Wednesday, November 26, 2008

aMSN messenger - MSN on Linux

aMSN, a very nice MSN compatible messenger application, aMSN Messenger is a multiplatform MSN messenger clone. Works pretty much like its Windows based counterpart. Perfect for keeping in touch with those friends who have not yet seen the light. Works on linux

sMSN Homepage

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Display disappear after install new graphics driver!!!

Today, I was prompted by ubuntu 8.10 to install NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver. I accept by pressing Activate to download and install the updated graphics driver and restart. But the display disappear after re-boot. May be my machine is too old and not supported by the new driver!

Here is how I recover to original setting:
- Re-boot the machine, and press 'ESC' to enter menu while GRUB loading.
- Enter Recovery Mode by selecting "Ubuntu 8.10, Kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)"

- Select "xfix Try to fix X sserver" in Recovery Menu.

- After some process, the screen will return to Recovery Menu.

- Now, you can select "resume Resume normal boot". The normal display resumed:)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Run Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS on 8G CF with CF to IDE Adapter

Compact-Flash(CF) card is a moveable electronic solid-state-disk(SSD) with IDE interface. It's a small card with mass space. With CF to IDE converter, it can be mount on IDE port and act as a SSD hard-disk. (Not apply to all machine, may be depends on BIOS support)

Un-mount the harddisk and replace it by the CF to IDE adapter with CF.

Please take a caution here: you have to place something under the card & the CF to IDE adapter, to prevent from short circuit by the metal case.

Resume all other parts and start to install Ubuntu as normal.

After install Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, a complete is Linux is run-up on a 8G CF.