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    24 days and a few problems left.

    The day I did a koppix install on my HD, I also did a reinstall of windows XP which as most of you know requires activation within 30 days. Unlike the last distro I tried (Lycoris), I have fixed every problem that would keep me from abandoning windows forever, except a few. I need a new modem and there's some other "non-problems" but I still have three real problems keeping me from being windows free. These are the remaining prblems, and If I don't fix them in the next 24 days I'm S.O.L. because I activated XP on my girlfriends laptop and I can't activate it on my desktop now.

    1. I still can't get my lexar media multi-card reader working. I know it's possible because when I boot from CD, it works perfectly, but on a HD install, I can't make it work. Everytime I try to mount a memory card I get an error telling me that it's not a valid block device.

    2. I have a pocket PC and I can't get SynCE working. http://synce.sourceforge.net/synce It requires the recompiling of the kernal after editing ipaq.h The problem is that the ipaq.h file doesn't exist.

    3. For whatever reason, ever since my last re-install of knoppix a couple days ago, my CD burner is not recognized. The CD recognizes it and it's listed while booting but there no entry in the fstab and I can't select it as a device.

    That's pretty much it. I've learned enough about linux to fix all my other problems, but these three are still killing me. If I get these done, I'll be done with windows. As always, help is appreciated.

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    XP problems

    VeeDubb
    "The day I did a koppix install on my HD, I also did a reinstall of windows XP which as most of you know requires activation within 30 days. Unlike the last distro I tried (Lycoris), I have fixed every problem that would keep me from abandoning windows forever, except a few. I need a new modem and there's some other "non-problems" but I still have three real problems keeping me from being windows free. These are the remaining prblems, and If I don't fix them in the next 24 days I'm S.O.L. because I activated XP on my girlfriends laptop and I can't activate it on my desktop now."
    WinXP allows you to install on a normal desktop & a laptop, so if you can't activate it on your 2nd system goto microsofts webpage to obtain details of your nearest microsoft licencing site who should be able to help you activate your latest install.
    I had this problem a couple of months ago.
    Alex1

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    Re: 24 days and a few problems left.

    Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubb
    The day I did a koppix install on my HD, I also did a reinstall of windows XP which as most of you know requires activation within 30 days.
    I didn't know that- never had to suffer through XP whew!

    1. I still can't get my lexar media multi-card reader working. I know it's possible because when I boot from CD, it works perfectly, but on a HD install, I can't make it work. Everytime I try to mount a memory card I get an error telling me that it's not a valid block device.
    Boot the cd- look at lsmod, write it down, copy it somewhere whatever, then boot your hd install, look at lsmod- hopefully they are the same- if not......well you know. I would also compare your fstab. Do you know about 'usbview'?
    I think it comes with Knoppix but can't remember. Open a term and type usbview and see if your device shows up there.

    3. For whatever reason, ever since my last re-install of knoppix a couple days ago, my CD burner is not recognized. The CD recognizes it and it's listed while booting but there no entry in the fstab and I can't select it as a device.
    Are you telling us that on previous installs of Knoppix your cdr was already in fstab? It's not that uncommon for a second cdr not to show up in fstab but it's easy enough to add it. If you need help post it.

    Sorry but I don't know the first thing about a tablet pc. But.......I'm working on it.

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    Re: XP problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex1
    WinXP allows you to install on a normal desktop & a laptop, so if you can't activate it on your 2nd system goto microsofts webpage to obtain details of your nearest microsoft licencing site who should be able to help you activate your latest install.
    I had this problem a couple of months ago.
    Alex1

    really? i thought the EULA said one install on one computer.....

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    XP is one install on one computer. In fact, because it had been activated on my desktop in thepast, I had to call MS on the phone and explain myself to get a new activation code.

    As for the CD burner, yes, it used to be recognized. I actualy reinstalled yesterday and it's still not there, no clue. I am trying to figure out what to put in the fstab for it. I think it's sr1.

    AS for USB vie that's the wierd thing. It's a four card reader and all of them show up as scsi hard drives when I use the CD. When I do a local install, they are all in the fstab, but they are all comented out for some bizar reason. uncommenting them does not help. When I tryt he USBview only one of the slot, the smart media slot, shows up. Where is lsmod? is it in etc.? I've never heard of this file.

    Of course to all, I realy appreciate the help. If I get these two done all I'll need is the USB ipaq driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubb
    As for the CD burner, yes, it used to be recognized. I actualy reinstalled yesterday and it's still not there, no clue. I am trying to figure out what to put in the fstab for it. I think it's sr1.
    SCSI always starts with 0 so it's scd0 then scd1 and so on. Post your fstab if you need assistance editing it. Also you should really create symlinks.

    When I tryt he USBview only one of the slot, the smart media slot, shows up. Where is lsmod? is it in etc.? I've never heard of this file.
    lsmod is not a file. enter it on the command line and it will tell you which modules (drivers) are loaded. Post it and hopefully I can tell you if all the correct usb drivers are installed. This may solve your ipaq problem too.

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    1 down, two to go.

    I edited my fstab and created a mount point for my burner, so now I can mount my CD burner, I haven't tried burning yet, but I'm sure it's fine.

    Here is my fstab.

    ## filesystem mountpoint type options dump pass
    /dev/hda5 / ext2 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
    /dev/hda6 none swap sw 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /floppy vfat defaults,user,noauto,showexec,umask=022 0 0
    /dev/cdrom /cdrom iso9660 defaults,ro,user,noexec,noauto 0 0
    /dev/sr1 /cdburn iso9660 defaults,ro,user,noexec,noauto 0 0
    # partitions found by Knoppix}}
    /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1 vfat noauto,users,exec,umask=000,uid=knoppix,gid=knoppi x 0 0
    /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1 vfat auto,users,exec,umask=000,uid=knoppix,gid=knoppix 0 0
    /dev/hda5 /mnt/hda5 ext2 auto,users,exec 0 0
    /dev/hdb1 /mnt/hdb1 vfat auto,users,exec,umask=000,uid=knoppix,gid=knoppix 0 0
    /dev/sda /mnt/sda auto noauto,users,exec 0 0
    /dev/sdc /mnt/sdc auto noauto,users,exec 0 0
    /dev/sdd /mnt/sdd auto noauto,users,exec 0 0

    As far as the card readers go, they are sda,sdb1,sdc, and sdd. I'm assuming that sdb is different because when I installed knoppix, there was a card in the slot. All 4 of those lines were commented out at first and uncommenting them did not help. Their mount points o exist and when I try to make a link on the desktop with new/harddrive, I can select them as a device. But I get the same error every time, /dev/sdwhatever is not a valid block device. I could scream.....
    THere was also a line for my floppy, but word pad in windows couldn't read the file corectly and I cropped it out on accident trying to clean up the file.


    Here are the results of lsmod. I'm afraid it's all greek to me.

    Module Size Used by Not tainted
    lvm-mod 46368 0 (autoclean)
    parport\_\{\}pc 24808 1 (autoclean)
    lp 7524 0 (autoclean)
    parport 22528 1 (autoclean) [parport\_\{\}pc
    lp]
    autofs4 8724 0 (unused)
    af\_\{\}packet 13480 0 (unused)
    agpgart 34752 0 (unused)
    ext3 62944 0 (unused)
    jbd 45524 0 [ext3]
    ntfs 50816 0 (unused)
    nls\_\{\}iso8859-1 2844 2
    nls\_\{\}cp437 4348 2
    emu10k1 59752 0
    sound 54572 0 [emu10k1]
    ac97\_\{\}codec 9992 0 [emu10k1]
    soundcore 3396 7 [emu10k1 sound]
    8139too 17096 0 (unused)
    mii 2112 0 [8139too]
    emu10k1-gp 1192 0 (unused)
    gameport 1308 0 [emu10k1-gp]
    serial 51908 0
    scanner 8668 0 (unused)
    usb-storage 54492 0 (unused)
    printer 7712 0
    usb-ohci 18088 0 (unused)
    usbcore 57120 1 [scanner usb-storage printer
    usb-ohci]
    apm 9644 1
    rtc 6908 0


    Anyway, any further help would be great.

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    Re: 1 down, two to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by VeeDubb
    Their mount points o exist
    Just to clarify - the mount points you have in fstab DO exist yes?

    But I get the same error every time, /dev/sdwhatever is not a valid block device.
    Are you trying to mount them with a card inserted?


    scanner 8668 0 (unused)
    usb-storage 54492 0 (unused)
    printer 7712 0
    usb-ohci 18088 0 (unused)
    usbcore 57120 1 [scanner usb-storage printer
    usb-ohci]
    apm 9644 1
    rtc 6908 0


    Anyway, any further help would be great.
    Become root and do a:
    modprobe scsi-mod
    Make sure a card is in the reader (at least in the one you are trying to mount) and then try to mount. Post back w/ results.

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    Yes, the mount points DO exist. I don't know much about linux, but I know that the mount points need to be created in the file system.
    Yes, obviously I'm trying when card is inserted. wil post back results soon.

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    modprobe scsi-mod does nothing
    I get an error saying something to the effect of can't loadmodule, scsi-mod or can't read module. So now what?

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