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Linux Support / Re: Troubles with ubuntu
March 14, 2010, 01:36:31 AM
Glad that worked for you... if you can't find anything, give us a shout  :)

Try the key combos to change your resolution, and see if it 'sticks' after a reboot... I doubt it but worth a try.
Linux Support / Re: Troubles with ubuntu
March 13, 2010, 11:07:00 PM
When your monitor blanks with that messege, try one of these key combinations

'Ctrl' + 'Alt' + '+'   to scroll through the resolutions
'Ctrl' + '+'  or 'Ctrl' + '-'   similar process to above, but changes up/down
'Ctrl' + 'Alt' + 'Backspace'   kills/restarts X server

BE AWARE - The last one of these key combos 'can' cause data loss, so try it on a LiveCD boot rather than an actual install first.
If you want to learn a little about the command line

http://forum.linux.co.uk/index.php/topic,232.msg782.html#msg782 (http://forum.linux.co.uk/index.php/topic,232.msg782.html#msg782)

Some of these are Ubuntu specific, but still 'generally' apply to other distros
Linux Support / Re: Linux Distro
March 13, 2010, 08:24:51 PM
Linux Mint 8 (helena)...or wait for Mint 9 (isadora)... which will be released late april, early may.

Mint is based on Ubuntu and even uses the Ubuntu repositories, but also installs unrar, and ALL the codecs (mp3 wma etc.) for media playback by default...Ubuntu doesn't, although they are quite easy to install.

I just reckon Mint is Ubuntu 'Made Easier'....specially for first time linux users... and because it's basically Ubuntu with extras, you will never have problems with support, if a fix works for Ubuntu, it will work for Mint

If you want to know ore about Mint 8 Vs Ubuntu 9.10..see here:
http://linuxbsdos.com/2010/01/16/linux-mint-8-vs-ubuntu-9-10/ (http://linuxbsdos.com/2010/01/16/linux-mint-8-vs-ubuntu-9-10/)

The bit in that article about Mint not informing you of updates...is just WRONG...there is a lock icon in the system tray that informs you when updates are available...clicking on it installs them.

But before I get shot down by the Ubuntu fans... there isn't much in it really, it's comes down to personal choice... this is just MY opinion, and won't suit everyone.  :)

Linux Mint Homepage - http://www.linuxmint.com/ (http://www.linuxmint.com/)
Linux Support / Re: Ubuntu Studio
March 13, 2010, 05:01:44 PM
No Problem...   :)
Linux Support / Re: Ubuntu Studio
March 13, 2010, 02:46:55 PM
See here for instuctions on how to upgrade Ubuntu to Ubuntu Studio (up to you whether you do a FULL or SELECTIVE upgrade):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ubuntu%20Studio%20Upgrade%20from%20Ubuntu (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ubuntu%20Studio%20Upgrade%20from%20Ubuntu)

this won't mess with GRUB, and won't change your partition set up at all... and doesn't require a DVD.

As for backing up... the only way you can be 100% safe, would be to backup everything you cannot afford to loose, to either another 'physical' drive or an external source. if you are messing with disk partitions there is always the risk of complete or partial disk corruption.

More info on Ubuntu Studio, including the 'Package List' can be found here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudi (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudi)o
Linux Support / Re: Ubuntu Studio
March 13, 2010, 02:14:30 AM
Yes 'screenshot5k.png' shows your main Linux Installation (partition) - probably the one you have been 'using' as you have a load of stuff in your home dir.

'screenshot6k.png' shows your Windows 7 partition, along with what appears to be a small windows boot partition (and I'm not judging here... windows isn't worth paying for anyway) 'usually' created by a win7 activation crack, which is normally drive (Z:) and is hidden in windows... DON'T remove it or Win7 won't boot, even through GRUB

'screenshot7bo.png' is definitely showing a linux partition, I'm guessing it isn't the one you normally log into...BUT that 'apparently' broken 'Private-Data.desktop' link tells me the home dir on this partition is encrypted... so if you are booting to the 'other' linux partition and 'then' clicking on this link it won't work, because it is attempting to find the file it points to on your 'active' partition... It WILL work if you boot to this partition, so DON'T delete it - It contains the key for the encrypted home folder.

Also DON'T delete this 'small' partition as it is probably the one with the GRUB bootloader configuration files.

The 13 OS's you see listed in GRUB will be the windows partition, the 2 linux partitions, and 4 kernel updates probably installed in the Linux partition you usually use (ie. probably not the small one).

Kernel updates are only about 1.5meg each, so are NOT a full Linux OS installation.

Every time ubuntu updates the kernel, it just adds it to the GRUB menu, so if anything goes wrong you can boot to the old kernel... it also sets up a recovery option for the new kernel, so effectively 2 lines get added to the GRUB menu for each update... they can easily be removed and the boot order changed.

BE AWARE there are always risks involved in editing partitions, so make sure you BACKUP your stuff first

If you decide to go with option 1 (below), make SURE the 'small' partition ISN'T the one you usually 'use'.

To install 'another' OS you have a few of options...

1) if it doesn't need to have much room, install it over the 'small' partition... let it format that partition... and let it install/overwrite the GRUB bootloader... grub will probe for other OS's and 'should' find and add them.
2) resize the windows 'or' the 'big' Linux partition, create a new partition and install to that partition... again let it install/overwrite the GRUB bootloader... grub will probe for other OS's and 'should' find and add them.
3) resize the windows 'or' the 'big' Linux partition, create a new partition and install to that partition... DON'T let it install/overwrite the GRUB bootloader... and manually add the new OS to GRUB.

Either way you are going to need to know which OS is on which partition:
sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda
or run the disk partitioning tool
General Discussion / Re: Hello
March 12, 2010, 12:38:23 AM
I get 'most' of mine through a friend who owns a local bookshop... I look after his system... he lends/gives me stuff I'm interested in.
Occasionally I'm after something in particular though, so Bookmooch might be handy. I'll have a better look around the site and let you know if the points would be useful.

Thanks for the offer, and I'm glad you're feeling better (ish).

Is Dragon Age (origins) any good?... I might get it for the 360 if it is.

BTW, I fall somewhere between you and 'Mad Penguin' on the 360 or PC for games 'thing'. PCs are better for games as long as you (spend enough) have the hardware... certainly for graphics and control... but it's hard to deny the "bang-for-your-buck" the 360 offers. I tend to keep games off my 'working' systems, because the moment I install a game the kids start messing with them (most are Linux now anyway), even though they have PCs of their own... I might look into building a 'dedicated' games machine again though, or I might wait and see what next gen consoles come up with... I wonder how long till the Xbox '720' (?) and PS4, and what will Nintendo do next?
Linux Support / Re: open source development
March 09, 2010, 06:07:30 PM
You might want to take a look at the Help Wanted section on Sourceforge.net and see if any of the projects listed there interest you... posting are usually up for 2 weeks, so keep looking until something turns up that you can help with.

http://sourceforge.net/people/ (http://sourceforge.net/people/)

General Discussion / Re: Steam On Mac Is Official!
March 09, 2010, 01:23:36 PM
This question seems to pop up whenever a game gets ported to the Mac.
QuoteAll this is making me wondering where this leaves Linux Gaming.
IMO... 'At the moment' no better off.
QuoteWith Steam now using Safari/Chrome's technology & Source becoming OpenGL based, surely this will make them 10 times easier to emulate with wine, or even fully port.
A few things here... WINE doesn't support 'Mac' to Linux API translations and shared libraries such as Cocoa, Quartz, or whatever sound interface is used by Macs etc.

Emulation... as far as I'm aware, there are no (x86) Mac emulators for Linux, and even if there are (or will be)... emulation of hardware intensive apps such as games is always a BIG let down.

Porting (of the games)... is not something the Linux community can/will do, firstly it would be illegal and secondly an IMPOSSIBLE task without the source code, which the software publishers will NOT release for commercial reasons.

But if you mean backwards engineering the Mac APIs, and creating something similar to WINE, it would be possible, and theoretically it 'should' be easier because of OpenGL and the similarity between OPEN/NeXTSTEP (and therefore MacOS) and Linux frameworks, BUT I can't see it happening at least not soon, in reality it would ONLY get used for games as the Mac (or windows for that matter  :) ) has NO 'killer apps' that are needed by Linux users, and 'at the moment' the Mac just doesn't have enough games to make it worthwhile... maybe this will change.

IMO... WINE exists (primarily) not for games, but because of the 'NEED' for Windows users to be able to run 'applications' that they are used to... Or when they cannot move to a Linux alternative because one doesn't exist and/or they are 'tied' into their old software because of proprietary formats... these don't apply so much to (only) the Mac, and 'most' Mac users are less likely to want to switch anyway.

From what I've read elsewhere though 'Valve' have been looking for senior Linux developers, so a Linux port 'may' be forthcoming anyway... but I wouldn't hold your breath  :o
I've been asked if I know of any good Ubuntu specific, or generic Linux books or text that might be of use to someone who is proficient on M$ Windows but fairly new to the Linux world and wants some instructive text on the 'inner workings' of Linux and how to advance his knowledge and skills.

So far I've found these

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference
which is a free PDF download, can be found here:
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/download/ubuntupocketguide-v1-1.zip (http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/download/ubuntupocketguide-v1-1.zip)

and an old 2007 version of the Official Ubuntu Book
which is a free PDF download, can be found here
http://www.zareason.com/ubuntubook/The%20Official%20Ubuntu%20Book%20pdf.zip (http://www.zareason.com/ubuntubook/The%20Official%20Ubuntu%20Book%20pdf.zip)
(Originally available from the Ubuntu Docteam) found here: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-493780.html (http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-493780.html)

Getting started with Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)
http://ubuntugeek.tradepub.com/?p=w_ubun01&w=d&u=0800422202011278459407&e=bWFya0BwY25ldHNwZWMuY28udWs= (http://ubuntugeek.tradepub.com/?p=w_ubun01&w=d&u=0800422202011278459407&e=bWFya0BwY25ldHNwZWMuY28udWs=)
http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads (http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads)

Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition (http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz) (online)
or Download (http://rute.2038bug.com/rute.html.tar.bz2) it in html format... unpack it, then open the index.html file in a browser.

Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide - by Machtelt Garrels (PDF) (http://tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/intro-linux.pdf)
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide - by Machtelt Garrels (HTML) (http://tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/)

Getting started with Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads (http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads)

There's a good online book for learning the Linux command line here:
http://linuxcommand.org/ (http://linuxcommand.org/)
(thanks for that one salparadise)

But I would appreciate any other suggestions, free or commercial, online or printed, but they must be legal.

Please make sure any links you post are 'legal'... Thank you.
Internet Connectivity / Re: I need broadband
March 06, 2010, 01:19:30 PM
If you want to know for sure, look on the back... on the lable just above 'Made In China' if the ampage is 12.1A it's a jasper, if it's 14.2A it's a falcon

see here:
http://www.360-hq.com/xbox-tutorials-81.html (http://www.360-hq.com/xbox-tutorials-81.html)

and I know what you mean about the noise  ::)
It seems the 'Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics Ethernet controller' is a fake Realtek RTL8139, and there were a lot of problems with this chip on kernels before 2.6.21, but should be OK on 2.6.22

Can YaST see and configure the card?

Can you post the output of
lspci -v
Can you also post the contents of /etc/modprobe.conf

Does anything get returned if you enter
modprobe sc92031
modprobe -l | grep sc92031
in a terminal?

What happens if you enter:
insmod /lib/modules/
in a terminal?... is the network card discovered?... if not post back with the results

If it is discovered, and the network card works (and ONLY if it works), check to see if it is still there after a reboot, if not add
insmod /lib/modules/
to the /etc/init.d/network file.

is sc92031.ko in your /lib/modules/YOUR-KERNEL-VERSION/kernel/drivers/net/

if this command (also shown above):
modprobe -l | grep sc92031
returned nothing

Download the driver from:
http://sites.google.com/site/gurukumara/sc92031-2.6.tar.gz (http://sites.google.com/site/gurukumara/sc92031-2.6.tar.gz)
unpack it and read the 'readme.txt' file for instructions on how to compile and install the driver.
Linux Support / Re: Fast Browsing
March 05, 2010, 10:37:55 PM
Install Google Chrome in what?... We'll need a bit more information, as it's in 'netbooks' I'm guessing an Asus EeePC or Asus Aspire One?... Which distro?
Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 9.10 desktop
March 05, 2010, 08:44:58 PM
Dell 1510 wireless-n minicard  = Broadcom BCM4322

Installing b43/STA hybrib drivers for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), and ftp://10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

To install the b43/STA hybrid drivers/firmware from the restricted repository:

connect using an ethernet cable, then in a terminal type...

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

and hit enter

Following the above command, under the desktop menu System > Administration > Hardware Drivers, the drivers can be activated for immediate use

If you don't have any other means of internet access on your computer, you will have to install bcmwl-kernel-source from the restricted folder under ../pool/restricted/b/bcmwl on the Ubuntu install CD or from the official online repositories.

Double click to install or in a terminal issue the following command:

sudo dpkg -i bcmwl-kernel-source*

Following the above command, under the desktop menu System > Administration > Hardware Drivers, the drivers can be activated for immediate use.

Found here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx)