Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:
- Sat 05 Mar 2005
- Sun 27 Mar 2005
- Sat 16 Apr 2005
- Sat 29 Apr 2005
- Sun 15 May 2005
- Sat 28 May 2005
- Sat 11 Jun 2005
- Sat 25 Jun 2005
- Sat 09 Jul 2005
- Sat 13 Aug 2005
Especial thanks to taiji_jian, the great Paganini of TEUNC, for demonstrating the concept of ubuntu amply yesterday and today.
Here's my fortnightly update:
- 1. The Incredible Disappearing Hard Drive: This is still happening.
- 2. Burn, baby, burn: bootable CD images in Nero: Thanks to some painstaking RTFM, or more precisely, looking carefully at the Nero Express wizard while taiji_jian was helping me, I was able to notice that I was just burning the ISOs as files instead of burning the images. It's analogous to trying to call by reference when I should have been calling by value. The extra level of indirection removed, I was fine.
- 3. Using the card readers in an inkjet printer: Apparently, it's as I suspected, and I can't mount the cards as removable disks. Can anyone confirm this?
Another update about Ubuntu is in order. After eight months of being left fallow, Telperion, my 14-month old COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX desktop system (Celeron 2.8GHz, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HD) is now running a 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog installation. All hail taiji_jian!
As I mentioned I was finally able to burn a bootable Ubuntu CD. However, the kernel kept quitting part way into the boot, until taiji_jian found out from another Linux-savvy friend that I needed to put
linux acpi=offat the boot prompt. At this point, I had already spent two and a half hours installing WinXP just to do an Ubuntu install from Windows! How's that for perverse?
After this, I found that my 4x CD-RW, which is 6 years old, was burned at too high a rate. I downloaded ISORecorder, and, after much wrangling as gondhir and taiji_jian offered both jeers and encouragement, I reburned the CD-RW and finished the installation. Now, just a few things remain...
And now, the new questions:
Get thee behind me, 640x480: video drivers under Linux
Auugh! 6x4 is teh suxxor, and no mistake. I've just spent a little over 3 hours trying to get the modelines that I need to put into
/etc/X11/xorg.conf, to no avail. I can't increase the resolution at all.
Is there an Ubuntu/Debian equivalent to SuperProbe on Red Hat?
Ubuntu setup - initial questions
My reasons for running Ubuntu are:
- To house my database server (MySQL, Quiddity, etc.) and databases for research: the FIBR project, my new projects on collaborative recommendation (CR), information extraction (IE), machine translation (MT), and others.
- So that I can have a *nix-based FORTRAN compiler and executables for the ITR project.
- As a home for my servers: print, mail, Wiki, and IRCd
- For remote access to applications via X
Is anyone familiar with setup of any of the above under Ubuntu or Debian Linux?
Quick draw McBana: unsafe removal of USB devices
How come hot-unplugging a USB data key (e.g., my 1Gb SanDisk Cruzer) from my ThinkPad and COMPAQ Presario results in a complaint from Windows 2000 and WinXP Home that I forgot to shut it down, and sometimes results in loss of the most recently-written data, but my new Dell Inspiron 6000 seems to force-sync the device?
Is the Dell just not telling me about a problem that also occurs there, or is it really robust to hot-unplugging? If so, is there any way I can get the older systems to automatically force-sync as well?
Thanks very much, as always!