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I've been using Ubuntu as my main system since 7.04 with a few short breaks using Windows or Fedora because of temporary hardware/software incompatibilities. I support FOSS projects like Ubuntu for a number of reasons but the biggest one is that the software works and it works well--often better than the non-free alternatives.

I'm no guru but in my travels I've learned a thing or two about using/debugging/fixing problems in Ubuntu which I'm always happy to share with the community. If it hadn't been for the help I've received from the Ubuntu community over the past few years I probably wouldn't have gotten past my first month of using it much less to where I am today!


Aug
20
answered How do I recreate a deleted '/var/lib/dpkg' directory?
Aug
20
revised Is Seagate's new “FAST Factor Boot” technology compatible with Ubuntu?
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Aug
20
answered Is Seagate's new “FAST Factor Boot” technology compatible with Ubuntu?
Aug
20
accepted How do I replace a directory with a symlink and retain the folder emblem?
Aug
20
comment How do I get 1366x768 resolution with dual graphics card ATI Madison Radeon HD 5000M Series and Intel Integrated Graphics Controller
hmmm, I'm not familiar enough with ATI cards to speculate further but I think these two threads here and here are related to your problem. Good luck!
Aug
20
comment How do I get 1366x768 resolution with dual graphics card ATI Madison Radeon HD 5000M Series and Intel Integrated Graphics Controller
Try installing the post release driver again and only look at the new lines added to the log. You could also put the entire thing here paste.ubuntu.com and link to it. Also tail is probably better than cat for checking log files (displays the last ten lines of a file by default. you can use the -n flag to set how many lines you want to display).
Aug
20
comment How do I get 1366x768 resolution with dual graphics card ATI Madison Radeon HD 5000M Series and Intel Integrated Graphics Controller
Well it's using the kernel module for the Intel card (i915), I'm not really familiar enough with ATI cards to know how you would switch to using the ATI card but a) the intel driver should support the native resolution one would think, and b) /var/log/jockey.log is the jockey log it is telling you to look at.
Aug
20
comment Partition Table Error. I have the “fdisk -l” info
Have you tried "swapon" from the menu you get by right clicking on the swap partition in gparted?
Aug
20
comment Laptop turns off completely when watching flash video(s) online. How to fix it?
I'm not going to speculate, but if you could verify whether the fan is working (both in Windows and Ubuntu) that would make diagnosing what's wrong much easier. If you can boot into the Dell Diagnostics partition, that also has a utility to test the fan.
Aug
20
comment How do I get 1366x768 resolution with dual graphics card ATI Madison Radeon HD 5000M Series and Intel Integrated Graphics Controller
Can you please post the output of lsmod? And tell us what, if any, proprietary drivers you activated in Jockey (Additional Drivers) or otherwise?
Aug
20
comment Laptop turns off completely when watching flash video(s) online. How to fix it?
Sounds like it is overheating and automatically shutting off to protect the components. Check to see if your fan is broken.
Aug
13
comment Are there any applications that map and show the health of the hard disc?
It's called Disk Utility. It's very useful, especially since it lets you quickly and easily see the SMART info for the discs.
Aug
13
revised How do I replace a directory with a symlink and retain the folder emblem?
found an incredibly dangerous quirk of this fix, added a warning
Aug
13
awarded  Revival
Aug
13
asked How do I replace a directory with a symlink and retain the folder emblem?
Aug
13
answered How do I replace a directory with a symlink and retain the folder emblem?
Jul
10
comment Is Seagate's new “FAST Factor Boot” technology compatible with Ubuntu?
I bought a new laptop with this hard drive so soon I'll be able to definitively answer the question.
Jun
20
comment If I enable ufw, and disable ssh. Is my base install Ubuntu 12.04 safe from the outside world?
What do you use the machine for? Making a local fileserver safe, making a webserver safe and making a desktop computer safe are all very different topics--especially since the most dangerous component of the latter setup is the human operating it.
Jun
18
awarded  Enthusiast
Jun
12
comment How to turn an administrator user account into a standard one?
askubuntu.com/questions/45035/… will remove the user from the admin group and disable sudo privileges.