chaos angel

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  1. Hey, my other thread asks the same questions, but it's become very long and I just need some quick answers that don't require reading the whole thread. I am shooting for 20 GB for linux. However, I was only able to chop off 16 GB from the end of my Windows partition. I chopped 4 GB off from my recovery partition, which is located in front of my windows partition. So, I have 4 GB of unallocated space, followed by my windows partition, which is then followed by the 16 GB of space. How do I combine the spaces? Or, do I need to combine them? I want to make swap, root, and home partitions for linux. How should I do that with my given situation? Also, with 20 GB of space, how much should I give each partition? I know swap should be twice your ram, but I have 2 GB, and am thinking 4 GB is a little much. I don't know how much I need to give root. So, any suggestions?
  2. What is your favorite gui for linux? (I'm running Ubuntu distro.) I have only used beryll before, and am wondering if anyone likes anything else better. Also, I have seen some linux desktops with app icons floating on a bar at the bottom, similar to macs. How is this done?
  3. Hi yall. This is my first post in the Linux Section. I hope yall are able to help answer my (unfortunately) numerous questions! First off, I have tried to learn about Linux before by dual booting XP and Ubuntu 6.10 on my desktop computer. That was a great experience for me. However, that was right before I left for college, and so I wasn't able to learn much before I left with my new laptop. Well, its been over a semester now, and I can't ignore the call of freedom from vista anymore. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about linux to completely get rid of windows just yet. So, I would like to dual boot vista and ubuntu 7.10 on my laptop. I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with 2GB RAM, 100 GB 7200 RPM HDD, et cetera. However, in researching dual booting on a dell laptop, I've found that Dell's Media Direct button (which enables quick access to your media files) functions as its own OS on the disk, and that it takes some know how to get windows and linux to play nicely on the laptop and maintain the functionality of this button (which I personally don't use, but might in the future). The two best solutions I've found to get everything working on my laptop are the following: However, they do not agree on how to partition the hard drive. One recommends having a shared ext3 partition space for both OSs, while the other doesn't talk about a shared partition at all. In addition, the one that does talk about a shared partition, a comment on the bottom says that a shared NTFS partition would be a better idea. This wouldn't be a big deal at all, except for that, since I've had the laptop a while now, I have quite a few important programs and files that I need to keep. I need to transfer my files temporarily to an external, and be able to bring them back onto my computer after I'm done setting everything up. So, I don't exactly know what to do in order to preserve my files. This brings me to my questions. I should also mention that I would like to use an external hard drive to hold files for both OSs to use, so I do not know if a shared partition would be important for me. 1. If I just copy my hard drive onto an external, and then follow the instructions of the one recommending a shared partition, would I be able to pull all of my files back onto the shared partition? Specifically, since the files and programs were on my windows partition originally, would it be possible to then put them onto the ext3 partition and them work fine? 2. Would a shared NTFS or ext3 partition work better? (I read a shared ext3 partition does not include journaling.) 3. Or, should I just forget about the shared partition and bring all of my displaced files back into a windows partition? I think this would eliminate possible compatibility issues for the files on a shared partition (I'm not sure if compatibility errors exist, though). 4. With an external to share files between the OSs, should I bother with a shared partition? What should I format the external hard drive to for best sharing between the two OSs? I realize these are a lot of questions, and I am sorry i'm a little long winded. I'm just trying to avoid having to clarify myself. Any, and I mean any, help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  4. Ok, I was finally able to shrink my windows partition to get some space for linux. I did it by following the directions laid out on this page: Also, I used PerfectDisk 2008 for my defrager. Now, I have a quick question that is probably dumb. I was able to get 16 GB out of my windows partition. However, I was shooting for 20 GB for my linux partition, so I also shrunk my Dell Recovery partition 4 GB. Now though, the 4 GB and 16 GB unallocated spaces are separated by my windows partition on the hard drive. How do I combine the spaces? Or, do I need to combine them? I want to make swap, root, and home partitions for linux. How should I do that with my given situation? Oh yeah, a couple more dumb questions. With 20 GB of space, how much should I give each partition? I know swap should be twice your ram, but I have 2 GB, and am thinking 4 GB is a little much. I don't know how much I need to give root. So, any suggestions?
  5. I don't think Media Direct has anything to do with it, since the Media Direct partition is separate. I just need a way to figure out how to figure out what is going on with the hard drive. Even if I did not end up using linux, I need to figure out why I cannot resize the partition. Any suggestions?
  6. Hey, I tried using GParted, and I've ran into a problem. When GParted displayed all of my partitions, there was an exclamation point next to my Windows OS NTFS drive, and it would not let my do anything to the partition. It told me there were parts of the partition with multiple references. Also, when I try to have windows check for errors on the drive, it tells me that it cannot perform a check while the drive is in use, and so it has me schedule a check to be performed on the next start up. However, when I start up the computer, no such check occurs. What should I do? I need to shrink my NTFS drive to make room for my linux partitions. I have no idea what to do. Any help would be much appreciated.
  7. Ok thats good to know. Which one is Dell Media Direct though? Is it the 2 GB partition or the 55 MB one? (The 55 MB partition is the first one on the hard drive.) Also, will GParted be able to deal with the problem I am having with my Vista Partition, or is it just going to ignore it and chop off the end of the hard drive, possibly deleting important files?
  8. Well, I actually do not ever use the button, but I read on a website that Dell Media Direct also controls the volume and song navigation buttons on the front of my laptop. Is this true? If not, then I would rather just get rid of Dell Media Direct. Also, my Dell Inspiron E1705's hard drive came partitioned into 4 parts: 80 GB for OS, 10 GB for Recovery, and 2 other partitions that are unnamed. One is 2 GB, and one is 55 MB. One must be Dell Media Direct, but which one is it? Also, what is the other one? Should I get rid of it too, or just let it be?
  9. Hey, I'm trying to shrink my Vista partition, which is 80 GB. I have about 23 GB of unused space, so I want to shrink it to get 20 GB free. When I use Vista's Computer Management to shrink the partition, it tells me I can only shrink 1.6 GB off. In the Windows help window, one of the things that it says is this: "When you shrink a partition, unmovable files (for example, the page file or the shadow copy storage area) are not automatically relocated and you can not decrease the allocated space beyond the point where the unmovable files are located. If you need to shrink the partition further, see move the page file to another disk, delete the stored shadow copies, shrink the volume, and then move the page file back to the disk" Is this probably the cause of my problem? If so, how do I fix it so that I can shrink it?
  10. Alright, thanks for the help so far. I guess my next questions are: 1. Will I be able to run my windows programs fine straight from the ext3 partition if I put them there? 2. I don't exactly know what journaling is. Do I need it? 3. In another forum, I was recently informed that the current version of ubuntu, ver. 7.10, comes with built in NTFS read and write support, so you can still access all of your files on the windows partition. Would it then be more convenient to have a shared partition that is NTFS? Or should I now just shrink my drive, and install linux on the free space, since I should be able to access the files accross the partition? 4. Which virtual environment is considered the best? 5. Why partition if I could run a virtual environment? Thanks in advance for any help!
  11. hello everybody!
  12. It's been a while since I've been on here, but anyways, I've got a problem. I use to use FL Studio 6 Producer XXL on my desktop at home, but now I have a laptop at college, and when I copied the program onto my thumb drive to bring with me, it would not work. It gives me an error message saying that "talio.dll" is missing. I did not get the program legally, so at first I assumed that it was the crack and the crack is now missing. However when I googled it (of course), several hits came up about it being some sort of trojan. My question: How do I get my program to work again?
  13. alright, i respect your advice, but does anyone have an answer to my question?
  14. im a college student
  15. FL Studio 6 Producer XXL is music editing software. I'm confused.
  16. but Flash isn't a music editor
  17. My University servers prevent p2p networking, so I am unable to torrent it again.
  18. Ha ha, well that is one solution. It is a little cost prohibitively expensive though.
  19. I recently purchased a dell laptop with fully upgraded specs, which includes a high definition screen (1080p). The reason I spent the extra dough for the screen is because I planned on getting an Xbox 360 or PS3 and using my laptop screen as the display device. As I looked around on the net, though, I have discovered this might not be possible. Does anyone know of a way I can do this?
  20. I'm downloading Ubuntu, and I've never used linux. Can you recommend useful and easy-to-understand manuals or tutorials for getting started? I'm gonna use it mostly for home desktop usage, not very much hacking. Can I run Windows programs on it? I want to dual boot windows and linux on a hdd. I've got my regular 240 gig one, and an old 20 gig. I want to install it on the 20 gig. What do I need to know about dual booting and setting it up? What file system does te 20 gig need for Ubuntu to run on it? Also, I don't know anything about boot loaders. I have wi-fi, is that going to change how I configure my internet connection on Ubuntu?
  21. Alk3, I do google things, and do *gasp* read forums/tutorials. If you think about it logically for a second, I, one who has never used linux, would not have gotten as far as I have with just the info in this thread. Despite what you seem to think, I don't just post questions in this forum and sit and wait for an answer. If I am somehow causing you to get angry because I have a problem that I have not found the magical answer to because of your gut reaction to yell google+flame, then please, by all means, leave the thread. BigBrother, I am running an ATI Radeon X800 Pro. When I was trying to figure out the problem today, I found this tutorial: It talks about installing the video card driver first, which I realized I did not do. So, I tried to figure out how to uninstall beryl manager and xgl and start over. However, I could not find beryl manager or xgl in add/remove apps. So, I figured what the heck, and just followed the instructions on the tutorial anyways, hoping that reinstalling the stuff wouldn't hurt. After finishing the tutorial and restarting like it said to, the screen said it could not find the file that I guess it tries to boot from and that it would revert back to default. So, my questions are, is this tutorial reliable? The comments left on it seem to be almost entirely positive. Also, should I uninstall the stuff and start clean with this tutorial, and if so, how? Edit- Sorry, I'm not on my comp right now, so I can't get the Ispci output right now. I'll post it tomorrow. Thanks for helping!
  22. Ok, I went through every setting in the Beryl settings manager and changed everything everything back and forth, but nothing fixed it. However, when I clicked on the window manager, it was on metacity. So, I switched it back to beryl. But, nothing happened. I tried a few more times, and it seemed like nothing was happening, but when I looked at the bottom right (where it shows the desktops), whenever I clicked on the beryl window manager, the two desktops jump to four for a brief second, but then immediately go back to two. So, this leads me to believe that Beryl IS opening, but for some reason instantly crashing. Does anyone know what might be the problem or how to go about fixing it?
  23. My question is not easily searchable. I can't figure out why Beryl won't load when I open the app. I was just asking whether or not the fact that it does not autorun give any indication as to what the problem is. I guess I should phrase it better: Why will Beryl not load (i.e. cube and 4 desktop icons at bottom right) whenever I open the app? The diamond icon appears on the task bar, but the app does not seem to actually be running. Also, the emerald theme manager does not work right now either. Any ideas?
  24. Ok, I fixed the audio/video problems I was having. However, I am still stumped as to why Beryl suddenly quit on me. Please refer to my explanation above. Can anyone offer any solutions? Also, do I have to reinstall WoW on the linux partition to use it with wine, or is there a way for wine to access it on my windows partition?
  25. Hmmm, while I was messing around with the preferences in Beryl, it turned off suddenly. I restarted and when I opened Beryl, the other desktops and the cube did not open. Any ideas why this would happen? Also, did I even have it installed right? Because, I had to open Beryl every time I turned on my computer before the cube and everything would turn on, and when I was reading the tutorial, it talked about making a user account that had XGL and Beryl built into, so that they activate on start up.