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  1. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    I'll be happy to. If I ever finish... New problems galore. Ok I'm looking into how to automatically start seejpeg on login without getting a login... Looks like I can simply change one line in /etc/inittab to... 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --autologin <user> tty1 Easy enough. except I'm using slackware which doesn't have mingetty. So off I go to find mingetty and get it installed. Done change the line... Try it... all it does is make it so I don't have to type in the user name, I still have to type in the password. Turns out I need something called "PAM". Well I'm out of time today. Probably be saturday before I get more time. Groan. Once I get the autologin working hopefully I'll be set. I'm working on an auto mount script that greps the /proc/bus/usb/devices for anything that is storage and then beeps, mounts said storage, copies all image files to /pics folder, unmounts storage, and double beeps to let me know it's done. I figure I would run it in a cron job checking every 1 to 2 seconds for the device or is there a better way to do this? Regards Z
  2. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    After a whole day slideshow was still running but display would turn itself off. I rebooted and checked the bios again. Somehow display autooff was back on. Silly me. So I'm testing again. We'll see. But I'm optomistic. Left to be done. 1. Figure out how to run seejpeg not as root. (setuid but I don't know how to do it) I'm sure I'll figure it out. 2. More difficult, boot up and go directly in an run seejpeg without hitting a login screen. I've been reading on this for some time. I still don't understand it. This is also why I chose not to go with zgv, you HAVE to be logged in to run it according to the documentaiton. Also still need Cntrl-alt-F2 to go to login screen for when I want to put more pictures on the system. 3. Figure out how to get pics of USB jump drive. Woops I did that. Works GRAND!!! :-) 4. Test with external mouse and keyboard as that I'm going to be getting rid of the built in ones. 5. Figure out how to make boot up go faster stops on updating module dependancies or something. No reason for it to stop there I'm not even hooked to the network. 6. Reinstall from scratch to prove I can duplicate and to make system as lean as possible. 7. Tear laptop appart begin work on picture frame to mount it in.
  3. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    Some progress: Ok... I still get the problem of sometimes a solid colored screen shows instead of the image. Weird... As for the second problem I did this... setterm -blank 0 -powersave off -powerdown 0 I also added these lines to libsvga.config VesaText VesaSave 14 I don't know if this had any effect but what the hey... Ok... doesn't lock up after long periods of time. But MONITOR still GOES BLACK!!! I hit a key and I'm right back to the slideshow. But I have to hit a key. I don't get it. I've shut off all powersaving options in the bios. And the setterm command I'm using should shut off the rest right? What am I missing?
  4. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    Problems Problems... I resized all my images to be 800x600 or smaller. That worked pretty well except... 1. Every now and then I get a screen without an image. The screen is usually black but sometimes a darkish orange, blue, or purple. After the alotted time the next image comes up fine. Verbose mode shows that it isn't always doing this on the same images. Redo the command and the image comes up fine. Not a huge deal since I don't mind having a blank screen every now and then. Just annoying since there appears to be no reason for this. 2. I let the slideshow run for an hour or two and every thing locks up with a black screen showing. Hitting Q to quit out doesn't free things up. Cntrl-Alt-Fx doesn't switch terminals. Only thing that seems to work is Cntrl-Alt-Del. Haven't put it on a network yet and tried ssh yet though. If I can get in that way I might be able to kill whatever the offending piece of code is. Note: I've disabled power down after however many minutes in the bios and I've setterm -blank 0 to keep the monitor from blacking out. Still have this stupid problem I can't explain.
  5. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    Well looks like I fixed it....sortof I uncommented this line in /etc/vga/libsvga.config chipset vesa I run seejpeg with the following parameters... seejpeg -c -F G800x600x16M -s 30 -r * That works pretty well for a randomized slideshow with 30 seconds between showings... Problem is that all my pictures are 1600x1200 so only 1/4 the image shows at a time. So I need to resize. You are suppose to be able to scroll to see the whole image. I can't I don't know why this is. I can scroll horizontally but not vertically. I can scroll through the image twice horizontally. Weird Anyway, I'll keep you posted on the progress. I may reinstall slackware yet again to see if I can get rid of some packages I don't need. Unless someone can tell me how to remove packages without reinstalling.
  6. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    I downloaded slackware and installed it. Anything that looked like I wouldn't need I didn't install when install the packages. However, on the developement stuff, I thought I might need to compile some stuff so I probably installed WAY more than I needed there. I wanted to make sure that I would be ale to compile anything I needed. I did NOT install X. I did install SVGALIB. And seejpeg. seejpeg even has a slideshow option, a randomize, option etc... seemed perfect... So... I run seejpeg and it works... sorta... I flip to a graphic screen with really weird stuff above and below... and about half an inch that shows a portion of the image. It is bizzar. If I choose a different mode... like G800x600x256 then I get text above and weird stuff below. No errors though. Is this a problem with my SVGALIB installation or a problem with seejpeg??? Any help sorting this out would be appreciated.
  7. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    No progress here yet. I've been too busy. But still plan to do this.
  8. Zane

    Linux is slow

    Still confused on this. I know what mounting and unmouting is. You have to mount CD into file system in order to read the CD. Someone suggested I needed to UNMOUNT the CD in order for wine to be able to find the CD which confused me. I can understand this if wine needs to mount it into a different place than it is already I guess. But if that was the case, why would the install even start? Go figure... As for ejecting it. Well that's no good cause as soon as I put it in my automount feature would just mount it again. Which defeats the purpose of unmounting the CD. Still no progress on these issues. But if I get it working I'll let you know.
  9. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    Ok after an initial look I'm thinking this will be perfect. Only needs 100 meg of hard drive space!!!! Yeah! Maybe I won't have to strip anything off. SweeT. Thanks for the TIP. OOOH and I can install from a Zip Drive. PERFECT since I don't have a CD ROM on that laptop but I do have a Zip Drive. I'm getting giddy with anticipation here. I'm still going to use my original plan of svgalib instead of X and ZGV. I'll let you know how it goes.
  10. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    I'm sorry I'm a little lost. Why would I want to install Open Office? It's HUGE and processor intensive. I'm sure it would KILL a 486 computer. However, thanks for the info on the distro, I'm looking into it. If it will run on a 486 with only 8 meg of ram it could be perfect assuming I can gut all the stuff out that I don't need. Hard drive is only going to be a 2 gig drive.
  11. Zane

    Linux Slide Show

    Ok, those of you who read my Linux is Slow thread know that I had a lot of fun getting linux to run at a decent speed. But IT WORKS!! Well minus reader rabbit in wine. But not a big deal. I'll probably try again some time. New project, and this is going to be harder. I'll do it in DOS if I have to, but I'ld rather do it in linux. The nice thing is I CAN do it in Dos. So if all else fails, that's where I'll be going. Anyway here goes... I've got a 486 laptop with 16 meg of ram. All I want to do with it is run a slideshow. That's it. Boot up and slideshoow starts. Nothing else. To get the pictures on the system I will be taking the hard drive out, putting it into another machine, mounting the drive and moving them over. So I don't need networking, I don't need a keyboard, mouse, anything but the slideshow. Here's what I'm thinking. I need a very stripped down version of slackware(or maybe RedHat 7.x?), svgalib instead of X and ZGV. Nothing is ever that simple. So here go my questions... 1. How do I get rid of all the stuff I don't need to make my linux distro lean lean lean, like as in lean enough to run on a 486 with 16 meg of ram. 2. How do I boot directly into the slideshow bypassing the login altogether? 3. What other problems am I going to run into. Thanks in advance... Zane
  12. Zane

    Linux is slow

    OK... been busy and haven't been able to mess with this awhile. Mostly wife is happy with the system. One issue, if she leaves firefox running for any long period of time the entire system becomes unresponsive. Honestly it's faster to hit control alt delete for a reboot than go to control alt F1 login as root and try to kill firefox. You can do it but it's soooo slow. Some type of memory leak? I haven't tried installing again. But I will couple of questions though. 1. Why wouldn't it be able to create the shortcuts? I notice that any program I try to install in wine fails to create shortcuts. Unfortunately this program is set up so if the shortcuts fail to be created as soon as you click OK on the error it begins uninstalling. I tried to get around that by not clicking ok but just killing the install at this point instead hoping that the shortcuts would be the LAST thing to install. But that's besides the point, seams to me the shortcuts SHOULD install. 2. The CD rom needs to be UnMOUNTED? Yes the CD ROM is in the drive and mounted. Why would the CD ROM need to be unmounted? Wouldn't it need to be mounted? Just curious. I believe you and will try it unmounted. Just want to know why it would need to be unmounted. Regards, Z
  13. Zane

    Linux is slow

    Well doing good here. Ubuntu 192 Megs of ram seems to be holding up. Typing this from the very computer. THings are quick enough. I came up with 128 meg stick so now have a 128 and a 64 in here. I'm still looking for another 128 stick in my price range (free or there about. ) Anyway... Now she wants Reader Rabbit installed for our daughter. apt-get install wine apt-get install winesetuptk Looks good wine D:setup.exe Goes clear through until it gets to setting up shortcuts, I get an error that shortcuts cannot be setup and it UNINSTALLS!!! ARG. Ok I run again,... This time when I get the error I Control C out and try to run it. I get an error saying to put reader rabbits CD in drive and try again. THE CD IS IN THE DRIVE! So now I"m stuck. I tried running the program right off the CD and got some other weird error. I don't even know if i'm suppose to be able to run it right off the CD or not since I just looked for an executable that appeared like it might work so I don't if that's important. Any ideas on what I need to do would be appreciated. Z
  14. Zane

    Linux is slow

    Ubuntu is installed. It's a little quicker but not much. Evolution is excruciating to use. So anyway, I'm back to looking for more memory. I still need to get gnuCash installed since it doesn't appear to be an option. Neither was wine both these were options on install in Fedora. I'm familiar with rpm's in Fedora. But not familiar with how Ubuntu installs stuff. So I'm going to do more reading. It did find my wireless card and set it up without me having to do anything. In FC 4 I had to configure and compile driver. So that was nice.
  15. Zane

    Linux is slow

    Mutter I really don't want to reinstall if I don't have to. It took hours. I was shocked. FC4 took only a fraction of the time. And I still don't know if it worked. I guess I'll know in a couple hours after I get off work. Maybe I can work out the partitions without reinstalling. Just repartition the third drive and put /var on it. Yeah I can probably do that. Cept I'm already using ext3 not reiser. Maybe I should bite the bullet and try again. Or try FC4 again without the RAID stuff. Hmmmm
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