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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

[ubuntu] Laptop ati radeon x1200 drivess problem

The new version of ubuntu 12.04 is out and i'm giving it a try. I tried the 11.10 version before but had to stop using it cause it was not installing my graphic card. I am now having the same problem with 12.04. when i go into system settings, and then to details the graphic option is display driver: unknown, experience fallback. I'm assuming the driver is not install so how can i fix this problem.

[ubuntu] Video Converters Ubuntu 11.10?


I don't know what software is good or not, and I would like some imput from the community. I am trying to convert a .ogv file into a .avi file, but I don't know what software is good for that. Can you help me out?

[ubuntu] Custom build slow despite good components, why?

Sorry-- I'm a semi-newb. I recently bought a custom built PC desktop at a thrift store for like $60 and I thought it was a great deal because of the specs--3ghz dual processors, 2 gb ram 160 gb bard drive etcetera etcetera. However, it it pretty slow, can't really handle the unity interface, audio stutters and is out of sync with the video. Sometimes when I try to do more than 2 things while audio is playing, it will get stuck and repeat a smalll 2 second segment loop ad infinitum. Flash video is Choppy. So what's going on? Did the guy who build this mess up somewhere? Did he use a cheap graphics card or something ? Is the graphics card incompatible? I think its called a "gallium" or something like that.

[ubuntu] Usb Drive can't be erased?

I was putting 12.04 on a usb drive and it failed about half way through and now it says the usb drive is always busy so I can't do anything with it. I opened up Disk utility and when I try and re-format it, it says "One or more partitions are busy on /dev/sdb"

If I un-mount it and try to delete the part ion it say "Error erasing: helper exited with exit code 1: In part_del_partition: device_file=/dev/sdb, offset=16384"

Any Help would be appreciated.

[ubuntu] HP 5400c, anybody?

I just picked up a used HP 5400c to utilize for basic scanning purposes. The problem? Xsane and Simple Scan don't work... just what I wanted to see after the Lexmark I also have didn't work. Nice, nice, nice...

So, how can I get this thing rolling? I'm not too sure what all there is to do considering HP's site had no drivers and HPLIP doesn't support it.

C'mon, there has to be a way. Anybody?

[ubuntu] Is there another way to install ubuntu on a Mac? Suggestions welcome

Hey Guys,

So I've been trying really hard to install Ubuntu on my intel iMac alongside OS X. I have tried to install multiple linux versions and even versions of Ubuntu both using CDs and USB. Here is the post related to that


However nothing has worked. I was wondering if anyone knew of any alternatives to installing Ubuntu on a mac using USB or CD.

Note: I'm not sure whether the problem I have been having is a hardware or software related issue, if it's a software issue, then a different installation method probably won't help.

When trying the USB install, rEFIt does tell me that booting a legacy os from an external drive is not well-supported when it fails. Also my built in CD drive is broken so I have been using an external CD drive. Perhaps the problem is they both require booting drives through the USB port (my external CD drive connects via USB), which for whatever reason isn't supported.

So I guess figuring out how to get my machine to boot successfully to a usb drive would do the trick.


[ubuntu] Unable to mount location - Failed to mount Windows share

I recently installed Firestarter (I enjoy it's security). The only problem I have with it is the fact that it doesn't show up in the system tray at the top of the screen like it used to :( so there's no way to deactivate it. I had to uninstall it to use services such as VPN and SAMBA. Now that I've issued


sudo apt-get remove --purge firestarter

VPN services work fine but when I try and use SAMBA I get "Unable to mount location - Failed to mount Windows share"

I use a GUI program from the repositories called SAMBA (system-config-samba 1.2.63-0ubuntu4) to manage all my SAMBA shares. This program worked for months and then after I installed firestarter, it stopped.

Thanks for your help.

The Liberated pixel cup

Hi all,

This is a short note about LPC[0] which would be starting in

couple of months. You can find more at the site itself or a short

piece written by me [1] . Also an article about the same to get the background info. at Linux.com

Feel free to either donate or/and take part in either of the two phases of the competition. Also just a forbearance from where some games could come for inclusion in the Debian-games team (which means Ubuntu and its derivatives as well) :P

0 - http://lpc.opengameart.org

1 - http://wp.me/pfuZu-zS

2 - https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorial...el-cup-contest

[ubuntu] Cannot download any files on Mozilla Firefox

I'm using 11,10 and whenever I try to download a file using Firefox, it comes up with the normal window asking what to do with the file. Then when I choose saves and click "OK", it closes and nothing happens.

Anyone know what's wrong?

[ubuntu] Word of warning: 11.10, NVidia driver, TROUBLE.

I'm not sure where the right place is to post this warning, but this seems close.

My system's specifications:

Gigabyte MA-GM78-US2H motherboard, vintage 2009.

AMD 1090T CPU.

NVidia GeForce 8800 GTS video card, vintage 2006.

Oneiric 64-bit.

I had a system crash, and I went to do a re-install. As I have always done, I enabled the NVidia proprietary video driver. Under System Settings > Hardware> Additional Drivers, I clicked on the "NVidia accelerated graphics driver (version current) [recommended]" button.

The symptoms:

After logging in, there was almost complete loss of system control. The cursor would freeze for 30 seconds at a time. Only the first mouse click or two would actually work immediately. I tried to open a terminal window and didn't get one until three or four minutes later. My hard drive was running constantly. Occasionally I would see a few random black bars flicker across my screen, which is what clued me in to the fact that the video driver might be my problem.

The fix:

Booting into a rescue shell from the alternate install CD, and executing sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current nvidia-settings repaired my installation.

Conclusion: whatever the "current" driver is in the Ubuntu repository, it can cause BIG trouble with at least some hardware configurations. Proceed with caution!

Industrial-standard CAD/CAM software for Fashion/Garment

Hi all,

I don't know if I am posting this in the right place. I have switched some of workstations of my company from Windows to Ubuntu. I thought the switch is easy, as advertised by the Ubuntu people, but it turns out to be a nightmare.

My company is a fashion/garment design and manufacturing company. We have a lot of workstations for CAD and CAM. I have been looking for software to replace some of the old ones we used with Windows, but I just can't find any industrial-standard ones.

For example, I really want to a package of software that runs on the Ubuntu, which allows us to create paper patterns (as in floor plan to architecture and paper patterns to clothes), grading (produces different sizes from paper pattern), marker arrangement (arrange the paper patterns on the cloth before cutting), production management and design fitting emulation.

There are millions of garment making companies/factories in the world (not overstating) and, on Windows, there are so many garment manufacturing software to choose from. But yet I am surprised how limiting the choices are for Ubuntu. I have been suggested with some of the CAD software available but I have to say they are really for engineering and not tailoring.

From my past experience in using those software in Windows, I have to say those software have no standards. When one technician moves from one company to another, he has to re-learn how to use a different piece of software. Also, the software often have problems when putting to use together. For example, after a paper pattern is created, it needs to be converted to different file format to be able to use on another software, e.g. grading software. There seems to be big gaps in the production line when a company buys different software to fill up and automate her production line. Also, those software do not come cheap.

I think since there is such a huge market - millions of companies and so many fashion design students every year - and especially China is filled with garment manufacturing companies everywhere, there will be a big potential if Ubuntu starts a software package project like this. Imagine the whole industry is moving to Ubuntu.... that's quite a big thing!

[ubuntu] AMD Radeon HD 6490M ??

Right: I'm having an issue installing the proper video card drivers for my Macbook Pro (I forget which gen it is... either the newest or the 2nd newest generation) on Ubuntu 11.10. Tried installing them via the "Additional Drivers" tool, but when I restarted the menu bar and menu items in the GNOME 3 shell were all glitchy and nasty and such. Tried to log out and log back on to the regular Unity desktop and it only showed the desktop wallpaper and my mouse cursor. I ended up having to go into recovery mode and into the command line from there to fix things.

My MBP has an Intel card of some sort (not sure what it is, how do I check that?) and that's what's been running everything so far, and it just ain't cuttin' the mustard. I've Googled a bunch trying to find a fix, but I'm only finding either outdated info or people saying "It just doesn't work.". Is there a fix for this or no? If there is: any idea how to implement it?

Possibly related: My lappy runs incredibly hot while watching YouTube videos. Is that a symptom of the graphics card thing or probably a different matter entirely?


PS: I'm very new to all of this so the simpler the terms the better!!

[ubuntu] Wireless works, but something is blocking my Browsers

can't get online with any of my browsers FF,Chrome, etc. But I can download from the package manager, and the wireless icon shows it the computer is connected/active. My firewall is off so that shouldn't be blocking anything.

is there a setting in the wireless utility I should be looking at or something I can type in the terminal? I'm lost here thanks for the help.

Unable to change/edit details or do anything in profile page

Hi all,

am unable to make any changes via Edit Details or do anything else . I get this if I go to Edit Profile.


ShirishAg75, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

  1. Your user account has less than 50 posts.

  2. Your  user account may not have sufficient privileges to  access this page.  Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access  administrative  features or some other privileged system?

  3. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.

Any ideas whom to approach ?

But how could this be true. My beans say I'm sitting pretty at 838 posts (even though I have logged in after quite some time). I wanted to change the distro version info. and some other things but can't do anything. Anybody ?

New Ubuntu Items in Ubuntu Store

The newest Ubuntu products have landed in the Ubuntu store. I LOVE the Ubuntu store! I have purchased before from the store and the shipping is fast. Prices are a bit high though. Quality is exceptional. The Ubuntu mouse is interesting and will garner a lot of interesting talks. The backpacks are made by Ogio which is one of the best brands quality wise. There are USB drives with Ubuntu on them, great tshirts which fit well and look good, packs of Ubuntu CDs and even some sale items. Its worth a look!

If you are in the western United States and are interested in placing an order, I might be willing to split the shipping costs if we can get enough orders together. Shipping prices from the Ubuntu Store is expensive, especially if you just want a pen or stickers. Post a message below to let me know your thoughts, Thanks.

Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for March 2012

Ubuntu is ramping up to the release of Ubuntu 12.04 and new and cool apps
keep being added to the Software Centre. Check out last month's most
downloaded free and paid apps.

Top 10 paid apps

1. Steel Storm: Burning Retribution

Storm: Burning Retribution marks the return of top-down shooters with
new twists. The game has score oriented competitive gameplay, and is
designed for people who like fast paced action, hordes of smart enemies,
destructible worlds and ground shaking explosions.

2. Uplink

play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major
corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems,
stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money,
erasing evidence, or framing innocent people. You use the money you earn
to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As
your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable
missions become available.

3. Oil Rush

Rush is a real-time naval strategy game based on group control. It
combines the strategic challenge of a classical RTS with the sheer fun
of Tower Defence. Fight the naval war between furious armies across the
boundless waters of the post-apocalyptic world.

4. Fluendo DVD Player

DVD Player is a software application specially designed to reproduce
DVD on Linux/Unix platforms, which provides end users with high quality

5. Braid

is a platform game in painterly style where you manipulate the flow of
time to solve puzzles. Every puzzle in Braid is unique; there is no
filler. Braid treats your time and attention as precious, and it does
everything it can to give you a mind-expanding experience.

6. Ubuntu User

User is a smart, accessible journal of the Ubuntu user environment.
Each issue offers a real-world glimpse at how the experts use Ubuntu in
the wild. You'll learn about Ubuntu tools for practical tasks such as
working in the cloud, managing mobile devices, processing images, and
making music.

7. World of Goo

and drop living, squirming, talking globs of goo to build structures,
bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins, and giant tongues. The millions of
innocent goo balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo are curious
to explore. But they don't know that they are in a game, or that they
are extremely delicious. The most addicting and awe-inspiring puzzle
game will set you on an adventure that you'll never forget!


stunning multiplayer simulation of global thermonuclear war. Take on
the role of a General hidden deep within an Underground bunker. Compete
against the computer or online against your friends for total world

9. Family Farm

the farm in this game of 19th century farmsteading and build a home for
your families. Clicking cows won't earn you any cash. This is a
simulation of a farmstead experienced in stories which span a
generation. Keep them fed, develop their skills, and grow their land in
to a Family Farm!

 10. Linux Format Magazine

156 (April) of Linux Format magazine – now on the Ubuntu Software
Centre. We're wildly excited about the Raspberry Pi, and you should be
too. It's a full, working PC, it runs Linux and it costs just $25. It's
not Windows 8-certified, but it's going to change the way the world
thinks about computing.

Top 10 free apps

1. Ryzom

one of the best role playing Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the
moment (MMORPG), is set more than 2000 years in the future, on a living,
evolving world: beautiful Atys!

2. Full Circle Magazine

Circle is a free, independent, monthly magazine dedicated to the Ubuntu
family of Linux operating systems. Each month, it contains helpful
how-to articles and reader submitted stories. Full Circle also features a
companion podcast, the Full Circle Podcast, which covers the magazine
along with other news of interest.

3. Crossover Games

Windows games like World of Warcraft on Ubuntu! CrossOver Games (Ubuntu
Edition) makes it possible to play Windows games such as World of
Warcraft and many others. CrossOver Games is built on the latest
versions of Wine, based on contributions from both CodeWeavers and the
open-source Wine community. CrossOver Games aims to bring you the
latest, greatest, bleeding edge improvements in Wine technology.

4. CrossOver Pro (Trial)

Linux allows you to install many popular Windows productivity
applications, plugins and games in Linux. You can think of it as an
emulator, but it's different, because there's no Windows OS license
required. Your applications integrate seamlessly with your GNOME or KDE
environment. It's like running Windows on your Linux machine, but
without Windows.

5. Vendetta Online

Online is a 3D space combat MMORPG. This MMO permits thousands of
players to interact as the pilots of spaceships in a vast universe.
Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming
rich captains of industry, military heroes, or outlaws.

6. Marble Arena 2

physics based, 3D marble game, featuring vibrant HD graphics, fun and
addictive star zapping gameplay, and an easy to use built-in editor for
creating custom levels.

7. CoreBreach Demo

is an anti-gravity racing game with combat-based gameplay. Its unique
graphic style, with a cell-shaded look, sets up a very futuristic
atmosphere with a wide range of choices for ships, race tracks and
powerful weapons.

8. PDF Studio 7 Demo

version of PDF Editor to evaluate both PDF Studio 7 Standard and PDF
Studio 7 Pro and will add a watermark to the documents saved.

9. Tribal Trouble 2

Trouble 2 is a browser-based RTS game that takes place in the zany age
of the Vikings. You are the Chief of a Viking tribe and are responsible
for making a name for yourself by conquest and skill.

10. Manager

is free accounting software for Ubuntu. It features an intuitive and
innovative user interface with modules such as cashbook, invoicing,
receivables, payables, taxes and comprehensive financial reports.

Your app in Ubuntu

Would you like to see your app featured in this list and on millions of user's computers? It's a lot easier than you think:


  • The lists of top 10 app downloads includes only those applications submitted through My Apps on the Ubuntu App Developer Site. For more information about of usage of other applications in the Ubuntu archive, check out the Ubuntu Popularity Contest statistics.

  • The top 10 free apps list contains gratis applications that are
    distributed under different types of licence, some of which might not be
    open source. For detailed licence information, please check each
    application's description in the Ubuntu Software Centre.

MythTV + File Storage in one box

I would like to build a headless Ubuntu server to work as (backup) file server + work as MythTV backend server recording and sharing TV in Home network.

It should have flexible hard drive handling to allow adding more disk (mostly old ones) to the pool and keep data safe if some disk will brake, like in UnRaid / FreeNas systems.

Is there something ready to use on top of Ubuntu servers to create something like this?

Thanks -El Toro

Migrating a Wubi install and Drivers, and data when the Wubi install is messed up

I accidentally removed the current video driver with apt-get remove nvidia-current. That lead to me only seeing this on a reboot.

Which leads to my question: I read up on migrating my Wubi install, and I think it's time for me to format over XP (don't know why I hold on to it, since I have Windows 7 on that tower as well) and install Ubuntu on my second hard drive. I'm ready to copy my root.disk off of my computer, but I have a question with the migration process.

I borked something up bad on my Wubi install, so if I were to migrate my data from my Wubi install's virtual disk to my upcoming 12.04 install done the old-fashioned way, would that carry over to my new install? I don't think I'll lose anything of importance, but if I have the chance to recover that stuff, I'd like to take it.

Ubuntu 12.04 black screen at login

When I attempt to log into my account the screen goes black and then falls back to the login screen. I have pressed CTRL+ALT+F1 and was able to log in from there, however when I tried startx I got an error from x.org (I will try to write it down in a minute). The guest account works flawlessly so I am currently logged into that and created a temporary admin account through the settings panel. This account worked for a couple of times but has begun to freeze at the login (not the black screen, just freezing). Any ideas?

Oh, and my home folder is encrypted, if that changes the situation any.

What is the difference between 32bit and 64 bit and which should I chose?

According for the question Why not use 64-bit Ubuntu?

I want to know what is the exactly difference of 32bit ubuntu and 64bit ubuntu? I heard the 64bit platform is faster than 32bit and can detect more than 4GB of RAM.

Can I say that 64bit is better than 32bit for it's performace?

If the answer Yes, why we do not promote the 64 version? just like Apple did with her Mac OS to migrate to the 64 bit.

About the 32bit version apps, still a lot of that apps has not been ported to 64bit yet, we still can use the ia32-libs to running 32bit apps. And when so many have to use 64bit platform, applications will grow by itself and 64bit apps will be ported itself by developers.

So, for the future, canonical or other developers can be more focused to develop a 64bit application. (I think the main problems is compatibility for older processor that only can run 32bi only OS, but The hardware development will always grow. isn't it?)

I strongly support for the promotion 64bit platform for better future development.

(What platform you used?and why?)

What is the correct way to share directories in Mac and Ubuntu with correct permissions?

In VirtualBox, what is the best way to share a directory between an OS X host and Ubuntu

  • Host: Mac OS X 10.7.3

  • Guest: Ubuntu 12.04

  • Guest has a shared directory mounted via VirtualBox settings with
    Access=Full and Auto-Mount=Yes.

The problem with this setup is illustrated below. In my shared directory, I
can't change the permissions at all (not a permissions denied error, but they
just don't take effect).

Ubuntu 12.04 (guest):

% ls -l
total 0
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 1
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 10
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 2
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 3
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 4
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 5
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 6
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 7
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 8
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 9

Mac OS X 10.7.3 (host):

$ ls -l
total 0
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 1
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 10
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 2
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 3
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 4
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 5
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 6
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 7
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 8
-rw-r--r-- 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 9

If I chmod on the guest, nothing changes:

% chmod +x 1 | ls -l 1 # guest
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 1

If I chmod on the host, it changes on the host but not on the guest:

$ chmod +x 1 | ls -l 1 # host
-rwxrwx--x 1 <my-mac-user> staff 0 Apr 17 21:56 1

% ls -l 1 # guest
-rwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 0 Apr 17 21:56 1

Is it OK to use 64bit ubuntu for development purposes?

I'm trying to install 32/64 bit ubuntu on my 6GB memory equipped PC.
I'm going to use the ubuntu PC mainly for development purposes - Xilinx FPGA and ARM development including Linux kernel compile.

Is it OK to use 64bit ubuntu for these purposes? When I tried to download ubuntu 32bit version is recommended, so I wonder if anything is wrong with 64 bit ubuntu for whatever reason.

Differences between Windows Active Directory and Ubuntu Samba

I'm going to implement file server. But I have 2 choice:

  1. Windows Active Directory

  2. Ubuntu samba

Which one is reliable and secure? What are the advantage and disadvantage of both?

Ubuntu 12.04 Merchandise Ready for Sale

ubuntu 12.04 merchandiseUbuntu 12.04 Merchandise such as Ubuntu 12.04 CDs, USBs, t-shirts and other goods ready to sale on the Ubuntu Shop Ubuntu 12.04 LTS CDs Pre-orders for the official Ubuntu 12.04 LTS CD and USB are now being taken, with an expected shipping date of between May 4th – 7th. Prices for a pack of Precise CDs (either [...]