever you use.

edit: this might help you http://www.tldp.org/...on-HOWTO-3.html

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Posted 03 August 2003 - 06:55 PM

very helpful, many thanks

*edit*
well im happily using icewm for the moment. theres not much else that satisfies like finally getting something to work just the right way.




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