Yehaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm posting this from Mozilla 1.4 on Fedora Core 1 Linux! Yeah, baby. :-)
Is it just me or is Mozilla 1.4 kind of old? They've got at least 1.6 now (plus 1.7 beta or whatever). Oh, well...I've got some updating to do. Maybe I'll just install FireFox .8 anyway...that's what I was using on Windows.
So what did I do to get it to work? I'm not entirely sure. Basically, I d/l'd slmodem-2.9.6 and installed it. Not sure what I did differently from all the other times, but it now all I have to do is:
And kppp dials and connects without a hitch. Wow...this is really cool. :-)
Ok, here's a little problem that I *know* someone knows how to fix. Right now the /usr/sbin and /sbin folders don't seem to be in my PATH variable. Where is the "appropriate" config file to add them to? .bashrc in root? .bash_profile in root? profile in /etc? I'm rather confused on this (rather simple) point.
Ok, well, I got the modem working this morning. All day I've been trying to get other stuff working. After spending about six or seven hours altogether doing basically nothing I've come to conclude that I'm going around in circles. :-( Here's a brief rundown of what I did:
-- tried ndiswrapper .6 for wireless centrino - froze my machine when I tried to load the Windows drivers (and I mean FROZE; i had to physically press the power button)
-- tried ndiswrapper .3, .4 and .5, all same results
-- tried different version of windows drivers; same result
-- tried driverloader from linuxant; same result
-- tried intel's experimental centrino driver; same result
At this point I'm getting really p/o'd. :-( So I decided to forget that for a while.
Looked into suspend-to-disk (hibernate--something I used in Windows all the time), but it appears to me that you have to recompile the kernel to get it to work and I would rather avoid that. Is there any way to hibernate without recompiling the kernel? I guess not, though, since it's kind of a function of the kernel...oh well.
Then I made a big mistake. I tried installing the ATI graphics drivers. Suffice it to say that they didn't work well at all (made graphics slow and killed my resolution) and I spent about an hour getting rid of them and getting my 1280x800 resolution back. Right now I actually have "Radeon 9500" selected even though my card is a Mobility Radeon 9200. Hey, it works.
So after I got that working again, I tried fiddling around with the UT2004 demo. I found that it works in Software mode (looks terrible) but it still freezes in OpenGL mode.
- 1280x800 display
- keyboard, touchpad and USB mouse
- modem and browser
- OOo and NetBeans
- sound, XMMS and .ogg files
- access to my NTFS partition and USB key drive
- Chromium (addictive little game) and UT2004 demo in software mode
- the Gimp (replacing the PSP that I use in Windows)
What doesn't work?
- wireless card
- UT2004 demo in OpenGL mode
- volume buttons (not a big deal)
- Blender (but I've seen the problem before and I know how to fix it)
What haven't I tried?
- 10/100 ethernet
- SD slot
- PCMCIA slot
- VGA out
- Palm pilot sync (I have a Tungsten E...haven't installed the pilot app yet)
- battery (been using the adapter all this time)
Anyway...things are finally starting to shape up. Thanks for your patience and suggestions. Running Linux as a primary OS as been a dream of mine for many years and now it's looking like that might actually be happening. :-D