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General Discussion / 5.1 sound
« on: January 07, 2013, 07:23:21 pm »
A while ago we replaced our DVD player and the sound system was replaced with it. As I result I've got a Panasonic speaker set (5.1) without a machine to run sound through them, and a PC with rubbish sound. It makes sense to hook them up, but I have no idea how to do that. In short, here are my questions:
1. Will I need an additional device? I certainly can't see a port for the wires so I guess I might need an adapter that turns 5.1 audio into USB.
2. Are the wires on the speakers proprietary? I'm not an audio expert but I don't recognise the interfaces; I can send pictures of them if necessary.
3. Will Ubuntu be happy with the attachments out of the box?

Thanks in advance!

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General Discussion / Wireless Cards which are compatible
« on: May 07, 2012, 07:22:26 pm »
I'm looking for a wireless card to put in my desktop which is compatible with linux - I have tried two others so far with no success, so could somebody recommend a wireless card?

Preferably this would be connected by PCI-E, and my price range goes to £80 if this is worth while. It should be fast, as the PC's overall specs are high end.
Finally, please do not redirect me to a list of cards. I find these incomprehensible and they do not tell me how fast everything is, or how trustworthy. I'd honestly be perfectly happy if someone just replied with a definitive answer and posted a link to where it's being sold on amazon (though the link is not necessary). Thanks!

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Linux Support / Edimax Wireless LAN
« on: October 26, 2011, 04:31:30 pm »
I just bought a new PC and immediately installed Ubuntu, but it can't find any wireless networks. I assume this is because the wireless (Edimax wireless LAN, not sure of the exact name) is not supported.

How can I find the driver for this component? Is there a way to download it here (my laptop) and copy it to my new system, or will I have to use an ethernet cable?

Thanks in advance.

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Linux Support / Idea from Chromium OS
« on: June 10, 2011, 05:41:58 pm »
Chromium and Chrome OSs are basically a linux system with everything scrapped except the browser, which is permanently maximised.
I'm not interested by the 'everything scrapped' bit, but I would like to know how you go about making a window:
-permanently open and maximised
-ignored by taskbars and pagers
-sticky
-below everything else

And I would make it open on log in (just so you know, this is for nautilus)

Thanks :)

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Linux Support / Tucking Windows Away
« on: May 28, 2011, 02:20:08 pm »
Since installing Ubuntu, I've not looked back once (I think I've booted to Windows once to attempt something I read about online, and it didn't work  ::) ).
So it's incredibly annoying that Ubuntu is limited to just 21 GB while Windows takes up almost all of the space on my laptop. No space for my Music or Videos, and I'm running out even then :o
However, I don't want to completely get rid of it - I paid good money for it and if ever I should need Windows, I don't want to be stuck.
Therefore I decided to tuck Windows away on my external hard drive - and to keep it small and unbootable, I used clonezilla to turn it into an image (namely sda1 and 2, WinRE and C)
Obviously, I don't want to suddenly find that I can't restore it from the image, so I then used clonezilla to work out the procedure for restoring them.
The one thing I'm unsure about is that if I'm restoring an image of 2 partitions, do I need to have the partitions set up first or can I restore to sufficient unallocated/unused space?
Also, will WinRE and C be enough to restore Windows?

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Linux Support / mounted partitions are often read-only
« on: May 23, 2011, 06:01:25 pm »
I've had this problem since I started with Ubuntu. When I mount a partition or device (my USB stick, my external HD or sometimes a CD-Rom, never so far an internal partition such as C: or D:) every other time it allows no read or write (for example I just mounted my external HD - two of the partitions gave me no read or write and the other was fine). When this occurs it continues to occur if I unmount, eject, log off, log back in and remount - it only starts working if I restart. As you can imagine this is frustrating if I'm just trying to access one document on my USB, for example.

Is this a known issue? Is there a fix? Thanks in advance

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General Discussion / Ubuntu Installation options
« on: May 17, 2011, 06:27:24 pm »
On ubuntu installation, if I recently selected the manual option so I could control which partition I was installing to. I noticed that when you add a mount point, you don't just have to mount / there - you can also mount /boot, /home and so on. How does it work if say, I mount /boot to sdb1, /home to /sdb2 and / to sdb3? would / include links to sdb2 and sdb1 in place of home and boot? What is this for?
JUst out of interest. Thanks :)

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Linux Support / xorg.conf
« on: May 15, 2011, 12:49:00 pm »
I've been trying to change my colour display to 8-bit (256 colours) for an old game I want to play. Following these instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-42308.html I cd to /etc/X11 but there is no xorg.conf file! Are these old instructions - if so, what are the necessary steps these days?
Thanks.

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Linux Support / Libre Office
« on: May 12, 2011, 06:39:29 pm »
Is it just me or does the Alt key not bring up the menubar in LibreOffice? e.g. in AbiWord alt+f gives the file menu, Alt+e gives the edit menu etc., same on VLC and every other program? Is there a fix for this?

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Linux Support / software repository
« on: May 03, 2011, 05:28:31 pm »
I've been trying to replace all my lovely old gnome-panel-applets with the new indicator-applets, with great results - unfortunately, one of the software repositories I recently added (one for the 'pastie' indicator) has messed everything up.
I added it with
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hel-sheep/pastie && sudo apt-get update
and I get the error:
E: Type ‘ain’ is not known on line 3 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hel-sheep-pastie-natty.list
E: The list of sources could not be read.

And when I open synaptic to remove it from my software sources I get the error and have to close synaptic! (this is added on the end):

Go to the repository dialogue to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

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Linux Support / Ubuntu 11.04, hard drives and all that.
« on: April 18, 2011, 04:21:19 pm »
As you may have read here: http://linuxforums.org.uk/general-discussion/external-harddrive/
I've recently bought an external hard drive.

Although I originally just wanted to use it for the extra space, I have considered, based on what Mark Greaves said:

Quote
Another option that doesn't require partition changes (so your Widows drive is safe), yet would still allow a "proper" installation would be to get a second hard drive and install Ubuntu "natively" onto that.


(at the bottom of reply 5 here: http://linuxforums.org.uk/general-help-advice/advice-on-setting-up/msg40312/#msg40312)

How should I go about doing that (installing Ubuntu onto my external drive)?
Would I need to install persistence or would that work automatically?
MOST IMPORTANTLY, is there a way I can get all the settings and software I've added to Ubuntu here on my laptop across?

To complicate things, with Ubuntu 11.04 coming out in under 2 weeks (this will be my first upgrade) could you explain:

Whether it's advisable to wait a few weeks for the major bugs to go?
How to do an upgrade?
Whether I can do an upgrade without losing the changes I have applied that remain relevant in the new release?
In which order I should act: upgrade followed by transfer to external drive or vice versa?

I know that's alot, answers to any of these questions would be very much appreciated :)

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Linux Support / Menu Bar
« on: April 17, 2011, 01:03:16 pm »
I find that it's much easier to access my system preferences and administration from the control centre. For this reason I have no need for the system menu on my menu bar, and would like to remove it to free up some space on my cluttered panel. I have looked around for a method but can't find one. The main menu tool (right click on the menu bar and click 'edit menus') does not allow it as there is no single root for the tree, only a root for each menu.
Is there a way to do this?

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General Discussion / Fortune
« on: April 16, 2011, 04:29:12 pm »
Can someone please upload or show me a place to download the program 'fortune', which was last in Ubuntu in 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)?

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General Discussion / External Harddrive
« on: April 14, 2011, 12:42:20 pm »
I'm getting a 1TB external drive, and I'm fairly sure that the Samsung S2 Portable http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=terabyte+external+hard+drive&hl=en&cid=7230601084952704257&os=tech-specs is for me - but I just wanted  to check that linux never has any disagreements with this product or similar products?

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Linux Support / Ripping a Video
« on: April 12, 2011, 07:32:36 pm »
I've had Ubuntu for a few weeks now and never encountered major problems - except this one, which I've been unable to solve since I first installed.
I've been trying to rip DVDs, but my DVD Drive is busted. Therefore I've copied the files from the Disc using another computer, then transferred across via a removable storage device and dumped an exact replica of the CD in a folder in /~/Videos. Then I used Thoggen DVD Rip, selecting to rip from the folder (the one whose contents are VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS) but it didn't like it, requesting the files that are stored in VIDEO_TS. So I fed it the VIDEO_TS folder and it told me it was all fine, but then when I started the rip I just got a blue screen, no progress and no details. I also tried putting the contents of my DVD on a .iso using brasero, but brasero wouldn't even load the files in, let alone create the .iso. Finally I installed AcidRip, who didn't even like the VIDEO_TS directory.
I have no idea what's going on (I have tried with multiple DVDs etc.) and would be very grateful for some help!

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