Ubuntu 7.10

I am a TOTAL NEWBIE on this Ubuntu 7.10. Well, I have to admit that I have been using Microsoft for most of my life up to when Valiant kept showing off his Ubuntu and how great the functions as well as their animations. Kinda make me really jealous til one day, I bugged him to pass me the CD of Ubuntu and installed one on my laptop.

I am using laptop Dell Latitude D630. Definitely not a high end computer but what I am trying to say here, you do NOT need a high end computer to install Ubuntu 7.10.

Before you installed Ubuntu, you require:

1) 2 extra partitions of your hard disk (10 GB – for root disk and 5 GB – for swap)   

2) Ubuntu CD installation either live CD or text based installation, you can get it from: Ubuntu website                                                     

3) Then just follow the installation instructions ….

First problem after installation. I need the driver for my sound card for my Dell laptop Latitude D630. HOW?

Open your terminal client and run the following command line by line

sudo apt-get install module-assistant
sudo m-a update
sudo m-a prepare
sudo m-a a-i alsa

But if you only do the above syntax, you will get the following error:

/usr/share/fonts: failed to write cache

why is that? Apparently the driver required you to have the specific font installed. So, in your terminal client, do the following command line by line BEFORE installing your sound driver:

$ sudo bash
# wget -O folder_list.txt http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=28956&d=1175696100
# cat folder_list.txt | xargs touch
# cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype
# for i in * ; do touch ${i}; done
# cd /var/lib/defoma/fontconfig.d
# for i in * ; do touch ${i}; done
# apt-get dist-upgrade

Boost up your Firefox

By default Firefox download an item one-by-one when you surf a webpage. However deep inside it there’s a way on how to force it to download simultaneously.

  1. Start your Firefox
  2. On the address type: about:config
  3. On the filter type: network.http
  4. Double click on network.http.pipelining so that the value becomes true
  5. Double click on network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and change to higher value e.g. 30
  6. Double click on network.http.proxy.pipelining so that the value becomes true

Restart your Firefox and you should feel some improvement.


Vista Problem, Control Panel and Personalize

One day I started my Microsoft Vista machine and find out that my Aero effect gone. Then I tried to enable it on my Personalize. What happen is that I can’t open it up. Then I tried to start my Control Panel, and the same problem occur: it won’t open up. After several research on Microsoft Knowledgebase I finally found out that there is a “bug” which not yet been fixed.

In order to resolve this problem, you need to get a hotfix from Microsoft as it is not available for download. You can refer to article 936686 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936686/en-us)

  • Once you downloaded it, go to Start > Run > type “services.msc”
  • When AUC popup, just click Continue
  • Find SL UI Notification and stop it.
  • Find Software Licensing and stop it (Regardless if there is a message about ReadyBoost)
  • Then start back Software Liensing, then SL UI Notification.
  • Install the downloaded hotfix (Windows6.0-KB929637-v2-x86)
  • Restart your machine

It will resolved the problem. However there is also chances that this won’t fixed the problem, then that case continue reading.

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Improve your privacy with TOR

Few weeks ago my friends asked me about surfing while hiding my identity. I instruct them to use those free anonymous web service. I did mention them about TOR (http://www.torproject.org/docs/tor-doc-windows), but they lost in space. So what is TOR?

“Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features. Tor provides the foundation for a range of applications that allow organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.”

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