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How To Get Ubuntu To Play WMV Files May 13, 2009

Posted by ModelR in Everything LINUX.
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This was taken from a guide located here

Note: The version we are installing for is Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04)

  1. Install mplayer using Synaptic Package Manager or the command sudo apt-get install mplayer
  2. Then type the command sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
  3. Then add the GPG Key using these commands:sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring then sudo apt-get update
  4. If your running i386 enter this command sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2 if your on amd64 enter this command sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2
  5. Install the mplayer plugin for Firefox sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer
  6. If you like you can also install the smplayer front end for mplayer sudo apt-get install smplayer

That should get the player working on your system.  These codecs are not installed by default due to legal restrictions.


Dell D600 Wireless On Ubuntu 9.04 May 13, 2009

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The wireless network card functionality does not function immediately on a clean install of Ubuntu 9.04. To get the wireless to function correctly a few steps need to be taken.

You can find how to get this to work properly here

Using a the driver for XP, and an application called Ndiswrapper, wireless functionality is possible.

Also see this post here

Or check my post on How To Get Wireless Working On Ubuntu Server

Note: New ndiswrapper for kernel 2.6.30 -> http://osdir.com/ml/linux-kernel/2009-06/msg07326.html

UBUNTU Mini-Workhorse May 9, 2009

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We are now going to make an Ubuntu Mini installation, just for random use. This is a minimal customized Ubuntu

Install Ubuntu Jeos as detailed here

Check for updates after the install is complete

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Install VMware tools and such as described here

Install gnome customized and minimal
$ sudo aptitude install x-window-system-core gnome-core gdm firefox synaptic xubuntu-system-tools gnome-app-install

Then install a nice desktop theme

Use the Synaptic Package Manager to install wine so you can run windows programs

Use the Synaptic Package Manager to install Deluge – It’s a torrent program that looks similar to uTorrent

Now we need the ability to mount NTFS partitions

For the guide to do this check here

install NTFS-3G

$ sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

Find out where the NTFS disk that you have attached is located

$ sudo fdisk -l

ex. /dev/sda1 1 1044 8385898+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

make a backup of fstab file in the /etc directory

$ sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak

check where the NTFS volume is currently mounted

$ cat /etc/fstab

the output might look like this:

/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1

Edit the fstab file to use NTFS-3G

/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ntfs-3g defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1

If the fstab file did not contain the /dev/sda1 line

Create a directory under /media call it what you like ex. windows

$ sudo mkdir /media/windows

Edit the fstab file and add this

/dev/sda1 /media/windows ntfs-3g defaults,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1

Restart the computer. When it restarts you should have the drive mounted and linked on the desktop

install samba

$ sudo apt-get install samba

navigate to the samba folder and make a backup copy of the samba config file

$ cd /etc/samba
$ sudo cp smb.conf smb.conf.template

edit the samba config file to look like the one found here

To share the Windows NTFS Disk add this to the the samba config file:

[Windows Disk]
path = /media/windows
comment = NTFS Windows Disk
browseable = yes
read only = no
create mask = 0700
valid users = %U

add your user as a samba user and enable it

$ sudo smbpasswd -L -a your_username
$ sudo smbpasswd -L -e your_username

restart samba

$ /etc/init.d/samba restart

You can also install conky as described in Ubuntu 9.04 Maxxed Out

Ubuntu Mini Workhorse

Screenshot with conky:
Ubuntu Mini-Workhorse with conky on the desktop

Check if Windows is Activated May 3, 2009

Posted by ModelR in Everything WINDOWS.
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Click: Start > Run


oobe/msoobe /a

And hit enter