Configuration of Everything!?!?

I'm a very windows and Dos literate person, but I'm totally linux illiterate.  Three parts to this question:
1. I have a STB velocity 4400 video card (AGP 16M) and a Gateway VX700 monitor....not listed in xf86config and I can't change the's stuck at 600x400 and is all pixelated. Need to change it so that I can actually read things.
2. I have a creative soundblaster sound card (embedded in my motherboard)....will this work with linux? If so, how do I get sound?
3. I have a cisco dsl router...can I set this up under linux? I think my ISP is ok with linux, but I don't know how to get linux to recognize it.
Oh yeah, one more.... 4. I have a smart and friendly cdracer cdrw.  Will this be recognized under linux?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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1. If you have Xconfigurator, use it (as root). It will probably figure out which card to use. You will need to know the sync specifications on your monitor. These are to be found in the manual on the monitor or on-line.

2. Yes, Soundblasters work well with Linux. Use sndconfig to set it up, assuming you installed sound support when you set up your system.

3. Yes, your Cisco router will work fine. It is just another network device. See the HOWTO on setting up networks.

4. Smart & Friendly is recognized and should work fine. If it was installed when you installed Linux, your installer routines may have already set it up for you. You will need to get software if you wish to write to it but you can get that free. I suggest going to and seeing what software they have available. No one can select your software for you.

Work through some of this. Check the HOWTOs (maybe in /usr/doc/HOWTO). If you are still having problems call again with specifics. Be sure to list what brand and version (i.e. distribution) of Linux you are using, what hardware is involved and the text of any error messages you get.

J Crouchet

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compound79Author Commented:
I got the screen mode to actually get to 800x600 but now I can't get it to do anything past 8bpp and I know that my card and my monitor can do more. I tried xvidtune and Xconfigurator and they don't do anything about that.  I got the sounds working.  Working on the cisco router/modem.  If anyone has a suggestion for switching bpp I would appreciate it.....thanks again!
When you are in Xconfigurator when it asks you if you want to use the default, say NO and you should get to a screen that lets you choose the resolution and color depth. Does that screen give you any options above 800x600@8bits?

Sorry, I don't know what bpp is.

J Crouchet
Duh. Ok, I see BitsPer Pixel. Because it was near the stuff about the router I thought it had something to do with that and while I know about SLIP, CSLIP, MPPP and PPP I was puzzled about BPP. Now I get it.

J Crouchet
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