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Thursday, February 18th, 2010
6:46 pm
EXT3 to NTFS format
I don't now if anyone here can help with this, but I'm slightly hysterical at the moment and can't think of anywhere else.

I have had a 500GB external hdd formatted EXT3. Someone who didn't know what the hell they were doing hooked it up to a Windows machine and couldn't access anything on it, so THEY FORMATTED IT NTFS. Is there any possible way to recover any of the data, or am I just SOL. If the later is true, I may need an alibi for the night...

xposted to linux

Current Mood: sick
Thursday, February 11th, 2010
9:19 am
Firefox Update?
So, I've been using Linux for about a year, and I still fail at it absolutely in a way that has made countless people tell me "you're too stupid to use Linux, Danie" (which is not all that helpful). I really apologize if this entry makes everyone facepalm. I use Windows on my PC and I only have Linux on my laptop, which I only use for writing, so I haven't had much need to mess with the settings or update anything. I normally write using Google Docs, because I like to be able to work on a story between both computers. But recently, Google has announced that Google Docs is going to be phasing out support for older browsers. So, I downloaded the newer version of Firefox and... I have absolutely no idea where to go from there. Firefox-3.6.tar.bz2 is sitting there in my user files and I'm completely at a loss of what to do next.

If someone could help me through this moment of utter n00bishness, I'd appreciate it absolutely.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
7:15 pm
So...my name is Lindsey and I am new to linux. My husband has been using linux for years and since he has been in Iraq, he has been getting on his linux version of messenger. It has been crashing my messenger and the webcams haven't been working. So I made an openSuSE 11.0 live cd and then installed linux so I am now on a dual boot system. I am doing pretty good and had been doing pretty good with everything until I downloaded some of the updates openSuSE said were necessary. Well the issue is that knetwork will not connect to the wireless connection anymore. It was doing fine before I updated but now my world just stays grey no matter what i do and it won't connect even though it recognizes the pci card for the wireless internet and the router. Is there anyone who knows how to resolve this or had the same issue? Thanks for any help you can give me!
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
11:41 am
ello lovelies.
i'm back again.

ive been doing pretty good in not messing things up for my kubuntu lately
and this one isn't big, just a nuisance.

i upgraded to firefox 3
and i think i ended up screwing the upgrade a little bit, but everything is up and running with firefox, after screwing around for like an hour and half, lol. but now when i open firefox, it looks like it tries to open two firefox windows (maybe firefox 2?) and it has the bouncing firefox ball for a couple minutes and then it closes the never loaded window. firefox 3 window has been up and running the whole time.

anyone know what that is? or why it does that? how to get rid of it?

firefox sort of did it previously randomly before i upgraded, but not every time i opened.

either way, i'll live, just curious.
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
10:40 pm
Newb beyond newb
Hey, all,

After a system crash, I've decided to make the leap to Ubuntu on my main desktop machine, having had exceptionally good luck with it on my laptops and my backup desktop computer.

Here's the issue: I've got a lot of files that I want to keep that I can't currently access. None of them are particularly big, but they're things like pictures that I took of my dad the summer before he died and things like that. I know that I can partition the hard drive, but I don't exactly understand what that signifies. Is there any way to install and pinpoint JPG and Word files?

Thanks for the assist, y'all.
Friday, November 7th, 2008
8:34 am
Looking for a download helper
Currently running Ubuntu 7.10 and I'm in need of a download helper besides the one that comes with firefox. My internet is pretty unsteady (courtesy of living in Libya) and I've also got a quota, so I can't be downloading 350M files 5 or 6 times because it didn't go all the way through.

So I need a download manager that would automatically restart a download if the net went down, also something that I could conceivably pause if I get a Gizmo phone call. (again, I"m at max 256k on a good day when it rained the night before) I tried Retreiver but for some reason the installer turned up a blank white screen. Multiget I simply can't figure out apparently because it wouldn't download a file from http.

Can anyone recommend something? Thanks!

Current Mood: geeky
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
9:33 pm
it's me again
a while back i posted this
and i come back to you with the same problem.
jedi_diplomat suggested "It almost sounds like X didn't start correctly. That's happened to me once or twice. Um...I fix it by rebooting, or hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 and then Ctrl+ALT=F7, which sometimes works when X freezes." but that didn't work.

i've gotten my applications and applets on my taskbar running again, but the actual windows aren't showing up.
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ideas? help?
keep in mind, i'm semi retarded and i ended up screwing up my kubuntu for awhile by trying to manually update it through konsole. so very detailed (easy) instructions would be so so lovely.
Friday, August 1st, 2008
2:34 pm
Linux FPS Games Similar To "Unreal Tournament"
I believe there are a few free FPS (first-person shooter) games for Linux.

Which is the best? If I were to only download one of them, which one should I download?
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
4:15 am
My Freespire review
So, I decided to check out Freespire today. It's the community maintained offspring of Linspire. Built off of Ubuntu Fiesty and so has a Debian base. It comes with most necessary propiertary codecs/drivers/software or has easy access to it through it's CNR plugin. All legal and free for you. It has thousands of packages but I think it's limited comared to Ubuntu's repository even if Freespire uses some of the backports. It's easy you can search for it browse through selections of software. One click and it downloads and installs. CNR is working on crossing over Debian, Ubuntu, *spire, Linux Mint, Open Suse and Fedora. This is a good way to unify distros. It even allows you to purchase commercial software.

Freespire comes with KDE 3.5.6 as the desktop environment which is similar to Windows Explorer. I really like the default theme and icon set. Firefox which I soon after updated to 3 along with the usual plugins. It's got some special software such as Lsongs and many others are customized for *spire. Haven't noticed too many differences. I have a few programs that I like to use.

The install only took about 15 minutes before it was ready to use, including startup and a few quick settings such as date, time, resolution, language, network all of which were correct except resolution. It was simple and easy. Looked good, but didn't allow me to encrypt or have a separate /home partiton or anything other than / so I manually edited fstab right after logging in. It only allowed me to choose which filesystem I wanted. Normally I go with Ext3 but I decided to try ReiserFS this time.

I began using Lsong and it was okay. It took a long time to load my music library as I've about ~112GB and doesn't have a Last.fm plugin so I decided to use CNR to install Amarok. I installed a bunch of other programs such as Azureus, Wine, Skype, Frozen-Bubble, Pingus, Audacity and Beryl. Beryl doesn't work for some reason and I don't feel like trying to get it to, the effects/features that KDE has are all I need. Castpodder isn't avaible and neither is the newest version of Firefox you have to go to Mozilla.org for that. Couldn't get Kripper either. Maybe from source. I could always use K3b to rip CDs.

I would say this is good for novices and people migrating from Windows. It's good all you really need, looks good and it's easy and simple to use. For a more advanced user or someone with prior GNU/Linux experience I wouldn't recommend using this as a main OS but I'd go with Debian instead. I'm probably going to boot back into Ubuntu soon even though the KDE interface is nice.

Current Mood: content
Sunday, June 29th, 2008
11:12 pm
im pretty much a failure at linux when anything happens out of the ordinary.

i got on my computer last night and i logged in and my loading screen was different and i was like "uh..."
when i get to my desktop, my wallpaper was gone and i had a notice saying something about my applet or task bar not working. nothing shows up on my tool bar and everything on my applet shows up write. everything i had defaulted isn't set up.

its almost like it updated (without telling me) and i turned off my computer off while it was doing it.
im using the kasbar so i can control all my windows, but it's so annoying because it doesn't tell me when my battery is dying (it's not a very good battery)

anyone have an idea as to what might have happened? or how to fix it?

(i run kubuntu that is at least a year old)
Friday, June 27th, 2008
10:18 am
default user groups
In our systems your default user group is one private to your user account

I want to be able to change this to a wider ranging user group that I belong to to make it easier to give a work colleague permission to read my files and potentially edit/move files I own without giving everyone on the system that permission

I have tried putting the command newgrp groupname into my .bashrc but it seems to break things, if sourced during a session the source command hangs and if I control C it then the terminal does not respond properly. If at login the login hangs but after pressing return I am logged in but not at the environment is set

Is there a way to change the group you are working under by default on login?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
12:01 pm
commandline tab completion question
I have recently started at a new place of work and am faced with a new version of linux to work with

In my previous job the linux servers I would work on would tab complete environment variables which I found very useful

In my current job the linux servers don't seem to give tab completion on environment variables with either bash or tcsh

Is this an unusual feature

Is there anyway I can switch it on myself without having admin rights for the servers

its a really handy feature which I would like back

Monday, May 26th, 2008
6:53 pm
Help! Installing new programs and sound cards
I have a problem or two. I'm literally new to Linux and tbh I understand nothing (or it seems that way)

I installed Ubuntu 8.10 alongside Windows via Wubi. I'm having problems (apparently, so does everyone else) getting my X-fi gamer sound card to work. I understand that I need to install the ALSA stuff as well as the files from Creative. I've downloaded both of these, but this is where I run into problems.

1. I don't know how to install files. I unzipped (if that's a linux term) all the soundcard files, but I don't know where to go from here. I never thought I'd feel like such a newbie again!

Thanks in Advance.

x-posted to gaygeeks
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
8:37 am
Weird Problem with Ubuntu 8.04 on a Windows 2003 AD network
I have a problem that's driving me completely nuts.

I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.04 on a Dell Inspiron E1705 to use at work (Windows 2003 network).

The first problem I noticed was the inability to download flashplugin-nonfree; connection would hang. I am also not able to go to adobe.com, macromedia.com, facebook.com, livejournal.com (I'm using LJ Mobile). There are a few random sites that I can't connect to that seem to hang while connecting to CDN servers. I don't know if this is the problem per se, but it is definitely common among the sites I tried to visit.

I took the laptop home and was able to connect to adobe with no problems and install the flash plugin.

Windows machines on this network can connect to these sites fine using Firefox and IE.

I tried adding various DNS server addresses, but it didn't seem to help.

I also tried plugging into a port on the router itself, which also didn't seem to work. I could browse around all day long, but would run into sites that would hang.

If it makes any difference, we have a T1 from Telepacific Communications.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
6:21 pm
New mobo = no sound in Ubuntu Gutsy
I just installed a new motherboard - an nForce 630i from XFX. I have no sound, and attempting to test anything in my Sound settings (GUI) gives me:

audiotestsrc wave=sine freq=512 !
audioconvert ! audioresample !
gconfaudiosink: Could not open resource for writing.

aplay -l gives me:
aplay: device_list:204: no soundcards found...

lsmod | grep snd gives me:
snd_seq_dummy 4740 0
snd_seq_oss 33152 0
snd_seq_midi 9600 0
snd_rawmidi 25728 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 8448 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 53232 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer 24324 1 snd_seq
snd_seq_device 9228 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
snd 54660 5 snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
soundcore 8800 1 snd

cat /proc/asound/modules gives me nothing at all.

lspci -v gives me:
00:09.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 07fc (rev a1)
Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 07fc
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at efff8000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [50] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask+ 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-

3:42 pm
nVidia Geforce (7 series) on Ubuntu Gutsy - constant low graphics mode
I'm having this same problem, and from searching the forums, it seems that a lot of other people are, too. I bought my new motherboard (with onboard graphics) because several people told me that nVidia is excellent with Ubuntu, but this whole experience has seriously soured me on nVidia. My motherboard is an nforce 630i from XFX, and the onboard graphics card is an nVidia geforce 7100. I have nvidia-glx-new installed, after nvidia-glx didn't work - switching to nvidia-glx-new hasn't changed a thing, but it's what's still installed.

As seems to be the case with so many folks, X keeps starting in low graphics mode. It informs me that it couldn't properly detect my graphics card or screen, and gives me the option of manually configuring them. I do so, telling it to use the nvidia driver and that my monitor is 1024x768, and I click OK; it immediately decides to ignore what I've just told it and boots into 800x600, which it had started to do anyway. Going to System->Preferences->Screen Resolution shows me that it won't allow me to choose any resolution above 800x600; going to System->Administration->Screens and Graphics shows me that it's back using the vesa driver (which is the default in low graphics mode) and thinks I'm using a Plug n' Play monitor that only supports 800x600 resolution.

I have run dpkg-configure xserver-xorg more times than I can count and am sure everything is as it should be; no joy.

My xorg.conf, Xorg.0.log, and results from lsmod (remember I was in low graphics mode when I ran these - I don't know if that makes a difference) are available at http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4521613&postcount=10 .

I tried running dmesg and it scrolled so far that I couldn't see the beginning anymore. Should I post just as much as is left in my terminal?

Also, my sound isn't working either. Is that a function of low graphics mode for some reason, or am I going to have to troubleshoot that separately? At the moment I'm more concerned with sorting out the graphics, but the missing sound is an annoyance as well. Going to System->Preferences->Sound, selecting the Devices tab, and clicking any of the Test buttons gets me this error message:

audiotestsrc wave=sine freq=512 !
audioconvert ! audioresample !
gconfaudiosink: Could not open source for writing.

Thanks in advance for any help!
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
9:44 pm
ssh and x (maybe)
Hello all you excellent people!

I have a question:

Let's say I have an x-session running on machine A with some applications going. I log in from a remote machine (B) via ssh (or I'm open to suggestions). Is there a way that I can take over the x session on machine A and have the already running applications appear in X on machine B?

Also, if I execute an application that uses audio, I can get the video in the X server side, but the audio runs on the client machine. Is there a way to get x over ssh to use not only the x server but also the sound server on the server machine?

x-posted to ubuntu_users linux
Saturday, February 16th, 2008
9:37 pm
deleted and edited entry
i was getting an error on my computer.

"Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)"

i have kubuntu and i updated through the konsole (sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) and i restarte my computer bc amarok crashed. that error poped up.
my dad got it to where i can boot up, but he said it was something about the kernel probably not finished.
i used to have a icon pop up on my panel telling me of all my updates. well, i closed it one day and it never poped up again. thats why i do it in the konsole.
figuring it would be easier for me to update etc without (hopefully) having this probably. how can i get that back. i dont even know what the program what. but it was a triangle thing that would pop up.
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
12:35 pm
Kubuntu install on my Acer Aspire 3680-2762
First here's the specs on the computer:

Intel Celeron M processor 520
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Atheros AR5BXB63 wireless (chipset AR5007 I think)
80 GB HD
came with Windows Visa Basic

Ok, so I've used SUSE in the past -- for years. But the version I had was 8.1 (so it's been a while). Also that was on a desktop. I actually received the Feisty Fawn Kubuntu CD last fall; but did not see the need to migrate over to Kubuntu then (and I'm glad I didn't...although that desktop eventually died). I brought this Acer in December. Got a Toshibia with Vista Premium on it in January. So I figured I would through Kubuntu on here.

Ok...so there was a lot to get used to. Kubuntu does not let you customize your installation as much as SUSE does; it's a much leaner, and basic installation. Nevertheless, the quick installation (less than 15 minutes) yielded a "crippled" machine. There were issues with the sound, the display, the wireless, and the touchpad.

That was yesterday afternoon. Today (a little less than 24 hours later), I have all of these issues resolved pretty much. The touchpad ad the sound were pretty easy fixes. The wireless fix was pretty challenging (and stressful - what's a laptop without wireless capabilities?). And the display was corrected as soon as I was able to get online and update my packages. For details, you can see my personal journal where I had to make a separate entry for each issue.

Nonetheless, I'm glad to be in Linux Land again. I still have yet to test out my DVD or DVD burner...but if there are issues, I'll be sure to also post in my personal journal.

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, February 1st, 2008
10:08 pm

i was talking to my dad today and he was showing me so of the basic things you can do on konsole and telling me all this stuff. and he was kind of teaching me all the basics.
anyways, it got me to thinking and i really want to expand my horizons in the things that i do on my computer. i would like to try many things before college so i can figure out what i want to do (ive been thinking about possibly something computer related) and since i have basically grown up on linux and now have my own linux run computer (kubuntu) i might as well try and learn what i can now.
so i guess my question is how should i go about starting to try and teach myself commands etc.
any advice, background info, what have you in greatly appreciated, i like learning new stuff. random facts are always fun.

thank you so much for your help!

x-posted linux
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