I am also in need of more hard drive space yet can't afford any hard drives. As it is now I have a 4GB installed (256MB swap, rest main partition) and plan on shoving a 3GB in (for backup purposes).
You *can*, but to be honest, I don't think that you should. Installing linux is one of the most thorough ways of learning how it works ... so if you bork your OS, consider it an opportunity to learn more about linux! Seriously ... this is a really good way to figure out how everything works.
Once you have the Slack install process down, try a different distro ... by comparing the differences, you'll learn even more about linux and about your PC in general.
Once you have generic linux install 'skillz', consider a different style of OS such as BeOS or one of the BSDs ... again, you'll learn more than you thought possible.
I have smaller 1.6GB and 850MB drives and was wondering if there is a way to stripe the drives, using software, I want together to make one larger virtual drive ala. Windows 2000 style?
IF I understand your question correctly, the answer is yes ... and the solution is native to the way that linux handles drives. At the device level, your hard drives will be labelled hda, hdb, hdc, and so on. Each partition on those drives will be labelled hda1, hda2, hdb1, hdb2, etc etc. This is the (very) rough equivalent of drive letters in Windows.
However, when you mount a drive, you choose where you want to mount it. So, for the sake of explanation, let's name your drives hda (4GB), hdb (3GB), hdc (1.6GB), and hde(850MB).
hda will be your primary drive ... so you'll mount your /root and /boot partitions here. /root is the location of the 'base' (or root, obviously) of your filesystem ... the '/' in linux speak. /boot is the partition that holds your boot information (the kernel, boot information, etc. etc..)
Your directory structure will be similar to this:
/ <-- the root directory ... it holds the following:
/home <-- the home directory ... this is where user accounts are stored:
/home/root <-- this is the root (superuser) account's home directory
/home/XAngel <-- this is your user account's home directory ... your preferences, files, etc. will be stored here by default
these are all important directories, whose importance you should learn, but I'll gloss over them for now:
So .. by default, all of these directories will be located on your /root drive, which is the 4GB drive we've named hda.
Now, let's mount the 3GB drive we've named hdb ... you've mentioned that this is going to be a backup drive, to which you want to image your system. We can mount it anywhere on the /root drive ... to a Windows user, this sounds odd, but bear with me.
When you mount a drive, you specify a location for it ... we'll call it backup, and we'll put it at the root of the root drive, like so:
Now, if you list the contents of the root directory, it will look something like this:
Although hdb is a different physical drive, it appears in the same directory structure as the root drive. The file system knows that /backup exists on hdb and that the rest of the directories listed here exist on hda, but the physical location is irrelevant to the user.
You could also mount the drive further in .. say, at /home/root/backup .. it doesn't matter where you put it. The file system will handle the physical details.
Now, let's say you want to use hdc (1.6GB) as your mp3 drive .. you could mount that at /home/XAngel/mp3 ... or as /mp3 ... anywhere you like.
Does this answer your question?
I have a monitor which -I know- can go up to a resolution of 1024x768, yet within KDE I am always limited to 800x600. I've tried editing my 'xorg.conf' file to force it into 1024x768 but it still only goes to 800x600. Any tips or advice?
We'd have to see your .conf file to help you here ..
Is there a way to edit LILO to automatically boot up with a Linux kernel/version instead of always booting up to the LILO selection menu? If so how is this accomplished?
Yep. Here is an example of a Gentoo lilo.conf file ... the differences should be trivial, but if not, post yours and we can help you edit it. This config should provide three options: Gentoo, Gentoo-2.4, and Windows. I like to have a 'known-good' kernel to boot when I'm playing with a new kernel, just in case I bork the kernel compile. As you can see, this config will default to 'gentoo' after 5 seconds if no other options are selected. If you want to boot to the same kernel every time, and don't want the selection screen to appear, simply remove all references to other kernels / boot options.
boot=/dev/hda # Install LILO in the MBR
prompt # Give the user the chance to select another section
timeout=50 # Wait 5 (five) seconds before booting the default
default=gentoo # When the timeout has passed, boot the "gentoo"
# Only if you use framebuffer. Otherwise remove the following line:
vga=788 # Framebuffer setting. Adjust to your own will
label=gentoo-2.4 # Name we give to this section
read-only # Start with a read-only root. Do not alter!
root=/dev/hda3 # Location of the root filesystem
image=/boot/kernel-2.6.9 # Boot using the 2.6.9 kernel instead
# The next two lines are only if you dualboot with a Windows system.
# In this case, Windows is hosted on /dev/hda6.
My sound card doesn't seem to work, saying it doesn't have the proper drivers installed when I go into KDE. While I'm sure I can find the driver files needed, how do I go about installing them?
That depends on your sound card. Some, such as Creative Labs' cards, have pre-compiled drivers that are proprietary ... if you let us know what kind of card you are running, we can help you set that up as well.
I may have more questions later, as I wrote down all my questions and concerns on a piece of paper while working on my linux box, but I lost it.
Sorry ... no more questions for you!