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How to fix the most common Linux problems

Mar 10, 2009, 15:01 (0 Talkback[s])

"Of course, Linux distros are not alone in this - a computer system is a huge, complex collection of interacting software and hardware, even more so when the basic install includes several gibibytes of extra software over and above the OS.

"We can't show you solutions for every problem that might arise, but we can show some of the common issues people face and, more importantly, show you how to go about identifying a problem. One more thing to bear in mind as you're reading is that even if you can't work out the solution yourself, an accurate description of the problem will be of great help when asking others for advice.

"The typical distro has more components than a car engine, yet is open for, and even encourages, user fiddling, which leads the curious user to indulge in some provocative maintenance. To make it worse, a computer is often built from bits made by different manufacturers - motherboard from one, graphics card from another, soundcard from elsewhere - and an operating system that many hardware manufacturers pay no more than lip service to, if that."

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