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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
22
comment How do I find a proprietary driver for the Intel graphics card I have?
open a terminal (either open the dash, type terminal and click on the icon or press Alt-F2 and type gnome-terminal and then hit enter) and type amnesia and hit enter. the game should start, but you'll have the terminal in the background outputting the errors.
Aug
22
comment How do I find a proprietary driver for the Intel graphics card I have?
Intel makes open source drivers--so you don't need to enable proprietary drivers for it, the OEM drivers are included in the kernel (well as long as you have a recent kernel).
Aug
22
comment Why do some PDFs have such ugly fonts in Document Viewer?
could you perhaps give a link to a sample file? The fonts look fine in my pdfs.
Aug
22
comment How can I upgrade Ubuntu 8.10 to 12.04?
you'll have to upgrade in stages. first to 10.04. see the question ixz posted for more info.
Aug
22
comment How do I completely remove Ubuntu/Grub and replace it with the Windows 7 bootloader?
actually what what be most useful is if you could install (sudo apt-get install boot-info-script), run (sudo boot-info-script) and post the results (a file called results.txt in the directory you ran the command in) to paste.ubuntu.com
Aug
22
comment How do I completely remove Ubuntu/Grub and replace it with the Windows 7 bootloader?
Well, if you are willing to use linux tools to fix the problem, start by posting the output of sudo fdisk -l this will give us an idea of what your partition table looks like.
Aug
22
comment How do I completely remove Ubuntu/Grub and replace it with the Windows 7 bootloader?
There are ways to fix this using a combination of a Ubuntu liveCD and then your Windows boot media. However, seeing as how you say you "want a way to fix this through WINDOWS, not UBUNTU", I might suggest that askUbuntu is probably not the place to ask this question. You might try a Microsoft oriented help site.
Aug
22
comment I need help with disk partition
can you please open a terminal, and post the output of the command sudo fdisk -l?
Aug
22
comment My Dell Inspiron 1501 wont connect to any network (wireless or wired)
Regarding wireless not working, check to see if you've enabled the wireless drivers in Jockey (Alt-F2 / jockey-gtk / Enter). AS for the wired, check and make sure that your router is working, doesn't have MAC address filtering or anything funky enabled.
Aug
22
comment Restart service that manages “Windows share” folders
could you try sudo service samba restart?
Aug
21
comment /var/www owned by my user, cant send files to trash
hmm, mine are 700 and owned by my user and group, but I don't see how that would make a difference.
Aug
21
comment Ubuntu 12.04 takes too long to boot
You can press <kbd>Esc</kbd> to drop from "the dots" to a screen that actually says what Ubuntu is doing as it is booting up. Doing so might give more information about exactly what is going wrong.
Aug
21
comment /var/www owned by my user, cant send files to trash
if you type ls -al is there a file called .trash-1000 in it? If not could you try making this file and see if that helps (touch /var/www/.trash-1000)?
Aug
21
comment I want to do a bridge between ubuntu and my ps3
@likewyise Are you sure you are using a crossover UTP cable? Also did you actually test this just now, or are you assuming that it is one of the many "values" you have been changing? Because frankly the answer to your mac address question is simple (create a bash script, set a cron job) but I highly doubt it will help you do what you want to do in the least.
Aug
21
comment Can I re-install my OS without affecting my previous data?
What do you mean by data? Your files and (most of) your configuration settings should all be in your home folder, backing that up should save all your data. Your installed applications is another matter, but I seem to remember there being a way to export the list of installed packages then use it to reinstall them in the new system.
Aug
20
comment How do I get 1366x768 resolution on 12.04?
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 on 12.04?
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 on 12.04?
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.