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    networking knoppix

    ok here's the dizzle everyone. i have a serious issue. the main issue doesn't deal with linux, it deals with dang 'ol windows xp! i can't boot into it...i got a virus which corrupted that operating system and i've done everything possible to try and get it working again but everything has failed. i have about 30 gigs of files i MUST back up before reformatting!! i decided to try another operating system to back my files up onto two other computers in my household on my network. i tried several versions of linux (debian, suse, mandrake, lycoris) but for some reason my computer doesn't seem to like them. debian never finished installing, suse locked up in the middle of installation, mandrake installed perfectly fine but i couldn't figure out how to set it up with my network (i couldn't even get online to the internet) and lycoris seemed to install fine but when i booted it and typed in my log in information and password and clicked ok it showed the desktop and always does that. so i moved onto simpler methods for recorvery. knoppix live cd version 3.6 (i also have 3.4 but i'm writing this from my 3.6 cd). as you can tell because i'm writing this from it, it boots fine, everything runs fine, i can get on the internet and do whatever the heck i want to from this live cd. i can also look at hda1 and see all my windows files (which is a great relief to me). i can open them, put them onto a floppy, take 'em to another computer and edit them...but this doesn't help since i have 30 gigs of files i need to back up. i need to network with my windows xp computers to back all these files up so i can reformat my computer. i cannot find a "network neighborhood" like on xp anywhere on linux so i can look at my other computers on the network and move the files onto them. i have tried typing (the ip of another computer in my house) into the address bar of mozilla and it turned up server cannot be found. i type in and it brings up my firewall config page, so i can at least get to my firewall, and i can surf the internet so i'm obviously on our network. now that i've told you my life story...can anyone pleeease help me get on my network to back up my files!! how do you network knoppix?? (i tried knoppix std and it never finished booting just went black screen and froze)

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    Try opening Konqueror and typing smb://
    There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence.

    - Jeremy S. Anderson

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    AAAAAAAH!!! thank you SOOOOO much! you have no idea how relieved this makes me

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    Oh yes I do...just had to rescue a machine for my brother last week. I can't imagine what he'd do if he lost all his porn!
    There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence.

    - Jeremy S. Anderson

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    I have had very spotty luck with Konqueror's smb: implementation. Even when it does work, it's slow, and usually it reasks for authentication of the user and password every time I go to another directory or open a file. Basically, it's unusable.

    In contrast, smb4k is awesome for browsing/using Windows network shares. It's not on Knoppix, but it is on Mepis, a popular Knoppix variant. I no longer use Knoppix for system recovery; I find Mepis is simply better.
    Isaac Kuo, ICQ 29055726 or Yahoo mechdan

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    smb4k is awesome for browsing/using Windows network shares.
    Agreed. I've had much better luck with konqueror's smb:// browsing in recent iterations, by the way.
    There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence.

    - Jeremy S. Anderson

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    Thanks for the the question, and Flatline, thanks for the reply.

    Using SMB: was able to move important files from dead XP laptop!

    I created a directory on my XP (pc) and shared it , also gave rights to everyone (full rights) knoppix never asked for any authentification on PC and all files transfered!!

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    Why not just boot under a knoppix CD and use the NTFS read capability of the kernel to ship the files off the machine via rsync? Or pull the hard drive and mount it in a running linux box that has an NTFS-capable kernel? Why bother trying to use the Windows OS at all?

    While that hard drive is still mounted in your linux box, rsync your linux load onto it, thereby cloning an already-existing OS that doesn't stink. No need to ever build more than one linux load from scratch. Make sure you build a kernel that will run in the intended target machine, and copy it to the /boot partition, before moving the hard drive back to its rightful home and booting up.

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    Hay thanks for the reply.

    You make this all sound so easy!

    I really did NOT want to peal the HD out of that Compaq. I just wanted the files.
    Failing laptops and quickbooks files don't mix.
    Seems everyone I deal with has a backup and when the time comes, they have one from a year ago!
    Sometimes you get 1 or 2 shots at file save,,, but then,,,,

    I am very new to this, so rsync and loading knoppix on a HD is very, very interesting to me.

    In a previous life I was certified on AT&T unix, and SCO zenix.

    I have read the install instructions and really either need to play with it, or come here for some direction!

    Possibly I will pick your brain on this sometime this week.

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