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Can I safely assume that since I have been downloading all the updates I am now running A5?

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i brought this up earlier -> in the ps, i think it just needs to be turned on somewhere.

tia: for any replies


If there is a way to turn it on I cannot find it.

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hey big guy :)

i brought this up earlier -> in the ps, i think it just needs to be turned on somewhere.
btw: SimplyMEPIS-DVD-TEST_10.9.88 is now on at least one of the public mirrors :woot:, my question for both of you would be. can i use the nvidia option from usb drive or fromiso boot? it's almost a moot point, just save me one operation as i certainly intend a fresh install.

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I've loop mounted the iso and grepped the boot/isolinux/*.cfg files.

{The .cfg files are what are used for the dvd's boot menu}

Code:
kent@mepis1:~$ cd /mnt/temp/boot/isolinux/ && grep -A10 "label" *.cfg
60hz.cfg:label 60hz
60hz.cfg:  menu label ^60hz_for_older_displays
60hz.cfg-  menu 60hz
60hz.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
60hz.cfg-  append vga=788 quiet vsync=58-62 confx
60hz.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
--
alt.cfg:label altboot
alt.cfg:  menu label ^Classic_MEPIS_Xorg_config
alt.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
alt.cfg-  append vga=788 quiet confx
alt.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
--
def.cfg:label install
def.cfg:  menu label ^Default_no_Xorg_preconfig
def.cfg-  menu default
def.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
def.cfg-  append vga=788 quiet
def.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
--
nvidia.cfg:label vesa
nvidia.cfg:  menu label ^NVIDIA_Xorg_config
nvidia.cfg-  menu vesa
nvidia.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
nvidia.cfg-  append vga=788 quiet drvr=nvidia confx
nvidia.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
--
safe.cfg:label safe
safe.cfg:  menu label ^Minimum_for_testing
safe.cfg-  menu safe
safe.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
safe.cfg-  append vga=normal nosound noapic noscsi nodma noapm nousb nopcmcia nofirewire noagp nomce nodhcp nodbus nocpufreq nobluetooth quiet drvr=vesa rootdelay=20
safe.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
--
slow.cfg:label slowboot
slow.cfg:  menu label ^Slow_Default_for_USB_boot_device
slow.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
slow.cfg-  append vga=788 quiet rootdelay=10
slow.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
--
test.cfg:label test
test.cfg:  menu label ^Test_and_explore_hardware
test.cfg-  menu test
test.cfg-  com32 hdt.c32
test.cfg-
--
vesa.cfg:label vesa
vesa.cfg:  menu label ^VESA_Xorg_config
vesa.cfg-  menu vesa
vesa.cfg-  kernel /boot/vmlinuz
vesa.cfg-  append vga=788 quiet drvr=vesa confx
vesa.cfg-  initrd /boot/initrd.gz
kent@mepis1:/mnt/temp/boot/isolinux$


The nvidia.cfg entries go with the dvd's "NVIDIA Xorg config" boot option, the append line contains the kernel options/cheats that are used with it.

For fromiso or usb/unetbootin booting it looks like you could use vga=788 quiet drvr=nvidia confx cheats for the GeForce 6600 listed in your signature.


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Just got a Warren tweet officially announcing release of Beta 1. So it is a beta.

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Cool! :smile:

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Fails to boot in any of the available modes, the same as Alphas 1, 2, and 3.
After "Starting GDM, Starting CUPS", screen goes black with cursor at top left. No response from keyboard.

:bawling:

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Is anyone else seeing this please?

So far, Alpha 4 has been the only release I have been able to get to boot.

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kmathern, A5/beta1 boots ok fromiso on my box.

Code:
title MEPIS-fromiso
root (hd0,2)
kernel /distros/mepis/32/vmlinuz fromiso=/distros/mepis/32/MepisA5.iso nomce quiet vga=791
initrd /distros/mepis/32/initrd.gz

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chrispop99 wrote:
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Fails to boot in any of the available modes, the same as Alphas 1, 2, and 3.
After "Starting GDM, Starting CUPS", screen goes black with cursor at top left. No response from keyboard.

:bawling:

Chris


Is anyone else seeing this please?

So far, Alpha 4 has been the only release I have been able to get to boot.

Chris

I don't know if the order that the kernel options/cheats appear in is important or not but in my fromiso stanza I have the confx option as the last option on the line. The dvd's menu stanzas that use the confx option also all have it as the last option. If you were just adding drvr=nv to the end of the options line, you might try re-arranging things so the drvr=nv option appears before the confx option.


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anticapitalista wrote:
kmathern, A5/beta1 boots ok fromiso on my box.

Code:
title MEPIS-fromiso
root (hd0,2)
kernel /distros/mepis/32/vmlinuz fromiso=/distros/mepis/32/MepisA5.iso nomce quiet vga=791
initrd /distros/mepis/32/initrd.gz

I note that you don't use the options such as drvr=* {vesa or nv} or confx with your fromiso stanza.

I seem to recall that I was able to do that with alpha3 and alpha4 but the resulting display wasn't very pleasing.

I think when leaving out the drvr=nv and confx options it ended up using the vesa driver and gave me a 1280X1024 @60Hz display. {60Hz maybe okay for a LCD display but it gives me a headache with my CRT}


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64-bit install went smoothly on my eee using a unetbootin created flash drive, no pauses or delays. Everything works as expected from first boot.

I installed my list of apps with no issues, until I came to Skype. The only .deb packaged version from Skype for Squeeze is the Ubuntu/Debian version (which sucks because the parent is Debian, it should be in first place, while eewbuntu is the rebellious child that takes all and gives little to nothing in return). The installer claimed all dependencies were met, however, where ia32-libs was found to be installed, it really required ia32-libs-gtk. I found this out after trying to fire up Skype, which failed, so I went to check dependencies only to have any attempt to open Synaptic fail, then I found it snowballed to include any app that required root escalation. I had to reboot as logout was not sufficient, open synaptic, install ia32-libs-gtk, then I could fire up Skype without any snowballing faults.

Can I suggest that both ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk be preloaded on the next 64-bit iso to avoid future frustrations from badly written third party installers such as the gnome-centric Skype and possibly others that may have the same issue.

The Network-Manager icon for disconnected wireless networks in the tray is easily missed as a fault, it is a tiny dot and that's it. The icon needs to be either changed or animated to alert users of its presence because it's too easy to miss and interpret it as a fault. Other than that, the new configuration window for Network manager that is launched by it is outstanding when compared to the earlier version for the information it gives when the name of the connected interface is clicked.

Desktop effects were enabled but not functional until I used smxi to reset the graphics to Intel810 and changed to opengl.

Suspend to RAM works, wireless, webcam, card reader and audio all functional coming out of STR

Gnome Player fails on AVCHD playback with the following error
Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or Directory
- however, changing the video playback option to anything other than VDPAU works and I only tested .mts files, no other media present at the time of testing.

The installers new option to set your timezone is fantastic, however, the Live-Linux session still resets the CMOS clock to US time, which for me is a minimum of 13 hours behind, so on first start after installation, the system "corrects" the last access time for all the installed files, which is in the future, where they should be, not "corrected" due to the system clock having been wound back by the Live-Linux session. Post install, the correct time is displayed and it is not changed when the clock in the tray is set to show the timezone for the location the user resides in, where in earlier versions, it would skew very badly. Thankfully, the clock drift is easily corrected by selecting the option to use a time server and for the first time since Mepis 3.31, for dual-booters, the correct time is displayed in Windows too, which is B****y marvelous, a job well done.

Bound to be other items I've missed or forgotten. Overall, a very good first impression, seems to still be a hangover from the previous alphas related to Nvidia being set up as the internal default GPU though.

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