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joesixpak

I'm interested in trying Linux and after reading reviews of several distributions I saw a couple of beginner distro's that interest me. I ordered Phat Linux and Lycoris Linux. I received the Phat Linux CD today and armed with some basic instructions that are supposed get it started I installed it. It's installed ok as far as I know and according to the instructions I have, at the login prompt I'm supposed to type "root" and give the password "phat" and then I'm supposed to see the Phat Linux menu. Well I logged in as instructed and all I have is a line that says "[root@PhatBox root]#" I have no clue what to do with this. If anyone can help I sure would appreciate it. I'm quite eager to see what's inside.

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First < add user > ( without the <> ) and make yourself a user account ! Being root all the time is no good practice.Once you have made the new user and given him a password, log in as that user ! ( logging out as root is < exit > )Then do < startx > and your GUI will start up with all it's colors and shapes, there you'll feel more comfortable !:unsure: Bruno

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joesixpak

Ok, according to what I'm reading here I first have to get in with the root password "phat" to get into the OS. I'm then supposed to see the Phat menu and select 11 for exit menu and then type "startx". It says I have to go to the K menu and find User Manager to create a new user account but I can't even get to the Phat menu.

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All the stuff you're reading is for in the X GUI, I did understand that you were at a text screen and that X had not started yet.This because you said you were at the login prompt. If you see:[root@PhatBox root]#on a black screen, type:startxAnd report back to me what happens.If you are NOT on a black screen, then tell me what you see apart from the prompt :"[root@PhatBox root]#":unsure: Bruno

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joesixpak

Yes that's right. The command line works and I typed in top and for all the processes it says the user is root. I typed in startx and it said command not found. I typed in adduser and I saw a bunch of stuff I didn't understand.

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Looks like X is not installed then.1) You siad you gave the top command and it listed all the processes, have a look if X is listed.2) If you can do top it means you are logged in ( as root, but never mind that for the moment )3) Phat installes from within windows as I understand, did everything during install go right ? Did you not forget to install X ?4) Try a re-install and look out for the X package.I'll have a look on their website see if I can find anything.UPDATE: no info at all on their webpage !:unsure: Bruno

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Joe:Do this at the prompt:updatedb (wait for the prompt to come back )whereis X11 ( and post me the output )locate xinitrc ( and post the results ):unsure: Bruno

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joesixpak

Ok, I was doing some things before I saw your last post. First of all, Phat does install in Windows, it installs a Phat directory on my C drive. I reinstalled it but I can't tell anything about X cuz you just wait for several minutes and it doesn't show you any info about what it's doing. It really got ugly after the reinstal though. Ater typing "startx" I got this error: Oprerating System Linux 2.4.8-34.1mdkenterprise i686 [ELF]configured drivers: S3 accelerated server for S3 graphics adapters (patchlevel 0) newmm:0, mmio_928, S3_ generic.Could not find config fileTried: /root/XF86config/etc/X11/XF86config/user/X11R6\lib/X11/XF86config.PhatBox/user/X11R6/lib/X11/XF86configFatal server errorNo config file foundX10: fatal 10 error 104 (connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"after 0 requests (0 known processes) with 0 events running. Well I guess I can try the next stuff now.

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Joe:I'd send that Phat where it came from ! Kernel 2.4.8-34.1 is from ages ago !! Were up to 2.4.20 these day's ! Only if you've got very old hardware this ( mdkenterprice = Mandrake ) kernel will recognise your hardware. My guess is that this kernel is from 5 years ago or even older ! What a rip-of !Get your money back !:unsure: Bruno

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joesixpak

Ok Bruno, I'll take your advice. I'll wait for Lycoris to arrive and hope I can get that to run, at least I have support with that. Not worried about the money though it only cost me 2.99 USD for phat, now I know why. On the Phat website they're charging, if I remember right, around 29 dollars. I really want to get at least one version of Linux running. Just for your info updatedb gave me command not found. Thanks very much for your patience any way.

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Don't know which Windows version you're using, but Phat Linux will not run in XP. It will install fine, but that's it, unless I'm reading something wrong. On the Phat homepage it says it will install from XP, but on the d/l page it says it will not run. :unsure:

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I'm running Windows XP and I have Phat Linux XP. It's supposed to run on any version of Windows. This is from their web site:Q. Will Phat Linux run on my version of Windows?Phat Linux works with any version of Windows. In fact, you don't even have to have Windows. As long as Phat Linux is on a FAT32 or NTFS partition, the Phat Linux boot CD will find it.I do have a second hard drive, empty and freshly formatted in FAT32, I don't know if it would make a difference if I installed it there or not. I really want to put Lycoris on that hard drive though.

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I'm running Windows XP and I have Phat Linux XP. It's supposed to run on any version of Windows. This is from their web site:Q. Will Phat Linux run on my version of Windows?Phat Linux works with any version of Windows. In fact, you don't even have to have Windows. As long as Phat Linux is on a FAT32 or NTFS partition, the Phat Linux boot CD will find it.I do have a second hard drive, empty and freshly formatted in FAT32, I don't know if it would make a difference if I installed it there or not. I really want to put Lycoris on that hard drive though.
Greetings, joesixpac. I read that too, and on the d/l page it said that it wouldn't run in XP; tried it anyway, installed fine but would not run. Did some checking - opened the autoexec.bat file, from the Phat folder, in Notepad and it had a line that said: error, will only run in DOS (or MS-DOS), anyway tried that 3x - got the same error message each time. On the other hand, you will probably like Lycoris Linux, as it is very easy to install on a multi-boot platform, and is very Windows-like in appearance. Enjoy...
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