• 1. Changing to a larger disk
    I have two hard disks, one Linux and one WinXP (NTFS) that I would like to transfer to two larger hard disks. I do NOT want to reinstall the operating systems (particularly WinXP) and so setting up partitions and using cp -ax is out of the question. I thought of using dd to copy one smaller hard disk to one larger hard disk (which, hopefully, will copy the MBR and other non-file system stuff) and then using parted to add a partition in the additional space. Will this work? Thanks, Craig
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    For my Linux box at home (SuSE 9.1 Professional) I think I need a need video card. My actual hardware: Motherboard ASRock K7VM2, AMD Duron 1200+, 256MB SDRAM, ATI Rage 128 8MB AGP, 19" TFT-Monitor (Gericom C900). What is better supported under (SuSE) Linux: nVidia GeForce FX 5200 (5600) or ATI Radeon 8500 (9200)? What are your Experiences? I want to use as many features of the video card as possible. It will have an analog VGA-Adapter and an digital DVI-Adapter (with an DVI2VGA-cable) to enable two Monitors and also TV-out. Which card is faster in 2D? Which card has better hardware-MPEG-acceleration? Which card has better 3D-acceleration? A third choice would be a Matrox G450 or G550.
  • 3. Monitor flicker, caused by video card or monitor?
    I've posted about this before. I used to think it was related to SuSE, but a while back I installed Windows and my machine did the same thing. Basically what it does is it subtly turns a little darker for a brief second then goes back to normal. It happens randomly and it's extremely annoying. I have an NEC CRT 17" monitor. Only like a year and a half old. It's getting really old, though, and I'm not sure what to do. Part of me wants to replace the monitor. But then another part of me says that it could be the video card. I once tried to install Fedora Core 3 and it wouldn't install. ALWAYS got hung up on configuring X. That seems like a video card problem. Thoughts? Preston
  • 4. Prob. mounting new USB2 mem stick in SuSE9.1
    hello everybody, i recently bought a mem stick of 512MB of Transcend make. The model no of it is TS512MJF2B (JetFlash). My system specs are PIV(3.2GHz) on ASUS A800E-Delux M/B(865 chipset). The o/s is SuSE9.1 when i plugged the stick . the sys detected it and generated four(?) dirs in /media dir.(which is usual). but i found it is not mounted . then i tried to mount it manually . that also didnot work. 'dmegs' shows "no storage media found" i have earlier used older mem. sticks and it was very smooth. i feel , this is a faster USB drive and i dont have the driver/module for it. i have tried to plug it on WinXP machines and it mounts very smoothly but some older machines it mounts with the warning that this is the faster drive but driven by slower driver (something like that!!!) i looking for some help urgently on linux front. pl guide me regarding this thanks cheers, nilay


Postby Brand-X » Sat, 16 Aug 2003 08:24:03 GMT

I could really use some help.

I have Googled, visited RedHat, my mobo manufacturer, intel and Promise's
web sites posted to new groups and special interest forums but to no
avail. Perhaps I am asking the wrong questions...

I am just looking to enable a serial ata drive to operate in Linux. My
motherboard has the Intel ICH5R controller and the Promise 20376/378
controller. I have a WD Raptor, the motherboard is MSI 865PE Neo I have
the latest 2.4.20.XX kernel but I can't seem to get Linux to see my SATA
drive. I would like eventually to go to striped raid but for now I would
just settle for being able to use my new hard drive.

Surely other people are using SATA drives out there...ANY ideas at all on
how to make this work would be really appreciated. I'm happy to compile
kernel modules or even learn how to recompile the kernel if necessary, I
just need to know what to compile in or get some ideas on another way to
approach this.

Thanks for any help,


"He took a duck in the face at 250 knots"


Postby nick » Sat, 16 Aug 2003 08:31:38 GMT

Patch the kernel to 2.4.21-ac4 or better, when doing the kernel config I
believe you will need to enable SCSI low level drivers and intel PIIX


Postby nick » Sat, 16 Aug 2003 08:34:57 GMT

What distribution are you using btw? If you are using mandrake for ex, I
know that you can simply install an updated kernel through urpmi with
SATA support enabled, no need to recompile or patch.


Postby Brand-X » Sat, 16 Aug 2003 16:09:14 GMT

Thanks for your reply,

I am using RedHat 9 kernel 2.4.20.xx I think that last one is .19 or
something like that. That is the most recent update I have got from the
RedHat Udate manager and I have checked to make sure there are no more
updates. I'm not necessarily wedded to RedHat but if it was possible to
update without completely reinsatalling that would probably be good. Is
there some way that I can use what you have mentioned in redHat?



"He took a duck in the face at 250 knots"


Postby Shazbot » Sat, 16 Aug 2003 17:16:42 GMT


 I as well have this problem, using SATA for XP and ATA for mandrake, but I
am a newbie and the "you can simply install an updated kernel through urpmi
with SATA support enabled" doen not mean  a great deal to me

I have tried the mandrake control center, and have taken all the updates
available, but nothing has changed

Can you be more explicit

Thanks for your help this would be great to be abale to chosse my boot
rather than playing xith the bios every time



Postby nick » Sun, 17 Aug 2003 02:20:25 GMT

n Fri, 15 Aug 2003 08:16:42 +0000, Shazbot wrote:

probably the easiest way for you will be to go to this website:

Choose mandrake 9.1 as the dist. Go to step 2 - choose mirrors that are
close to you for main, contrib, updates. Make sure little check boxes
are ticked by each. Go to step 3. Open a terminal as root, copy and paste
all the code that pops up into the terminal and press enter. This will
upadate your rpm sources.

When this is all done you can go into Mandrake Control Center > Software
Management > Mandrake Update, search for "kernel" to list all kernel
updates (if you can't see an updated one here you could also choose
"cooker" in step 1 of "easy urpmi", but I don't recommend this these are
experimental kernels)

If you do not want to do this you can simply wait for mandrake 9.2 which
should be out shortly, 9.2 has SATA support enabled by default (you won't
have to do anything)


Postby nolo » Fri, 12 Dec 2003 14:10:19 GMT

You tried Mandrake 9.2?


Postby nolo » Fri, 12 Dec 2003 14:12:04 GMT

VIA has SATA drivers for this chipset (VT 8237) on their website


Postby John-Paul Stewart » Sat, 13 Dec 2003 01:30:45 GMT

PATA requires a driver for every chipset, too.  Most distro kernels
include them all, so things "just work".  But if you've ever built your
own kernel you've seen the broad range of chipset-specific drivers that
are available.  A quick look suggests there's at least a couple dozen
IDE chipset drivers.


Postby Richard Swanson » Sat, 13 Dec 2003 11:34:56 GMT


What is the latest on SATA compatibility?
It sounds like we're going to need a driver
for every chipset out there like SCSI.

It would be nice if the kernel would just
work like it does with PATA.

I just built a new computer with SATA drives
and now I can't find a distro that will work.
I have an ASUS A7V600 motherboard.



Postby nolo » Sat, 13 Dec 2003 15:44:09 GMT

Don't know if 8.2 has this capability but Mandrake 9.0, 9.1 ,9.2 will
allow you to load additional kernel modules to detect/support hardware
that the installer kernel doesn't support. 

You hit "F1 additional options" right at the beginning of installation and
use either "expert" (type expert) mode or "updatemodules" and put a floopy
with the appropriate module into the drive.


Postby matt -`;'- » Sat, 13 Dec 2003 16:05:13 GMT

I hear you there.  I have a Siig Ultra-ATA cn2487 and all my hard-drives are
invisible to Mandrake 8.2 during the install.  This causes it to lock-up
when it gets to the partitioning step.  I am so bummed.


Postby Leon. » Sun, 14 Dec 2003 11:14:37 GMT

No you have it wrong.

DMA 16 , UDMA33, 66, 100, 133 modes all require  chipset specific support.
but all the IDE interfaces work in PIO mode without any requirement for
chipset specific stuff.


Postby Richard Swanson » Sun, 14 Dec 2003 11:49:42 GMT

PATA drives are supported "out of the box" so a new kernel is not
nessesary. If I can't install linux in the first place, how can I
rebuild a kernel?



Postby John-Paul Stewart » Mon, 15 Dec 2003 01:22:38 GMT

But does *anybody* actually use PIO modes anymore?  Considering the
performance hit you take with PIO, I doubt it.  That's why most distro
makers compile in support for all the different IDE chipsets in their
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