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Thread: Gateway M275 with Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04.1)

  1. #51
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    Distro Upgrade(s)

    I upgraded from 8.04.2 to 8.10 (on my way to 9.10 later in the month)

    Issues:
    backed up my menu.lst file
    commented out quite splash and quiet again
    disabled Sounds> Login and Logout

    After upgrade
    - had to re-enter wireless password
    - Tablet stylus no longer works
    - xorg.conf was heavily commented for "HAL"
    - Update made a back-up, I just manually reverted to that one
    - stylus is working again EDIT: but NOT when I rotate the screen; still trying to figure it out with xrandr
    - Somehow my CPU temp sensor reading doubled it self
    - I removed it from the panel, and now wish I hadn't, cause I don't remember how to get it back up there....
    - OK, right-click Add to Panel... >Hardware Sensors Monitor
    - To get only one readout; right-click on the sensor, Preferences>Sensors tab, and uncheck one of the two sensors. I kept acpi and unchecked libsensors, because I like the name CPU better than temp1

    Still need to reprofile to speed up the boot time

    Used Synaptic to remove linux-image-2.6.24-23, saved 126MB
    Manually removed lines from menu.lst
    Last edited by ScottHW; November 7th, 2009 at 08:20 AM. Reason: Updates

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    Firefox 3.5

    I tried to update with Ubuntuzilla
    http://ubuntumanual.org/posts/193/in...u-the-easy-way

    I didn't like it

    Used Ubuntuzilla to take it out

    But my shortcut got broken
    Fixed it with this
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...4&postcount=10

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    Wacom problems on upgrade

    I don't know if these problems existed while I had 8.10, I wasn't careful enough to check before continuing on to 9.04. At any rate....

    Problems I have now:
    - my stylus does not right-click
    - my rotate scripts do not rotate the stylus input (still rotates the display fine)

    Side note: After booting, the hardware direct on-screen displays (OSD) related to volume and brightness in the upper left corner used to be scrambled. By simply doing one Suspend and wake up, they worked fine. Now they just stay scrambled.

    PM from Newfangled:
    I also saw you mention that your rotate scripts weren't working properly anymore? I had a problem when I upgraded to 9.04, and to fix it I had to change the device names in the script

    This is straight out of my script:

    xrandr -o normal
    xsetwacom set "Wacom Serial Tablet PC Pen Tablet/Digitizer" rotate NONE
    xsetwacom set "Wacom Serial Tablet PC Pen Tablet/Digitizer eraser" rotate NONE
    #xsetwacom set touch rotate NONE
    #xsetwacom set eraser rotate NONE

    The commented-out lines are what worked in the older versions. The lines above are what I had to change it to for 9.04.

    So basically touch becomes "Wacom Serial Tablet PC Pen Tablet/Digitizer"
    Last edited by ScottHW; November 12th, 2009 at 06:51 PM.

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    Skype upgrade

    I decided to upgrade my Skype to the newest version. I had been running 2.0.0.7, just got the package for 2.1.0.47 Beta. Seems to work at least as good as before.

    Thing is, now Skysentials don't seem to work. Of course, the new Beta seems to be able to do SMS natively, so maybe it's no problem.

    Just for reference, I should learn how I would go about downgrading

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    Upgrade to Karmic Koala 9.10

    Fan script stopped working. Not sure why, but I didn't write the original script so I'm having a hard time diagnosing.

    I'm looking around for other options for fan control. Here's another thread
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=990580

    It was actually already present in Jaunty, but I want to get rid of that On-Screen Display / overlay about connecting to a wireless network. I don't need that crap, I have NetworkManager Applet that already does a fine job of this.
    EDIT: Seems that "Notifications" has been discussed in several places, and quite a while ago...
    http://old.nabble.com/can%27t-disabl...d20494015.html

    The Bug reports suggest that nm-appler 0.7 had an option added to surpress non-critical notifications, but I don't seem to see that in Jaunty. So, the current work around is...
    EDIT: This doesn't seem to be 100%, I still get some notifications when resuming from Standby...
    Code:
    gconf-editor
    /apps/nm-applet/
    disable-connected-notifications [x]    'mark as TRUE
    disable-disconnected-notifications [x]   'mark as TRUE
    Hmmm... I seem to recall that previously there was a Notification for changing screen brightness, but now that one's gone. The Volume Notification still displays when I use Fn+PgUp / Fn+PgDn to change Volume.

    Decided to remove indicator-applet-0.1 from my Panel. I don't use Evolution/Empathy/Pidgin anyway, so get outta here.

    Sound preferences have changed, a lot. Mostly it looks more detailed and technical, and I like having options for things.

    I do NOT like the fact that double-clicking on the Sound icon on the Panel doesn't bring up the Preferences like it used to before Jaunty.
    Also, I can't tell, but for the Gateway M275 I previously had to adjust the headphones output volume independent of speaker volume. We'll have to see what happens with that.

    Clicking on the Shutdown menu seems to do a strange highlight around my fanspeed script Launcher...
    Last edited by ScottHW; November 7th, 2009 at 09:37 PM. Reason: update

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    Enable Ctrl-Alt-Backspace in Ubuntu 9.10

    http://ubuntu.igameilive.com/2009/10...buntu-910.html
    credit: Panji Nushantara

    In Ubuntu/Kubuntu 9.04 I like to have Ctrl-Alt-Backspace enabled to restart X server, which I found a quicker way to log off and log on since I use to hop around from Kubuntu to Ubuntu and back.
    And I want it too in my Ubuntu 9.10. Fortunately in Ubuntu 9.10 the method is easier, way easier. No editing necessary like in 9.04. So there's how :
    In Ubuntu :

    * System->Preferences->Keyboard
    * go to Layouts tab and click Layout Options button
    * Select "Key sequence to kill the X server" and check "Control + Alt + Backspace"

    FYI, previous method for 9.04 Jaunty et al.
    Xorg Server 1.6.x and Ctrl-Alt-Backspace
    http://www.nepherte.be/xorg-server-1...alt-backspace/
    credit: NEPHERTE (DOT) BE (actual poster uncertain)

    you can enable it back again by editing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Adding:
    Code:
    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "DontZap" "false"
    EndSection
    will make Ctrl-Alt-Backspace work again. If you’re using xorg server 1.6.1 or later, you’ll have to do some additional stuff. Either add
    Code:
    <merge key="input.xkb.options" type="string">terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp</merge>
    to your /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-keymap.fdi file or run
    Code:
    setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp
    everytime after you started X.
    Last edited by ScottHW; November 7th, 2009 at 08:18 AM. Reason: formatting

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    Disable 60 seconds delay on Logout/Restart/Shutdown in Ubuntu 9.10

    http://ubuntuguide.net/disable-60-se...buntu910karmic
    credit: Ubuntu Guide Admin, with editing by ScottHW

    This tutorial shows how to disable 60 seconds delay notification for Logout, Restart and Shutdown in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala.

    First, press Alt+F2 to bring up Run Application, and type gconf-editor. Click Run.

    Navigate to apps->indicator-session. Double click on the only line in right box, suppress_logout_restart_shutdown
    and set its value to TRUE by checking the box.
    Last edited by ScottHW; November 7th, 2009 at 08:37 AM. Reason: formatting

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    Disable touchpad tap-to-click

    Don't remember if I had to manually do this before, but I don't like the Tap-to-click "feature". Just causes too many stray clicks for me.

    To Disable:

    System>Preferences>Mouse
    Touchpad (tab)
    [_] Enable mouse clicks with touchpad (uncheck)

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    Upgrade to GRUB 2

    GRUB 2 - Community Ubuntu Documentation
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

    GRUB 2 - Ubuntu Wiki
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Grub2
    (seems to have at least one mistake...)
    GRUB_HIDDEN_MENU_QUIET=true
    should likely read
    GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true

    I installed Startupmanager
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/StartUpManager
    But it doesn't work completely with GRUB 2 yet...


    http://digitizor.com/2009/10/28/gett...ing-to-grub-2/

    GRUB 2 settings are in:
    Code:
    /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    BUT.... this file is automatically generated, and should NOT be edited itself. Instead, you can edit
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
    I went ahead and changed (added the # to comment out the quite splash)
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="#quiet splash"
    Because I like to see the startup commands, helps to try to diagnose simple problems.

    And afterwards,
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7854520
    Last edited by ScottHW; November 8th, 2009 at 08:46 PM.

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    Startup Applications

    I was messing around

    System>Preferences>Startup Applications

    [_] Bluetooth Manager
    [_] Evolution Alarm Notifer

    Figured I don't need either of these, and I would save a bit of boot time and some system resources.

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