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  1. [ubuntu] How to boot directly into a specific program?

    I have an old laptop that I wish to make into a dedicated Atari ST emulation machine.

    I have an emulator lined up, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to get the machine to boot directly into...
  2. [ubuntu] Will a kernel upgrade get my hardware working?

    I have an elderly machine that is way too slow to run 12.04, but it runs 10.04 perfectly.

    My wife has started selling on ebay as a hobby, and she asked me if I could set up a machine just for this...
  3. [ubuntu] Re: Two identical machines, sound works on one but not the other!

    No ideas?
    I'm not surprised, it turned out to be a hardware fault.

    I spoke to the guy whos computer it used to be, and it turns out audio never worked and he had to use some usb speakers with...
  4. [ubuntu] Two identical machines, sound works on one but not the other!

    I inherited two identical desktop computers from work.

    I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on both, and audio works on one but not on the other!
    The machine with no audio thinks that there is no audio...
  5. [ubuntu] Re: When power button is pressed => do nothing?

    That option is not available in the bios (and the bios is updated to the final version for this machine).

    I did think about moving the power button, but the problem is that she watches and copies...
  6. [ubuntu] When power button is pressed => do nothing?

    I have a computer running Ubuntu 10.04LTS hooked up to my tv in the living room for skype and watching movies.
    Trouble is, my 20 month old daughter is fascinated with it!

    I've 'baby proofed' it...
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    [ubuntu] Re: Best supported AGP graphics card?

    Thanks for the advice, but I managed to solve the problem a different way- I got rid of pulseaudio.
    I realised that it was hogging my cpu to an alarming extent (~60%!) so I uninstalled it and...
  8. [ubuntu] Accidentally deleted my video drivers...

    I've been trying to fix some issues with choppy video on my Ubuntu 10.04LTS installation, and foolishly decided to delete and reinstall the propietory drivers for my graphics card the (the ATI R128...
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    [ubuntu] Best supported AGP graphics card?

    I have an old desktop system that I have hooked up to my TV to watch movies and use skype.

    It's an old machine, but from the specs, It should be working acceptably with Ubuntu (I'm using 10.04...
  10. [SOLVED] Re: Physical lockout of computer ideas? Flash drive as a key?

    He's not allowed unrestricted, unsupervised internet access.
    He's allowed on about five sites on his bedroom computer (Club Penguin et al.) and only with his door open so we can see what's on his...
  11. [SOLVED] Re: Physical lockout of computer ideas? Flash drive as a key?

    Thank you, that is EXACTLY what I had in mind!

    I'm going to call this one solved! :D
  12. [SOLVED] Re: Physical lockout of computer ideas? Flash drive as a key?

    I quite agree about the method being draconian, but sometimes a kid just needs to be grounded the old fashioned way.
    He's actually a very good kid, and my expectation is that if he knows I can take...
  13. [SOLVED] Re: Physical lockout of computer ideas? Flash drive as a key?

    I did think of passwords, but as I say, I'd rather him be able to use the computer on his own without me or my wife having to authorize it, but I'd like to arrange things so we can take the computer...
  14. [SOLVED] Physical lockout of computer ideas? Flash drive as a key?

    I'm trying to come up with a way to lock out a computer unless there is a physical key present.
    I thought of a key switch in series with the power button, but I thought maybe a flash drive with...
  15. [ubuntu] Re: Major Hardware Upgrade- Reinstall Necessary?

    That's weird, I have had this machine apart, and it definitely has no onboard graphics; there is only one output, and that is on the AGP card.
    I have ubuntu up and running on it already, just wanted...
  16. [ubuntu] Re: Major Hardware Upgrade- Reinstall Necessary?

    The processor that I ordered does have a 400Mhz fsb, and is confirmed working on this model.
    I don't quite understand what you are saying about the graphics card.
    As I understand it, integrated...
  17. [ubuntu] Major Hardware Upgrade- Reinstall Necessary?

    I have been given an old Dell Dimension 4300, and was delighted to discover that this machine has a lot of upgrade potential.
    It seems that I can replace the 1.6Ghz P4 processor with up to a 2.8Ghz...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    After a bit of research, I decided to take the plunge.
    I have a 2.6Ghz processor on the way.
    The $10 one was marginally faster at 2.8Ghz, but ships from China, so I decided to pay an extra $3 and...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    Ok, the machine is definitely too slow for skype with this setup :(
    I called my sister, and it was unusable; video was a non starter, and audio was horrible.

    I used another machine to check, and...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    I tried disabling harware acceleration, and it worked to an extent :)
    youtube is not perfect, but is definitely watchable now, thanks.

    I just made two skype calls to test it out.
    The first call...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    I routinely use an old laptop to watch youtube videos and it has a 1.4Ghz processor (celeron I think)

    My progress so far is that I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed and working great, my webacm is set...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    How likely is it that the video card is the problem?
    Is there a way of confirming that it is in fact the video card that's slowing things down?
    I don't mind spending a little on this project as...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    12.04 is working ok with 512mb ram?!
    What graphics card do you have?
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    No integrated graphics.
    I looked in software center, and it appears that there is a driver for the Rage 128 family, and it is installed.

    I just tried the webcam, and it is working ok in Cheese...
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    [ubuntu] Re: 512m ram, what should I do?

    I tried playing with the resolution, and it was just the same in 640x480, although I don't know if that is a valid way of testing it.

    I managed to get ubuntu 10.04 working, but youtube and webcam...
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