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yarddad
April 29th, 2010, 02:02 AM
I am completely a Linux newbie! I am intimidated by the terminal. I have been reading forums and help sites for incredible amounts of time, there is literally so much info that don't know where to start. I know I have alot to learn and really like what I see of Linux so far. I am setting up a machine for my daughter with an old compaq board, 2.7 ghz celeron and 1 gb ram, integrated graphics is intel 82....something. The system is very responsive now unlike its XP configuration. Over the last 2 weeks I have installed Ubuntu Karmic 9.10, 5 times along with updates, usually because I had trouble loading the drivers for a GeForce 6200 pci graphics card, the card iws good and was used with this same system.. The screen usually went blank, but text appeared telling me the drivers were not installed and giving the "one session low graphics mode option, which did not work. My questions are as follows (1) Will this card enhance graphics with current drivers available allow "Visual Effects"? (2) What book would be best, Linux Bible or Linux for dummies....or others? (3) Do I need to "disable" or remove the onboard driver before the install? Any help is appreciated!

Naitsirhc Hsem
April 29th, 2010, 02:08 AM
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

free, old, easy to understand, good for newbies and medium level users. best beginners guide I have found so far.

Jive Turkey
April 29th, 2010, 02:13 AM
For your graphics card do you get a graphical login at all? or does it only show the text?

wojox
April 29th, 2010, 02:14 AM
Yes your nvidia card you'll need to turn on visual effects.

I started with Linux for Dummies a year ago this month and got a basic understanding of Linux in general. You can download The Ubuntu Manual here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1464905

yarddad
April 29th, 2010, 02:37 AM
Thanks for the info and link, sounds like it's just what I need. I will not let these little issues stop me! As for the graphical login I get several windows with options; reconfigure graphics, troubleshoot, etc.., but none did anything when used. I did a cntrl alt f2 and opened a terminal? screen which asked me to login. I typed my password but it failed to initiate any action and was told it was incorrect. I wrote it down so i know it was right. It was probably something else I was doing wrong.

Naitsirhc Hsem
April 29th, 2010, 02:42 AM
That's the Spirit!!

2hot6ft2
April 29th, 2010, 03:04 AM
Here are some more ubuntu guides

Karmic Koala Bible AND so much more good info. (http://www.makeuseof.com/tech-fun/search/?cx=009717636731598800244%3Aqhe4rh7wuxs&cof=FORID%3A11&q=Ubuntu+Karmic+Koala+Bible&sa=%C2%A0#288)
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Karmic
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1011078
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Main_Page

A couple cheat sheets you can print out
http://fosswire.com/post/2008/4/ubuntu-cheat-sheet/
http://fosswire.com/post/2007/8/unixlinux-command-cheat-sheet/

Command line guide
http://tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/

If you can boot into low graphics mode then go to
System > Administration > Hardware Drivers
It should show a graphics driver if available.
Select the one that is recommended in the top section and click Activate at the bottom for it to download and install it for you.
You will have to reboot when it finishes.

nss0000
April 29th, 2010, 03:13 AM
I am completely a Linux newbie! I am intimidated by the terminal. I have been reading forums and help sites for incredible amounts of time, there is literally so much info that don't know where to start. I know I have alot to learn and really like what I see of Linux so far. I am setting up a machine for my daughter with an old compaq board, 2.7 ghz celeron and 1 gb ram, integrated graphics is intel 82....something. The system is very responsive now unlike its XP configuration. Over the last 2 weeks I have installed Ubuntu Karmic 9.10, 5 times along with updates, usually because I had trouble loading the drivers for a GeForce 6200 pci graphics card, the card iws good and was used with this same system.. The screen usually went blank, but text appeared telling me the drivers were not installed and giving the "one session low graphics mode option, which did not work. My questions are as follows (1) Will this card enhance graphics with current drivers available allow "Visual Effects"? (2) What book would be best, Linux Bible or Linux for dummies....or others? (3) Do I need to "disable" or remove the onboard driver before the install? Any help is appreciated!

Impossibly complex. Keep fudging. Figure on three years minimum to get a little bit comfortable.

Rasa1111
April 29th, 2010, 03:22 AM
from one newb to the next......

(pros, dont hit me) lol
you really dont even need the terminal until you get more comfy with everything else. ;)

Ubuntu kung fu is a good book.
and the ubuntu pocket guide already posted was a good one to.
(even though they to made me think I would need the terminal more than i really do) lol

now that i am a bit more comfy in Ubuntu. (after a handful of months)..

honestly, all I really use terminal for is to quickly install and remove apps, and 'clean' my system.

I also have been 'web browsing' through the terminal lately, and that is an interesting experience! lol

good luck, and congrats on the conscious decision. :) :D

Blessings

WinterRain
April 29th, 2010, 03:24 AM
Impossibly complex. Keep fudging. Figure on three years minimum to get a little bit comfortable.

Why would you say these things?

To anyone reading, that is definitely not true. Sure, it may take a little while, but not even close to 3 years. Plus, it depends on the person, as some people are faster learners than others.

Just have a little patience and you will be fine.

Rasa1111
April 29th, 2010, 03:51 AM
Why would you say these things?

To anyone reading, that is definitely not true. Sure, it may take a little while, but not even close to 3 years. Plus, it depends on the person, as some people are faster learners than others.

Just have a little patience and you will be fine.


Definitely.

whats wrong, nss0000? . lol

I am a n00b, straight up!
Been using Ubuntu for 5 months, max.
Never used Linux OS before it.
(and I was definitely intimidated~)

Since then, I have not had any problems that weren't easily worked out,
and nothing that I havent been able to handle, especially with this forums help.
( complete linux noob, remember)

Now, 5 or so months later,
I have installed and set up Ubuntu on at least 10 people computers,
and every one of them is running perfectly.
(the users are also linux noobs)

I am now getting more comfy with the terminal also,
(at first, i thought one couldnt use ubuntu right without using terminal often)
but that is not true.

Once i became aware,
of the fact that I could use, navigate, and work in ubuntu, without having to use terminal,
things started picking up. lol

and now i find myself actually wanting to use terminal, and learn it more.
but just a few months ago, it scared the poo outta me!! lol :lol:

Impossibly complex, it is Not.

I assure you.

Ive got my mother and father both using it now at their homes ,
all on their own..
and they love it, and are doing fine with it.
(and my mother is FAR from tech savvy) lol

Keep at it man, you wont regret it, :KS

Moozillaaa
April 29th, 2010, 05:29 AM
Worth a try anyway...

yarddad
April 30th, 2010, 11:57 AM
Thanks to all of you. I will pick up at least one of the books and get the small downloadable guide. As far as the terminal was concerned I was really desperate to get into the system! But I would like to learn it for those times when it's necessary. Since the original problem I have a fresh install with all available updates. I haven't put the graphics card in yet. I My mission is to get it working! I have to go out of town for a few days so I won't be able to get it done until I get back. So if I don't reply quickly it's not because I am ignoring anybody. I truly appreciate there are so many, willing to read, analyze and spend time helping us beginners. :D

WinterRain
April 30th, 2010, 02:43 PM
There is now a free manual available for download. See my sig.

TBABill
April 30th, 2010, 03:46 PM
I still think of myself as a newb after many months using Ubuntu and distro hopping with other Linux distros. I don't know a ton of command line specifics, but I do now know how to search and trust the answers I find are valid. One source of comfort can be to search the forums first for a similar post to your problem, but go to the "SOLVED" ones first. Most people will offer you the best assistance they can, but sometimes you'll get really high level, professional, expert guidance that is just what you need and step by step. You should always search for an answer before asking in case the topic has been asked/answered many times, and those discussions can be printed/saved/etc for future reference.

I like other distros as much or more, in some cases, but there is no better support than right here. Check out the other forums of distros out there...you'll see what I mean. Good luck! Keep up the positive attitude and determination. It will pay off.