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Linux Newbie

Good morning/afternoon

I want to switch from WinXP to LInux and I am on the way to install Suse10 on another partition of the computer. Though, I have stupid questions :
- I have a NTFS external hard disk (that I use with my WinXP). Will I be able to read/write the files that are already on it ?
- On install, computer is "blocking" - clock turning on "network card detection" - There is no network card in my computer.
- Is Suse or another Linux O/S sort of plug and play or do you have to install manually all the scanners, printers, nvidia card,....
- I am a bit nervous about ADSL connection as I am looking for drivers for AZTECH 100U and I cannot find it.

Thanks for the answers
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pixie2003
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rindiCommented:
1. reading ntfs is no problem, writing normally needs extra efforts (ntfs kernel module reconfiguration, as the default is set to read only as standard, or using a 3rd party tool, captive-ntfs http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/).

2. Before the setup starts, you should be able to select options where you can turn off unwanted options that might hang the system. As I'm not current with SuSE I can't go into details.

3. It is somewhat plug'nplay, but many printers and scanners only work on windows. Although these will be seen on your linux box, you might not find a driver for them. Before buying such retarded products, make sure they are user friendly and not solely sponsored by Bill from redmond!

4. ADSL shouldn't be a problem (by the way, an ADSL connection usually is looked upon as a network, so that may be the reason your system is hanging during installation. Phyisicaly remove that modem before starting the installation.
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pixie2003Author Commented:
Thnk you for your answer.
I was just wondering if Suse is the best Linux OS to start with ! I went through a few forums and it seems to be the best to use. Maybe you can recommend me a few forums or web sites wher I could find at about Linux general concepts  / help.

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rindiCommented:
Most of what you need to know about linux you'll find here:

http://tldp.org/
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avatechCommented:
SuSE is a very rich distribution with tons of apps, bells and whistles.  It was my first choice way back when =)  You may also want to consider ubuntu, which is based on Debian linux.  It's very newbie friendly and straight-forward instalaltions.

As for the secondary drive, you may want to consider changing the partition to FAT or FAT32 if you want to reliably read and write to it.  Although you can read NTFS partitions and files, writing to them is a tad complicated and not recommended.  You cna get eval CDs of most linux distributions now, meaning you can burn an ISO to a bootable CD and get a live trial of different linux systems without having to install anything as it boots and runs from CD.

www.ubuntu.com

If you have the time, I suggest trying several of the different flavors.  I recommend Ubuntu to new users myself but SuSE is also very robust and Windows-like for an easy transition.
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pixie2003Author Commented:
Thank you for the comments.

I have tried to install both....and I have problem. Neither Suse nor ubuntu did detect my USB Modem which means that I do know how to connect to Internet, which is really the key of everything because once you are on the found you find the info you need to add hardware / devices settings for your O/S. So I need help to have the modem detected....
Other point is that neither Suse nor ubuntu can enter in my S-ATA HDD. It is detected but the device is not mounted. How can you do that.
In the previous comment, you said that NTFS was not easy to manage for Linux. Can I transform my NTFS partition to FAT32 without damaging the data on it ?

If I find answers to those points, I will go to Linux definetely. Fade up of XP keyboard freezing and crashes.
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rindiCommented:
Do you have a copy of knoppix around? This is a fully functional Linux Distro that runs completely off a CD. It has very good plug'n'play. Use it to check if it can configure the modem and also if it can mount the SATA drive. If it finds and can use these devices we might be able to get the necessary info from there to your SuSE or ubuntu installation to get them working. If things don't work with knoppix, we may need more info, like what your mainboard is, and if the modem is USB or whatever. Also what version of SuSE you tried installing.

http://knoppix.net
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pixie2003Author Commented:
I am tring to install Suse 10.0.
Modem is USB Modem Aztech 100U
Mainboard is ASUS K7V
CPU is AMD Athlon 1.6 GHZ


But I thought thta Suse was pretty good at plug and play...
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rindiCommented:
It is, but so is knoppix as long as you get a newer version. Sometimes something gets picked up there which doesn't in another OS.
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pixie2003Author Commented:
I do not undersatnd how you can run an OS from a CD as you need to write data on a Hard Drive, no ? Is Knoppix formatting the Hard Drive as well, does it accept Dual boot with XP (which did run very well with Suse and ubuntu).

As I understand the Modem is considered as Network with an IP adress that can be pinged and so on. How do I know what is the correct IP for my modem so that the modem can be setup ?
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rindiCommented:
No, knoppix doesn't touch the disk. It needs some RAM though, as it writes to a RAM disk, and if it finds a swap partition on the HD it will also use that. It is an ideal tool to troubleshoot a system, recover data from a drive that can't be accessed by windoze for some reason, and it is also perfect to learn how to use linux.

As for the modem, that depends on your ISP. Normally when your modem connects to the ISP he provides you with a temporary IP Address as normally you don't get a dedicated IP (except if you pay extra). You should have a setup procedure from your ISP to setup the modem correctly. Usually you will need to enter a username and password somewhere which he provides you with. If this is a USB modem, I'd try to get something different, one which connects to a network interface on your PC and is combined with a router. These will normally include a builtin firewall and you can also connect more than one PC at the same time, and still only have one IP address to the outside.
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avatechCommented:
It's been my experience that modems are touch and go under any brand of linux.  If you have a solid external modem or a non "Win" modem where physical hardware has been replaced with software drivers, you should be ok.  I did a Google search on "usb modem linux" and the results don't look pretty.  This is one of the areas that most linux distributions fall a little short, IMHO.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=usb+modem+linux&btnG=Google+Search

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rindiCommented:
It's an ADSL modem, not a winmodem or similar, so that should be less of a problem.
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avatechCommented:
Ah didn't see where it was a DSL modem.  Don't modern Cable / DSL modems come with an ethernet port?  I'd use that connection method regardless of operating system =)
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rindiCommented:
There are very cheap ones that use the USB port. Also I'd get those with ethernet, or better a router, as these are far more flexible and normally have much better options for setting up, particularly they usually have a firewall.
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