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Old 26. Apr 2009, 04:37 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Maybe it has something to do with EISA Configuration (don't know what it is) and why is it labeled PQSERVICE? Does it stand for something?
To start, I don't think you did anything wrong

Just a guess but some computers come with a recover partition placed on the hard drive that is then used like a restore disk IE: EISA Configuration . My sons compaq Had a partition on his computer for this purpose. He had to use a preinstalled application that came with the computer to burn his own restore disks from the files on this partitition.
( talk about getting cheap )

Are C:\ and D:\ on the same hard drive or is D:\ a separate physical hard drive? Or to ask the question another way. Do you have two separate Hard drives? If they are on the same hard disk maybe its a shadow copy.

Hda5 appears to be the partition created for mepis. 12 Gigs which is plenty big enough for linux.

Perhaps you may want to do this first
Find out whats going on with the other partitions. If you find they are not needed and just taking up space you can then recover the hard disc space by deleting the partitions then and use your partition manager to recover the space left over. I try to make things simple.
I want my hard drive as clean and mean as possible

What to do with the mysterious hda1? Maybe nothing or if you can determine its of no use its a pretty good size for your swap drive
Perhaps reformat to ext3 file system? takes care of your swap drive. There is a caveat. I recall something about keeping the swap physically close to the root to make things run faster.

The other option is to create hda6 as your swap drive ext3 format. Reinstall mepis correcting the swap drive issue and installing grub to your root.

Go slow and careful you will find this whole process a learning event.

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Old 26. Apr 2009, 04:49 PM   #72 (permalink)
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In addition, reading through the following website may be of help to you -
http://www.mepislovers.org/forums/us...ml#s01_welcome
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Old 27. Apr 2009, 06:44 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Lightbulb MY bad! Defrag the hardrive before partitioning

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To start, I don't think you did anything wrong

Just a guess but some computers come with a recover partition placed on the hard drive that is then used like a restore disk IE: EISA Configuration . My sons compaq Had a partition on his computer for this purpose. He had to use a preinstalled application that came with the computer to burn his own restore disks from the files on this partitition.
( talk about getting cheap )

Are C:\ and D:\ on the same hard drive or is D:\ a separate physical hard drive? Or to ask the question another way. Do you have two separate Hard drives? If they are on the same hard disk maybe its a shadow copy.

Hda5 appears to be the partition created for mepis. 12 Gigs which is plenty big enough for linux.

Perhaps you may want to do this first
Find out whats going on with the other partitions. If you find they are not needed and just taking up space you can then recover the hard disc space by deleting the partitions then and use your partition manager to recover the space left over. I try to make things simple.
I want my hard drive as clean and mean as possible

What to do with the mysterious hda1? Maybe nothing or if you can determine its of no use its a pretty good size for your swap drive
Perhaps reformat to ext3 file system? takes care of your swap drive. There is a caveat. I recall something about keeping the swap physically close to the root to make things run faster.

The other option is to create hda6 as your swap drive ext3 format. Reinstall mepis correcting the swap drive issue and installing grub to your root.

Go slow and careful you will find this whole process a learning event.

Cheers
Wdhpr
Defrag is a good thing before partitioning

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Ps: I have learned so allot during this process. Harder than I thought.
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Old 27. Apr 2009, 12:57 PM   #74 (permalink)
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To start, I don't think you did anything wrong

Just a guess but some computers come with a recover partition placed on the hard drive that is then used like a restore disk IE: EISA Configuration . My sons compaq Had a partition on his computer for this purpose. He had to use a preinstalled application that came with the computer to burn his own restore disks from the files on this partitition.
( talk about getting cheap )

Are C:\ and D:\ on the same hard drive or is D:\ a separate physical hard drive? Or to ask the question another way. Do you have two separate Hard drives? If they are on the same hard disk maybe its a shadow copy.

Hda5 appears to be the partition created for mepis. 12 Gigs which is plenty big enough for linux.

Perhaps you may want to do this first
Find out whats going on with the other partitions. If you find they are not needed and just taking up space you can then recover the hard disc space by deleting the partitions then and use your partition manager to recover the space left over. I try to make things simple.
I want my hard drive as clean and mean as possible

What to do with the mysterious hda1? Maybe nothing or if you can determine its of no use its a pretty good size for your swap drive
Perhaps reformat to ext3 file system? takes care of your swap drive. There is a caveat. I recall something about keeping the swap physically close to the root to make things run faster.

The other option is to create hda6 as your swap drive ext3 format. Reinstall mepis correcting the swap drive issue and installing grub to your root.

Go slow and careful you will find this whole process a learning event.

Cheers
Wdhpr
I did a little research on PQSERVICE and EISA Configuration, turns out they're for restoring computers (as you've mentioned) and they are deletable as long as you have other backups. Here's some info on them:

For info on PQSERVICE:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=11584
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=46457

For info on EISA Configuration:
http://www.duxcw.com/yabbse/index.ph...3Bthreadid=628
http://intelligentshare.com/2008/01/...ration-on.html

As for your question about my hard disk, I only have one, C: and D: are on the same hard disk but it ain't a shadow copy. Basically, C: contains system and program files while D: contains My Document and other files I've used or created. And yes, I've defragment before installing MEPIS (I remembered I've heard this somewhere before).

Regarding MEPIS, I'm not going to reinstall it yet. Right now, it works fine (so far no problems) and I'm going to "play" with it for a while, there's just so many options and settings that I couldn't fully explore yet, it's so much more configurable than Windows (which is a very good thing). I need some time to "play around" with it before I reinstall.

That reminds me, what's the panel, dock bar, kasbar and other bars for? To be more precise, what's the dock bar for, I couldn't find anything for it to do.
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Old 27. Apr 2009, 07:43 PM   #75 (permalink)
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That reminds me, what's the panel, dock bar, kasbar and other bars for? To be more precise, what's the dock bar for, I couldn't find anything for it to do.
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Use the desktop configuration wizard. Yup it has one. You can make mepis pretty much anyway you want. You can make it look and feel like windows if you like. Don't know why you would want that other than its familiar.
Have fun and explore.

If you are using a nvidia video card go to system assistance (widows x) I think. Not sure I'm booted into windows right now. Anyway there is a menu option to utilize the New nvidia driver. You will have to reboot and it will make a world of difference with your graphics

There are many games for linux (tons Actually) Some are good, some are remade versions of windows games, some are ancient and yes some are lame.
Occasionally you will start a game and get a blank screen and a out of range message. There is a shift f key combination to get out of it. But expect this to happen.

Have fun. Linux is very cool in some ways. I like the speed. Oh by the way are you using the 32 bit version of mepis? I'm using the 64 bit version because my system is 64 bit. I wanted see how much better linux handles 64 bit software compared to Vista. Linux is superior in this regard.

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Use the desktop configuration wizard. Yup it has one. You can make mepis pretty much anyway you want. You can make it look and feel like windows if you like. Don't know why you would want that other than its familiar.
Have fun and explore.

If you are using a nvidia video card go to system assistance (widows x) I think. Not sure I'm booted into windows right now. Anyway there is a menu option to utilize the New nvidia driver. You will have to reboot and it will make a world of difference with your graphics

There are many games for linux (tons Actually) Some are good, some are remade versions of windows games, some are ancient and yes some are lame.
Occasionally you will start a game and get a blank screen and a out of range message. There is a shift f key combination to get out of it. But expect this to happen.

Have fun. Linux is very cool in some ways. I like the speed. Oh by the way are you using the 32 bit version of mepis? I'm using the 64 bit version because my system is 64 bit. I wanted see how much better linux handles 64 bit software compared to Vista. Linux is superior in this regard.

Good luck
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Hi, Wdhpr.

I've just downloaded a few packages (mostly games) to see how they compare with Windows software. There's one particular package called AMOR (Amusing Misuse of Resources). Once opened, there will be a small animation on your desktop that does silly things, you can also configure it to give tips on KDE and stuff. I learned what Ctrl+Esc does from it. There's also a package that blows holes in you desktop, I've actually blasted some holes on my desktop and I can't fix it!!! I haven't try rebooting it yet though.

Linux games are quite unique, there's a wide variety of them and I've also notice some DOS game remakes and Linux versions of Windows games. I'm using ATI video card and I didn't bother to try and configure it yet. As for how my desktop look, there's plenty of holes in them because of that "Blast" package, would've looked better without them. (Hey, that AMOR guy is flying with its jetpack again!).

I should limit myself, I'm spending way too much time configuring MEPIS than I should.
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Old 28. Apr 2009, 03:18 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Hi, Wdhpr.

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I've just downloaded a few packages (mostly games) to see how they compare with Windows software. There's one particular package called AMOR (Amusing Misuse of Resources). Once opened, there will be a small animation on your desktop that does silly things, you can also configure it to give tips on KDE and stuff. I learned what Ctrl+Esc does from it. There's also a package that blows holes in you desktop, I've actually blasted some holes on my desktop and I can't fix it!!! I haven't try rebooting it yet though.

Linux games are quite unique, there's a wide variety of them and I've also notice some DOS game remakes and Linux versions of Windows games. I'm using ATI video card and I didn't bother to try and configure it yet. As for how my desktop look, there's plenty of holes in them because of that "Blast" package, would've looked better without them. (Hey, that AMOR guy is flying with its jetpack again!).

I should limit myself, I'm spending way too much time configuring MEPIS than I should.
By the way there is a ATI option as well one for nvidia

I think I reinstalled Mepis about three times. I played with options I shouldn't have
It wasn't much of a problem because I really had nothing that I couldn't afford to loose.
As far a games go, As you become more familiar with mepis you may be interested in a App called Wine. Its creates a emulation environment to run windows programs including higher end games Don't expect to play the latest 3d shootem ups though.

I have had this same multi boot setup for over six months now. I really like having my linux option. Its been very stable. I also have a image of my mepis os as it is right now, burned onto a single dvd normal compression and fits on one dvd (how cool is that) using True image

My advice is not installing things like a virtual desktop inside linux. others may disagree. I found it corrupted my partition. Anyway if you dual boot to windows why bother if you can use wine for certain windows programs.

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By the way there is a ATI option as well one for nvidia

I think I reinstalled Mepis about three times. I played with options I shouldn't have
It wasn't much of a problem because I really had nothing that I couldn't afford to loose.
As far a games go, As you become more familiar with mepis you may be interested in a App called Wine. Its creates a emulation environment to run windows programs including higher end games Don't expect to play the latest 3d shootem ups though.

I have had this same multi boot setup for over six months now. I really like having my linux option. Its been very stable. I also have a image of my mepis os as it is right now, burned onto a single dvd normal compression and fits on one dvd (how cool is that) using True image

My advice is not installing things like a virtual desktop inside linux. others may disagree. I found it corrupted my partition. Anyway if you dual boot to windows why bother if you can use wine for certain windows programs.

Have fun
Wdhpr
Maybe I should be careful not to mess with MEPIS so much and I should reinstall MEPIS soon, with swap and home partition and all, and remove hda1 in the process. I'll probably do it this or next (or the next next) Sunday cause that's the only day I'll have enough time. Maybe I should also create an image of MEPIS first.

About Wine, I've heard of it in some Linux forums before and didn't knew it exist in MEPIS until just now, thought it would come pre-installed, I'm downloading it now as I type this post. When you say virtual desktop, do you mean the one MEPIS had pre-installed or something else? Don't see much harm in the virtual desktops that came with MEPIS (maybe it's because I hardly ever use them).

Well, the holes I've made using that "Blast" package disappeared after rebooting, now I'm making more and enjoying the views from these "holes", I can see through Firefox with them!
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Maybe I should be careful not to mess with MEPIS so much and I should reinstall MEPIS soon, with swap and home partition and all, and remove hda1 in the process. I'll probably do it this or next (or the next next) Sunday cause that's the only day I'll have enough time. Maybe I should also create an image of MEPIS first.
Paragon is offering a partition manager 2009 free at GAOTD
I hear its a good product.

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When you say virtual desktop, do you mean the one MEPIS had pre-installed or something else? Don't see much harm in the virtual desktops that came with MEPIS (maybe it's because I hardly ever use them).
Its a open source product that allows a person to run a OS inside a OS

I used to run windows98 inside windowsxp using virtual desktop. It was slow and clunky and screwed up my partion.

Your mepis OS has its own partition and its totally different than virtual desktop.

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