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ArchISO Linux Tips

Also check out the Arch Linux Beginners guide. Since ArchISO is easy to install, you can skip the installation section in the beginners guide.

I installed ArchISO on an ten year old Dell 100d with an 1000mhz Celeron CPU, 512mb of memory, and the onboard Intel i810 video. This is a perfect computer for testing because over two million Dell, HP, and eMachines computers of this class were sold. Arch works best with the EXT4 or RiserFS file system. I am not joking here, but my old Dell with Arch installed runs faster than a new dual core computer with Windows-7 on it! With the installed Midori 2.2 browser, 80% of the flash video online plays perfect! If I had an 128mb video card installed, 95% of flash videos online should play good. My next upgrade should be an 128mb PCI (not PCI Express) video card, even though I hate putting more money in a computer only worth $40.


After installation is complete, login as root (username=root). Now you will need to add an user. This is really easy to do. First open a terminal. The terminal icon is the little thing that looks like a TV set in the bottom panel. When you have the terminal open, type: adduser and hit the Enter key. This will walk you through setting up a new user. Words that are in the [ ] are [good suggestions] on what to type. On the groups you will belong to, make sure to list:
tty,disk,wheel,dbus,hal,video,audio,floppy,storage,users
If you forgot to add a group, you can later login as root and edit the /etc/group file by adding your user name to the group.

Now you can reboot your computer, then login as the new user you just created.


Making your sound settings stick when you boot the computer. Login as user and click on the sound mixer icon on the bottom pannel. Make sure to choose Master and PCM (if you are using a laptop, choose speaker too). Raise your bars up to about 80%. Now your sound should be working. Now you need to make sure sound works next time you start your computer. Now open a terminal as root (su then password) and type: alsactl store and hit Enter. Now your sound settings are saved.
Next you need to make sure the alsa sound daemon starts when you boot the computer. Now open a terminal as root (su then password) and type: thunar and hit Enter. Now the Thunar file manager opens in root mode. Click on file system and then open the etc folder. Find the file: rc.conf and open it. you will see a line DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network crond). Now add the word alsa to it so it looks like this: DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network crond alsa). Make sure to save the file. Now all is fine with your sound settings.
The graphical Shaman package manager is buggy and don' work so good. Shaman should have been left out of ArchISO because it is still in alpha. It is better to use pacman. Open a terminal and type su then the password to use it as root.
Now type: pacman --sync --refresh as this will refresh the software database. Now we will install the Midori web browser so you can see just how easy pacman works. Plus Midori is so cool!
Type: pacman -S midori then hit the Enter key. Note the -S is upper case! Now you will see how easy pacman works.

It is a good idea to search the software package database on the Arch Linux website so you can get the exact spelling for the package name.

To use pacman to remove software, type in a terminal as root: pacman -R packagename
Note the -R is upper case!

To install bleeding edge unsupported software from the AUR repositories, use yaourt. The yaourt commands are the same as pacman. In a terminal as root type: yaourt -S packagename
Warning! Sometimes installing a package from the AUR will screw up your system. If this happens, remove the package, then do a full sysem upgrade with pacman. Hopefully you dodged a bullet!

Since Arch is a rolling release, you can update all the packages anytime you want with pacman.
In a terminal as root, type: pacman --sync --refresh --sysupgrade
Make sure to reboot your computer after you upgrade your system. That's all there is too it! It is a good idea to update Arch at lease once per month. You will never need to upgrade to a newer version of Arch, because it will always be up-to-date.

Never install the Vuze bittorrent software! It about killed my system! Vuze might work fine for a KDE setup.


ArchISO does take some minor configuration to make it right, but it is still less work than installing Windows Vista and chasing down hardware drivers. ArchISO is really worth the time for the minor configuration needed!

Midori browser tip. On the network, identify as Safari browser. Set this up in Edit>>>Preferences>>>Network. Set as Safari, then all webpages will work great.

After you use Arch for a few weeks, you will see why it is my favorite Linux distro. There is no other Xfce desktop linux distribution that has this combination of simplicity, stability and speed!

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