Re: Newbie problems galore
From: Ryan Waye (rmw998_at_gmail.com)
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 13:27:00 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 12:19:03 -0400, David A. Cobb <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I purchased a CD set of "Debian 3.0 "Woody" Official" and started to
> install it.
> First woe: my hardware is by nVidia; the Official kernel on the CD
> is 2.4.18, nVidia provides a driver for 2.4.20/21 and the Debian archive
> has nVidia patches for 2.4.26. My plan is to go to .26, but in the
> meanwhile I can't use X Windows and I can't access my NIC, so all that
> stuff requires rebooting into Windows. So, my first question: given the
> kernel images on $MIRROR/Debian/main/k/kernel-image-2.4.26-i386, how do
> I change my kernel?
There are literally tons of guides on this. Just google it and you
will get all the info you need
> I need to pass things back-and-forth between Linux and Windoze. I
> see references to VFAT FS on the web site, but for the life of me, I
> can't find a trace of the software. It's really bad to have to play
> games with tar at both sides of the route in order not to munge up the
> "magic" pathnames. PLEASE don't tell me that the evil beast of Redmond
> has buried VFAT under a patent claim!! If not, please, where can I find it?
I am pretty sure linux can read the default FAT32 and NTFS partitions
without any trouble, but I may be wrong.
> Right now, I've managed to hork up my package data so dpkg gets hung
> up trying to fix things. My best bet seems to be to restart from
> scratch. How do I get dpkg / apt / aptitude to clean my machine
> totally, or what files should I remove to make all this stuff go away?
> Or, would it really be quicker to re-init my partitions and start again
> from the CD?
No! Don't start over, anything can be fixed. Try these commands in
this order:(As superuser)
post the results of these commands here.
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