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Ubuntu / No sound in 16.04
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:23:22 pm »
Finally upgraded from 14.04 to 16.04 and the sound has gone awol.

In settings~sound the only option is Digital Output (S/PDIF).

I can't find any option to use analogue sound.


Update: I plugged the speakers into the rear jack instead of the front one and analogue sound kicked in. The front jack no longer seems to work (it did under 14.04).

Oddly, the right channel doesn't work with the speakers plugged into it directly, but it does with the headphones or with the speakers on an extension cable, as long as I wiggle the plug a bit. That trick just doesn't work with the speakers alone. I suppose it's a physical thing, to do with cables and plugs. Doesn't half annoy me though.

No idea why the front jack has stopped working. Any clues appreciated.

General Help & Advice / [Solved] Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:20:36 am »
Hello Folks,

One of our boxes is a dual-boot with Windows and Ubuntu. Windows needs reinstalling and the question is, will this confuse Grub and break the dual-boot?

Thanks for any feedback..

General Discussion / More vandalism, than Linux.. (solved)
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:11:09 pm »
Not suggesting that Linux is vandalism.  Just that what I want to do may be...

Long shot. Can anyone give me any pointers on dismantling an old Maxtor Onetouch (external USB drive).

Two screws allow removal of the plate on one end, but there's nothing under it to allow any further access.

General Help & Advice / wireless printing problem (solved)
« on: December 11, 2016, 09:52:36 pm »
Hello folks,

I've been printing wirelessly for some time now (laptop running Ubuntu 14.04LTS, HP Envy 4502).

Since yesterday, nothing. Every job I send to the printer ends up 'held'. Releasing it doesn't help (CUPS 1.7.2). I just get a series of messages that FF has blocked a redirection, and when I finish clicking 'allow' I'm back to 'held'.

I've tried resetting the printer to factory defaults and starting again. I've gone through wireless setup on the printer (apparently successfully), I've tried Wi-Fi protected setup on the printer, which fails consistently. Still no prints. I've even tried banging my head on the desk, but that doesn't work either. Cheaper than drinking though..

Anyone got any ideas please? The original setup went very smoothly, I seem to remember.

General Help & Advice / A virus in Linux? [solved]
« on: December 04, 2016, 08:23:18 pm »
I'm having a problem with Yahoo in Ubuntu 14.04. Basically it's seized up, but the worrying part is that is says "transferring data from", which appears to be a virus.

Only Yahoo sems to be affected so far, but it's the same story on a laptop and a desktop, both running 14.04.

Any ideas please?

Ubuntu / Flash problems revisited (solved)
« on: August 10, 2016, 11:15:05 pm »
Hello folks,

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and Flash is working fine in Firefox - except on the channel 4 site.

It says I need to install or upgrade Adobe Flash Player.

However, when I run sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer, I get the following

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
flashplugin-installer is already the newest version.
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 43 not to upgrade.

What is WRONG with Flash (or me)?

Thanks for any suggestions..


..I've just bought a pack of socks from a major supermarket chain, with a little penguin motif..

Very tasteful they are too. Drive the ladies mad, I shouldn't wonder.


Hardware Compatibility / Wi-Fi adapters [Solved]
« on: June 05, 2016, 11:59:39 pm »
Can anyone recommend a Wi-Fi adapter, either PCI or USB that works with Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 in my case)?



Hardware Compatibility / (Solved) Printer problems..
« on: May 24, 2016, 12:21:08 am »
Just had the effing second printer fail in less than two years. It's only on it's second set of inks!

Can anyone recommend a reliable, cheap-ish printer? All it needs to do is print. No bells or whistles. We've had expensive multi-function jobs and cheapies. They've all failed too soon.

Would a laser be more reliable/cost effective?

I'm thinking of buying a cheap printer every time the ink runs out.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.


Ubuntu / Installing Ubuntu (again) [Solved]
« on: May 01, 2016, 08:21:22 pm »
Hello folks,
I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 from a CD onto a laptop. The laptop has a single HDD, partitioned as Vista and Data. The Vista partition is half used, with approx 40gb free, so I want to shrink it and install Ubuntu onto the free half as a dual boot.

Problem is, when I select the install option from a live CD session, I can't be sure whether I'll get the option to resize partitions, or whether WUBI will just be installed with Ubuntu inside Vista. I suspect the latter, so I keep abandoning the install.

Should I use Vista to shrink it's own partition and create some free space before starting the Ubuntu install? Would Ubuntu then default to the free space as a true dual-boot?

Thanks for any thoughts..


Ubuntu / (Solved). flash problem in Ubuntu 14.04
« on: April 23, 2016, 08:34:34 pm »
Hello folks,

I had a problem a while back reinstalling Flash in Firefox in Ubuntu 14.04.

Mark suggested the following, and it worked.

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

I'm now having a similar problem in a liveusb of Ubuntu 14.04, but the solution isn't working. What I get is..

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package flashplugin-installer

Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Ubuntu / Solved. Problems reinstalling Ubuntu
« on: April 11, 2016, 09:09:54 pm »
Hello folks,

I'm trying to reinstall Ubuntu 14.04 but having problems.

When I boot from the disc, I get a message saying that there are multiple operating systems, do I want to install Ubuntu alongside, wipe the disk, or do something else.

I choose the last option. Then I select SDC5 (where Ubuntu is installed), change it to 'use this partition as ext4. I tick 'format the partition' and leave the mount point blank.

I then get a message 'Write previous changes to disk and continue? Before you ca select a new partition size, any previous changes have to be written to disk. You cannot undo this operation'.

If I try 'install now' I get the error 'no root file system is defined. Please correct this from the partitioning menu.'

Any thoughts please?

Ubuntu / No internet connection any more
« on: February 24, 2016, 08:35:45 pm »
Hello folks,

Recently our internet connection stopped working in both windows and Ubuntu 14.04. I assumed I'd broken it while fiddling about with the router's wi-fi settings.

I returned the router to factory settings. No luck. So I turned off the router (and everything else) for several hours. Now Windows can access the internet again, but not Ubuntu.

It appears to connect (green lights on the router etc), and our ISP confirms that the connection has been made, but pages just won't load.

Anyone got any ideas please?

Ubuntu / Where do I find the Ubuntu OS files
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:17:27 pm »
When I dual booted, I made a partion U: and installed Ubuntu on it. I've been using Norton Ghost to copy that partition, but I realised today that it seems to be only where Ubuntu stores any data. It doesn't contain the OS itself, so while I thought I was ghosting the OS, actually I wasn't.

I cannot for the life of me discover where Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is physically stored though (in the file manager it's in "Computer", but which partition of which disk is a mystery to me. In any case, XP can't see the Ubuntu system files and neither can Ghost, although I believe it is possible to archive a Linux partition from within Ghost, running under XP. Any pointers much appreciated - my Linux knowledge is still at an early stage (must be if I can't even locate the OS)!

Ubuntu / Solved - Virtualbox problem in Ubuntu
« on: July 21, 2015, 12:39:13 am »
I just updated Ubuntu, which included an Oracle virtualbox update.

Now, Virtualbox won't open my most important VM . It just reports as follows..

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine XP.
The VM session was closed before any attempt to power it on.

Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Component: SessionMachine
Interface: ISession {12f4dcdb-12b2-4ec1-b7cd-ddd9f6c5bf4d}

Some of the other VMs will start, run for a while, then abort.

No problem, I thought. I'll just boot into XP and restore the Ubuntu partition from a Norton Ghost file. So I did. Guess what. Nothing changed. I tried it again, being extra careful about the boxes I checked, but with exactly the same result. It's as though Ghost never ran.

Any ideas, anyone?


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