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Old January 16th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #1901 (permalink)
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how do you install media codecs in mageia?
Do you mean install media codecs once it is installed on the hard drive or from the Live disc? I would think live disc would have it included, but not sure it's been a long time since I've used one.

If you install Mageia and then want to install Media codecs, you just include the appropriate repositories, which is non-free and tainted.

The link below can explain much better.
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I like OpenSuse over any of the *buntu distro's. I have pretty good luck with it and its gotten all my hardware.

On another note. I have stopped dual booting from the same hard disk. Reasons being that if something happens to the hard drive then I can not access either OS. This is not good. Yeah I can always boot a live cd to backup what I need to if the drive is cooperating. So I started using an external usb drive to run other distro's from to see how they work with my stuff. This is really good for trying out beta versions of my favorite distro OpenSuse. Also if something does happen to my main system I have a backup system to allow me to try and fix what is ailing my computer or atleast backup everything so I can do a reinstall.
Decided to try OpenSuse today. Got it booting from a thumbdrive currently. I'd like to install this to a WD external USB hard drive and I THINK I could do that from live disc but the install/partitioning options were confusing. Any thoughts on that?

Perhaps I should just place the iso on the external hard drive and try to boot from that. May be a more straightforward install? I don't think I spotted the external drive as an install location option when attempting install from the live disc.
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Decided to try OpenSuse today. Got it booting from a thumbdrive currently. I'd like to install this to a WD external USB hard drive and I THINK I could do that from live disc but the install/partitioning options were confusing. Any thoughts on that?

Perhaps I should just place the iso on the external hard drive and try to boot from that. May be a more straightforward install? I don't think I spotted the external drive as an install location option when attempting install from the live disc.

Ok, I ended up getting it done. Had to unplug the external HDD and it detected it ok. Up and running and I'm liking KDE, been some time since I've been in this environment. Reminds me of what I think of as old skool Linux...just my interpretation tho.

I must say, I can't really recommend OpenSuse to noobs. There was an effort to auto configure hardware/peripherals but it wasn't particularly successful. Had to set up my network connection although it was easy due to being a dynamic IP. Basically that's all I had to select...kinda surprised it wasn't successful in that effort without user intervention. Also, the printer is still not set up right, tried both of the "recommended" drivers and both do attempt to print but it just cues up the page and prints a few words, then stops and I have to manually remove the paper to reset the printer.

I'm going to play around some more. It's a fun experiment thus far and I'm looking forward to logging some hours and who knows...may even come to prefer it. But for the average noob, I'm still recommending Ubuntu. It's smooth as silk and it detects the vast amount of hardware out of the gate.
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When you have the time/effort, give Mageia a try. Only thing is, stable version is 3 and they're working on version 4, so it's still beta. Check out mga 3 if you're up to it.
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Ah jeez, I've incurred a glitch out of this. My Grub screen changed. It's ok as long as I have my external HDD on...I can then select between OpenSuse, Ubuntu or Windows.

BUT...

If I have the power off to the external HDD, I instead get an error in Grub..."no such device (exernal not recognized) and it goes into "Rescue Mode".

grub rescue >

Not liking this at all. If my external HDD shoots craps, I'm not going to be able to boot into my previously dual boot config of Ubuntu/Win7 or at least not easily. Ugg. I have the boot order set such that it should be calling for my internal HD first.

So...any ideas on how to sort this out so that my internal HD gets grub priority as before? When I set this all up, it said that would be the case too, that's what's bugging me most. This is not a good thing, I'm hoping to find a workaround and soon.
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You probably will need to have Ubuntu's grub as the default bootloader. It should be a way to rerun it in Ubuntu and it should pick up all OSes installed, including on the ext. drive. I haven't used Ubuntu in ages so I can't say how to do it.
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That may be sorta my fault I was not specific in stating that I have grub start from the hard disk its using. So With my default setup Grub is on the internal harddrive and only offers opensuse. When my computer is booting up I press F9 and choose which disk i want to boot to then that grub takes over and boots up the OS I want. In this case I have one hard drive with Saybayon 14 and One hard drive with Magiea 4.

Each disk has grub loaded on it. I did it this way so if I have to use the disk on another computer then I don't have to worry about grub not being there to load the OS.

BTW I never meant to say that OpenSuse was noob friendly. There still a bit of work left for it. but I do hope you stick with it. I find it to be very good once things are set up and working properly. However I still check out other distro's just to play around
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That may be sorta my fault I was not specific in stating that I have grub start from the hard disk its using. So With my default setup Grub is on the internal harddrive and only offers opensuse. When my computer is booting up I press F9 and choose which disk i want to boot to then that grub takes over and boots up the OS I want. In this case I have one hard drive with Saybayon 14 and One hard drive with Magiea 4.

Each disk has grub loaded on it. I did it this way so if I have to use the disk on another computer then I don't have to worry about grub not being there to load the OS.
Not at all, it was my fault I knew better. I saw the bootloader going to the internal HDD and I paused but went ahead and did it that way anyway. I didn't think about the potential for Grub failing altogether if not recognizing a drive until afterward. So I tested the theory and sure enough.

I'm not quite sure how to get out of this tbh. I suppose as a last ditch scenario I could backup my /home in Ubuntu, create another live disc for it and reinstall it over the top of itself. That'd probably get it's Grub back into the lead. But it seems kinda like using a chainsaw to cut a toothpick.
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Yeah I just got it fixed now.

sudo mount /dev/sda1/mnt
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...and winning.
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Ok frogman, I owe you one. This OpenSuse is killer. Fast, feature rich and excellent graphics are the first thing I'm noticing. Still picking around but I might not leave if I don't get out of here pretty quick.
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Any clues on getting youtube vids to play? I have shockwave flash plugin installed (11.2 r202) but still not working. I notice in the native Firerfox browser there's no option to enable java at edit > preferences > content. Is that strange? I've found that option there before?
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here see if installing the multimedia codecs helps. I have no issue playing youtube video's. I also only use chrome every now and then i fire up firefox but its a rare occasion.

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here see if installing the multimedia codecs helps. I have no issue playing youtube video's. I also only use chrome every now and then i fire up firefox but its a rare occasion.

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Still a no go but Chrome is working fine so I'm switching for the purpose of this distro. Thanks again.
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sudo mount /dev/sda1/mnt
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Still a no go but Chrome is working fine so I'm switching for the purpose of this distro. Thanks again.
This is because chrome has its own flash plugin, "pepperflash", installed and used by default. It has a much higher version (11.8? Can't remember exactly) than the generic 11.2 version compiled for Linux.
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Here buddy this is a great article with tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your openSuse.

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So With my default setup Grub is on the internal harddrive and only offers opensuse. When my computer is booting up I press F9 and choose which disk i want to boot to then that grub takes over and boots up the OS I want. In this case I have one hard drive with Saybayon 14 and One hard drive with Magiea 4.

Each disk has grub loaded on it. I did it this way so if I have to use the disk on another computer then I don't have to worry about grub not being there to load the OS.
Can you or anyone else provide details on how you go about this at install. In the last several days I've been reinspired to try some more distros. I've done OpenSuse, Mint and most recently Kubuntu. In each case, I see the option to use the guided install and a manual install. The guided install allows the disc destination but it defaults the bootloader to my primary (internal) drive each time while I'm installing Linux to an external hard drive.

The manual option DOES have a separate option for bootloader destination but at the same time, it lists all my current partitions and installs. I'm struggling to figure out how to set that all up so I don't affect my primary drive in any way.

To be a bit more specific, my internal drive is dev/sda. My external is dev/sdg. So when I highlight dev/sdg as the desired location, it says I need to build a partition table. I can't seem to figure out how to do that and additionally, I'd be curious how much space to allocate for each partition that is needed.
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Anytime you do not want to have a new install bootloader as the default, put the new installation grub in it's root partition. Not /dev/sda but in the ext. drive partition, /dev/sdg1 or whatever it is.
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Anytime you do not want to have a new install bootloader as the default, put the new installation grub in it's root partition. Not /dev/sda but in the ext. drive partition, /dev/sdg1 or whatever it is.
Well I don't so much mind whether or not its default in this case because I'm dealing with Ubuntu and Kubuntu right now which both use a very similar version of grub2. But what I'm wanting to know is how to install the bootloader to my external drive, along with the distro install so that its in essence its own environment, completely set apart from the internal drive yet totally bootable if I ever need it...say if my internal drive crashed altogether and I lost access to my only other bootloader as a result.
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Now I understand what you're wanting to do. I have done it before but it was quite a while ago. First, the computer will have to be able to boot to the external drive. Then you would have to set it to be the first boot device in the BIOS when you want to boot from it.

Sorry if I'm not being very clear but I'm at work and doing this from memory.
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Now I understand what you're wanting to do. I have done it before but it was quite a while ago. First, the computer will have to be able to boot to the external drive. Then you would have to set it to be the first boot device in the BIOS when you want to boot from it.

Sorry if I'm not being very clear but I'm at work and doing this from memory.
And I'm cool with all that. What I need to figure out is how to set all that up correctly during the installation process (that being installing a distro to the external HDD). Like I said, the only way I can get the option to install the bootloader to the external drive is using the manual partitioning option and its tricky to figure out AND be confident that I'm in no way affecting my internal drive...because the internal and all its partitions show up on there as well. I'd be way more confident to throw caution to the wind if when I clicked on my external drive, the internal drive would go away so I'd know for sure it wasn't in play.
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I'm half tempted now that I already have Kubuntu installed on my external HDD by using the automatic/guided method, to boot back to the Kubuntu live disc (pendrive) and re-install it over the top of itself. I think the manual method might be easy then since it's already partitioned for a typical install.

OR, will it not work over a pre-existing install since the partitions are already being used?

In either case, I'd rather learn the correct, manual way to do it during the initial install. If that plan did work, it'd be more of a workaround than anything.
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What I do and it works for me is create a partition on the external hard drive. You can do that with Windows or whichever OS already installed on the main computer. You do not have to format it, but just create it and then start the installation routine again.

Once the installation has started, choose the manual route and go from there. Just pay attention to which device you're working with /dev/sda or /dev/sdg.

The external partition can be as big as you would like, from 10gb on up. 20gb or bigger would be better. If you have Ubuntu already installed, you can let the external OS use the current swap partition.

When it comes time for Grub, install it into the external drive's root partition and not the MBR (sda).
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When I want to make sure a certain drive is not brought into play, I just unplug the damn thing...
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Not a bad idea. I have considered that. My tower is somewhat of a pain to access in it's current home but it'd be squat compared to rebuilding the contents of that internal drive. I don't even want to contemplate the nightmare that would accompany that.
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Actually, didn't turn out so well. I moved the tower and the cable connecting the external was taught enough that it pulled the external drive off the back of the desk and it landed on the floor and broke. Experiment over. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.
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Dude, I'm terribly sorry to hear that... I remember the sick feeling I had when I did a similar thing.
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Hey guys, I've just recently installed Linux Mint on my Dell laptop (I have a thread in this forum about it slowing down) and there are (quite) a few things I don't understand. No really!

One of the things that came up in my other thread was that Moodyblues asked me why I only had one mount point. LOL. No reason except that I have no idea what mount points are or how many I should have. I only set one up ("/") because the installer wouldn't install Linux without it.

This is what my system looked like when Moody asked me:



She got me wondering whether I should set up other mount points, but... without consciously doing anything that would change things, I now have TWO mount points:




For some reason my DATA partition (from my old Win 7 installation) now has a mount point /media/dave/DATA.

I don't know how this happened or whether it is ideal. Could anyone enlighten this poor ignorant soul?

ANOTHER thing... I have setup Dropbox but it isn't working as I would expect. Every time I reboot my computer, Dropbox cannot find my dropbox folder - which is on the DATA partition. I have found I need to click on DATA in files because the drive isn't mounted. Then I need to kill Dropbox in Terminal and restart it and then it syncs (I'm learning stuff .)

I'm wondering why this partition isn't mounting automatically, and when it is mounted the Removable Drives notification appears in the "system tray" and when I click on it, DATA appears in a list (sorry don't know the linux lingo for that bottom right-hand part of the "task bar" - or for the task bar, for that matter.)

My DATA partition is obviously being considered a removable drive, and I'm wondering how I can change this so that Dropbox works automatically.
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What I like to do is have a root (/) partition and a separate /home partition. This is so that I can reinstall Linux (currently Mint) without affecting the data in my /home folder.

I've only had to do that twice, to be honest with you, but old habits...

Anyway, having a separate /Data partition is fine. I have a separate /Data partition formatted NTFS as well, because I dual-boot Win 8 and Linux Mint 15.

I keep my music and any other data that I might need to be able to access from either OS on that partition, since Windows does not natively see the Linux partitions.

Ubuntu (and therefor Mint) no longer automounts NTFS partitions on bootup, but it is a simple procedure to fix that; just Google "automount NTFS ubuntu".

I'd do it for you, but I am pressed for time this morning.
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Ubuntu (and therefor Mint) no longer automounts NTFS partitions on bootup, but it is a simple procedure to fix that; just Google "automount NTFS ubuntu".

I'd do it for you, but I am pressed for time this morning.
Thanks for the info. I can search that myself now that I know the problem is that NTFS partitions don't automount. The difference a little bit of knowledge can make!
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What I do and it works for me is create a partition on the external hard drive. You can do that with Windows or whichever OS already installed on the main computer. You do not have to format it, but just create it and then start the installation routine again.

Once the installation has started, choose the manual route and go from there. Just pay attention to which device you're working with /dev/sda or /dev/sdg.

The external partition can be as big as you would like, from 10gb on up. 20gb or bigger would be better. If you have Ubuntu already installed, you can let the external OS use the current swap partition.

When it comes time for Grub, install it into the external drive's root partition and not the MBR (sda).
this is pretty much what I do. I do it manually never had an issue with it.
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When I want to make sure a certain drive is not brought into play, I just unplug the damn thing...
Thanks man. I turned my frown upside down and just walked in the door with a brand new 1TB Seagate external HDD. I decided I was worth it.

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True enough, but I bet it's a good starter for those coming from OSX.
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Finally found a college kid who is taking programming for Linux. He fixed all the strange errors Kubuntu had, now it's working just fine.

Some errors I can fix myself. I did get Pale Moon and SW Iron installed - both working fine.

Fixed an error with a Canon Pixma 6000 which would not print right.
I'm suspecting that some older Canon printers that have more than 4 cartridges might have a problem. I installed the printer as i850, and reversed the cartridge order in setup. Instead of CMYK, it's KYMC. I think that the 6000 having photo cyan and photo magenta, caused the problem. Newer printers and drivers should be ok.
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Like an idiot, I have bought C&C for the third or fourth time... at least this time the programs have been recoded to work in Vista.

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A small issue.

Hoping someone here can help me out with this. I'm Using OpenSuse 13.1 with KDE Plasma Desktop.

Currently I have my *.jpg, *.png and other picture formats set for Gimp to open when I click on the file. I have tried changing this by going to the file type choosing properties and then I move up the Program I want to open that type of file in the Application Preference Order Section of the dialog box. Click the apply button and close out the dialog box I click on the File and Gimp opens up. I re select properties and in the APO its Gimp up top again. So what is going to be a better way for me to set up my prefer'd Application for the file type?
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Any chance there's an option in gimp set to auto associate image files whenever it launches?
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Any chance there's an option in gimp set to auto associate image files whenever it launches?
Good Question I'll check

Couldn't find anything
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I'm not certain but maybe try logging out and back in for the changes to take effect. You would think it shouldn't be needed but worth a try.
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I'm not certain but maybe try logging out and back in for the changes to take effect. You would think it shouldn't be needed but worth a try.
no that didn't work either there has to be some kind of association file in my home folder that i haven't found that is preventing the change. maybe a permission thing.
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Have you checked with the Open Suse forum or IRC? Also check with KDE forum or IRC channel.
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