View Full Version : [ubuntu] Misc questions - force quit, orthography, sounds

January 27th, 2009, 06:59 AM
Hello! Four questions.

1. I'm sort of used, when things got out of control in XP, to manually killing processes. In Ubuntu processes don't take up CPU when they're screwed up (?), which is great, but it's hard to figure out what to kill if it left a screen artifact, or if a function is frozen and keeping you from restarting. So how do I react?

2. How can I fiddle with the keyboard to let me make accents?

3. A surprisingly large number of actions result in machine beeps. (For example, backspacing in an empty field.) How can I turn those off, or make it a softer sound?

Also, I find that ubuntuforums signs me off pretty quickly after inactivity. Is there a setting to change that?


January 27th, 2009, 07:24 AM
If it left a screen artifact, then it might still be marked as "in charge" of that area of space. If you add the "Force Quit" applet to your Gnome Panel, you can click on the applet on your panel and then click on the artifact to kill the controlling program.

If you don't run Gnome, you can use the "xkill" command instead.

January 27th, 2009, 08:03 AM
Thanks for the help! Discovering "add to panel" has really made everything easier.