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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..

[email protected]:~$ 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.
Linux Support / Solved. Problems reinstalling Ubuntu
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?
Linux Support / No internet connection any more
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?
Linux Support / Where do I find the Ubuntu OS files
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)!
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?

Linux Support / Solved - viruses
July 03, 2015, 09:55:00 PM
Me again.

I've been wondering about the following scenario.

One PC. Dual boot (Linux + XP, where XP is never allowed online).

Is it even thinkable that a windows virus could sneak in via Linux (where obviously it couldn't run), find the windows files on the same hard drive, and execute when XP is booted?

Or would Linux disable the execute bit and ask for permission to run? And even if it did, and was denied permission, would the file remain on the drive and run happily under XP next time it was booted?

Linux Support / Solved. Wallpaper woes..
May 26, 2015, 10:05:09 PM
I'm trying to use a photo of my wife as a wallpaper/desktop background in Ubuntu 14.04.

I can get the photo to appear, and centre/stretch/tile etc, but what I cannot do is to stop this portrait oriented photo from switching to landscape (ie: rotating 90 degrees).

I tried rotating the original image 90 degrees in the opposite direction before using it but still no luck. It just insists on appearing on one side or the other.

Clues, anyone?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 dual booted with XP on a core2 duo machine with 4GB of RAM.

I routinely use VMs in Virtualbox.

I'm thinking of doubling the RAM, but I can't decide whether I'd see enough of an improvement to justify a £56 investment.

Any thoughts appreciated..

Hello all,

The subject line says it all. Does anyone know of a Linux equivalent of Netmeter?

I have a network comprising both Linux and Windows machines, and I'd like to keep an eye on joint bandwidth usage.

Thanks in anticipation....

Just about to replace a broken printer.

Has anyone got any recommendations for a cheap, Linux-compatible, printer/scanner/copier?

I'm tempted by the HP 2544.


Linux Support / (Solved) system backups
February 09, 2015, 11:54:29 PM
Hello Folks,

Can anyone please tell me whether there is a way of doing a snapshot of Ubuntu (like a Norton Ghost in Windows)?

I need to make some changes to my system (14.04 LTS), and I'd like to avoid a full reinstall if things go wrong..  which they very well may, given my level of Linux expertise!

Linux Support / Rogue mouse (solved)
October 13, 2014, 10:25:28 PM
I'm having a bit of mouse trouble.

Using the scroll wheel to scroll down works fine, but scrolling up usually results in Firefox jumping back to a previous page.

I can't find any way to change settings for the mouse wheel (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS).

Obviously I can get round this by not using the wheel to scroll up, but a solution would be nice....
Since switching to Ubuntu as my main OS I've been taking security fairly much for granted, but I'm just wondering whether my router is modern enough to be trusted with sole firewall duties.

Here's a link to its' datasheet.

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/DG834GV5/DG834Gv5_DS_17Aug10.pdf (http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/DG834GV5/DG834Gv5_DS_17Aug10.pdf)

General Discussion / Shellshock vulnerability (Solved)
September 25, 2014, 09:27:54 PM
Are we worrying about this?

Just my luck. I switch to Linux and a non-Windows vulnerability pops up! I may just have jinxed Linux.
Linux Support / Re: Keyboard question (Solved)
September 19, 2014, 09:04:10 PM
I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and have 2 slight problems with the keyboard.

Firstly, the @ and " keys are reversed (ie: for @ I have to select " and vice versa). I've come across this in Windows and been able to fix it - can't remember how. Something to do with regional settings I think. Can't seem to fix it in Ubuntu though.

Secondly, is there a way to cause the numlock to be 'on' at boot up? Small point, but nice to have the option.

Thanks in advance..

Just tried to use the BBC website and was prompted to install Flash Player.

I chose APT for Ubuntu 10.04+ but was told 'This link needs to be opened with an application'.

Problem is I don't know which application to choose, or where to find it!

Sorry if this is a stupid question. I'm now using Ubuntu on a daily basis, so I expect there'll be a few more before we're done!
Linux Support / Install VirtualBox in 14.04 - Solved
August 15, 2014, 12:19:50 AM
Hello again,

I'm now using Ubuntu 14.04. I'm trying to install Virtualbox-4.3 in order to run XP in a vm, but I keep getting the error - "Failed to download package files Check your internet connection".

My internet connection seems fine - I can browse the web, etc.

Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

Thanks guys.
Linux Support / using linux to fix an xp system (solved)
December 05, 2013, 01:23:16 AM
Hello folks,

I'm a virtual newcomer to linux.  I've experimented with live cds of various distros, but never really got to grips with linux, for simple lack of time..

I once used Puppy to salvage a disk which Windows said was dead, and I often use Ubuntu in a vm, but I still have a lot to learn about linux, and I'm keen to learn it ( I certainly have no intention of buying windows eight).

Now, the thing is, I have an immediate problem and I would like to use linux to fix it.  My windows XP installation has been infected by a nasty virus.  Normally I'd just revert to a Norton ghost and laugh it off.  Problem is, my ghost files are infected too!

I need to use linux to clean the pc, but when I install AVAST! in Ubuntu (live CD) no infections are found.  Probably because the virus definitions are four years old.  When I update the defs, the AVAST! engine crashes.  Game over.

Can anyone pleeeease suggest a way of using linux to clean my windows pc

Any help much appreciated