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    Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Please can somebody help me get at least one linux distro working for me for just once in my life?

    I have had 'reasonable' success with Lubuntu, as its pretty much the only one that wouldn't hang during the instalation process.

    It would be great if my function keys worked though so I can adjust the screen brightness.
    It would also be useful to download skype, but i cant find it.

    please help or i may just have to give up on linux forever.

    p.s.
    please don't give difficult instructions like 'get the grub or go to sudo'
    I have no idea and just want to simple use my computer without having to learn a new language.
    If this isnt possible in linux, then i will have to stay with windows for sure (im happy to do that, but its not ideal for slow netbooks)
    I just thought i'd get a faster experience on my netbook with linux,,,, but cant even get it up and running... pretty much the same story every time give it another try, year in, year out.

    Thanks
    Last edited by thevenerable2; April 12th, 2014 at 05:44 PM.

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Quote Originally Posted by thevenerable2 View Post
    Please can somebody help me get at least one linux distro working for me for just once in my life?

    I have had 'reasonable' success with Lubuntu, as its pretty much the only one that wouldn't hang during the instalation process.

    It would be great if my function keys worked though so I can adjust the screen brightness.
    It would also be useful to download skype, but i cant find it.

    please help or i may just have to give up on linux forever.

    p.s.
    please don't give difficult instructions like 'get the grub or go to sudo'
    I have no idea and just want to simple use my computer without having to learn a new language.
    If this isnt possible in linux, then i will have to stay with windows for sure (im happy to do that, but its not ideal for slow netbooks)
    I just thought i'd get a faster experience on my netbook with linux,,,, but cant even get it up and running... pretty much the same story every time give it another try, year in, year out.

    Thanks
    Try the below

    Run in a terminal
    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
    Edit the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line so that it looks like below and save, then close the window
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux"
    Run
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    (your password wont show up, but its being entered)

    Reboot, and your function keys for brightness should be working.
    Last edited by sandyd; April 12th, 2014 at 07:06 PM.
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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    I don't use Skype, but it shows up in a search of the Ubuntu repos.

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Quote Originally Posted by thevenerable2 View Post
    It would also be useful to download skype, but i cant find it.

    please help or i may just have to give up on linux forever.
    You can install Skype either from the Lubuntu Software Center or from Synaptic (programs with graphical user interface) or from the command line in a terminal window

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install skype

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    thanks

    but how do i edit the grub line?
    how do i save?

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    i thnk i installed skype.. i can see it in synaptics package manager when i do a search
    but i have no idea where to find the icon to open it?
    this is a crazy system

    I still have no brightness funcionality when i tried your directions
    parhaps you can be a bit clearer, something didnt work.

    after rebootoing i did notice that my keyboard layout has changed back to us when i wanted english.

    thanks for the help,
    my god this linux is shoddy

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Lubuntu has the text editor leafpad where standard Ubuntu has gedit, so use this command line to start the editor

    Code:
    gksu leafpad /etc/default/grub
    and edit 'as usual' with the mouse, arrow keys, text keys etc. Save with ctrl + s or use the dropdown menu (File -- Save).

    Otherwise you can follow sandyd's advice in post #2.

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Quote Originally Posted by thevenerable2 View Post
    i thnk i installed skype.. i can see it in synaptics package manager when i do a search
    but i have no idea where to find the icon to open it?
    this is a crazy system
    Synaptics is a program that is used to install software hosted in the Ubuntu servers, aka repositories. It displays a list of all the packages available in those repos. If you have installed Skype, Synaptics will display a checkmark to the left of its entry.

    Once programs are installed, they should be listed in the menu. Linux programs typically do not populate the desktop with icons when they are installed.

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Lubuntu has the text editor leafpad where standard Ubuntu has gedit, so use this command line to start the editor

    Code:
    gksu leafpad /etc/default/grub
    and edit 'as usual' with the mouse, arrow keys, text keys etc. Save with ctrl + s or use the dropdown menu (File -- Save).

    Otherwise you can follow sandyd's advice in post #2.

    but i dont know exactly what where and how im supposed to edit

    please give a step by step guide


    anyway.. to be honest, and dont mean to sound ungreatful,
    but i was going to try to find a fast , and easy to use linux distro, then put it on my dad's netbook also.

    but just looking at the linux version of skype now its downloaded, its not good, and is more confusing than the standard skype.
    All these 'my mum using linux' videos must be fixed.
    My mother and father would be completely lost on here, as i almost am.

    I dont mean to be ungreatful i just dont know what to do,,
    i keep trying to come back to linux and i keep getting frustrated and dissapointed.
    The only thing it seems to do well is run a web browswer nice and fast.

    sorry.. but im at my wits end with this again

    thanks for the help
    and hopefully it wont contain even more confusing answers

    good news is i found skype, bad news is i have no mic
    please help with that too

    i guess setting up linux as a full os is an impossible dream, but maybe i can have it on my netbook as a fast system, but it MUST be able to do simple things like brightness adjust, mic, uk keyboard etc..
    these are just so standard i cant beleive it has so much trouble?
    Last edited by thevenerable2; April 12th, 2014 at 07:04 PM.

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    Re: Lubuntu not working fully (what linux ever does? )

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    Try the below
    Code:
    gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
    Edit the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line so that it looks like below and save, then close the window
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux"
    Do this edit: Identify the line and add the red text.
    Run
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    (your password wont show up, but its being entered)

    Reboot, and your function keys for brightness should be working.
    Quote Originally Posted by thevenerable2 View Post
    but i dont know exactly what where and how im supposed to edit

    please give a step by step guide

    and hopefully it wont contain even more confusing answers

    good news is i found skype, bad news is i have no mic
    please help with that too

    i guess setting up linux as a full os is an impossible dream, but maybe i can have it on my netbook as a fast system, but it MUST be able to do simple things like brightness adjust, mic, uk keyboard etc..
    these are just so standard i cant beleive it has so much trouble?
    What do you mean you have no mic? Do you mean that the mic is not recognized by Lubuntu? In that case I suggest that you install
    pulseaudio and pavucontrol, and use pavucontrol (a program with a graphical user interface) to identify the microphone and tweak the settings so that it works properly.

    You can install pulseaudio and pavucontrol with the same tool as you installed skype.

    -o-

    Many people are happy using linux; there is a threshold, or steep learning curve in the beginning, but soon things will be familiar and quite easy to perform. Finally, you must remember that linux is free, so there are no huge economic resources for polishing the software like in Windows and MacOs.

    Don't give up, continue trying, but if you find after trying hard, that you want to return to Windows, it is also OK. After all, most people use Windows in desktop and laptop computers.

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