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    Nick55 NNTP User

    Default New questions from a total newbie

    Dear guys,
    First of all I must say that I really like this new OS(Open Suse 11.0) when I compare it to my old Windows XP Professional.
    But as i am new in this world I still have a lot of questions:
    1)I want to know how to install new applications.For instance I tried to install Torcs(race car game) on this machine.I looked everywhere and then i installed it via Yast/Software.But it works very slow on my Intel Pentium 4 2GHZ machine (768MB RAM).My system is dual boot with windows XP.
    Can anyone tell me some more how to check that I have the right libraries?How should i proceed step by step?If anyone could help, I would be incredibly grateful.And please be elaborate, because I am totally new with this stuff.For instance I also don't really know how to unzip the right way. Many thanks in advance.
    2) Can someone explain me how to enlarge the partitions?I have 1GB swap file, and ext1 and 2 are both 7GB.But i still have about 83GB free unpartitioned space at my disposal on the same disc.Without reinstallation if possible.
    3) Can someone explain me how I use the superuser account?Because if an application crashes I should be able to look at the logfile but as my normal user I have insufficient rights to some directories.
    I would be incredibly grateful if someone could help me out on this, I consulted about every documentation available, but it seems my questions are too basic, and the explanation is too advanced.
    I start to understand the concept, but i am unable to put it in practice.
    Many thanks in advance if someone could help me.

    Best regards.
    Nick55

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    Default Re: New questions from a total newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick55 View Post
    Dear guys,
    First of all I must say that I really like this new OS(Open Suse 11.0) when I compare it to my old Windows XP Professional.
    But as i am new in this world I still have a lot of questions:
    1)I want to know how to install new applications.For instance I tried to install Torcs(race car game) on this machine.I looked everywhere and then i installed it via Yast/Software.But it works very slow on my Intel Pentium 4 2GHZ machine (768MB RAM).My system is dual boot with windows XP.
    It may be your video card driver holding you back
    look @ Additional YaST Package Repositories - openSUSE for your driver ATI or Nvidia
    (make sure the kernel module matches your running kernel "uname -a" in a terminal)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick55 View Post
    Can anyone tell me some more how to check that I have the right libraries?How should i proceed step by step?If anyone could help, I would be incredibly grateful.And please be elaborate, because I am totally new with this stuff.For instance I also don't really know how to unzip the right way. Many thanks in advance.
    Open Yast > Software Management > filter > patterns
    now tick them off; you should get those you are interested in + kernel development, C/C++, etc., and gcc, make & kernel-syms
    Yast will resolve your dependencies if you have the right repos installed; the above link + Additional YaST Package Repositories - openSUSE and Welcome to openSUSE-Community.org - openSUSE-Community (see repros & restricted formats).

    Unzip -- in a terminal "man zip", "man tar" & "man rar" actually with the rpms installed I just click on the package, SuSe auto unzips & I copy that & paste it wherever in an newly opened
    file manager.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick55 View Post
    2) Can someone explain me how to enlarge the partitions?I have 1GB swap file, and ext1 and 2 are both 7GB.But i still have about 83GB free unpartitioned space at my disposal on the same disc.Without reinstallation if possible.
    The easiest way for me is Parted Magic LiveCD Index of /downloads/stable
    Boot the LiveCD and select Gparted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick55 View Post
    3) Can someone explain me how I use the superuser account?Because if an application crashes I should be able to look at the logfile but as my normal user I have insufficient rights to some directories.
    Nick55
    Kmenu > System > File Manager > File Manager Super User Mode
    that will bring up a root login gui > Login and navigate to /var/log/whatever

    PS: stay with the stable rpm sources and you won't have many apps crash if at all (except maybe on an update and then we'll all be chasing them).

    Hope this helps
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    Nick55 NNTP User

    Default Re: New questions from a total newbie

    Snakedriver,

    Thx very much.I will check this out...

    Best regards.
    Nick55

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    Nick55 NNTP User

    Default Re: New questions from a total newbie

    Dear Snakedriver,
    Can you tell me which one I should make into a bootable Cd for Parted Magic LiveCD? I see 4 choices in this downloads/stable.

    Thx.

    Nick55

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    Default Re: New questions from a total newbie

    the one that ends in .iso.zip is the one you need

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