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Okay, I am having a really difficult time with the sound. ALSA appears to be working correctly, but sound only works a fraction of the time (i.e. three 30 second bursts in the past week). Here is my post to the Gentoo forums. If you have any idea how to get this working, please ...

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I thought that this was the PCMCIA card that is listed in the kernel docs as having a prism chipset. It’s not. It is version 2 and uses an ADMtek chipset.

I didn’t really try to get it working. Instead I took it back to the store and told them that I wasn’t happy with the ...

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I installed Unison to keep /home on my desktop and laptop synchronized. I am very happy with it, but I had some trouble getting it to work the way I wanted to. I wanted it to preserve permissions and ownership across my two systems, and this is not its default functionality. Here are some tips:

  • Install ...

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Summary: Herein the author documents his installation of Linux on his new laptop.

I bought an HP Pavilion ze4500 laptop this week. The ze4500 is the custom built model number of the ze series. I think that all ze series laptops use similar hardware. Here is my configuration:

  • Intel Celeron Mobile 2.4 GHz
  • 256 MB(1X256)DDR  ...

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Start an XSession on another virtual terminal from within your current XSession.


Start an XSession within the window.

gdmflexiserver -- xnest

The gdm stuff only works if gdm is your login manager. I want to figure out how to do similar things with kdm. Xnest is part of X and lets you run an Xsession nested ...

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I’m not going to explain what all the options are, or tell you what each part of the command means. I’m just going to give you an example so that you can remember it. You can look up the details somewhere else.

This example will replace every instance of <find string> with <replace string> in the ...

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There are two ways. You can edit the ebuild file of each masked package which you wish to emerge, and remove the ~ marker from the KEYWORDS variable field. The ~ marks the package as unstable, so once it is removed portage thinks that the package is stable. You will also need to do this ...

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A couple colors in vim are too dark for me to read on my black background terminal—especially the comments, but the :set bg=dark (or :set background=dark) command doesn’t have an effect. I am thankful to Lee J Carmichael who provided these simple instructions in an archived mailing list post (To: freebsd-questions, Subject: Re: Changing ...

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X dies with message: “Could not init font path element unix/:7100”

You probably used your XF86Config file from a Red Hat system. Red Hat uses TCP port 7100 for its font server, while Gentoo does not. Find the line in your XF86Config file that says: ‘FontPath “unix/:7100”’ and comment it out. I don’t know why, but ...

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My understanding is this: J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) is for embedded systems development. If you don’t know what this is, then you don’t need it. If you are using JBoss or IBM’s Websphere, you might consider using the J2EE stuff (Enterprise Environment—server software and stuff). If you just want basic Java functionality, then ...

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