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Monday, April 30, 2012

Why can't I use Unity 3D in Ubuntu 12.04?

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 from scratch and after installing the additional Nvidia drivers for my GTX 560m, I still cannot run Unity3D. Is there some sort of problem? Is there a way to fix this or is Nvidia/Canonical working on this?

Old Motorola pager + paging server?

i have an old pager i whould like to start using again, but it looks like most of the paging companies are gone for a long time. So i was wondering if there is any thing i can install to "host" my own paging server and reprogram my old motorola pager to work with it. I know a lot of people will say: Why whould you will use such an old tech.. use your cellphone. The thing is that i really want to start using it since i was there in my drawer, and it was rly cool! :)

ty in advance!

[ubuntu] Ub 12.04 Problems Toshiba Satellite Pro 775D-S7135

Ubuntu 12.04 installed ok. At first I did not notice any problems except the "shutdown" would end up re-starting unless I pushed the turn-off button. But now sometimes after a boot-up, the keyboard is not recognized and I cannot type in my password. If I push the off button and wait for re-boot sometimes it seems to work.

Anybody has any ideas? I tried quite a few of the ubuntu derivatives, end up with same result.

I don't think the older versions work at all.

Thanks in advance

[ubuntu] Wireless Atheros AR9285 not working

My wireless, Atheros AR9285, is not working I have searched the forums and other places.

The network manager applet says that "wireless not ready".

The following are a collection of applicable terminal commands:

user@ubuntu ~ $ uname -r



user@ubuntu ~ $ lspci | grep Network


03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

user@ubuntu ~ $ lsmod | grep ath


ath9k                132390  0

mac80211              506816  1 ath9k

ath9k_common          14053  1 ath9k

ath9k_hw              411112  2 ath9k,ath9k_common

ath                    24067  3 ath9k,ath9k_common,ath9k_hw

cfg80211              205544  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath

user@ubuntu ~ $ ifconfig


lo        Link encap:Local Loopback 

          inet addr:  Mask:

          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host

          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1

          RX packets:576 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

          TX packets:576 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0

          RX bytes:47104 (47.1 KB)  TX bytes:47104 (47.1 KB)

wlan0    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 1c:4b:d6:8b:66:08 

          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1

          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

user@ubuntu ~ $ iwconfig


lo        no wireless extensions.

wlan0    IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"off/any" 

          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated  Tx-Power=14 dBm 

          Retry  long limit:7  RTS thr:off  Fragment thr:off

          Power Management:off

user@ubuntu ~ $ rfkill list all


1: phy0: Wireless LAN

    Soft blocked: no

    Hard blocked: no

3: hci0: Bluetooth

    Soft blocked: no

    Hard blocked: no

user@ubuntu:~$ sudo lshw -class network


  *-network DISABLED     

      description: Wireless interface

      product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)

      vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.

      physical id: 0

      bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0

      logical name: wlan0

      version: 01

      serial: 1c:4b:d6:8b:66:08

      width: 64 bits

      clock: 33MHz

      capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless

      configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.2.0-23-generic firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn

      resources: irq:17 memory:d1600000-d160ffff

  *-network UNCLAIMED

      description: Ethernet controller

      product: AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet

      vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.

      physical id: 0

      bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0

      version: c0

      width: 64 bits

      clock: 33MHz

      capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list

      configuration: latency=0

      resources: memory:d0200000-d023ffff ioport:a000(size=128)

So I have seen many other people have a similar problem where they did not have a hardware wifi switch on, I have mine on. Also I have seen others where there was an "acer-wifi" module that was blocking the wlan connection.

Thanks for the help,


[ubuntu] High CPU usage in Compiz in LTS 12.04

Hello Community,

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit on my desktop at home. It has the following specs:


AMD ATI HD 6850 1 GB PCIe x16 (using the closed-source drivers from ATI, FGLRX )

ASRock Pro3 Gen3

linux 3.2.0-28

Using ubiquity 3D environment

When playing videos in Totem or VLC, the compiz cpu is pretty high (around 80% CPU usage for compiz for one core).

If anyone has any advice, please share :)

Thank you in advance!


[ubuntu] No boot windows after linux install

Hello, I installed Lubuntu earlier today selecting the option to

install it along with windows.

Windows is still on my hard drive, however will not boot:confused:. I have inserted the Windows 7 repair cd and ran all available utilities.

Is there any GUI bootloader settings besides startupmanager?

I need the closest thing to a silver bullet to tackle this issue because I have so much stuff on my windows and also need the nt right now.I need to boot windows, the partition is still there. Also, there seems to be various grub problems as I get different weird messages with cursors not allowing entries at startup. I have located some threads about this and tried them, I can't remember them right now though, I am spent.

Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 Dual boot, Grub not showing!

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 alongside with Windows 7. Everything is fine until i want to enter Ubuntu. When I start my pc, after normal boot, there is no Grub or OS Selection menu, and my system loads straight into Windows 7.

Any help would be very appreciated! Thanks!

Keyboard and touch pad is not working on a Dell XPS 15z

I am new linux user, I dont anything about how linux works, i am working on that, but mean while, i installed ubuntu on my Dell xps 15z, it works fine, except for the keyboard and the touch pad mouse. I searched for the solution but no success, please anyone have solution for this, I am very excited about linux, it very beautiful, very user friendly, I want to replace my windows with it.

Ps. Please be specific in your answer 'couse i dont know anything about linux, keep in my I am a very new user.

The auto-hide function of Launcher does not work well

I'm new to Ubuntu, 11.10 was the first version of Ubuntu I used, it was very good.

I've just make a new install of 12.04 (clean install, not upgrade), it's also very good too but the auto-hide function of launcher is really annoying, it doesn't show up when I move the mouse (or even click many times) to its area on the left. Dose anyone meet this problem? Is there a way to overcome this? Thank you.

Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Ubuntu Does Not Boot

Just a little info on my computer. I have the early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" with Intel HD 3000 graphics. On my internal HDD I have OSX and a small partition of Windows 7 that I dual boot with. I have an external HDD that I use for back ups. I partitioned my external HDD to install Ubuntu 12.04 on. I partitioned it correctly and ticked the install updates while installing Ubuntu button. So it installs, downloads and installs all of the updates it thinks it needs. Tells me to reboot, so it ejects the live disk, then it reboots. I installed rEFit, so it boots directly to this screen. I see my OS X, Windows and Ubuntu partitions. I select boot to Ubuntu, it brings up the penguin and then boots directly to Windows. What am I doing wrong?

How can I change the Unity launcher delay?

I find the sidebar to appear and disappear terribly slow. How can I change the delay?

cant dual boot 12.04 with wind7 help

the code i get after i try to install inside of 7 is

*stopping cpu interrupts [ok]
*checking battery state... [ok]
*starting crash report submission deamon [ok]
*stopping system v runlevel compitbility [ok]
*starting configure network device security [ok]
*starting configure network [ok]
*stopping cold plug devices

*stopping log initial device creation [ok]

*starting enable remaining boot-time encrypted block devices

*starting configure network device security [ok]

*starting configure virtual network devices [ok]

*stopping configure virtual network devices [ok]

*starting save udev log and apdate rules [ok]

*stopping save udev log and apdate rules [ok]

*stopping enable remaining boot-time encrypted block devices [ok]
devd[1589]: '/sbin/blkid -o udev -p /dev/sda2' [57227] terminated by signal 15 (terminated)

acpid: exiting
checking for unattended-upgrades:
speech-dispatcher disabled; edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher

and after this happends it spits out the disk and does nothing till i push enter then just reboots please help

How to change key-bindings in firefox?

Firefox constantly keep moving platformHTMLBindings.xml when it upgrade.

I want to replace it to support vi key-bindings. But I cannot find it any more.

sudo find / -name platformHTMLBindings.xml -o -name toolkit.jar -o -name omni.jar

Thanks for your help.

Why won't Sound Converter (or Sound Konverter, for that matter) work?

I'm trying to convert from flac to .mp3 to add to SD card on phone, but everytime I try to convert with one of these highly recommended Software Center apps, the conversion fails.

Can I use ubuntu to recover files from an old system

I wondered if it was possible to download ubuntu and create a bootable cd which I can then take to an old system, which isn't booting properly in windows xp and run ubuntu to again access to data on that older machine...

Any help?

Enable Root Login in Ubuntu 12.04

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 version. I have enabled root through terminal. But there is no display for root-login in login window.

Cannot Upgrade to Kubuntu 12.04

As you know, Kubuntu 12.04 came out recently. Since I want to upgrade from 11.10, I followed the instructions on this page. However, after completing the update all packages step and rebooting, I never got a notification letting me upgrade to 12.04. I have tried the update again many times, and I have rebooted after each upgrade, yet I have never gotten this notification.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

How do I fix dpkg errors after a failed upgrade?

After running an upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) to 12.04LTS (Precise Pangolin), a window popped up saying that the upgrade failed and that I should run sudo dpkg --configure -a.

Running that command gave me:

sudo dpkg --configure -a
dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 55497 package 'indicator-displex':
blank line in value of field 'Description

Trying to run apt-get install -f gives me many dependency errors along with that same dpkg error.

Unable To Enable Bluetooth on a Dell N4110

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10. When I turn on Bluetooth and go into 'Preferences' I am unable to move the slider to 'On'.

It just slides back to off. Screenshot:

enter image description here

I installed Blueman Bluetooth Manager from the Software Center but it didn't work at all.

Can anyone tell me how can I enable it? Need to transfer files from my Samsung phone.

Project Hamster notifications missing on upgrade to 12.04

I have upgraded from an almost default 11.10 install to 12.04. All went well and I can login, logout, etc. without any problem.

One very interesting thing about the Project Hamster notifications, though. I have set Hamster to remind after every 27 mins. I do not get these notifications. However, if there is no activity set, I see the notification.

In 11.10, I used to get both the notifications.

What is wrong? How do I set it right?

If you're trying to package something and you get the 'already exists' error

Most current solutions suggest downloading the oringinal something-orig.tar.gz.

This doesn't work for me.

Any suggestions?

No recent files in Gnome Shell in 12.04

I upgraded from an almost default install of 11.10 to 12.04. All went well. I can boot into Gnome Shell. Get Activities overview, except that there are no recent files!

In 11.10, I used to get Recent files. What is missing? How do I get the recent files back?

Does Ubuntu 12.04 support Hot plugging

I have a motherboard that supports Hot plugging and a Power Supply that also supports this. Does Ubuntu support doing a Hard Drive Hot plugging?

How can I enable HDMI Sound on a AMD/ATI HD9550

I have a computer with an AMD HD9550 graphic card. I want to output the sound to my TV by HDMI. But I cannot get it to work.

I Have tried config the sound options. And I am not using the additional driver.

Ubuntu One (Windows 7) not syncing folders other than the default one

I can sync the default "Ubuntu One" folder without issues, it's just other folders that I add that don't sync at all.
They show up on the web interface with a different grey icon but when I click on the links, they're empty.

I'm running Windows 7, Ubuntu One 2.0.3, And I do have the "Sync Locally" option checked for the folders.

gnome shell + external monitor = garbage (ubuntu 11.10 on eeepc)

i'm using gnome shell on an asus eeepc (atom N570, 1Gb ram, opengl renderer mesa DRI intel IGD). As soon as i connect my external monitor, i get garbage on both screens. When i disconnect, the display goes back to normal.

I think i had kind of similar issues with unity 3D, where i got a message telling me that the resolution for the extended screen exceded the maximum one supported by my hardware. In that case i could choose to lower the resolution, clone the displays, turn of the eeepc's one. Here i seem not to have control at all, since the switch happens when i connect the cable.

What can i do? Is there a solution (which doesn't involve dropping gnome shell)? thanks!

Software Center empty "No usefulness from server" "no username in config file"

I upgraded to 12.04 LTE and ran Software Center while a few things were running, and crashed. (2 GB RAM on a Netbook.)

On reboot, Ubuntu One interface would not find any programs, neither installed (to run) nor available for download. So I launched Software Center, which opens, but does nothing. I click "Close" button and get a "Force Quit?" box. So I quit.

Did research, learned to run Software Center from Terminal:

2012-04-29 23:14:36,978 - softwarecenter.backend.reviews - WARNING - Could not get usefulness from server, no username in config file

Then tried the below without success:

Reinstallation of software center:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall software-center

Didn't work. Found this in a post:
remove the config file for software-center then log out and back in
sudo rm -rf ~/.config/software-center

Didn't work. Reinstalled Software Center with Synaptic Package Manager. Still no dice!

And I am a Linux newbie, so I don't know where the Dickens that config file is. Help appreciated.

mouse button reversed in Vbox

I'm running a Java based program in Trisquel 5.5 in Virtual Box hosted by Ubuntu 11.04 classic. Ubuntu mouse is set to left handed mouse as is Trisquel. The result is right handed mouse function. In order to get left hand mouse function in Trisquel I have to set it to right handed.

I think all this started after a lock-up using that Java program which required a power off vbox to get out of. Just wondering what might be going on and how to fix.

Additional driver Jockey-gtk installed in Ubuntu but not activated me thinx. Also am using mouse pointer enhancements in Ubuntu.

TA75M+ A8-3850 SeagateSATA2 1TB Mushkin 8GB radioactive stock settings....%:]] Thanx SW

Tips for setting up and optimizing Ubuntu on an SSD (solid state drive)

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Free as in awesome: our favorite open source apps for Ubuntu 12.04

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Reading network-manager password from another hdd

Today I cloned my Ubuntu 11.10 into my old hdd, and installed 12.04 into my current hdd.

What I need now is to recover passwords for my VPN connections on the network manager that is in the old 11.10 cloned hdd, but I don't want to boot it.

I can read and write to that disk from the newly installed Ubuntu 12.04, so where should I look for those passwords?

Ubuntu not booting after upgrade to 12.04 from 11.10

I upgraded to 12.04 from 11.10 today. After the upgrade, I did the usual reboot of the system and then Ubuntu hangs on Checking battery state..[OK]. I can login to terminal with Ctrl-Alt-F5 and I did startx but it hangs after displaying white images of the desktop icons..there is no menu or any top bar at all. I guess this problem has something to do with Xserver, but I cannot find xorg.conf on my system.

How can I get around this problem? Also is there a way I can make a backup of my files through the command line, because the GUI is not showing up at all?

GNOME shell windows don't have minimize buttons

Just installed Ubuntu 12.04, then I did

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

and windows have only a close button, how can I enable minimize / maximize? The old gconf-editor doesn't seem to work cause it has the three buttons in the config.

Show all windows in 12.04

I have install new Ubuntu 12.04 (clear install) but I have this issue with windows - when I wanted all windows to by shown, I just put cursor in left bottom corner as I set it up, but now, even though I set it up again in Compiz manager -> Scale, it shows me windows only from current workspace. Any idea?

Having trouble installing... or even entering the OS

I recently got interested in Ubuntu and already read allot about it in the internet and a book i bought and decided to install it today.

I downloaded the version 12.04 64 bit and tried to install it by booting up the disc, but i couldn't even access the menu or anything because it would just crash, trying to show a menu.
I downloaded the 32 bit but same thing happened and searched for other alternatives. I installed it via alternative way (the one with a simple GUI) and it was successful but when i try to access the partition with the OS it still crashes right there.
I'm guessing its the video card and i search online and try different commands, but for some reason they are unsuccessful.

My PC Specs are:
Asus M4A89GTD-Pro

Phenom x4 unlocked 5 cores at 4GHZ

6Gb of Kingston Memory

AMD Radeon Hd 6790

If you need addition details please ask.

Im sorry if its a stupid question, i am new to the operating system and learning. Thank you for your support.

EDIT: here is the image I get every time it gets near a GUI when installing or alredy installed http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/85/img20120426222430.jpg/

I have an invisible mouse. How can I get it to become visible

I cannot see the mouse cursor in Ubuntu 12.04. I am using the live cd and the cursor is invisible. There has got to be a way to make it visible. I have done my best google-fu and cannot find the answer.

"/casper/linuz: file not found"? when trying to boot off the CD

I'm trying to install 12.04 amd64, but none of the options work. When the cd runs, the options to run,install,and check disk for defects give the following error: "/casper/vmlinuz: file not found". I've already checked the iso with md5sum. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

dual boot-ubuntu and windows partition problem

i just bought a laptop with ubuntu pre-installed.Because my linux skills are not good at all i prefer to have both OS on my computer.My trouble is:when i try to boot the windows installer, i always get the blue-screen.

From my researches it is caused by the MBR partition that is in conflict with the windows FAT/NTFS.I tried to set up another partition from the Linux disk utility but was unable to modify anything.I always get that editing or modifying the partition cannot be done.

Can you help me?i need the time to know Linux better, because not even the internet is not working on this laptop,for me to at least have the chance to learn more.

Is there an Amarok scope for the music lens?

I'm searching for an amarok scope for the music lens for a while now but could not find anything, not even a project. Anybody got something working?

I use amarok as i love the dynamic play lists and so on, rhythmbox or clementine is nowhere near.

Wireless doesn't work on a Broadcom BCM4312

As stated, I've just upgraded to 12.04 and my Dell Inspiron 1545 isn't recognising its wireless card and I was wondering if anybody could help?

Okay, so I found the wireless card by using

lspci -vvv

and it returned this:
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- SERR-
Kernel modules: ssb

Module Size Used by
dm_crypt 22528 0
joydev 17393 0
dell_wmi 12601 0
sparse_keymap 13658 1 dell_wmi
dell_laptop 13671 0
dcdbas 14098 1 dell_laptop
psmouse 72919 0
uvcvideo 67203 0
serio_raw 13027 0
videodev 86588 1 uvcvideo
snd_hda_codec_idt 60251 1
mac_hid 13077 0
snd_hda_intel 32765 5
snd_hda_codec 109562 2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
parport_pc 32114 0
rfcomm 38139 0
bnep 17830 2
ppdev 12849 0
snd_pcm 80845 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
bluetooth 158438 10 rfcomm,bnep
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
snd_rawmidi 25424 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer 28931 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
binfmt_misc 17292 1
snd 62064 18 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
soundcore 14635 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 14108 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
sky2 53628 0
ums_realtek 17920 0
uas 17699 0
i915 414603 3
wmi 18744 1 dell_wmi
drm_kms_helper 45466 1 i915
drm 197692 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
video 19068 1 i915
usb_storage 39646 1 ums_realtek

ifconfig -a

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:23:ae:24:71:45
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::223:aeff:fe24:7145/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:14340 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10191 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:15403754 (15.4 MB) TX bytes:1262570 (1.2 MB)

ham0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 7a:79:05:2d:b0:f7
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::7879:5ff:fe2d:b0f7/64 Scope:Link
inet6 addr: 2620:9b::52d:b0f7/96 Scope:Global
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:179 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:500
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:27480 (27.4 KB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:433 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:433 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:60051 (60.0 KB) TX bytes:60051 (60.0 KB)


lo no wireless extensions.

ham0 no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

the results for
sudo lshw -class network

description: Wireless interface
product: BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:0c:00.0
logical name: eth1
version: 01
serial: 00:22:5f:77:1f:e6
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl0 driverversion= latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
resources: irq:17 memory:f69fc000-f69fffff
description: Ethernet interface
product: 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 13
serial: 00:23:ae:24:71:45
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 100Mbit/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.30 duplex=full firmware=N/A ip= latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:45 memory:f68fc000-f68fffff ioport:de00(size=256)
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 2
logical name: ham0
serial: 7a:79:05:2d:b0:f7
size: 10Mbit/s
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: autonegotiation=off broadcast=yes driver=tun driverversion=1.6 duplex=full firmware=N/A ip= link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=10Mbit/s

and the results of rfkill list all

0: brcmwl-0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes
1: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: yes
Hard blocked: yes

Upgrade to 12.04, first boot stuck on Checking Battery State

I upgraded my 11.10 to 12.04 but it stuck on the first boot. I Alt+Shift+Del many times. But it does not go further.

I have Lenovo N200 machine with dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10. Switched to Ubuntu 11.04. And all was going fine since my last night upgrade activity.

How I can proceed further? I have taken my home folder backup. If I have to re-install it.
Any help?

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Fan always on HP Pavilion dv6-6195sp

After install Ubuntu 12.04 on my HP Pavilion dv6-6195sp the processor fan it´s always on...

Can someone help ?




Cannot Connect to Windows Share

I keep getting a "Please Verify User Details" message on a Active Directory based share.
. I've tried modifying the smb.conf file and including the lans authentication with no luck.

Can't set proper resolution with a Geforce 520

I installed the 12.04 LTS but cannot get my two monitors working.
The latest nvidia-current drivers installed, but i just cant set proper resolution.
My card is a geforce 520 1 DVI 1 VGA.
With the nvidia drivers installed i can set the DVI monitor to 1600x1200 but the VGA no further than 1360x768 (with nvidia-settings).

Without the nvidia driver (using the nouveau) it doesn't work either.
This same issue i had with 11.10 and i had high hopes for 12.04.

MySQL fails to start after upgrade to 12.04?

I'm a newbie on MySQL ground so bear with me.

I've just finished upgrading 11.10 to 12.04.

Everything seemed to work without any hiccups and all my software and settings are working fine. Apart from MySQL.

When I try:

sudo start mysql

I receive an error:

start: Job failed to start

Where can I possibly diagnose what the problem is? And (hopefully) - how to sort it out?

(I disabled automatic start following advice here if that is of some importance)

One screen stays blank after resuming from locked screen

I'm using Unity on 11.04 and have an issue where my secondary monitor occasionally stays blank when I unlock my screen. I can get the secondary monitor back by logging out and in again, but that closes all my programs. Has anyone come across this issue before, and are there any suggestions for rebooting(?) my displays without closing all my applications?

Did Empathy lose support to Windows Live in 12.04?

I've just upgrade to 12.04 (coming from 11.10). In 11.10 Windows Live accounts worked perfectly (I suppose Empathy was 3.2.*), but now in 12.04, it's 3.4.1 and the account I had was lost. It doesn't seem to have an option to add new Windows Live accounts, though. Here's a print of what it's looking like:

No option for Windows Live Accounts

So, did I forget to install anything, or do I need do some workarounds? Or even, how can I come back to Empathy 3.2.* if it's the only way?

How do I upgrade from 10.04 or 11.10 to 12.04?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10.

Please outline the different ways I can upgrade to 12.04.

GIMP can't render psd files properly

I'm using GIMP on Ubuntu 10.04. I'm trying to open a psd file with layers, but it gets rendered all wrong. Several colors and gradients show up as black in GIMP instead. If I open the psd in IrfanView with Wine, it will render correctly, but I won't have access to layers.

Is there something I can do to have the psd file with layers render properly in GIMP? If not, is there some other program I can try to view the layers of a psd file?

Cannot pass the login screen after upgrade to 12.04 from 11.10

I just performed the upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The updater downloaded all packages but a few ones that the system said were already installed. When asked for it, I chose to install the new maintainer's version of grub.

Now after that my system start up to the login page, some images won't load. Moreover, after I try to login, the graphical instance does not load, it just sits there showing the mouse pointer and nothing else.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Another "Windows 7 entry missing from Grub2" Question

Like many before me had the following problem that after installing Ubuntu (with windows 7 already installed), the grub boot loader wouldnt show windows 7 as a boot option, though i can boot fine if I use the "Choose Boot Device" options on the x220.
The difference is that I try using UEFI only so many answers didn't really fit my problem, though i tried several stuffs:

  • after running boot repair it destroyed the ubuntu boot loader

  • custom entry in /etc/grub.d/40_custom for windows which doesnt show up

  • many update-grub and reboots

  • trying windows repair recovery thing

  • while being there i also did bootrec.exe /FixBoot

  • and update-grub and reboot again

  • and finaly because it was so much fun, i installed linux all over again, while formatting and deleting everything linux related before that.

Now that i think of it, Ubuntu also didn't notice Windows being there during the Setup and it still doesnt according to the Boot Info from Boot Repair.

            Boot Info Script 0.61-git-patched      [23 April 2012]

============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.

sda1: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows 7: FAT32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /efi/Boot/bootx64.efi /efi/ubuntu/grubx64.efi

sda2: __________________________________________________________________________

File system:
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Mounting failed: mount: unknown filesystem type ''

sda3: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files: /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda4: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu precise (development
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab

sda5: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System:
Boot files:

sda6: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 1 625,142,447 625,142,447 ee GPT

GUID Partition Table detected.

Partition Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors System
/dev/sda1 2,048 206,847 204,800 EFI System partition
/dev/sda2 206,848 468,991 262,144 Microsoft Reserved Partition (Windows)
/dev/sda3 468,992 170,338,303 169,869,312 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
/dev/sda4 170,338,304 330,338,304 160,000,001 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
/dev/sda5 330,338,305 617,141,039 286,802,735 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
/dev/sda6 617,141,040 625,141,040 8,000,001 Swap partition (Linux)

"blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________


/dev/sda1 885C-ED1B vfat
/dev/sda3 EE06CC0506CBCCB1 ntfs
/dev/sda4 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899 ext4
/dev/sda5 d62515fd-8120-4a74-b17b-0bdf244124a3 ext4
/dev/sda6 7078b649-fb2a-4c59-bd03-fd31ef440d37 swap

================================ Mount points: =================================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda1 /boot/efi vfat (rw)
/dev/sda4 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sda5 /home ext4 (rw)

=========================== sda4/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
save_env saved_entry

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi

function load_video {
insmod efi_gop
insmod efi_uga
insmod video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus

insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,gpt4)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
insmod gfxterm
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,gpt4)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en_US
insmod gettext
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
set timeout=10
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
if background_color 44,0,30; then
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
function gfxmode {
set gfxpayload="$1"
if [ "$1" = "keep" ]; then
set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
set vt_handoff=
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
set linux_gfx_mode=text
set linux_gfx_mode=text
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
set linux_gfx_mode=text
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-20-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,gpt4)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-20-generic root=UUID=604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-20-generic
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-20-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
insmod gzio
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,gpt4)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899
echo 'Loading Linux 3.2.0-20-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-20-generic root=UUID=604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-20-generic
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,gpt4)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_gpt
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,gpt4)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###

=============================== sda4/etc/fstab: ================================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda4 during installation
UUID=604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /boot/efi was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=885C-ED1B /boot/efi vfat defaults 0 1
# /home was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=d62515fd-8120-4a74-b17b-0bdf244124a3 /home ext4 defaults 0 2
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=7078b649-fb2a-4c59-bd03-fd31ef440d37 none swap sw 0 0

=================== sda4: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

129.422874451 = 138.966753280 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
83.059570312 = 89.184534528 boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-20-generic 2
101.393131256 = 108.870045696 boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-20-generic 1
83.059570312 = 89.184534528 initrd.img 2
101.393131256 = 108.870045696 vmlinuz 1

=================== log of boot-repair 2012-04-25__23h40 ===================
boot-repair version : 3.18-0ppa3~precise
boot-sav version : 3.18-0ppa4~precise
glade2script version :
internet: connected
python-software-properties version : 0.82.7

0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 591 not upgraded.
dpkg-preconfigure: unable to re-open stdin: No such file or directory
boot-repair is executed in installed-session (Ubuntu precise (development branch) , precise , Ubuntu , x86_64)

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

=================== OSPROBER:
/dev/sda4:The OS now in use - Ubuntu precise (development branch) CurrentSession:linux

=================== BLKID:
/dev/sda3: UUID="EE06CC0506CBCCB1" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda1: UUID="885C-ED1B" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sda4: UUID="604dd3b2-64ca-4200-b8fb-820e8d0ca899" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda5: UUID="d62515fd-8120-4a74-b17b-0bdf244124a3" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda6: UUID="7078b649-fb2a-4c59-bd03-fd31ef440d37" TYPE="swap"

1 disks with OS, 1 OS : 1 Linux, 0 MacOS, 0 Windows, 0 unknown type OS.

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util sfdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

=================== /etc/default/grub :

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
# info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

EFI_OF_PART[1] (, )

=================== dmesg | grep EFI :
[ 0.000000] EFI v2.00 by Lenovo
[ 0.000000] Kernel-defined memdesc doesn't match the one from EFI!
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem00: type=3, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000000000000-0x0000000000001000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem01: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000000001000-0x000000000004e000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem02: type=3, attr=0xf, range=[0x000000000004e000-0x0000000000058000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem03: type=10, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000000058000-0x0000000000059000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem04: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000000059000-0x000000000005e000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem05: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x000000000005e000-0x000000000005f000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem06: type=3, attr=0xf, range=[0x000000000005f000-0x00000000000a0000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem07: type=2, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000000100000-0x00000000005b9000) (4MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem08: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000005b9000-0x0000000020000000) (506MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem09: type=0, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000020000000-0x0000000020200000) (2MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem10: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000020200000-0x00000000364e4000) (354MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem11: type=2, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000364e4000-0x000000003726a000) (13MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem12: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x000000003726a000-0x0000000040000000) (141MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem13: type=0, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000040000000-0x0000000040200000) (2MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem14: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000040200000-0x000000009df35000) (1501MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem15: type=2, attr=0xf, range=[0x000000009df35000-0x00000000d39a0000) (858MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem16: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d39a0000-0x00000000d39c0000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem17: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d39c0000-0x00000000d5df5000) (36MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem18: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d5df5000-0x00000000d6990000) (11MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem19: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d6990000-0x00000000d6b82000) (1MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem20: type=1, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d6b82000-0x00000000d6b9f000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem21: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d6b9f000-0x00000000d77b0000) (12MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem22: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d77b0000-0x00000000d780a000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem23: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d780a000-0x00000000d7826000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem24: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d7826000-0x00000000d7868000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem25: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d7868000-0x00000000d7869000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem26: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d7869000-0x00000000d786a000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem27: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d786a000-0x00000000d786b000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem28: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d786b000-0x00000000d786c000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem29: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d786c000-0x00000000d786d000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem30: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d786d000-0x00000000d825f000) (9MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem31: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d825f000-0x00000000d8261000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem32: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d8261000-0x00000000d82f7000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem33: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d82f7000-0x00000000d82f8000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem34: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d82f8000-0x00000000d8705000) (4MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem35: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d8705000-0x00000000d8706000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem36: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d8706000-0x00000000d8761000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem37: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d8761000-0x00000000d8768000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem38: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d8768000-0x00000000d9b9f000) (20MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem39: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d9b9f000-0x00000000d9e4c000) (2MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem40: type=2, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d9e4c000-0x00000000d9e52000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem41: type=3, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000d9e52000-0x00000000da59f000) (7MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem42: type=5, attr=0x800000000000000f, range=[0x00000000da59f000-0x00000000da6c3000) (1MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem43: type=5, attr=0x800000000000000f, range=[0x00000000da6c3000-0x00000000da79f000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem44: type=6, attr=0x800000000000000f, range=[0x00000000da79f000-0x00000000da8b1000) (1MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem45: type=6, attr=0x800000000000000f, range=[0x00000000da8b1000-0x00000000da99f000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem46: type=0, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000da99f000-0x00000000daa22000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem47: type=0, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000daa22000-0x00000000daa9b000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem48: type=0, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000daa9b000-0x00000000daa9c000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem49: type=0, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000daa9c000-0x00000000daa9f000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem50: type=10, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000daa9f000-0x00000000daadd000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem51: type=10, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000daadd000-0x00000000dab9f000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem52: type=9, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000dab9f000-0x00000000dabdc000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem53: type=9, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000dabdc000-0x00000000dabff000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem54: type=4, attr=0xf, range=[0x00000000dabff000-0x00000000dac00000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem55: type=7, attr=0xf, range=[0x0000000100000000-0x000000021e600000) (4582MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem56: type=11, attr=0x8000000000000001, range=[0x00000000f80f8000-0x00000000f80f9000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] EFI: mem57: type=11, attr=0x8000000000000001, range=[0x00000000fed1c000-0x00000000fed20000) (0MB)
[ 0.000000] ACPI: UEFI 00000000dabde000 0003E (v01 LENOVO TP-8D 00001280 PTL 00000002)
[ 0.000000] ACPI: UEFI 00000000dabdd000 00042 (v01 PTL COMBUF 00000001 PTL 00000001)
[ 0.000000] ACPI: UEFI 00000000dabdc000 00292 (v01 LENOVO TP-8D 00001280 PTL 00000002)
[ 0.795807] fb0: EFI VGA frame buffer device
[ 1.057243] EFI Variables Facility v0.08 2004-May-17
[ 9.122104] fb: conflicting fb hw usage inteldrmfb vs EFI VGA - removing generic driver

ReadEFI: /dev/sda , N 128 , 0 , , PRStart 1024 , PRSize 128

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

=================== PARTITIONS & DISKS:
sda4 : sda, not-sepboot, grubenv-ok grub2, grub-efi, update-grub, 64, with-boot, is-os, gpt-but-not-EFI, fstab-has-bad-efi, no-nt, no-winload, no-recov-nor-hid, no-bmgr, no-grldr, no-b-bcd, apt-get, grub-install, .
sda3 : sda, maybesepboot, no-grubenv nogrub, no-docgrub, no-update-grub, 32, no-boot, no-os, gpt-but-not-EFI, part-has-no-fstab, no-nt, haswinload, no-recov-nor-hid, no-bmgr, no-grldr, no-b-bcd, nopakmgr, nogrubinstall, /mnt/boot-sav/sda3.
sda1 : sda, maybesepboot, no-grubenv nogrub, no-docgrub, no-update-grub, 32, no-boot, no-os, is-correct-EFI, part-has-no-fstab, no-nt, no-winload, no-recov-nor-hid, no-bmgr, no-grldr, no-b-bcd, nopakmgr, nogrubinstall, /boot/efi.
sda5 : sda, maybesepboot, no-grubenv nogrub, no-docgrub, no-update-grub, 32, no-boot, no-os, gpt-but-not-EFI, part-has-no-fstab, no-nt, no-winload, no-recov-nor-hid, no-bmgr, no-grldr, no-b-bcd, nopakmgr, nogrubinstall, /home.

sda : GPT-BIS, GPT, no-BIOS_boot, has-correctEFI, 2048 sectors * 512 bytes

=================== PARTED:

Model: ATA HITACHI HTS72323 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 320GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 1049kB 106MB 105MB fat32 EFI system partition boot
2 106MB 240MB 134MB Microsoft reserved partition msftres
3 240MB 87.2GB 87.0GB ntfs Basic data partition
4 87.2GB 169GB 81.9GB ext4
5 169GB 316GB 147GB ext4
6 316GB 320GB 4096MB linux-swap(v1)

=================== MOUNT:
/dev/sda4 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
/dev/sda1 on /boot/efi type vfat (rw)
/dev/sda5 on /home type ext4 (rw)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/vierlex/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=vierlex)
/dev/sda3 on /mnt/boot-sav/sda3 type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)

/sys/block/sda: alignment_offset bdi capability dev device discard_alignment events events_async events_poll_msecs ext_range holders inflight power queue range removable ro sda1 sda2 sda3 sda4 sda5 sda6 size slaves stat subsystem trace uevent
/dev: agpgart autofs block bsg btrfs-control bus char console core cpu cpu_dma_latency disk dri ecryptfs fb0 fd full fuse hpet input kmsg log mapper mcelog mei mem net network_latency network_throughput null oldmem port ppp psaux ptmx pts random rfkill rtc rtc0 sda sda1 sda2 sda3 sda4 sda5 sda6 sg0 shm snapshot snd stderr stdin stdout tpm0 uinput urandom usbmon0 usbmon1 usbmon2 v4l vga_arbiter video0 watchdog zero
/dev/mapper: control
/boot/efi: EFI
/boot/efi/EFI: Boot Microsoft ubuntu
/boot/efi/efi: Boot Microsoft ubuntu
/boot/efi/efi/Boot: bootx64.efi
/boot/efi/efi/ubuntu: grubx64.efi

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

=================== DF:

Filesystem Type Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda4 ext4 77G 4.1G 69G 6% /
udev devtmpfs 3.9G 12K 3.9G 1% /dev
tmpfs tmpfs 1.6G 864K 1.6G 1% /run
none tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none tmpfs 3.9G 152K 3.9G 1% /run/shm
/dev/sda1 vfat 96M 18M 79M 19% /boot/efi
/dev/sda5 ext4 137G 2.2G 128G 2% /home
/dev/sda3 fuseblk 81G 30G 52G 37% /mnt/boot-sav/sda3

=================== FDISK:

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf34fe538

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 625142447 312571223+ ee GPT

=================== Before mainwindow
recommendedrepair, purge, QTY_OF_PART_FOR_REINSTAL 1 no-kernel-purge
UNHIDEBOOT_ACTION yes (10s), noflag ()
USE_SEPARATEBOOTPART no (sda3) grub2 ()
EFI detected. Please check the options.

=================== Actions
bootinfo, nombraction, QTY_OF_PART_FOR_REINSTAL 1 no-kernel-purge
UNHIDEBOOT_ACTION no (10s), noflag ()
USE_SEPARATEBOOTPART no (sda3) grub2 ()
No change has been performed on your computer. See you soon!
internet: connected

Thanks for your time and attention.

EDIT: additional Info Request

=>No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.

But maybe this is how it is supposed to work?

yea this is ok. boot stuff seems to be on a seperate partition, in my case sda1.
I'm very new to this UEFI thing too.

missing files like bootmgr

i don't really have a clue :D but yea, maybe thats how it suppose to be?
Instead and whats not shown in the log for some reason:
There is additional microsoft bootfiles on sda1 under /efi/microsoft/ [much stuff]

I remember also doing some kind of hack to make a UEFI windows 7 usb stick.
In short: creating and placing bootx64.efi on the stick so it can be booted in UEFI mode.

boot order

i decide that in my BIOS. i read somwhere that the thinkpad x220 (essential part of the serial number: 4921 http://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/x220_x220i_x220tablet_x220itablet_ug_en.pdf) doesnt really have UEFI interface or something, still, these 2 options are listed with all the other usual devices you can give a boot priority to. Right now it looks like this:

Boot Priority Order
1. ubuntu
2. Windows Boot Manager
5. ATA HDD0 HITACHI [random string]

How to avoid files being replaced with older versions in Ubuntu One?

UbuntuOne for windows has replaced an OpenOffice document with an older version of the file. I am syncing between 2 windows machines and one ubuntu machine.

Fortunately I was able to recover my work from my nightly backup. Is there some kind of log file that might help me figure out what when wrong, or how to avoid this in the future?

How to allow key functions while desktop locked

Is it possible to allow a keyboard's volume keys to continue working when your desktop is locked? Currently, the default behavior disables all special-function keys until the desktop's unlocked. I like to use my PC as a music player and leave it locked when I'm not directly at the console, but I still want to let people to control the volume if a song's too loud.

How can I change the color depth?

I'm running 11.10 and Intel HD 3000 graphics, if it helps. I've looked at previously posted solutions and tested each. None have worked so far.

My laptop has both Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed, and one day I shut down Windows 7 in a lower graphics setting because I was saving power throughout the day. I booted right into Ubuntu and noticed that the colors were no longer as smooth on the desktop background. I suspect it's just an issue with color depth. Also, I don't understand why this change occurred after I changed something in the Windows 7 OS. Anyone know?

External monitor with Macbook Pro 5,5 and Ubuntu 11.10 (Unity)

I am running a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.10 on a Macbook Pro 5,5. Everything is working great except for my external monitor. It is connected via a Mini-Displayport to VGA connector. It does not appear in Displays preferences, so I trued using the NVIDIA configuration program. It does appear there but as "DFP-2" with a maximum resolution of 640x480 (the true native resolution of the monitor is 1440x800).

I tried using disper -c and disper -S but it won't go beyond 640x480.

NVIDIA Driver Version: 280.13

Thanks for any help.

Clean up files after a process dies

I have an application that does a lot of forking, and every fork uses quite a lot of temp disk space. Currently, all of this space is used in /tmp. For various reasons, I want to clean up these tmp files asap after the process dies, preferably instantly.

The problem is that in many cases, the proc are terminated irregularly; hence the process itself should not be responsible for cleaning up its tmp files. What would be a nice way to set this up so that tmp files are removed when the process dies?

I was thinking about writing files to /tmp/myapp/$pid/ and then having a cron job every second or so that searches for directories /tmp/myapp/$pid/ and unlinks the ones for which there is no active process with that ID. But that might create a lot of overhead. Also for fun I tried if I could actually put the dir inside of the proc mkdir /proc/12345/tmp but that doesn't fly either :-)

Ubuntu 11.04 seem's like a laggy OS

I'm new to Linux/Ubuntu in general. I just Wubi installed the Ubuntu 11.04 w/Windows 7 on my Lenovo laptop - Intel i7 Quad Core 2Ghz, 4Gb ram, etc. etc... and for some reason Ubuntu is very laggy and slow.

When I'm switching between programs (Chromium, folders, software center, etc..) it doesn't run as smooth as windows 7 (I have no more than 3 programs/windows up at a time...). I don't think it's my system requirements bkz Linux OSs are known to use low system resources. Could be a bad install or do people find it slow and laggy in general or is it my PC mfg type?? I installed it using Wubi - should I do a reinstall? I've already done all the recommended updates..

OpenSSH and OpenLDAP Configuration

I have installed Ubuntu Server 11.10. I have setup LDAP with some users added.

Now i want to configure openssh to use this LDAP details to login to server. and once a user logs in each user should have their respective home directory.

Execute command before starting terminal copy file

What Happens

I write this line to copy an image to my local home dir

cp .cache/wallpaper/0_4_1280* .image.jpg

and all is well ....so I think it would be great if terminal would do this on start.
So I decide to put the line in the box to run custom command instead of shell ....
and of course no matter how i alter the line Terminal will not stat the dir and complains that dir/file doesnt exist when we know it does. If i put ls -a in the box it shows the .cache folder but will not go into it.

Screen of err

I'm starting to think I'm going about this all wrong .
So now that I've shown what I'm after, what I tried and what happens this is ....

What I want to Happen

When I click to launch terminal I would like it to execute this command and then restart at the regular prompt.

What i think i need to do is write some short bash script that will
detach gnome terminal and then execute the copy command and then restart or reattach the terminal window.

One more thing that might be an issue , (might be the one thing that is holding this all up , i dunno) is that the star is there in the copy command because the file changes (it is in the .cache folder) so the first part is always the same but the rest of the filename changes as it rotates in the .cache. Which is why i want to constantly copy the new image to a known filename, because it changes..... and i need to reference it.

Its seems so easy ....yet I cant make it go ...I don't get it

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu, separate HDD, Win8 boot failure from GRUB


  • I installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my desktop, well, after April last year.

  • I upgraded in November to 11.10.

  • Around a month ago, I popped the SATA and power cables for the hard drive Ubuntu is on and installed Windows 8 CP to the second hard drive. (to see if I could use it as a desktop OS)

  • Three days ago, I re-connected the Ubuntu drive, used update-manager -d to go to 12.04 pre-release, and did update-grub to make sure it found the new partition. Also, I switched my default boot HDD to the Ubuntu one. (It continued to default to the Win8 one even after re-connecting the Ubuntu one.)

Now, when I boot, I get GRUB, and can boot Ubuntu just fine. GRUB also includes an entry for Windows 8 Loader. This entry will show the Beeta Fish (showing that it is in fact booting Windows 8 or some lower-level part thereof) onscreen and then a message flashes by which is 7 or 8 lines long but I cannot read. Then, my computer starts up again and I see BIOS/POST come up as though I had hit the power button following a successful power off.

Changing the default boot HDD or using the menu activated by pressing F8 during BIOS/POST to select the proper drive both result in a successful Windows 8 boot.

How can I either a) reconfigure GRUB to properly boot Windows (of course, while still booting Ubuntu) or b) configure the Windows bootloader to show up and give me the option of the Ubuntu hard drive (in which case I would turn off the GRUB menu and use the Windows drive as my default).

Using another bootloader (for instance, BURG) is okay, so long as you provide simple instructions and the boot-loader is open-source and available by PPA or a .deb file.

Trackpad and wifi won't work on an Asus EEE 1005HA

I reinstalled 11.10 on my Asus EEE 1005HA, and my mousepad hasn't been working since.

I've tried the workarounds mentioned in this post:
but, I get the message on the command line that says, "Synaptic isn't installed."

When I go to the network settings to install Synaptic, I can't turn on wifi - no wireless options exist.

How can I turn on wifi from the command line, on a new 11.10 install?
Or, is there a way to turn on the trackpad and wifi from the install thumb drive?

How can I move forward?

How do I hide Rhythmbox to just show a tray icon?

Ever since Ubuntu 11.10, it has seemingly been impossible to hide Rhythmbox and have it display just a tray icon. Instead, when lowering it, it is still shown in my Window List down the bottom of my screen, which is needlessly taking up space.

In the past, when closing the Rhythmbox window, it would disappear from the screen completely, and just show a tray icon in the top right hand corner of my screen, which I could use to show/hide it.

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 now, and it has exactly the same problem with this as it did in 11.10. I'm using the Gnome Classic desktop. Rhythmbox is displayed in the sound section of the indicator-applet, but I can't see any way to get it to hide completely.

Is there any way to replicate the old pre-11.10 behavior where it would display only a tray icon and nothing else?

Which programs are necessary for Ubuntu?

As we know, Ubuntu comes with a lot installed on it. Many of them I either don't know what it does or just don't use. Which applications are safe to uninstall? I use mainly the basic stuff, FireFox, Thunderbird, Empathy, Shotwell, document and photo viewers. I don't think I need something like xDiagnose or xTerm

Blank Screen - Only wallpaper shows up

I installed Ubuntu from wubi in the ISO and chose the option run alongside windows. I installed it on a separate hard-disk. After I login just a blank screen shows up (shows a wallpaper and moving cursor though). I don't know what to do. Please help me soon.

How do I remove these DE's?

I have Unity, Gnome Classic and Pantheon installed and I want to remove the latter two. I want to remove all apps and such that were installed with them. What would I have to put into terminal? Thanks

How can I get the Skype notification back in the system tray?

I am running 11.04. I have Skype running but it does not show up in the notification tray. It was working until I added Skype to auto-start when I log in. Does anyone know how to make it reappear?

Can I install 12.04 by using WUBI?

It's sad becuse Ubuntu 12.04 won't come with WUBI pre-added. But is there any way to install 12.04 using WUBI?

I will Download 12.04.iso couple of days after today, and I already have 11.10 .iso image. can't I use that WUBI.exe and install 12.04 to my hard disk?

This is because my experiments on ubuntu may break it! using WUBI is the easiest to backup it!

I really don't want to download WUBI and install ubuntu through the internet (I have more PCs running ubuntu, and some got no WIndows, upgrading isn't my style)

Please help before the arrive of 12.04!!!

How to setup extetnded monitor with xrandr on netbook

I'm trying to setup an external monitor to extend my desktop for my Acer Aspire One netbook. It is running an Atom N2600 with an Intel Integrated Graphics Controller.

lspci | grep VGA output is:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 0be1 (rev 09)

xrandr output is:

xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
Screen 0: minimum 1024 x 600, current 1024 x 600, maximum 1024 x 600
default connected 1024x600+0+0 0mm x 0mm
1024x600 0.0*

My external monitor only appears to get a signal when it is connected and I reboot the netbook, at that time I get a mirrored display but both the netwook (max 1024x600) and the external LCD have a 1920x1280 resolution. Xrandr never shows 2 displays.

How can i get xrandr to see two different displays so that I can configure them?

Ubuntu constantly freezing at random time

I recently bought completely new hardware and built a server running Ubuntu Server 11.10 x64. Most things are working good, except for one rather large issue that I'm experiencing; the system keeps randomly freezing.

The freeze could occur at any time, thought it seems they occur when the server is idle, and not doing anything in particular. I've tried to modify the grub config (I have ran sudo grub-update) and I've also updated my EFI version amongst other things.

My system is running off a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD and I have three 2TB drives hooked up into a RAID5 array.

Once the server freezes, there's no contacting it. The keyboard connected does not respond to any keypress and the server closes any connection, be it SSH, VPN or even network interfaces. I'm not an Ubuntu master, but I do want to learn more about the system and get my server working, but the constant freezes are a huge problem. Also, when it freezes and I look at the monitor, the last thing that was being displayed when it froze is still there, and the LCD I have mounted to the front of my chassi is also frozen. It's just like everything is coming to a halt.

I've posted my dmesg.log file here, though I haven't been able to find anything particular myself. But this might just be because I do not know exactly what to look for.

Though, these lines in particular might mean something:

[   29.193372] init: ssh main process (1012) terminated with status 255
[ 29.217099] init: failsafe main process (991) killed by TERM signal

To me it looks like SSH is being shut down and some kind of failsafe process is also being killed, allowing this freeze to occur. But that might just sound crazy to whoever is experiencing enough to tell.

These are my server specifications if that might help solve the issue:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 2120 3,3Ghz

  • GPU: Asus GeForce ENGT520

  • Motherboard: Asus P8H67-M B3

  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 PC10666/1333MHz

  • HDD:s 3x Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB Drives

  • SSD: 64GB Crucial M4

I've been trying hard to solve this issue for weeks without any bit off success, any advices are welcome!

Thanks in advance // Jonathan

EDIT: I started a tail on my syslog yesterday with the following command:

"sudo tail -f /var/log"

And now that I got home the server had frozen again, but the last entries were hours before the freezing occured, I know that because my VPN connection disconnected about 3.30PM when I was at work. Are there any other files I could tail in hopes of finding something?

How to install Lexmark S308 printer?

I have a multi function lexmark printer with a instalation cd but can get the .exe to run, Im new to the ubuntu world so i dont know how to install third party software yet. Thank for your help.

Illustrator alternative

I have just migrated to Ubuntu a few months ago, and find myself wanting Illustrator again. What is the best alternative for vector based drawing? Can Gimp do vector as well, or is it mainly pixel based like Photoshop?

How do I simulate overprinting in Adobe Reader?

On both Mac and Windows when I print a document there is an advanced screen that allows me to select an option called Simulate Overprinting, however such an option doesn't appear on the Ubuntu version.

Wikipedia on overprinting:

Overprinting refers to the process of printing one colour on top of
another in reprographics. This is closely linked to the reprographic
technique of 'trapping'. Another use of overprinting is to create a
rich black (often regarded as a colour that is "blacker than black")
by printing black over another dark colour.

This is an issue for us, as we're trying to print documents that need flattening (this is what overprinting does).

Am I missing something here, is there a way to enable overprinting on printed PDFs?

Note: Please don't confuse simulate overprinting with overprint preview, of which doesn't apply when printing.

Just to show you what I'm looking for, this is the Print > Advanced screen...
enter image description here

And this is what I see on the Ubuntu screen, not no option for overprinting
enter image description here

Team Viewer on Ubuntu! Is it running through wine?

I downloaded recently Team Viewer on my Ubuntu system, so my question is:

  1. Does it run through wine?

  2. And if yes, why is this a .deb file?

  3. Is it possible to make .deb files but running with wine?

***edit--->When I launched it for first time wine configuration showed up. Is it necessary to post a screen-shot for that?

How to edit CD Rip settings in Rhythmbox to improve mp3 quality

I'M trying to edit the mp3 rip settings in rhythmbox in order to increase the quality to 320 kbs, but the edit button is locked in Ubuntu 12.04


Any help please?


Headphones Very Quiet in Ubuntu 12.04 with Intel HDA

Ubuntu 12.04 on an Asus G71-GX with an Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD audio controller (using the HDA Intel driver). When I plug in headphones, they are detected and the level is appropriate, but the sound through the headphones is very quiet. Tested with multiple headphones, jack works fine in Windows. Suggestions?

No internet connection via nic card

I have just installed mint on my computer for the first time and am unable to connect to the internet via the on board network card.

I have never used this system before only windows and do not no how to install drivers for the network card or how to find devices under the mint system.

As i am new to linux can anyone guide me


Ubuntu OpenWeek, 2-4 May on Freenode

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Ubuntu 12.04 Review: the Best Yet

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[Phoronix] Valve's Gabe Newell Talks Linux Steam Client, Source Engine

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Monday, April 23, 2012

How to install a thesaurus in LibreOffice?

How can I enable the thesaurus on LibreOffice?

Ubuntu One used to work on Windows 7 until upgrade

Ubuntu One used to work well on my Windows 7 machine. Last week after opening it I received a message asking me if I wanted to upgrade to a newer version. I accepted and the upgrade installed. Now the program doesn't load at all. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing without success. Can you please help as I use it on my Windows 7 and Ubuntu machines as well as an Android device.

sharing a folder on ubuntu 11.10

I am new for ubuntu and I installed the ubuntu 11.10 on my system. I want to share a folder on my local net.
Please help me to sharing a folder.


unable to connect to wifi on ubuntu 12.04(all betas)

ive been willing to test ubuntu 12 since long.. but one insane bug doesnt allow me to..

whenever i try to connect to wifi ,firstly not all wifi access points listed are clickable,, secondly if they are available.. the following dialog appears that has the connect button disabled..


this is has been happening since every beta for ubuntu 12..

Please suggest a solution..


I tried installing it over a more recent laptop and everything is working on it fine..
So most probably ubuntu has made some changes in the defaultly shipped drivers that is causing such an issue... may be they decided not to support my hardware..

Can anyone guide me to make this thing working?

ask for a shortcut problem

I am using Ubuntu 11.10. Whenever I type Ctr+f in Chrome or Okular or Kile, the xTerm will appear instead of usually-expected "search bar". I have installed xbindkeys. It seems not that problem since the problem persists if I uninstall xbindkeys. Does anyone know what setting I should change? Thank you very much!

Why VLC player stops playing movie after playing for sometimes

It happens more when i use to watch high animation movie.

can someone guide me.. is it a problem of up-gradation or else !

Is there anything wrong about my pc's configuration or else ?

RedImages : Simply and Lightweight Batch Image Resizer for Ubuntu

RedImages : Simply and lightweight Batch Image Resizer for UbuntuRedImages is a free and open source batch photo or image resizer apps. It lets you resize hundreds of photos or images in a matter of minutes in a quick and easy way. With RedImages , you can shrink or resize PEG, BMP, GIF, PCX, and PNG image files, along with other supported formats, and dramatically reduce internet transfer times, [...]

How to manually trigger ssh add dialog box?

Running ssh-add at the command line no longer unlocks the ssh keys properly on my system (Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity). Even after I've run ssh-add, when I ssh to a server, I get a dialog box popping up to ask me for my ssh key passphrase. After that things work as expected.

ssh-agent is running. When I first log in:

$ ps -ef | grep ssh-agent
mish 1853 1818 0 18:55 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/ssh-agent /usr/bin/dbus-launch --exit-with-session /usr/bin/gnome-session --session=ubuntu

How can I unlock the ssh key properly without having to ssh to a server? (Manually triggering the ssh key dialog window would be OK as a solution, but I don't know how to do that).

My use case is that I use tmuxinator and want to set up multiple ssh connections. So I want the ssh key unlocked. Otherwise all the ssh key dialog boxes all pop up and I have to enter my passphrase multiple times. Or I can ssh somewhere before launching tmuxinator, but the connection is slow here, so that just adds friction. So I want to unlock the ssh key before launching tmuxinator, without having to ssh somewhere first.


Just tried logging out and logging back in again. Then I did:

$ env | grep -i ssh
$ ssh-add -D
All identities removed.
$ ssh-add -l
1024 b8:12:34:56[...]:19 name@computer (DSA)
$ ssh-add
Enter passphrase for /home/name/.ssh/id_dsa:
Identity added: /home/name/.ssh/id_dsa (/home/mish/.ssh/id_dsa)
$ ssh-add -l
1024 b8:12:34:56[...]:19 /home/name/.ssh/id_dsa (DSA)
1024 b8:12:34:56[...]:19 name@computer (DSA)
0 mish@mishtop:~$ ssh server

At which point I am again asked for my passphrase by the GUI dialog box. Frustrating ...

It's also interesting that after "All identities removed" that ssh-add -l still shows an identity. That confuses me. And there does only appear to be one ssh-agent running.

Edit 2:

I found a bug on launchpad about this: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openssh/+bug/841672

However this question was about finding a workaround rather than asking why it didn't work, so I hope the question can stand.

Edit 3:

Nothing unusual in /etc/ssh/ssh_config - I haven't touched it. I do have a ~/.ssh/config but that is just ports and usernames.

I watched what processes were running when the dialog popped up, and it was /usr/lib/gnome-keyring/gnome-keyring-prompt-3, launched by /usr/bin/gnome-keyring-daemon --daemonize --login I tried launching the prompt from a terminal but nothing happened. So still stuck.

sharing a folder on ubuntu 11.10

I am new for ubuntu and I installed the ubuntu 11.10 on my system. I want to share a folder on my local net. Please help me to sharing a folder.


Can I stop apps from selecting "Recently Used" by default in file chooser dialogs?

In Ubuntu and Kubuntu 11.10 I see changes in behaviour of GTK file chooser dialog. When I try to open new file (second, third etc, not first in editor) dialog show "Recenty used" section. It is very unsuitable for me, in 10.04 dialog shows folder where located previous open file. Anybody knows how i can bring back old behaviour?

32bit vs 64bit on desktop

My cpu is Intel® Core™2 Quad Q8200 which, by Intel page support 64bit.
I went to the download section and saw that for desktop Ubuntu recommends the 32 bit and not the 64 bit.

  1. Why? I know that there were problems with flash and Java on older versions - but is there any reason I should not go on 64 bit version?

  2. Why does the 64 bit version called amd64 and not just 64bit, I always thought that the AMD relates to AMD the chip manufacturer and can't understand if it compatible to Intel chips

Diagnosing input 'noise'

Something somewhere in my Ubuntu system is occasionally causing random behaviour of the mouse pointer, movements and clicks. Is there any way to get a live input event log so that I can see which device is sending the events and disable it. Any other ideas? I don't get these problems when dual booted into windows, and they've only just started after running Ubuntu for nearly a year on this system.

This is Ubuntu 11.10 running on a Sony Vaio with Intel i5 and AMD graphics.

Can't change IP to static

After I installed Ubuntu Server 11.10 x64, I updated the system, rebooted. To change my IP to static - I wrote:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

where I changed line

iface eth0 inet dhcp 


iface eth0 inet static

then added these lines:


then saved and using sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart I tried to restart networking, but the system throws this message:

ifdown couldn´t read the interface file... 
ifup couldn´t read the interface file...
/etc/network/interfaces:2: misplaced option

What does it mean?

What's the difference between "mouse" and "sloppy"?

From the GConf key description:

The window focus mode indicates how windows are activated. It has three possible values; "click" means windows must be clicked in order to focus them, "sloppy" means windows are focused when the mouse enters the window, and "mouse" means windows are focused when the mouse enters the window and unfocused when the mouse leaves the window.

When I configure focus_mode using gconf-editor, /apps/metacity/general/focus_mode, I can't tell the difference between mouse and sloppy.

When I set this key as mouse, the focus is still on that window if I hover the cursor to the background.

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Have portable media added to the Copy To menu when right clicking on files. (Ubuntu 12.04)

Firstly I posted this to [/r/linuxquestions] but no response. So asking here.

Basically as as the title says. Does anyone know of a way to have USB flash drive/portable hard drives show up as an option when right clicking on a file and selecting "copy to"? Cheers (oh this is on Ubuntu 12.04)

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