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i'm new to linux and i've installed mandrake 8.1 for the first time. Installation was succesful except for my hp3420 printer driver was not included so i chose the raw ...
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    problems with mandrake linux


    i'm new to linux and i've installed mandrake 8.1 for the first time.

    Installation was succesful except for my hp3420 printer driver was not included so i chose the raw printer option.
    My printer didn't respond to the test pages sent..

    While booting linux for the first time my monitor goes to standby mode and i can do nothing by pressing reset!

    any suggestions?

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    have you tried using the hpijs drivers HP released? im not sure if they support that printer, it looks pretty new based on the number...

    check out HP's site, they have good linux support
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    Do you mean that your monitor still goes to standby on bootup? If so, wait a few seconds, then try pressing CTRL+ALT+F1 and see if that does anything.

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    the final display before my monitor goes to stand by when linux boots is:

    Mandrake Linux release 8.1 ......
    Kernel 2.4.8 - 26 mdk on an i686/tty1

    local host login:


    As soon as i see this my monitor goes to standby!
    I pressed ctrl+alt+f1 and goes on.

    then i type the local host login which is nick and displays
    [nick@localhost nick]$ [OK]
    after that i can just type...
    ???


    how can i format the partition i've made so as to install again?
    i suppose it's going to be the same situation but i need linux so as to run unix for my university classes...

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    Wait with formatting just a while longer (or if you really want to, do it from the installation program on the CD). Type "Xconfigurator" and Enter at the prompt, and it will lead you through a configuration wizard for the X server. Be sure to answer each question accurately, or your monitor is likely to go into power saving mode or similar. Then, when you're done, reboot by typing just "reboot" and Enter. (I don't know how much kyou know about Unix, but I was thorough just to be sure)

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    Oh, and note the case sensitivity: Xconfigurator with uppercase X and all other characters lowercase, and reboot with all lowercase characters.

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    i typed Xconfigurator and returns the following msg:
    bash: Xconfigurator: command not found

    anyway should i reinstall mandrake 8.1 and how?
    [please be specific because as i've already mentioned i'm new to these..]

    ps:how can i format the partition i've made and have the disk as it was before?

    thank you

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    you will need to be root when you do this

    either log out and back in as root, or type

    su -

    and then enter the root password
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    i think the problem is i don't have a graphical interface..
    system boots without aurora...
    why is this happening and what can i do for this?

    and please tell me how can i format the partition i've made for linux so as to bring my hdd to it's previous state where windows use all the space available.

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    you can format the linux partition with win2k or XP install - the old win98 fdisk cant read the file system to format it
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