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    try the cds on a different system and see if that helps
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    don't have another system.

    I do have another motherboard, PcChips M825G

    But that's a job that I'm not willing to do tonight.

    I do like StartCom OS, which is a major multi-media release
    based on RedHat (not Fedora).

    The only thing I don't like is they have no package management
    and are forced to deal with the ole RPM issues on installs.

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    Why don't you try CentOS if you are after a RHEL based distro, comes with YUM and up2date for package management software.

    If other distros like Suse and fedora install fine on your system, it just may be that the Mandrake cd's are corrupt or something along those lines.
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    I don't think so on the MDK cd's... like I stated above... this has been going
    on for sometime thru several versions.

    I thought CentOS was for business people. That's why I have never dl'd it.

    Funny thing is... I really prefer debian based distros tho I've been on a RPM
    kick for a while.

    My fav used to be Mepis tho I got tired of it when it started acting up after
    a while. It's not as stable as some lead one to believe.

    I've actually been bugging Turbo Linux to get a new version of 10F out
    and then I would be willing to make the purchase. It's been TOO long since
    their last release!

    Tried Linspire too... They are TOO slow to release and even tho they have
    some nice progs, I think the basics of their overall OS is lagging. It isn't as
    clear and clean as Suse or Fedora. Suse is really getting clear and crisp
    looking tho I really don't care for the OS after Novell took it over.

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    Well, RHEL is aimed at the business market, but if you want the RH experience minus the price, CentOS is the way to go.
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    I really like StartCom tho I wish they would figure out a way to get some
    package management going.

    What about multi-media in Cent OS? What size of repository do they have?
    Does it contain a lot of multi-media too?

    I am a big multi-media user. That's why I've also been trying to get aLinux
    up and running. No success on that one either.

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    well, since packages are from RHEL, multimedia is likely to be included, since i haven't tried it, i can't say for sure. It was one of those choices which kept popping up when i was looking for a new distro.

    What problems are you having with multimedia? i can run pretty much any video/music file on SuSE. Just had to install some codecs and their multimedia packs to get dvd and mp3 support...
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    Novell says it is illeagal to install libs to play DVD movies tho many other
    distros do this by default!

    What is Novell's problem?? There were too many multi-media issues that
    had arose while using Suse 9.3. I bought this package from Novell, thinking
    I would get support. Well let me tell you... they didn't help me one bit!
    Everytime I would call them or write, they would give me some BOGUS
    excuse as to why they could not help me and told me to seek help in the
    forums. All I have to say to Novell is... A$$HOLES!!!!!!!!!

    I told them I would NEVER spend another penny on ANY of their distros!!


    So as you can see... there is a little of a heated issue here. That's why I
    was hoping for Mandriva to someday come thru. NOT!

    Oh well...

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    Here's all the file you need to get DVD's to play in SuSE 9.3, you can have everything done in less than 5 minutes and if you install the latest xine-ui you will also get rid of the warning screen in xine.
    http://cambuca.ldhs.cetuc.puc-rio.br/xine/

    It's against US copyright and DRM laws to use libdvdcss, as for the fact that Novell chose not to violate US law so be it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management
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    Like LondoJowo said, it is illegal in US and many other countries to use libdvdcss. However, people still install it and so far there haven't been any 2 am doorknocks demanding that the software be uninstalled.

    and for playing other media formats, just install MPlayer, either via rpm or with apt. You definately could have used these forums when you had trouble with SuSE and we could have pointed you in the right directions about multimedia playback.

    Oh well, whats been done has been done...
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