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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I'm a windows user looking to switch over to backtrack.
I recently installed backtrack 5 R 1
I have Synaptic package manager installed
I followed a guide to install it and i "kind of" understand how to install things....
So, my problem is that when I click my monitor button and I click detect monitors, I dont get anything, my monitor is unknown.
I have two monitors.
I have a regular monitor and a TV that is connected through HDMI.
I have three sources of audio output
1. Internal Audio analog, this is the audio that comes with the computer, It's just a jack that goes in my computer and into the TV or monitor and makes the speakers work. This is not working, I dont care about it.
2. Headset, this is a Microsoft Lifechat 3000 headset, its working perfectly.
3. HDMI, my monitor is connected through HDMI, it is not outputting any audio what so ever
SO, basically only my headsets audio works and both of my monitors work BUT both of my monitors display the same output "instead of having the desktop extend onto 1 monitor". I need this one to work
Code:
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 0: ALC1200 Analog [ALC1200 Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 1: ALC1200 Digital [ALC1200 Digital]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 2: LX3000 [Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 3: NVidia_1 [HDA NVidia], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 3: NVidia_1 [HDA NVidia], device 7: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 3: NVidia_1 [HDA NVidia], device 8: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 3: NVidia_1 [HDA NVidia], device 9: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
When I test for audio output
Code:
root@bt:~# aplay -D plughw:3,9 /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_center.wav
/usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_center.wav: No such file or directory
root@bt:~# aplay -D plughw:3,9 /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 48000 Hz, Mono
root@bt:~# aplay -D plughw:3,8 /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 48000 Hz, Mono
root@bt:~# aplay -D plughw:3,7 /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 48000 Hz, Mono
root@bt:~# aplay -D plughw:3,3 /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 48000 Hz, Mono
root@bt:~# 
I think that I need to install the latest Nvidia graphics driver, I have an onboard graphics card, Nvidia geforce 6300 BUT I bought an NVidia Geforce 8600 (I think it's 8600 GT) and hooked that up into the PCI-E slot. My Bios is set to boot from the PCI-E slot.
So what I need to know is how to install the Nvidia driver I need, and once I download that driver will my monitors be detected and will my HDMI audio work.
I have a
-> Dual core AMD processor
-> Nvidia Geforce 8600 (I think its 8600 GT)
-> Running Backtrack on a partion alongside Vista home premium (Audio and monitors are detected on VIsta)
-> 32 bit
If their is any other information I need to provide please let me know.
Hope someone can help me out biggrin.gif
Also if someone can direct me to a guide to get familiar with Linux OS's it would be really appreciated
EDIT : im using the ALSA driver and have PulseAudio Installed
Edited by lionofgod - 1/27/12 at 10:58am
post #2 of 16
My question is, why BackTrack?

BackTrack is mainly built to be used for Penetration Testing and not a main-stable desktop.

If you're a new user switching from Windows, then backtrack would be one of the last I would recommend to use.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I would like to use Backtrack because i really want to check out pentesting
I figure I'll learn how to pentest and learn some python too biggrin.gif
Ive tried slackware b4... didnt like it
post #4 of 16
I would still advise to use a more common, and updated distro. It'll be easier on you in the long run, as there's more documentation and a larger community in other distros. The only advantage to BackTrack is they provide everything you need for PenTesting in the distro. This doesn't mean it is the only one with them, you can get any of the tools they provide anywhere else.

And if you plan to use it as a main computer, do yourself a favor and switch to some other distro, be it ubuntu, mint, fedora, centos or even if you want to learn more about Linux, then arch, crunchbang, gentoo, lfs, slackware, etc.

It'll allow you to get more familiar with Linux and the CLI. As most of the tools you'll need will be CLI related. I honestly wouldn't recommend diving in head first.
Edited by Shrak - 1/27/12 at 11:07am
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm really not looking forward to downloading and installing another distro >.<<br /> Is my problem not solvable ?
I think Backtracks pree cool and I'd really like to use it!
Please show me how to solve my problem thumb.gif
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
So just because my audio wont work, I should get a new distro?
I dont see anything bad about Backtrack
Compared to slackware its much better!
Why do you think it's so bad? Cant you just show me how to solve the problem....
Sorry fer Double post
EDIT:
Found the driver i think I need

Downlaoded it, extension is .run 0.o
How do I install ????
Edited by lionofgod - 1/27/12 at 11:17am
post #7 of 16
Your funeral.

First issue most people have is Alsa and Pulse tend to but heads. It's like giving each a knife and telling them the survivor gets control over the audio. Easiest solution, uninstall Pulse and tell your computer to use Alsa. Then you may need to configure your .asoundrc file.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Advanced_Linux_Sound_Architecture#Using_udev_to_automatically_turn_HDMI_audio_on_or_off

As for the screens, depending if you're using proprietary or 3rd party nouveau drivers you'll have different options. And on the desktop environment may come with tools to set the screen right. Since I'm a pure CLI user I can explain it that way. With proprietary nvidia drivers, open a term and type in ` nvidia-settings `, and go to the screen options and choose ` Xinerama `, then choose the appropriate action for what you want to do, you can extend, or mirror, or even run 2 separate X sessions on each screen. Along with left/right/top/bottom locations. If you're doing it through Gnome GUI, can't help you there. If you're using nouveau drivers, welcome to the worst part of Linux, read into creating and editing your Xorg.conf file, the single most hated file in Linux.

I would recommend doing it through the Gnome/Kde GUI depending on what you're using, last time I used backtrack they were using an old kde install. It'll be easier and more self explanatory.

I don't think BackTrack is bad. It's just not a great Distro for new users. And it isn't meant to be run 100% as a full time desktop.
Edited by Shrak - 1/27/12 at 11:23am
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
It's not meant to be run as a desktop?
Then what is???
What is a distro you'd recommend for me?
Backtrack was pretty easy to install, which distro should I use if I want to start pentesting later on?
post #9 of 16
Just go with ubuntu or mint and run BT in VMWARE or VB.
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by rotorr00t View Post

Just go with ubuntu or mint and run BT in VMWARE or VB.

A virtual machine isn't a bad idea, in fact it's a pretty good one, but you will have to be careful of the distribution you use as a main. Some are more resource hungry than others.
If you had a faster machine (or weren't looking at running a VM) I would easily recommend either distribution. As it is you might be better off with Lubuntu or LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition)

Both are relatively lightweight compared to their default environments and both are fully featured desktop OSes.
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