HOWTO: Basic Troubleshooting / Commonly asked questions

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HOWTO: Basic Troubleshooting / Commonly asked questions

Postby anarchyinc666 » 2008-12-03 18:47

First off, this how to is neither Debian specific nor Linux specific. I have used this system of troubleshooting on many multi-OS networks as well as trained my employees using this common seance method.

This is meant to be short and to the point directed to any knowledge level end user. Debian/Linux specific links on post #2. I could have turned this into 2 different topics but they have so much in common to themselves I decided to leave it one.

Locate/isolate the issue.

Before you can properly resolve your problem, you need to know what your problem is. Try to recreate the issue and isolate it, I.E. it only does this when I do this. If the issue also gives an error code, copy it and place it in Google.

Google is your friend.

Google should be set as your browser home page and used first when locating a solution to your particular issue. This forum is also being indexed by Google, relatively quickly in fact. Do not post a new topic in the forum until you have at least searched to see if that same exact topic has been solved.

Double check the simple stuff.

It doesn't matter how much you know about computers and electronics, we are human and we make mistakes. Take a step back, relax and try again. I once spent an hour trying to fix a network before I decided to look behind the server, someone tripped over a cable and unplugged it.... It happens.

Do your homework and know what you are talking about.

If you are trying to do something that is not common knowledge, at least try to know what you are talking about. No one can help you with your issues if you don't even know what you are doing nor trying to do.
I'm trying to install root access cause someone said that I needed it to do certain things, how do I install it?


Don't troll, nor feed the trolls.

Windows can do this certain thing but Linux can't, Linux sucks

Go back to Windows.


Reference links / Suggested reading

www.google.com
http://distrowatch.com/
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/ (compare distros, debian isn't for everyone)
May not be suitable because:
# Not suitable for beginners

viewtopic.php?t=15074 (I am not the only one that feels this way)
http://www.debian.org/ (Very suggested reading)
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Referance Links

Postby anarchyinc666 » 2008-12-03 20:59

I decided to move the reference link down to this post. With the end result being that for every commonly asked question there will be a link contained here and no one will have to constantly repeat themselves. This list will take a while to populate to become a fully functional answer to all commonly asked questions.

HOW DO I..............

Install Debian Base System---> viewtopic.php?t=13362
Install X and desktop environment----> viewtopic.php?t=12256
Install "perfect" XFce environment (very nice howto)---> viewtopic.php?t=26566
Install programs -----> http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-h ... l#contents
Nvidia Graphics card ----> viewtopic.php?t=10812
Install Flash in Iceweasel ---> viewtopic.php?t=28572&highlight=flash+iceweasel (I recommend flashplugin-nonfree, but you have alternatives)
Compile from source -----> http://www.aboutdebian.com/compile.htm
Setup Conky ---> http://conky.sourceforge.net/variables.html

Huh?.......

I have 2 Kernels ---> viewtopic.php?t=33375
What is the differance between testing, stable and unstable? ---> http://www.debian.org/releases/
No Firefox in Debian ---> viewtopic.php?t=32288&highlight=

If things are beyond repair, install testing, and do it right this time. We learn from our mistakes (hopefully).
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