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General Help & Advice / Re: My general help questions
« on: March 24, 2010, 02:41:30 pm »
After sleeping on it, I've decided to scrap the multicomputer thing. At the moment, there are 3 people (mother, brother & sister) using that computer and I only think that number will go down (well, I will occasionally use it to do maintanece like backing-up). I want it so that when each of them login, they're automatically logged into their chat, email, mybook, facespace or whatevertheybloodyuse, and so they (especially my mum with her ebay & amazon acounts) don't to have to worry about signing in and out of 6 different places everytime there's a change of user. Also would be nice if changing the appearence of one acount changes it for the others ('casue that really bothers my brother).
I want there to be only one set of programs that everyone can use and everyone can add to for everyone to use, for all users to be locked out of other's acounts, files, and everything specific to that user, but for everyone to have the root access like I do now on my computer (because mum might phone me with a problem and I'd need to get her to do it from her acount when everyone else is out). So 4 users, each with the enough access to fix any problems or add programs but no access to others acounts, but only one of them (mine) that can change users, groups & maybe unlock other acounts for when someone inevitable forgets their password.

In ubuntu karmic (cant say for any other system only used ubuntu) you can go to System>Administration>Users and Groups (click the keys at the bottom type password and you can edit remove add users)

from here there's a few settings you can change ie for access purposes. may i suggest not giving root with root they can change accounts passwords and if knowledgeable enough (or even a quick google search) they can enter other family members folders if you don't allow them root this isn't possible.

Im sure i read somewhere you can actually restrict what commands to certain groups but if i recall it requires a long and painful process.

Best thing to do set it up correctly the first time and you shouldn't have an issues with not giving them root access.

as for remembering passwords for ebay, amazon etc just let firefox remember them each visit that way when your mum opens up ebay will auto log her in :)

IMAP, POP3? What? O~o;
I think I'll deal with this a little later . . . ^^;

these are just email protocols

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
Post Office Protocol (POP)

For example you have folders for certain emails to be kept in like receipts etc. Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo and no doubt all the little email providers allow this

With IMAP set up, this will allow you to see the whole folder structure you have and keep all email within them folders.

However POP3 doesn't see the folders just the emails which will result in a mess of emails not knowing which folder they belong into etc.

Hope that explained it.

General Discussion / Re: New Website
« on: March 24, 2010, 03:06:50 am »
>i never actually look on go straight to forums

You've sort of answered Mark's question too .. :)

Not too worried about colours .. just interested in a template which will present plenty of information in an attractive format.

take a look at the ones i suggested and let me know how you feel about those :)

General Help & Advice / Re: My general help questions
« on: March 24, 2010, 01:17:04 am »
Seventh, email

Yes both Evolution or Thunderbird can connect to Yahoo email, as either IMAP or POP3 clients, but hotmail is different, currently there are NO IMAP server settings available for hotmail though I do believe you can connect as a POP3 client.

Apparently there ARE IMAP server settings for Hotmail+, but not 'vanilla' Hotmail

this is correct currently there are no IMAP settings for users on free hotmail (tried setting up email other day) had to use pop3 which was annoying so pretty much ditched hotmail and used my google account which also has IMAP settings. (don't fancy paying M$ for something that's available free)

just an added note for "Fifth, where the fun begins:"

try restarting your router this generally fixes alot of probs with sluggish internet connections

General Discussion / Re: New Website
« on: March 24, 2010, 01:00:25 am »
i would leave the URL as unless ofc the forums will be ported over to that address but i personally think it should be wordpress at and leave forums as is ( although i never actually look on go straight to forums) there are a few really nice ones over at Template Monster but its hard to pick any without knowing the basic colours you want to go with also if you do go wordpress route may i suggest This Plugin

just a few i like (bare in mind im slightly biased towards light colours)

Template Monster -
Template Number: 22680
Template Number: 22609
Template Number: 22523
Template Number: 22170
Template Number: 22147 ( a dark theme i actually like :P )
Template Number: 21143

theres over 40 pages worth so not going to name them all


Only really liked this one from here


again thats about all from that one

Chrome Theme
Streamline Theme
Tubular Theme

couple of nice ones there

General Help & Advice / Re: My general help questions
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:32:21 pm »

- Sixth, users & sharing.
There are now 4 computers in this house all using the same Router.
If, say, they all used Ubuntu, would it be possible to create some sort of network? I've never bothered with the concept of users until now, even back in XP, we all just used the same admin account.
a) I want there to be 6 accounts on this computer at least (not including the root), one for every member of this house with the same access as I do now with the default accout and a guest account. I also want this account deleted because it's name as the root password (yes, I was an idiot). Just so everyone can stay logged in to they're own email/facebook/etc. without having to log out of everything whenever someone wants to use the computer.
b) After that, would it be possible to let everyone sign in from every computer in this house? To whatever extent thats achievable . . .

i just set up a home network used an old box i had lying around used that as a server put all the files we need on that one and then we have our own accounts on our own computers and connect through a network drive for the shares

my server is linux wifes laptop is windows and my pc at current is windows and although had some issues with shared folder untill i learned about nautilus (thanks mark) all seems to be running smoothly (wifes using wireless on her laptop to connect to server). also on the server each user (me and wife) has their own home directories where we can store stuff :) wasnt to hard to setup. i used samba to link the linux machine to the windows

Hardware Compatibility / Re: ATI IGP 340M (R200) 3D Acceleration
« on: March 23, 2010, 05:44:47 pm »
I read somewhere that people had got 3D working with either kernel patches, or weird settings in Xorg.conf, but can't find the pages ATM... I'll find em eventually  :)

try adding

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Technologies Inc R200"
Driver "radeon"
Option "AccelMethod" "XAA"
Option "RenderAccel" "Off"
# Option "AGPMode" "4"
# Option "EnablePageFlip" "On"

to xorg.conf i accidentally closed the page i got info from so ill just try get it again


for ubuntu but should work with mint as its UBUNTU (oops caps slipped) based.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: ATI IGP 340M (R200) 3D Acceleration
« on: March 23, 2010, 04:40:54 pm »
the one thing that stuck out in that article was

While R200 product support still does exist in a driver branch after being discontinued in the fglrx 8.28 release, AMD has no plans to release an updated R200 class driver. AMD's belief behind this is the open-source community was given the needed specifications a number of years ago and the X.Org Radeon driver is reasonably well supported (except for TV-Out due to Macrovision).

I guess this is a bad thing for you and your lappy

Hardware Compatibility / Re: ATI IGP 340M (R200) 3D Acceleration
« on: March 23, 2010, 11:37:45 am »
Nope, I'm afraid I avoid ATI cards like the plague.

Nvidia only here.

Have to agree never been a big fan of ATI gfx cards always been Nvidia

General Discussion / Re: What do we think of the new Forum software?
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:23:45 am »
Mmm, how's that grab you now ?

you def cant miss it :) i preferred it at the end myself but now everyone's happy :)

There are a few ways of importing your bookmarks from windows to linux ill will describe below.

Solution 1 - importing bookmarks to USB drive

In windows load Firefox up then goto bookmarks > organize bookmarks (ctrl+shift+o) at the top you will see import & backup click this and then click export html... then browse to your USB stick and save. Boot in to Linux load up Firefox then goto bookmarks > organize bookmarks (ctrl+shift+o) > import & backup then click import html and follow the on-screen instructions.

Solution 2 - Importing within Linux on a dual boot system

This way is a little more tricky but easy none the less.

goto your windows files > Documents and Settings > [Username] > Application Data > Mozilla > firefox > Profiles > [randomname.default] > bookmarkbackups

Once in bookmarkbackups you will see some files here the amount depends on how many times you have bookmarked something new one for each day you have saved a bookmark, what you need to do is find your most recent file

for the sake of this thread ill use my latest file which happens to be -  bookmarks-2010-03-20.json

now we copy this file and put into our Linux directory

goto Home Folder > (you may have to enable hidden files - click view Show hidden files or ctrl+h in ubuntu) > .mozilla > firefox > [randomname.default] > bookmarkbackups

Paste the file (ie. bookmarks-2010-03-20.json) open up firefox then goto bookmarks > organize bookmarks (ctrl+shift+o) > import & backup > restore > choose file and select the file you just pasted then click open, restart firefox and your done

If you get the error "Failed to parse existing X config file '/etc/X11/xorg.conf'!" while trying to save your settings to the x configuration file, don't panic heres a solution :)

Open up terminal

First off we need to create a backup of your currently working xorg.conf file.

Type: sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

Now we need to run the Nvidia utility to generate a new xorg.conf file that the utility can actually read.

Type: sudo nvidia-xconfig

For the last step we need to run the graphical Nvidia tool as root, so you can actually save your changes.

Type: sudo nvidia-settings

Tested On ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) - if you are using a version previous to this please do so at your own risk.

Ubuntu / Wubi - Grub 1.97 beta4 error
« on: March 20, 2010, 03:22:33 pm »
If like me you come across this error while installing wubi, don't worry theres a really easy and simple fix

If you are using a different computer to view this simple type reboot on the grub command line, once your system has rebooted, boot into windows.

Otherwise im assuming you are already viewing this in windows.

Lets Begin

First of all we need to download this file wubildr

Once downloaded copy the file into c:\ and replace the existing faulty wubildr file.

Once replaced restart your computer boot into ubuntu and all will be fine.

Why did this happen you are wondering

To be able to boot Wubi, Grub2 has to access the ntfs partition which is hosting Wubi. There is a bug in Grub 2, which prevents Grub2 to read any files on an ntfs partition beyond the first 4GB. If any of the boot files is outside of the 4GB limit, booting will fail. Depending on which boot file is outside the limit, the symptoms can be quite different. Since any kernel or Grub update relocates some of the boot files, you might be hit by this bug at any time.


First things first finding the right distro (linux distribution package) for you, there a literally hundreds of linux distros out there finding the right one for you will probably be the hardest part about linux at least in my opinion

Few netbook linux distros for you to look at

Ubuntu Netbook Remix




Most netbook Linux distros comes with a "LiveUSB" version which is a complete, fully functioning and operational system, this allows you to test out various distros until your set on the one your happy with.

As you don't have a CD-Rom drive i would suggest going over to

if you need any more help just shout :)

Linux Solutions / Re: LiveZilla - brief howto
« on: March 19, 2010, 01:06:56 am »
ill have to try it out im now installing ubuntu onto this box so can have a play then :)

General Discussion / Re: Website Design ?
« on: March 19, 2010, 01:04:00 am »
PM sent

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