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This page collects all the information we have about specific operating systems we deal with and the challenges we will likely come up against with them.
--[[User:Burt|Burt, Nate]] 20:43, 17 July 2008 (EDT)
 
  
For tips on '''language setup''' on various OS's, see [[Languages]]
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==Common tasks==
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Things you should know how to do on various operating systems.
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* [[Taking Screenshots]] in Windows and Mac OSX
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* Configure [[Languages|language setup]] in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OSX
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* => Map a network drive - can someone write this article?
  
 
==Windows==
 
==Windows==
OS Freezing? See [[Windows Hangs Before or After Login]]
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All Windows-OS-specific problems and tips should either be here, or be linked here.
  
====XP/2000====
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====Common problems====
====XP only====
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* OS Freezing? See [[Windows Hangs Before or After Login]]
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* Icons disappear from desktop and folders in Windows? That's [[Windows Explorer|icon corruption]].
  
 
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====Vista====
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==Mac OS X==
 
==Mac OS X==
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====Leopard 10.5====
 
====Leopard 10.5====
For some reason, setting up wireless to connect to midd_secure can be very iffy at first. Even with the right settings it will sometimes "remember" PW/settings it shouldn't remember. Play around with it and if you don't have any luck after a couple tries, turn off the Airport then turn it back on, then try again.
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* '''Wireless set-up:''' For some reason, setting up wireless to connect to midd_secure can be very iffy at first. Even with the right settings it will sometimes "remember" PW/settings it shouldn't remember. Play around with it and if you don't have any luck after a couple tries, turn off the Airport then turn it back on, then try again.
  
If you're having trouble configuring wireless, '''don't follow the current instructions we have'''. What ''should'' work is clicking on the Airport icon, selecting "midd_secure", entering your username and password, then accepting the certificate. Sometimes it is necessar to visit System Prefs => Network => Airport => Advanced => last tab => Delete all instances of "midd_secure", then try again... No firm steps for now. --[[User:Pmitrevs|Mitrevski, Petar]] 23:09, 11 August 2008 (EDT)
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If you're having trouble configuring wireless, '''don't follow the current instructions we have'''. What ''should'' work is clicking on the Airport icon, selecting "midd_secure", entering your username and password, then accepting the certificate. Sometimes it is necessar to visit System Prefs => Network => Airport => Advanced => last tab => Delete all instances of "midd_secure", then try again... No firm steps for now. --Petar
  
 
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* Virus problems virtually nonexistent.
 
* Virus problems virtually nonexistent.
 
* Very stable.
 
* Very stable.
* Biggest problem is often hardware compatability (drivers etc). This is improving steadily.
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* Biggest problems are hardware compatibility (drivers etc) and software compatibility. Both of these are improving steadily and a solution to the user's needs can often be found through a good old Google search.
  
==Windows program compatibility==
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==WINE for Windows program compatibility==
 
* If user needs to use Windows applications but doesn't have Windows available, check the WINE application database[http://appdb.winehq.org/] to see if that program is known to work well in WINE. WINE is an open source Windows compatability layer and has Linux '''and Mac''' installers available.
 
* If user needs to use Windows applications but doesn't have Windows available, check the WINE application database[http://appdb.winehq.org/] to see if that program is known to work well in WINE. WINE is an open source Windows compatability layer and has Linux '''and Mac''' installers available.
  
--[[User:Chunt|Hunt, Christopher]] 09:00, 18 July 2008 (EDT)
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--[[User:Chunt|Hunt, Christopher]]

Revision as of 19:16, 21 August 2008

This page collects all the information we have about specific operating systems we deal with and the challenges we will likely come up against with them.

Common tasks

Things you should know how to do on various operating systems.

  • Taking Screenshots in Windows and Mac OSX
  • Configure language setup in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OSX
  • => Map a network drive - can someone write this article?

Windows

All Windows-OS-specific problems and tips should either be here, or be linked here.

Common problems

Vista

  • NTLM vs. NTLM 2: Vista defaults to a specific network security protocol and, by default, won't accept anything older than that. You can change this: go into the registry editor (needs admin privileges), navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa, set the DWORD variable "LmCompatibilityLevel" to value 1 (create the variable if it wasn't there), then restart the computer and you should be able to connect to our servers as you can on XP.

Mac OS X

Leopard 10.5

  • Wireless set-up: For some reason, setting up wireless to connect to midd_secure can be very iffy at first. Even with the right settings it will sometimes "remember" PW/settings it shouldn't remember. Play around with it and if you don't have any luck after a couple tries, turn off the Airport then turn it back on, then try again.

If you're having trouble configuring wireless, don't follow the current instructions we have. What should work is clicking on the Airport icon, selecting "midd_secure", entering your username and password, then accepting the certificate. Sometimes it is necessar to visit System Prefs => Network => Airport => Advanced => last tab => Delete all instances of "midd_secure", then try again... No firm steps for now. --Petar

earlier

Really, really old versions of Mac can NOT run the newest version of Safari. DO NOT upgrade to the newest version of Safari unless you're sure it will be compatible with the version of Mac.

Linux

Call me an optimist but I foresee more and more Linux OS on campus each semester. What will we be dealing with?

  • Asus Eee subnotebook - has a specialized version of Xandros Linux customized for small screens and light portable usage. Has basic web programs, basic office programs, etc. Registering it on the network: does it have Eth port to go wired? Mac address can be found somewhere in the computer settings windows. Ask Haseeb.
  • Ubuntu, on various systems - so far I have seen 4 users using Ubuntu Linux, all on Dell laptops, all slightly (but not necessarily very) tech-savvy people. Ubuntu has a massive amount of community-generated documentation & support available, search for problem solutions w/ Google.

OS features:

  • Virus problems virtually nonexistent.
  • Very stable.
  • Biggest problems are hardware compatibility (drivers etc) and software compatibility. Both of these are improving steadily and a solution to the user's needs can often be found through a good old Google search.

WINE for Windows program compatibility

  • If user needs to use Windows applications but doesn't have Windows available, check the WINE application database[1] to see if that program is known to work well in WINE. WINE is an open source Windows compatability layer and has Linux and Mac installers available.

--Hunt, Christopher

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