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Friday, April 20, 2012

wimax-tools: where can I get them?

linuxwimax.org has been down for ages, is there anyway I can get the wimax daemon and wimax-tools so I can use my intel 6250?

How to update to OpenOffice.org 3.3?

OpenOffice.org 3.3 is released. As the past shows, official 10.10 repos are unlikely to update to 3.3. How do I best update to 3.3?

Shutting down with power button without x11-session

When pressing the power-button inside a (gnome-)session, ubuntu asks me what to do and shuts down after 60 seconds anyway. No problem so far. But if i'm not logged in in a gnome-session (for example in the login screen), or just change to a tty, then the power-button won't work. But i remember that i worked in 11.04. So what's changed and how to restore?

Background: I use my machine as a print server. If im not home and my wife wants to print sth., she used to switch on my machine, print via her laptop, and then just shut it down by power-button. Beginning of march i was on a business tour, and she called me that she could not shutdown my machine anymore. I shut it down by ssh, but this seems not the favorable way to me.

I already had a look in /etc/acpi/powerbtn.sh and think that the line if pidof x $PMS > /dev/null; then exit is the cause for this since it aborts the script when no gui-power-manager is found. Is that right? But that does not explain with the power-button does not work when switching from the x11-session to a tty, although this would not be critical to me.

No page number in first page

I am writing a document and it is required that the first page (title page) has no page number and the second page starts with page 2. I don't know how to remove the footed only in page 1 and leaving the footer in the rest of the pages as is. Can anyone maybe help?
Many thanks

How do I disable the startup sound in Ubuntu 12.04 login-screen?

The familiar login sound of Ubuntu has been disabled by default (at last!!!) in an update to Ubuntu 12.04. The login sound is the sound produced by the system after the login. The following question covers the procedure on how to disable the login sound in Ubuntu 11.10 and earlier versions: How to disable login sound?

I would like to know how to disable the startup sound in Ubuntu 12.04 login-screen, that is the sound produced at the login-screen before the login.

¿Como puedo instalar Age of Mythology en Ubuntu? - How I can install Age of Mythology on Ubuntu?


Tengo un problema al tratar de instalar Age of Mythology Gold Edition (v 1.03). Al iniciarle con el Wine (1.3.28) en mi Ubuntu 11.10, y después de ingresar el serial y pulsar Siguiente, me sale un error "No se puede cargar PidGen.dll", y se regresa a la ventana anterior. En Configurar Wine, y en la pestaña Librerías le añadí el archivo DLL que me pide pero todo sigue igual. He intentado todo para que se instale pero no funciona.

También he intentado instalarlo en una maquina virtual de VMware Workstation 8.0.1 con Microsoft Windows XP SP3 y me sale un error de compatibilidad con la tarjeta de vídeo: "Tarjeta de vídeo 0: vmx_fb.dll VMware SVGA II Vendor(0x15AD) Device(0x405)" y se cierra el Age of Mythology. Me parece que la solución en este caso seria aumentar la cantidad de vídeo que pone a disposición el VMware a la maquina virtual o un driver para esta tarjeta, pero no se como hacer eso. O tal vez alguien sabe la manera de que mi tarjeta de vídeo que tiene mi computadora se use también para VMware o destinar parte de la memoria del vídeo a la maquina virtual.

He buscado en varios sitios, pero ninguno soluciona mi problema.

Por favor, si alguien ya encontró la respuesta, que responda a esta pregunta, y de antemano gracias.


I have a problem trying to install Age of Mythology Gold Edition (v 1.03). At the beginning of the Wine (1.3.28) on my Ubuntu 11.10, and after entering the serial and click Next, I get an error "Unable to load pidgen.dll" and return to the previous window. In Configure Wine and in the Libraries tab I added the DLL that calls me but nothing has changed. I tried everything to be installed but not working.

I have also tried to install in a virtual machine with VMware Workstation 8.0.1 Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and I get a compatibility error with video card: "Video Card 0: VMware SVGA II vmx_fb.dll Vendor (0x15AD) Device (0x405) "and closes the Age of Mythology. I think the solution in this case would increase the amount of video available to the VMware virtual machine or a driver for this card, but not how to do that. Or maybe someone knows the way that my video card that has my computer is also used for VMware or earmark part of the video memory to the virtual machine.

I searched several sites, but none solved my problem.

Please, if someone already found the answer, to answer this question. I also apologize if the translation is not well understood. I used the Google translator. Thanks and greetings from Latin America

GoldenDict stopped working with Google Translate

I had GoldenDict set up to work with google translate, but is not working any more.

In order to configure goldenDict to work with google translate, I went to Edit menu, then selected Dictionaries, then I went to Websites tab, clicked Add, wrote a name and put this in Address: "http://translate.google.com/?hl=es#en|es|%GDWORD%" (yes, I want to translate from english to spanish because I'm not a native english speaker, actually I'm still learning english) and finnally I checked it in the enabled column.

Like a month ago it was working, but one day I open it up and now is not.

I tried with Wordreferrence and is not working neither. I also configured Wiktionary and is working.

Does somebody knows what can I do to get it work?

It's very easy translate with goldenDict, I just have to select a phrase or word and press the shortcut Ctrl+C+C, and the pop-up shows me the translated phrase in google traductor's page.

Here's a image of how the pop-up looks like when I try to translate something:
golden dict emergent window

I have ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome 3 Shell.

How can I check Internet connectivity in a console?

Is there an easy way to check Internet connectivity from console? I am trying to play around in a shell script.
One idea I seem is to wget --spider http://www.google.co.in/ and check the HTTP response code to interpret if the Internet connection is working fine. But I think there must be easy way without the need of checking a site that never crash ;)

Edit: Seems like there can be a lot of factors which can be individually examined, good thing. My intention at the moment is to check if my blog is down. I have setup cron to check it every minute.
For this, I am checking the HTTP response code of wget --spider to my blog. If its not 200, it notifies me (I believe this will be better than just pinging it, as the site may under be heavy load and may be timing out or respond very late). Now yesterday, there was some problem with my Internet. LAN was connected fine but just I couldn't access any site. So I keep on getting notifications as the script couldn't find 200 in the wget response. Now I want to make sure that it displays me notification when I do have internet connectivity.

So, checking for DNS and LAN connectivity is a bit overkill for me as I don't have that much specific need to figure out what problem it is. So what do you suggest how I do it?

Here is my script to keep checking downtime for my blog:


# Sending the output of the wget in a variable and not what wget fetches
RESULT=`wget --spider http://blog.ashfame.com 2>&1`

# Traverse the string considering it as an array of words
for x in $RESULT; do
if [ "$x" = '200' ]; then
FLAG=1 # This means all good

if [ $FLAG -eq '0' ]; then
# A good point is to check if the internet is working or not
# Check if we have internet connectivity by some other site
RESULT=`wget --spider http://www.facebook.com 2>&1`
for x in $RESULT; do
if [ "$x" = '200' ]; then
FLAG=1 # This means we do have internet connectivity and the blog is actually down

if [ $FLAG -eq '1' ]; then
DISPLAY=:0 notify-send -t 2000 -i /home/ashfame/Dropbox/Ubuntu/icons/network-idle.png "Downtime Alert!" "http://blog.ashfame.com/ is down."


This way I need to check for internet connectivity only where there is an issue with my blog response code. Its a bit heavy (as I am not using ping) but should not give any false positives. Right? Also how can I randomize pinging to a different site everytime, like facebook, google, yahoo etc. Also (I was trying to avoid any I/O) I can write to a log file by which I can check the count of downtime checks and then skip further checks till the site is down or cause longer checks (10mins instead of every min). What do you think?

ASUS desktop Pundit P1-PH1 has issue detecting micro sandisk

ASUS desktop Pundit P1-PH1 computer with 11.10 installed has issue detecting micro sandisk 8G. It does recognize a kingston usb 4G drive. Also Ubuntu is reporting two floppy drive instead of two flash ports. It sees the two usb inputs for what they are.

Headphones muted when I plug them

I have just upgraded to 12.04 and found that I have no sound coming from my headphones.

I usually solved this editing alsa-base.conf and adding options snd-hda-intel options model=3stack but this doesn't help in this version.

Also test alsamixer and updated to the latest alsa drivers as another question sugggested. Nothing helps....

Any ideas?

Volume setting isn't remembered after restart/shutdown

This is my first time here and I'm new to linux and also to Ubuntu.
I've installed first version 11.10 and there was some problems with the unity dock and also the problem with the volume not being remembered after restart or shutdown.

I'm using dualboot with Windows 7. Ubuntu was installed after windows. I have 2 sound cards. One is onboard, on the motherboard, and the other is external, an E-MU 0404 USB 2.0 sound card. The last one is my primary sound card and I've choosed it as default output sound card. I've upgraded to 12.04 hopeing that this was fiex but even in this version the OS doesn't keep the volume where it was last time.

The big problem is that sometimes I forget about this problem and start music and it starts at full volume and soon I think I will die of heart attack.

Is there a way to make it remember or at least to tell him to start at a specific volume not at 100%?

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set window properties (above, on all workspaces) in js/gnome-shell-extension?

As part of teaching myself how to make gnome-shell-extensions, I'd like to be able to tell a window to be on all workspaces on on top of all other windows.

I notice in the mutter API there is a meta_window_set_above in window.c but this doesn't seem to be exposed to the JS interface. Through a bit of trial and error I also seem to be able to call window.set_property('above',true) but this function appears to do nothing (there is a 'title' property I tested on and using set_property on this seems to do nothing).

So, does anyone know of an alternate way to set a window's properties in a gnome shell extension? (and how to tell whether a function in the API gets exposed through javascript? I (naively) thought it'd be as easy as "oh, there's a meta_window_set_above in window.c, so I must be able to call window.set_above(true), but I guess not.

Pixel Shader to OpenGL converter

I am running ubuntu 11.10 on my computer and I would like to emulate a wii. I have a wii emulator running successfully on ubuntu, but it requires pixel shader. I am most sure that my graphics card has OpenGL, but am also sure that it doesn't have pixel shader. It would be very helpful if there was a driver that tricked the emulator that i have pixel shader, when I am infact using OpenGL for the animation.

Problem Booting up Windows 7 after 12.04 install.

I have a problem. my pc has ubuntu 12.04 installed and W7. after a major update, I can not start the w7. the following error occurs: a disk read error ocorred. press ctrl + alt + del to restart. and when choose ubuntu in grub menu, appears the following error: out of partition. but it starts after a few seconds. How to correct this error and re-start with w7? tks!

How do I add customized wallpapers so they appear in the dynamic unity greeter in 12.04?

As the title above suggests I want to add some custom wallpapers (png images I have created myself) to the user/share/backgrounds folder in 12.04. I have completed this task.

Issue : They do NOT appear in the Desktop Appearance for selection ( I am assuming if they did appear here they would be the default background in the LightDM dynamic unity greeter. Only the "contest images" work with unity greeter. I came across the links below which are similar but to not resolve my question

How do I add new wallpapers? (Refers to 11.10 only)

How do I change the wallpaper in LightDM? (SHows only how to turn off Dynamic unity greeter and assign a fixed background for LightDM

After some thought this may also be a permissions issue. The reason for suggesting is that I copied a theme folder using sudo nautilus. The theme did not appear in "Advanced Settings" for selection. To make this theme work in Unity I copied it to ~.themes. I copied the bankgrounds using the same method

NX-client keymapping issue in Ubuntu 11.10

I have a problem with nomachine NX-client in Ubuntu. It seems that the keymapping has a problem. For example, the arrow keys do not work (except for up key which opens printscreen!). I searched online and found several solutions. However none of them worked for me:

solution 1)

On the server, change System->Preferences->Keyboard->Layouts to "Evdev-managed keyboard"

The server that I log into has Centos 5.7 on it and I cannot find "Evdev-managed keyboard" layout in keyboard setting. I tried several other generic keyboard layouts with no success.

solution 2)

add the following lines to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "ServerFlags"

Option "AutoAddDevices" "false"


I did it and my keyboard stopped working completely! I had to use the on-screen keyboard to remove this setting and get back to normal.

solution 3)

Run "xmodmap -pke > localxmodmap" locally

Copy the file to server as ".Xmodmap"

Run "xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap" from terminal.

which gives me a bunch of errors such as:

xmodmap: /home/fzc23/.Xmodmap:60: bad keysym name 'XF86Switch_VT_1' in keysym list

and doesn't work.

I do not know what else to do. I would appreciate if somebody could help me out.

BTW, the NX-client on windows connects to the same server with no keymapping problem so I believe this is a problem in Ubuntu and has nothing to do with the server side.

Modifying mouse/touchpad sensitivity

I would like to increase my mouse sensitivity. Going to system settings->mouse and adjusting the sensitivity doesn't seem to affect anything. In the previous version I modified it in the advanced system settings by manually inputting the threshold and acceleration but I can no longer find that menu.

Ideally I want to have a constant acceleration with high sensitivity, is this possible in Ubuntu?
I have searched for hours and was unable to find any relevant answers. Almost everything I have come across mentions the xorg.conf which no longer exists.

Help would be much appreciated, thanks!

Battery power meter always full

As I had been using my laptop for some time with a very old battery I decided to buy a new one. On installing it I left it to charge for 4 hours before using the laptop.
The power meter showed 'Laptop battery fully charged'. As stated on most batteries it is advised to run the battery down and recharge for 3 cycles. Just before I lost power the power meter still showed 'Laptop battery full charged', By that time I had used the battery for nearly 3 hours.

What has gone wrong with my power meter?

PS I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 on Asus F3E

Why I can't see any videos online?

I was using ubuntu 11.04 and everything was ok. Suddenly (after an update, I think) I was unable to see any video (any website) using firefox.
I decided to do a clean, new installation (from CD) of Ubuntu 11.10 and the problem is exactly the same no videos on firefox (no matter website)
I already tried flash-aid with Beta versions and stable versions and nothing.
I'm a pretty new ubuntu (Linux) user.

Any help and/or advice please ????

Thanks in advance

How do I use a ntfs drive as location for music, videos etc?

I have a Windows/Ubuntu dual boot system, using three drives. Drive1 contains windows, drive2 contains downloads, music, videos and so on, drive3 contains Ubuntu.

I would like to have drive2 mounted automatically (assuming I have to edit fstab), the real question is if there is anyway I can store some (not all) of Ubuntu's "standard home folders" for example have downloads and videos there. Would this be possible? I

Errors were encountered while processing: man-db

i get this error when i use apt-get upgrade & apt-get autoremove and on every apt-get [Something].. and when i try to install applications too:
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Built-in speakers in my Asus EEE PC 1000H netbook do not work after boot

I have to plug and unplug out something into the minijack, and then I am able to hear sound from my speakers. This problem re-occurs everytime I reboot my computer. I am using a Asus EEE PC 1000H, and I have made sure my volume is up.

//Additional informations: I created new administrator user, when I log into that user, everything is good. I can hear login sound :). When I shutdown my netbook from old user I got "[orange star ""]PulseAudio configured for per user session." error, but when I turn off netbook from that new user, I don't got any error like this.

Okay, now sound works great, just after logging into my account, don't know how I repaired that, maybe because of creating new account? o0. But I still can't hear login sound. I can hear that sound when login into other account (the new one). And I still have "PulseAudio configured for per user session" warning.

Sharing folders on home network between ubuntu machines is not permanent after restart

I run a home network with a desktop pc and 2 laptops all running ubuntu 11.10. I set up a shared folder on the desktop pc through nautilus -> Sharing options. That folder is readily accessible from the laptops. Sofar creating a shared folder was easy and data exchange works fine in all directions. The problem is that the sharing settings are not permanent and the folder has to be marked as shared every time after restart of the desktop pc. How can I make the folder a permanently shared folder that remains shared after startup of desktop pc. Is there an easy way? (No Windows folder (ntfs) in network, file system is exe4 across all machines, no virtual machines (VBOx) running)

Ubuntu not working with NVIDIA QUADRO 4000 graphics card

I have a new home build with the following hardware:
Memory: (16GB - 2 of Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1866 MHz (PC3 15000) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM)
Mobo: (ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3)
CPU: (Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz LGA 1155 Processor BX80623I72700K)
Graphics card: (NVIDIA Quadro 4000 by PNY 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express Gen 2 x16 DVI-I DL, Dual DisplayPort and Stereo OpenGL, DirectX, CUDA, and OpenCL Profesional Graphics)
HDD: (Seagate 1TB SATA)
DVD drive: (Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98)

I tried to install Ubuntu 11.10 by downloading the iso file and burning a DVD. It starts with the first screen (install ubuntu, try without install and check drive). If I select either of this the DVD drive blinks for a while and then system freezes. No installation!

After some search, I found the graphics card is conflicting. So I removed the graphics card (NVIDIA Quadro 4000) and booted the install DVD. Everything worked fine and I was able to install Ubuntu 11.10. But this way I can not use the NVIDIA graphics card.

Any help in fixing this will be very much appreciated

Statistical Network Usage Tools

I am looking for applications that can do an statistical network usage. I will be putting up a server with squid proxy and would like to know program can show me what pages are visited more, what users use more bandwidth and any other stats that can be found while using the server for internet access.

Ubantu doesn’t load after install NVIDIA graphic drivers

I have installed NVIDIA drivers on Ubantu 11.10. I have referred following article which is describe "The Advanced Way of installing Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu (only recommended if you need the latest drivers or run a custom kernel.)".


It was installed successfully but unfortunately ubantu doesn't load.
When I started my laptop it stops in a screen that says me

* Starting bluetooth
* PulseAudio configured for per-user sessions
saned disabled; edit /etc/default/saned)

*Stopping save kernal messages [OK]
*Starting CUPS printing spooler/server [OK]

Checking for running unattended-upgrades:
*Stopping Failsafe boot delay [OK]
*Starting deferred execution scheduler [OK]

Then it's hanging on and doesn't go forward.

My graphic driver is NVIDIA Geforce GT525M and 64bit DELL inspiron n5110 laptop.

I would appreciate if anybody can give advice on this matter.

Thank you in advance.

Ubuntu 11.10 and ATI/AMD Radeon 5650

I have a laptop with fresh installed Ubuntu 11.10 and ATI 4200/AMD Radeon 5650 hybrid graphics. The problem is that i can't switch between integrated and discrete video while using Catalyst driver (ver 12.2). Catalyst says me that i can switch on to discreet on next reboot but after that, laptop still uses integrated video.

edit: other problem is that system is very slow when im using catalyst driver

How can i solve this problem?

Merging home directories in 11.04

Here's the thing. I did a fresh install of 11.10. I created a separate partition for /home and another for /. I then installed 11.04 on the / partition. Now I still have the /home on the separate partition and the home dir that came with 11.04. How do I merge the two or replace the 11.04 home directory?

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Is Canonical in ISV trouble?

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Installation issues with 11.10

Using a ASUS EEEPC 901, I decided one day to try Ubuntu on a flashdrive. Upon using the flash drive I became more fond of Ubuntu, and decided to go ahead and install alongside with Windows 7. I do not have a CD drive and when I install them it does not allow the option to install alongside Windows 7... I do need Win7 For Unity Development, and so because of the imperfections offered by using Unity in Ubuntu - I would like to keep the partition without over writing it. When I start, I have no "Install them side by side." option. I have tried to use the "Something else." but this happened. I tried to install on the /dev/sda partition, however I recieve the error "No root file system is defined. Please correct this from the partitioning menu." I have no idea what to do, no easy solution, and most of the online tutorials don't offer much security or confidence in the safety of my files or partition. Any ideas?

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