5.4:     MEPIS Assistants

Introduction

A unique feature of MEPIS Linux 7.0 is the group of configuration utilties known collectively as the MEPIS Assistants, found by clicking KMenu --> System --> MEPIS and supplying the root password.


Network Assistant

Configure your network access with MEPIS Network Assistant (command line: mnetwork), by clicking KMenu --> System --> MEPIS --> MEPIS Network Assistant. The interface has three tabs.

General tab


Wireless tab


Interfaces tab

NOTE: See Section 5.7 for details on networking configuration and troubleshooting.


System Assistant

This utility allows you to make various adjustments to your system, running as root. You can start the utility from KMenu --> System --> MEPIS --> MEPIS System Assistant (command line: msystem). The interface has four tabs:


User Assistant

This utility aids in adding, editing, removing users to your system. It has four tabs:


X-Windows Assistant

This utility brings together a number of configuration steps for “X”, the window system used by MEPIS Linux. You can start it from KMenu --> System --> MEPIS --> MEPIS X-Windows Assistant (command line: mxconfig). It has six tabs.

Repair

This tab is intended to be used from the LiveCD. It allows you to copy the automatically-generated X configuration from the LiveCD onto a hard drive installation of MEPIS Linux. This is useful if you've made a configuration error and the X graphic interface will no longer start (all you get is a command-line log-in prompt).

NOTE: This utility is only useful from a hard drive install when you have MEPIS Linux or a similar Debian-based Linux distribution on another partition, and you'd like to copy the xorg.conf file from that one to another.

General

This tab allows you to change the dpi (dots-per-inch) setting of on-screen text. Change this if your monitor's size or resolution causes text to be too large or too small and you want to uniformly increase or decrease the size of all text rendered in X windows.

NOTE: The font sizes of KDE applications can be adjusted under KMenu --> System Configuration (Settings) --> Appearance & Themes --> Fonts.

Mouse

This tab simply allows you to activate or deactivate different mouse types on your system. Most users shouldn't have a reason to deactivate any of these devices, MEPIS Linux will work fine even if nonexistant mouse devices are enabled.

NOTE: More fine-tuned control of the mouse's behavior is available under KMenu --> System Configuration (Settings) --> Peripherals --> Mouse.

Monitor

This tool allows you to specify the brand and model of your Monitor, and if necessary, alter its frequencies. Changing the frequencies may be necessary if you are having trouble getting the full range of available video resolutions from your monitor.

If you don't find your monitor listed in the brand/model menus, you can type in the monitor's vertical and horizontal frequency ranges manually. Make sure you consult your monitor's documentation!

NOTES: 1) Be very careful with this tool! Setting your monitor to the wrong model or setting the wrong frequency ranges can cause you to lose video, or even potentially damage your monitor. If you are happy with the resolution you are getting, it's best to leave this tool alone. 2) See Section 5.6 for detailed display configuration and troubleshooting.

NVIDIA

If you have an Nvidia graphics card, this tool assists you in installing the drivers. You have a choice of four drivers:

If you are using the proprietary drivers, you can set other options here such as dual monitor settings or shadow curser mode.

NOTE: If you are uncertain of which driver to use, consult the list of NVIDIA supported cards linked below.

ATI

If you have an ATI graphics card, this tool assists you in installing the drivers. You have three drivers:

NOTE: If you are uncertain of which driver to use, consult the list of ATI supported cards in Links and Guides.


Troubleshooting