__/ [Blinky the Shark] on Monday 26 December 2005 08:38 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [Blinky the Shark] on Monday 26 December 2005 07:37 \__
>>> Mandriva 2006, clean install.
>> Have you reinstalled yet? Maybe an arbitrary fluke? Any
> No. If we can't come up with a reason and a fix for this, it's
> serious enough that I'll reconsider staying with Mandr*. If the
> only fix is a reinstallation of the OS, I'll go distribution
> shopping; that's just too much like Windows. I don't *want* to,
> but I don't want to be waiting, every day, for the next
> lockout/reinstall cycle. That's just wrong.
Some people are still waiting for the next version that adds something new:
>> 'drop-back' to an older version still possibility? I recall
> If you mean simply reinstalling an older version, sure it's a
> possibility. But not one I wish to do, given that many programs
> depend on newer versions of toolkits and such that aren't
> happening in older releases.
I know what you mean. I have a 3+-year-old version of SuSE and it is proof
that old libraries are difficult to update and thus certain software cannot
be installed. The amount of customisation is what makes upgrade a deterrent.
It would be highly time-consuming, but probably worth the investment.
Meanwhile I installed the latest of SuSE elsewhere. Love it.
>> you running Mandriva 9.2 with KDE 3.1. Is that correct? I used
>> Mandrake 9.2 for 3 days (it was pre-in- stalled) before it
>> screwed the partitions table (maybe it was /my/ fault, but it
>> didn't protect me from my own poor judgement). I could not
>> reboot, so I crosses over to Ubuntu. That one machine
>> currently runs SuSE 9.3, which I am very pleased with. I run
>> SuSE at the University as well and no problems for over 2
>> years. I hear good things about Mandriva, but make your own
>> judgement. Have a YaSTastic Christmas (no recommendation intend-
> I mentioned in the other thread where someone was dealing with
> this issue (unsucecssfully so far) with me that I had a shiny new
> DVD of SuSE 10.0 in the stack with my Mdr2006 CDs. He had a
> horrible tale of warning about what sounds like very serious
> mount/unmounting issues with SuSE, that SuSE's developers were
> turning a blind eye to.
I have been on the SuSE newsgroup for quite some time and haven't come across
> I had ALL kinds of problems with USB in Mandrake 9.x. I've played
> with 2006 enough in the last few days (just not as blinky <g>) to
> see it doing a bang-up job with
> seeing/mounting/accessing./unmounting my scanner, my card reader
> (with SD, xD and CF cards), my camera (with xD and CF cards), an
> old Zip drive, and a Lexar jumpdrive.
[Fully aware that it's the wrong group for this to be posted:]
SuSE 9.3 recognised everything in my posession 'out of the box'.
-HP 2100 scanner
-Monitor (once I set things correctly in the BIOS)
No command-line messiness. YaST did everything.
> OT: I have an oddity with my BIOS -- in POST, it freezes on the
> first screen (Press ESC to skip memory test, Press DEL to enter
> BIOS, etc.) if I have *anything* plugged into USB. That screen is
> never completely written. Dead freeze; requires a power-off
> restart. USB and I have sorta never got along well. :)
I saw this last week on somebody's laptop. Perhaps BIOS attempts a USB reboot
first. It should freeze, but it's worth checking. Check which devices take
precedence in BIOS. It's usually floppy, ATAPI CD-ROM, then hard-drive or
network boot. Some modern hardware takes a step further and assumes USB
boots to be rather ordinary. Linux on your keychain might be the next
popular thing. Better than a live CD.
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