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    Mailing list

    Not to come across as splitting hairs, but are we talking about a mailing list or a newsletter? I think a mailing list would be a good idea. A newsletter I probably wouldn't read.
  2. Maybe a designated FAQ forum, just for the sticky threads (See gentoo.org). Having so many pinned threads - especially in Fedora (where I expect most noobs will be looking) - means brand new posts can be relegated to the second page of the forum where they are more likely to be overlooked.
  3. Linux.org has some articles in its "Courses" section that can help get you started. While I am by no means an expert, experience has shown me that most of your learning comes by doing. Tutorials, whether online or in a book, give you enough info to get you up and running, but generally assume everything works as it should. It is when things don't work as you expect that you really start learning. Subscribe to a mailiing list, spend a lot of time googling whatever problems you are experiencing - that is where you will learn the most. $0.02
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    DHCP problems

    What errors does it give you? Have you tried it manually? Does "ifconfig eth0 up" work? What about "dhclient eth0"?
  5. Just got home, fired up my laptop, downloaded my mail, and the connection was dead before I finished reading it. Pings result in 100% packet loss though ifconfig still shows an IP address assigned to the device. Pinging that IP from my (wired) desktop gives "Destination Host Unreachable" Edit: I just noticed something. When I manually take down eth1 with ifconfig, the network applet still shows signal strength of 100%. When the connection "dies" on me, the applet shows no signal strength - despite my being maybe 20-30 feet from the wireless router.
  6. I just installed ipw2200 drivers on my Toshiba A50; everything works great until I leave it alone. I haven't pinpointed when exactly it dies, but whenever I leave the machine idle for a little while (long before it hibernates, mind you), eth1 just drops. Googling hasn't yielded much so far. Anyone seen this? Is there a way to prevent it, or at least get the connection back up?
  7. Stick with mplayer. You can use the apt-get method anyweb listed above, you can do the same with yum, or can manually download the rpms from, say, freshrpms.net. If you go the apt-get or yum routes, you will need to configure your repositories; there are howtos on freshrpms.net.
  8. Unless you use an emulator like Wine, you cannot run Windows executables on a Linux machine. Mplayer is a Linux executable that will provide the same functionality.
  9. This sounds like bad news. When was the last time you actually used this drive? It sounds like the drive itself might be toast. Can you post the output of dmesg? dd? [edit] Actually, "dmesg | grep hda" would be better. Don't need all the other junk. [/edit]
  10. fdisk doesn't actually format anything, it just writes the partition table. That aside you should have access to a minimal shell from the boot cd - perhaps in rescue mode? - and can fdisk from there. If not, you can always download a boot floppy from Slack or some other distro, boot with that, write your partition table, then reboot with the FC install disc.
  11. Not sure what the problem is offhand. Have you tried fdisk? Try manually partitioning your disk then try the installation again.
  12. The problem is your motherboard. There is an FC2 rescue disc that will fix this. Download and burn the rescue disc from the Fedora site, boot using the rescue disc, then switch media to your install CDs. Once the install has been performed, reboot with the rescue disc in the drive again and type "linux rescue" at the prompt. chroot /mnt/sysimage, open the links browser, and download a newer kernel (the one installed by default has the same problem as the install disc itself). rpm -Uvh the new kernel, reboot, and you should be OK.
  13. Java works fine with JDK 1.5.0 and Firefox 1.0-6. Not a solution, really, since the same setup works fine in Debian, and since I don't like Sun's new licensing, but it can at least serve as a temporary solution if someone else is having this problem.
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    GNOME CD player

    Didn't find anything of the sort in GNOME CD player. Tried playing CDs in Grip, also got no sound. Ripped tracks to .ogg as a workaround. I'll have to get at the innards and make sure nothing came loose, I guess, when I get a moment.
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    GNOME CD player

    Here's the other FC3 problem I've not been able to solve. Audio CDs play when using GNOME CD player, but there is no sound. I have checked sound level in GNOME, in the CD player, un-muted both CD drives in alsamixer, updated udev, checked permissions for /dev/hdc, /dev/cdrom (777) and had the CD player point to both, all to no avail. Oh and yes, the CD drive is plugged into the soundcard. I'm sure I've overlooked something minor, but I can't arrive at what that something minor is.
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