View Full Version : [ubuntu] diverse program suggestions

May 18th, 2008, 08:08 PM
ok guys, how you all doin? I am new to Linux as of like 3 days ago, and I absolutely luuuuurrrrve the freaking fast boot up time. I have a list of things I want to get on ubuntu before I consider getting rid of Vista completely, and need help finding them.

For some background info, I'm on ubuntu desktop lts 8.04... on a laptop, lol. I am also a complete noob on the inner workings of Linux, so don't be like real techy with me... that'll come later down the line.

First I have a question about Automatrix2: I can't get rid of it... I tried the sudo apt-get remove automatrix2, and it doesn't get rid of it at all... so that needs to be like... gone.

Next, I am having an issue with printing... I have the standard printer configurator installed, and the printer is a Lexmark C530dn color duplexing laser... everythime I try to print anything, it prints like 50 pages with a bunch of random characters about 2-3 rows long across the top... and by that time i cancel the job from the printer itself and reset it to rid it of the jobs.

I am also in the market for a cd label printing program... I have labels, but it seems the proggy for windows that is for the specific labels is windows only... haven't tried running in wine yet, but I'm not holding my breath...

I don't believe I have any other pressing issues at the moment, but I'll post more if I get the need for something.

Thanks a bunch for who will help...

May 18th, 2008, 08:16 PM
Are you running x86 or x86_64? Important for printer drivers resolution approach...

May 18th, 2008, 08:17 PM
heh, for the most part, lexmark printers tend to be 'paperweights', though you may be lucky ;)

May 18th, 2008, 08:25 PM
running x86

May 18th, 2008, 08:27 PM
OK, starting with Automatrix2. Try going into system>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager and click search. Type "automatrix" and search for that. When you find it, right click it and select uninstall, and that might solve it. If not report back here.

As for your printer, try System>Administration>Printing. In that dialog, select you printer in the left pane and in the right pane, Click "Change" where it says make and model. Select you make and model and then select the recommended driver. If it still does not work, try repeating the process but selecting different drivers.

For a good CD labeling program, I would recommend Glabel. Just go Applications>Add/Remove and search for "glabel" and check the box next to it and click apply.

Hope I helped :)

May 18th, 2008, 08:29 PM
I tried the sudo apt-get remove automatrix2, and it doesn't get rid of it at all

Is that r a typo? That would explain it.

May 18th, 2008, 08:32 PM
Is that r a typo? That would explain it.

wow good point i did not notice that... i was just copying and pasting so i didnt notice :P

May 18th, 2008, 08:35 PM
yeah apparently i dint know that, that would explain a lot... as for the rest, hang on a tic, ill give it a try

May 18th, 2008, 08:36 PM
sudo apt-get remove --purge automatix in case r was a typo. Will purge it from your system.

May 18th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Heres a link to a bunch of Open Office Label templates, these work out great for me.

GL hope those will work for you as well.

May 18th, 2008, 08:40 PM
yeppers, automatIX is gone now, but my printer gives me one suggested driver, with the option of finding and installing another, tho i dunno where to get another for linux

May 18th, 2008, 08:44 PM

you're inluck, very fex lexmarks work at all with linux ;)

May 18th, 2008, 09:08 PM
ok, now how about a proggy that runs commercial dvds? i cant seem to get any to work, tho they'll run the backups i made, they wont run my originals that i havent backed up yet, wtf

May 18th, 2008, 09:20 PM
You'll need to enable the medibuntu repositories:

Medibuntu How To (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu)

Be sure to read further down the page as well, there is some useful information there about windows codecs, and encrypted dvd playback.

May 18th, 2008, 09:27 PM
omg, you people are gods... i got automatix uninstalled, got the printer working, and can now play commercial dvds... i wub you all

May 18th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Note: There is one dvd encryption method out there, which will even not play with medibuntu. Its a (extremly) damaged filesystem and requires a vlc mediaplayer-hack to get it run (somewhat really nasty, I just got over one single DVD until today)

May 18th, 2008, 09:38 PM
heh yeah, the forums truly do rock. great way of learning about your shiny new ubuntu install as well.

oh and if you haven't grab vlc for video, it is in synaptic, and it rocks ;)

May 18th, 2008, 10:01 PM
right now im using kaffeine since it lets me scan through the movie with no epic failures like the standard movie player thats built in does

ahh... i looked it up and i have tried it, didnt like it... thanks tho