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Hi!!

I´m beginner in linux and having some difficuties:

My linux is installed in a  HD with 406 MB with the following partins:
I think that the kernel version is 2.034.. but I´m not sure!!!

hda - Windows98 and Dos partions

hdb - Linux

296MB - Linux Native:
100MB - Linux Swap
10MB  - Fat  (I think so)

1- How can I write the Fat partion ?
2- How can I access my floppy drive ?   (I access it from my win98)
3- How can I access my CD-ROM Drive ?
4 - How can I print ? My printer is HP 660C

5 - My monitor is LG StudioWorks and it isn´t in the list ... Is it a problem? How can I configure it?

I´ll appreciate any help!!!

Regards,
        mrxz.
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It's a lot of questions for just 10 points! But here are some answers:

1. you could just mount your FAT. check your /etc/fstab file if any entry about /mnt/dos or to hda exists. Otherwise create a dir (e.g. mkdir /mnt/dos and mount your hda "mount -t msdos /mnt/dos /dev/hda" (check man mount)

2. If you have installed your mtools there are some dos-like commands available. Try "mdir a:" and "mcopy <file> a:".
Also check your /etc/fstab again for an entry to /dev/fd0. Or use mount like above, but for /dev/fd0.
Also in KDE or Gnome standard icons exist to access your floppys

3. same story.../etc/fstab ....mount.../dev/cdrom....KDE...gnome..standard access...

4. in X, start control-panel, and go to the printer-icon. there add your printer. then it is just a matter of "lpr <file>".
If you don't have X, read the documentation. You should check /var/spool/lp0

5.It is not a problem that it is not in the list. But check your frequences (horizontal and vertical). These are the most important to set! "you could choose a standard vga monitor. Run Xconfigurator or Xf86config. (I don't know which should be capitals in the program names exactly.

6. To find out what type your 10 MB partition is; type "fdisk /dev/hdb" choose p to print the partition table. It will tell you what it is. (m=help)

It's a lot to start with but don't give up!! You will learn a lot about PC's.
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I have no kde and X- Window installed !!! there is not much space!!!
I have postgres and I´ll see about mtools

regards,
   mrxz
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Hi!!!
I created /mnt/dos directory with mkdir,
but when I do: mount -t msdos /mnt/dos /dev/hdb6 (my FAT partion) it brings me the followin error:
 /mnt/dos is not a block device.

what is this?

thanks for any help !!!
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have you checked your fstab? If it is setup there the mount automaticly performed at boot.
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I looked at fstab file and saw something like that :

there is other things, but cann´t remember now

/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy
/dev/cd          /mnt/cdrom

Is it means that my floppy and CD-ROM are already mounted?
How can I do to access? Please note the error message when I tried to mount
mount -t msdos /mnt/dos /dev/hdb6 (my FAT partion) it brings me the followin error:
 /mnt/dos is not a block device

The Fat partion isn´t in fstab, but when I did something likely with floppy it brings a similar error.

regards,
      mrxz
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I finally made it.
I helpped very much ... but you passed me a misplaced syntax of mount.

The syntax that worked was:

to mount the FAT partion:
mount -t auto /dev/hdb6 /mnt/dos

and the others followed the same syntax!
(just changing the parameter!!!)

Thank you!!!!
Regards, mrxz.



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