Ubuntu

Alright, I really don't like vista (big surprise). Anyway, I'm not great with computers, decent, I can hold my own when working with them, but I'm no genius. And I have been wondering about Ubuntu for a while now and I was wondering if I could/should change to ubuntu from vista. What are the advantages really? And would I be able to abandon and come back to Vista if I changed my mind, I have Windows Vista Home Premium, it came pre installed, so I do not have a disk. And "dual booting", I've heard about from friends but don't really understand/don't know how, if possible. I think thats all. I'll list all my q's if it helps. And also would programs installed on vista (games and such) be able to installed? And would my wireless internet get messed up? -Should I? -Could I? -Advantages? -Disadvantages? -Would I be able to come back to Vista? -Dual booting??? P.S. why does my cursor not blink when I type on instructables? It's bothering me...

Topic by tomonto   |  last reply


Ubuntu for toughbook?

Ubuntu flavor that is best for Panasonic toughbook CF-30 MP3 core 2duo L9300 and ease of installation?

Question by halham   |  last reply


XP && Ubuntu

OK I had a computer with XP and ubuntu, but i got tired of ubuntu so i made the mistake of just removing the partion. so the next time i boot up i get an error and can't access XP. now i'm not saying abound is a bad OS this is just my preference. so i wiped my comp and reinstalled Ubuntu. now here's the problem i have access to an iso image of windows but not the cd itself. and i have an 2Gb USB drive and a 500Gb removable drive. is there a way to install windows XP using either of these devices. or a way to get the dvd's to burn because every time i try i get an error

Topic by chrischavez   |  last reply


Ubuntu Problem? Answered

I have been experiencing problems every time I try to install a version of ubuntu 9.04, Xubuntu10.04 ,ubuntu 10.04 on my win98 system (RAM = 300+mb). The error occurs everytime I try to load ubuntu from the cd. Heres what happens 1. Insert CD 2. boot and load cd 3. choose  load ubuntu without any change to my computer 4. attempts to load then error message "init line 7: can't load dev/sdb: No Medium found I am using the windows 7 iso burner to burn the iso UPDATE 1 I am currently installing ubuntu 9.10 and it works just fine. The same message came up but continued to boot instead of just freezing Thank you for your responses. Update 2 The hdd was not connected to the right socket. Still don't know why it did'nt search all the sockets but anyway.

Question by vorlock   |  last reply


Nvidia Graphics on Ubuntu?

I recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu, and I live it, but there is one problem.  My Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 FTW 3GB does not work.  When I installed the drivers from the extra drivers program in Ubuntu, Nothing worked, and I had to reinstall. Does anybody know how to fix this?  Thank you.

Question by pianoman99a   |  last reply


Ubuntu not logging in to instructables.

I need a quik response. I can, t login from ubuntu, this isn, t good and must be fixed, I, m having to use facebook to login, my normal user name is, Mateo_

Topic by mball galceran   |  last reply


Programming In anjuita in Ubuntu

I cannot seem to run programs in anuita. Can anyone help Me. I have allready tried to compile a simple file but it wont work.

Topic by sotsirh194 


Ubuntu set-up? ?

I have a dell computer that I wiped of the Windows OS and installed Xubuntu 8.10, I am trying to intsall Ubunto. I need help installing it. I can not access the internet at the moment on that computer. I did go through the whole process of downloading the system last night before the internet went out on it. I did not get it loaded. It is just downloaded to the desktop. I also have a copy of it on my laptop to put on a disc. I put it on a DVD disc. Once I put that into the computer I did not know where to go from there. IF you can help me figure out the steps I would greatly appreciate it. I do not have a manual or any instructions. I am very new to Linux and firefox. Thank you for your help Mrs. Skunkbait

Question by Mrs. Skunkbait   |  last reply


Ubuntu stuck at partitioning?

I have a computer running Windows xp, and I am trying to install Ubuntu Linux on it. I have already tried with an official 9.10 CD, and now am trying with a 10.10 CD I made myself. All this I have done with both 9.10 and 10.10: I boot from the CD, and that works fine, but when I get to the partitioner, my Hard drive doesn't show up. Any tips? Oh, and if you have any questions about the specs on my pc, just ask.

Question by doublewomit   |  last reply


terminal in ubuntu 11.04?

I type in my password enter entering a command but nothing shows as I type. Any ideas?

Question by lumpee   |  last reply


Will there be a Instructables app for Ubuntu?

I would like to know so I can get it if they decide to develop one

Question by nerd7473   |  last reply


Linux, ubuntu, and the like

Ok, so I'm tired of my windows system. It is starting to get boring to look at AND VERY VERY CLUTTERED. I would like to switch to ubuntu, but I'm not sure if it will play my windows games that have a lot of code and/or are graphically intensive. I know it has dual boot, and the other thing, but idk if it will play AOE3, Risk, Itunes, Windows Media player, or any of the windows programs. One of the reasons I would like to switch to ubuntu is because they have a download just for media and music production, and me being a wanna be music superstar, that is what I want and/or need right now.

Topic by wazupwiop   |  last reply


ubuntu WiFi problems?

Recently after replacing the router in the house, my main ubuntu machine wifi has become extremely slow and unreliable. The culprit appears to be the speed at which the connection get set at 15mb/s or 1mb/s. The Belkin N300 USB WiFi card is capable of 150mb/s, but for some reason it only operates at really nice blazing speeds for a few seconds to minutes after connecting, showing speeds up to 10Gbit/sec transient when first connecting, and the average internet speeds of ~5-10mb/s, but then instantly dropping down into the k bit/s range in the system monitor. * A wired connection is not an option * I have tried "sudo iwconfig wlan1 rate 150"  and "sudo iwconfig wlan1 bit 150" Seems to do nothing. * I have also tried "sudo iw wlan1 set bitrates legacy-2.4 9" This seems to change the connection bitrate, but has no permanent effects, and absolutely no noticeable effects on the actual transfer speeds. * I have tried installing device drivers using windows drivers on the disc, and using "windows wireless drivers" application in linux, though it seemed to have no effect. (I don't think ubuntu is even using those drivers!) At this point I am at a complete loss as to what the problem is. I know that this wireless chip works fine in windows. Any ideas, I am not an expert at this stuff.

Question by -max-   |  last reply


Help, with Ubuntu on Acer aspire 1 Answered

Please help, we have everything else going. Ubuntu on a netbook, that has wireless. Were can I get the driver and program to recognize the wireless card that is built in?

Question by emit   |  last reply


Ubuntu keeps freezing on me?

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my flash drive to run on windows but  when I get it running it only works for about 30 minutes then just freezes. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Question by oicvideos   |  last reply


HALP with Emerald in Ubuntu Ibex

Hey all! I'm trying to use an emerald theme that I just grabbed from teh intarwebs, but with no luck... I have emerald theme manager installed, and the emerald theme that I downloaded shows up in the themes list, but no where does it say "Use this theme" or whatever. Oh, and I tried asking on the Ubuntu forums, but without any luck :/

Topic by Labot2001   |  last reply


Dual booting fedora and ubuntu?

I want to dual boot the FEL fedora distro and ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop which seems very capable of supporting both separately, but not yet together. I want to know if its possible to have them dual boot or if I need a different version of one or both for it to be compatible.

Question by The Ideanator   |  last reply


Ubuntu crash help, please? Answered

One of the computers in my house was awfully slow, so I installed Ubuntu to speed it up and add stability. (Yes, I could have just added more RAM. But that wouldn't be free, would it?) Being my first time using Ubuntu, I was really surprised at how much I could push the processor without running out of memory. However,I still have one problem, which seems to be occurring every three days, or so. Spontaneously, the screen turns black for a few seconds, then flashes white, vertical, one-inch wide bars at one-second intervals. I've searched everywhere on the internet, yet I don't even know what the white bars mean. Does anyone know what the bars are, maybe what the cause is, and how I might go about fixing it?

Question by aelias36   |  last reply


Problem with full screen in Ubuntu

Hey, I've been having a problem recently. I don't know if any one else is having this problem, or if anyone could help. I'm using Ubuntu as my OS. When I go to watch videos in Hulu and I click full screen, it briefly goes full screen (just long enough to see the hit escape to exit notification) then goes back to normal view. Does anyone know how to fix this? NOTE: I already tried disabling Cairo-Dock and it didn't help at all. Thanks in advance.

Topic by Gjdj3   |  last reply


How to run Ardublock in Ubuntu

I wanted to ask a question to the community of instructables, hoping to solve my problem: I've been trying for a few days to integrate ardublock with arduino 1.5.8 within Xubuntu. All attempts that I made following the various indications,: http://blog.ardublock.com/engetting-started-ardublockzhardublock/   but I had no success! After changing the destination folder schetch and open the Arduino, again I get the message: "the schetch folder no longer exists. Arduino will use the default location and create a new folder if needed .... at which point Arduino stops talking about himself in the third person. " And finally the arduino opens usual way without integrating into the ardublock folder. I understand that this explanation is a little vague but if anyone from these clues can figure out the error I will be grateful; I remain waiting and ready to give further study to ask them about me. Thank you all for your attention   Torx

Question by torx 


ubuntu live usb Vs. ubuntu on hard drive of PC

Can some one please tell me what is the difference between ubuntu usb live on pendrive and ubuntu on pc's hard drive. I mean what are the shortcoming or advantages of ubuntu live usb? Is ubuntu on pendrive is slower than ubuntu installed on pc, if yes then what is level of concern or its negligible and one can ignore it?

Topic by apandey11   |  last reply


Who uses Ubuntu Linux and do you love it?

Just wondering if you have ever used it

Question by robots199   |  last reply


Instructable App don't work on Ubuntu

I logged in and went to start an instuctable.  I started with the first line to name the instructable, app won't accept text.  I tried Firefox and chrome, but still doesn't work.  I running on a Linux computer with Ubuntu. If the program is web based, why wont it work on my computer?

Topic by botronics   |  last reply


how do I use an easy cap with ubuntu 13.10? Answered

I need to know so I can finally use it. It has just been gathering dust.

Question by nerd7473   |  last reply


Why is OpenOffice failing on my computer? Answered

     I'm running the latest stable version of Ubuntu.  I have the entire OpenOffice.org office suite installed, and have reinstalled it several times, but every time I try to start any of the programs in the suite I get the startup window and then a message box appears that says:  OpenOffice.org 3.1  Fatal Error-- User interface language cannot be determined, and then the program closes down.  Any recommendations on how to fix this are welcome.  Thanks! 

Question by mad magoo   |  last reply


operating systems

Whenever I start my netbook after my Windows 7 Starter stopped working, two other options appear on my BIOS screen beside Ubuntu which are: Upgrade to Vista Upgrade to Windows 7 Can you tell me what would happen if I click on those 2 options? I don't trust Windows anymore after what happened. Thank you.

Topic by pochsp   |  last reply


Linux movieplayer / Rythem box sound problem

Having an issue with linux music playing when I pay songs in movieplayer they play perfect, when I play them in rythem box there like half speed and loud fuzz blocks out most of the sound whats the deal?

Topic by chaoscampbell 


Dual boot

I am looking towards creating a dual boot scenario on my computer (XP, and Ubuntu) and I am in need of a bit of assistance. Some background and foundation: Present OS = XP SP2The main partition is NTFS, however the "backup" partition is FAT(16 or 32, I am not sure)Now, to my main question: I realize I can partition this further so I can have a dual boot situation, but I am worried about losses that may occur. I haven't had much time lately to read up on the process, but I have seen warnings about loss of data files, etc. and my being cautious to a fault, I haven't proceeded any further in my quest. So, what precautions should I take, and what is going to be the process I need to follow to get to where I want to be?

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply


Installing Ubuntu on a computer with 160mb of RAM

Hey guys I'm trying to install Ubuntu on a old computer to use as a temperature (the one that chr made) but since it has only got 160mb of RAM it freezes on the first screen for installation Anyother ways to install Ubuntu without it freezing?

Topic by thermoelectric   |  last reply


how to download ubuntu mobile/ mini?

Ok third question today... how do you download ubuntu mini/ mobile for a laptop?

Question by freerunnin1   |  last reply


What is the best firewall software for Ubuntu?

I am starting an Ubuntu home server, and I'm wondering what the best firewall software is that's compatible with Ubuntu. For example, Gufw or Fire Starter. Some Pros and Cons would be nice too! Thanks! -Shadow Ops

Question by Arbitror   |  last reply


Ubuntu 10.10X64 Live on USB Question? Answered

Hi! As a project I decided to install ubuntu 10.10 X64 Live to my flash drive so I can take it around with me anywhere I go. I'm familiar with this operating system, but I don't have it on my home computer, I just wanted to put it on a usb. Anyway, I used Unetbootin (  http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ ) to put it on my drive. It boots fine. The only problem is that I don't think it installed to the usb. Changes that I have made don't seem to stay and drivers that I download don't stay either. Its sort of frustrating becsue while I'm familiar on how to use it, I'm not familiar on getting it to work. Anyway, when I go to the boot menu and select the usb, it gives me several options: Default, Install Ubuntu, Boot from Hard drive, Install Ubuntu (to hard drive), and several others including repair. Now I first was clued into the fact it didn't install because it showed install as an option on this boot menu. The problem is that I want ubuntu on the flash drive, portable, but I don't want it on my machine. The Unetbootin is great, but it doesn't give any instructions for after its installed the software. All it tells you is to reboot.  I would like to keep using this software because I trust it, but I need to get this working.  CAN ANYONE WHO KNOWS UBUNTU OR HAS DONE THIS HELP ME???? Thanks! P.S.  ANY Advice would be helpful here!

Question by transistorguy   |  last reply


What is a good way to get tiling in Ubuntu 14.04??

I would like to change my Ubuntu desktop to have tiling like Windows 8... What is a good way to go about this? I would like to use unity, I don't want to use gnome unless I have to, although gnome is welcome.

Question by nerd7473   |  last reply


Eagle keeps crashing in Ubuntu, what to do?

Ok, I'm running ubuntu 9.10 on my netbook/laptop, and whenever i go to try and open a file(thats been imported from my desktop, a vista), it gives me an error message that says Invalid data in autorouter block of file (filename & location here) Continue with default autorouter settings? Y/N         Y => pulls up file I then go to edit, (move tool), and I click on a part and all of eagle crashes. I can add parts and it wont crash. It does this even on newly created files. I bet that this is an issue with the version, as there is a newer version out, but I dont understand these things, I am trying to though.

Question by The Ideanator   |  last reply



Can i use my second hard drive for ubuntu and my cdrive for windows? Answered

I plan on installing ubuntu on my laptop and have 2internal hard drives both 320GB. Is there a way i can install ubuntu to my secondary hard drive? If so how would i do this at the disk partitioning screen when i install ubuntu.

Question by tubanator-2.0   |  last reply


Nacho Installs Ubuntu. Looking for Kid-Friendly Apps.

. I had two HDDs fail at the same time on an old computer that the neighborhood kids use to surf the web. I went ahead and retired the old P3/550MHz machine and replaced it with a P4/1.8GHz unit I had laying around. Instead of using Win XP Pro, I decided this would be a good time to start switching my computers to Linux. Downloaded Ubuntu 8.10 and once I figured out that a 2.5GB HDD was too small (Ubuntu would install OK, but run out of disk space when updating) and upgraded to a 20, the install went without a hitch. . Looking for suggestions on "edutainment" apps to install for kids from ~5yo to ~16yo. Computer is a 1.8GHz P4 with 256MB RAM, so the apps can't be resource hogs. TIA.

Topic by NachoMahma   |  last reply


why won't this machine load XP or Ubuntu?

Ok- so- my wife's computer was running slow / would not load programs/ acting generally funky.  I couldn't even run a virus scan- I pulled the hard drive and put it in an external case and reformatted it and reinstalled.  I then tried to reload windows XP pro-  it took LITERALLY  2 days of very slow running to load only part of the install files and then locked up.  I bought a new hard disk , installed and try loading window again- it only took a day to load this time but I can't adjust the video resolution.  I try loading Ubuntu using a live disk and it just won't read- I adjust the BIOS so I can load from a flash drive and it starts to load but takes about an hour to get anywhere and then the screen goes black and I cant get anything to come up.  So far I have tried TWO hard drives , booting from a CD, and booting from a flash drive.  Any one have any ideas about what is going on?

Question by shantinath1000 


Linux on Wii?

Is there any linux with a GUI for the Wii? Ubuntu would be cool! -joespicnictables

Question by joespicnictables 


Wubi

How much of a risk is installing ubuntu with wubi? Has anyone lost all their data?

Topic by sotsirh194 


Can I use a computer with a wireless internet connection as a wired router for another computer?

                  I have a computer with a wireless card that gets pretty decent reception from my router.  However, I have another old computer that I want to use as a basic website server, and I don't want to have to buy another wireless card for it.  Could I just connect an ethernet cable to my computer with an internet connection and then have it serve as a router for the other computer?   Do I need any special software to do this (The computer with wireless is running Ubuntu 9.something or other, the Karmic Koala, I think.  I'm planning on putting Fedora 11/12 with the server package on the other computer)?  Thanks!

Question by mad magoo   |  last reply


How can I annotate in BFreader

I am using Ubuntu 11 and have BFreader installed, it works well. Is there any way we can annotate text in books, either underline or hi-lite. Is there a free program for linux that will do this for epub books

Question by emit 


How do I add a Windows layer to Linux?

I am a Windows gamer, though I want to switch to Linux for versatility. Is there any way to add a Windows layer to Linux so I can play Windows games? I plan on using Ubuntu 9.04.

Question by GearsOfAwesome   |  last reply


Rapache- What's up?

How would i go around fixing this so that it starts up?  If you look at the bottom of the screenshot it says, "Warning, cannot connect to server"  What server?  How could I fix this and what does in mean?

Topic by tanmanknex   |  last reply


Login troubles

I have recently noticed a change in the behavior of Firefox (10.0.1) on my Ubuntu 11.04 system. "Normally," meaning a few weeks ago, when I first opened the Instructables home page I would select a subject, click on the link and go to that page in a new tab.  I have set preferences to put all the instructions on one page for me, but to to this I need to be logged in.In the upper right corner of my browser window is a link "log in." I clicked the log in link and was (normally) able to see all the pages on one page... but now, when I click the log in button I am taken away from the page I am trying to see, logged in, but not taken back to the page I have chosen. Here is a screenshot of the unwanted destination: p.s. minor nuisance... but a bug is a bug! Thanks!

Topic by stringstretcher   |  last reply


Talk me into Linux

I've been considering the switch to linux. I have currently loaded SimplyMEPIS onto an old laptop to give it a try, I was impressed. I think I like the Ubuntu Distro a little better but I'm teetering on the edge of a complete switch. I need a push over the edge. My issues at the moment is that the old crapy laptop is just kinda, what I call, my beater book. its the laptop I don't worry about to much and use for word proccesing on the run and simple Internet tasks. SimplyMEPIS works excellent for these purposes. My concern is compatibility with my everyday computer needs....... and my not so ordinary endevors. I would consider myself an Expert when it comes to Windows XP......... a step above Expert if there is such a thing...... I know it inside and out and I can manipulate it like a dirty 5 dollar crack whore. I realize there will be a learning curve but will it be compatible with everything I use in windows? ........ I do a lot of media editing and music recording....... is this a possibility in linux? (I realize Mac pro tools is my overall best option) somebody please convince me to switch beyond a shadow of a doubt. or talk me down from the ledge.

Topic by chaoscampbell   |  last reply


How to share a printer in Ubuntu 10.10? Answered

I have a printer hooked up to a computer running the latest Ubuntu version. This computer is wired to a Belkin Wireless router. If I connect a Windows Vista laptop directly to the Belkin router I could "see" it on the Ubuntu machine as part of the network but, I can not see the other computers on my home network that connect wirelessly. Any ideas? Thank you very much in advance!

Question by blkhawk   |  last reply


Dual-Booting Windows XP and Ubuntu? Answered

I just want to make sure I have this right before I go ahead... So, right now I have two drives. One is partitioned into two, one half is Win Xp(about 60gb), the other completely blank(about 20gb). Then, my slave drive is just for backup. I'm planning on installing Ubuntu onto that blank partition. By doing so, it shouldn't affect any of the files on either of the other drives, right? And when it boots it should boot into Windows as usual unless I directed to go to that partition since the windows drive is the first in the boot order. This, I think, should work without worrying about anything getting wiped right? And this setup won't have the OS's conflicting with each other? Would I have to use GRUB and if so how? Help, is greatly appreciated.

Question by Rockerx   |  last reply


Can I run Samba File Server on Ubuntu through Virtual Box?

I have setup Ubuntu in Virtual Box and want to know if I can run Samba File Server in Virtual Box.

Question by Hydroelectric   |  last reply


ubuntu broken laptop screen help? Answered

New to ubuntu for a few days! :popcorn: but sadly dropped my laptop yesterday and before it broke i was using it with my desctop on the  laptop and using my external monitor to open documents so i can surf the web and read ebooks at the same time! please help me see my desktop on my external screen! using a packard bell dot and ubuntu 9.10 karmic koala!](*,)](*,)](*,)](*,)](*,)](*,)

Question by Lesedi   |  last reply