Need some help here... (UPDATED - 18 Dec)

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Need some help here... (UPDATED - 18 Dec)

Post by asm@m » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:40 am

Hello..

I installed Mint in Virtualbox for a few days and it run pretty well.
Then i installed it in my laptop, as dualboot with my W7.

I really want to get rid of the Windows, but, IMHO, i think i still need it for some emergency occasion.

1.So, in case i format my laptop hdd, should i make dualboot Mint with windows or just single boot of mint and running windows in Virtualbox?

I have a few other questions
2.AFAIK, in Linux, we cannot choose which partition to install the software (in windows we have C: , D: as a backup etc),
So should i make many partition? How? And how much should i devoted for each partition?

3.Package Manager really give me problem. As a newbie, i really dont know which package that i need and should i install. I ended up of installing all the package.
A few advice here maybe... How do i know i need the package?

4.After installed the Mint as dualboot, all work out of the box, except 2 things,
i) I cannot adjust the screen brightness
ii) Broadcom wireless driver. I ended up having no internet connection. A box pop up saying that Broadcom driver is available bla bla bla and when i click it, it try to connect to the internet to download the driver. The funny thing is, how it supposed to connect to the internet since the laptop itself didnt have the connection.
Maybe in the next release, the dev can include the driver in the distro

5.Do we have these kind of software for Mint?
i)Internet Download Manager
ii)Everything
iii)CCleaner
iv)Sandboxie etc

6. Is there any Task Manager for Mint?
How to end stuck process?

I've heard about Wine,
Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.

So, if i install wine, mean that i can install most of windows software?


7. How to install *.run file ? UPDATE
VirtualBox-3.1.2-56127-Linux_x86.run to be specific.
I know that they also have *.deb package. But i also have openSUSE, so i downloaded All distributions package which contain .run file.
I read something here

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https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/add-applications/C/install-file.html
Can it still be used? since it is for v8.04.

Edit
Forgot to mention , running Helena GNOME in Compaq Presario V3791TU
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Re: Need some help here...

Post by DataMan » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:17 am

1.So, in case i format my laptop hdd, should i make dualboot Mint with windows or just single boot of mint and running windows in Virtualbox?
That's a personal decision on your part. As a new user I would recommend going the dual boot route. Me thinks you'll have enough to occupy your attention just getting up to speed with a new ops vs trying to also navigate through a VM.
2.AFAIK, in Linux, we cannot choose which partition to install the software (in windows we have C: , D: as a backup etc),
So should i make many partition? How? And how much should i devoted for each partition?
Not true, when you get to the partition selection in the install, you can select the "Manual" method. It gives you complete control over how the ops is installed as well as the mounting of any other partitions at time of bootup. Check the resources in the stickies and "search" for more details.
3.Package Manager really give me problem. As a newbie, i really dont know which package that i need and should i install. I ended up of installing all the package.
A few advice here maybe... How do i know i need the package?
As a new user, it's called the "leap of faith". Trust the repositories to do the necessary updates for you until you get your feet wet. Most of the updates are just that, updates that have occurred since the ops was frozen for release.
6. Is there any Task Manager for Mint?
How to end stuck process?

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Command Line:
$ ps aux
$ sudo kill -9 (process id # from above)


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Re: Need some help here...

Post by Sonic-Boom » Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:57 am

hello and welcome to linux, iam a newb myself so bare that in mind when you read the following!

Question 1
Stick with dual boot until you are proficient with linux, thats what most people do i think

Question 3

So you get the gist,
In package manager all you do is select the program you want by typing in the name of the program you are looking for, as soon as you mark a program for installation, it will tell you what else you need to install automatically - you don't need to worry. This is what is meant by resolving dependencies. Read through the dialog boxes then press okay, then when you press apply changes it will install the programs for you. A cool feature in linux is you rarely if ever have to restart a system after software installation. Package manager means you never have to go online to download a program instead it accesses configured repositories to find its software. Since Linux Mint is a Ubuntu (debian strictly speaking) derivative it uses Ubuntu repositories. Which are maintained by the makers of Ubuntu - Canonical. You can add other repositories as you please giving you access to an even larger range of software.
Please note Linux Mint comes with an additional Software Manager, this is much simpler than Package Manager, but is very barebones software wise, i would stick to Package Manager(synaptic).

I recommend this ubuntu guide below:
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html
there is an excellent chapter on package management in there on page 97

Question 4
Hook up an ethernet cable to your router from your laptop and then try installing your wireless driver afterwards

Question 6
Go Mint Menu - Administation - System Monitor - you can end or kill processes from the processes tab. I recommend adding the "Force Quit" applet to the panel bar, it allows you to terminate any misbehaving programs, i have never had to use this yet. Right click on panel then click add to panel then select "force quit"
Also CTRL_ALT_BACKSPACE will restart the X-server, this is the gui part of the operating if the problem is here this will start afresh.
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Re: Need some help here...

Post by lagagnon » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:57 am

asm@m wrote: 5.Do we have these kind of software for Mint?
i)Internet Download Manager
ii)Everything
iii)CCleaner
iv)Sandboxie etc
i) flashgot, dx3, wxdownloadfat - many others
ii) many, many search facilities for Linux - I'll let you choose one
iii) Computer Janitor - already on the system
iv) chroot: already on your system.

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Re: Need some help here... (UPDATED - 18 Dec)

Post by asm@m » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:28 am

BUMP.

Thanks for the reply. it seem that i ,m really attached to windows and cant live without it. lol.

I have another question. I post it in the first post.

p/s: should i do this or just create a new thred everytime i have a question?

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Re: Need some help here... (UPDATED - 18 Dec)

Post by Aging Technogeek » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:22 am

For quick response, you should open a new thread with each new question. Most people don't check older threads for new posts.
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