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Linux Setup Questions - Newbie


I am trying to set my PC up with SUSE Standard Server 8.  I have installed it on my laptop as a dual boot.  Which works fine.

1) When I boot into linux I am only using part of my screen.  How do I check my screen setttings and see what screen resolution I am using?

2) I have access to a wireless network and I have a Microsoft wireless card (Microsoft I Know) .  Where do I go to try and add new hardware or see what hardware is recognized?  

3) I tried to load wget from the rpm package using rpm -i wget.rpm.  It comes back and says it failed dependencies and requires info?   Where is a good place to find RPM packages?  Where can I find the info RPM I need?

Thanks, for looking and I would appreciate any other suggestions you may have which might make the transition easier.  
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
1. You can check the log file /var/log/XFree86.0.log for the resolution that was used. Look for the first line that contains the string "Modline" - this should be the size that is used for your screen. You should probably re-run the YaST2 X configuration (you can also start sax2 directly). You find all the configured settings in /etc/X11/XF86Config

2. You may have to upgrade to a later version of SuSE for this to work. Which card is it?

3. Where did you get wget from? If it's not a SuSE package, don't install it. Do you have access to your installation CDs? If so, then just start up YaST2 and install wget from the CDs. This will automatically resolve any dependencies.
3) Where is a good place to find RPM packages?

--check http://rpmfind.net/

Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
For SuSE RPMs go either to your installation CDs, or to ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/8.0 (or any other version you need RPMs for).
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Check out this list for linux wireless lan drivers
and then read this faq about installing the linux drivers.  I think it will work and should not be too difficult.

rpms foir wireless are here

good luck
qvfpsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the suggestions.  I will try them and let you know how I make out.  
qvfpsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the assistance.   I am further along now than I was a short time ago.  

Sorry khkremer.  I meant to split the points but I did not get that option.    

Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
You can post a request in the Support are (see the link at the top of the page) and ask them to reopen this question. You should get the choice to accept more than one answer (see this link for more information: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Linux_Setup/help.jsp#hi69)
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