Archive for the ‘Ubuntu’ Category

Fingerprint reader on Ubuntu 12.04

2013/01/31

Yesterday I finally upgraded my Dell D830 laptop to Ubuntu 12.04 Precise. Everything went smoothly – great!

Today I decided to give the fingerprint sensor another try – after reinstalling my machine last year I hadn’t bothered to get the fingerprint reader to work again. (more…)

Lost Menu in Monodevelop in Unity

2011/06/07

Recently I got a new desktop computer on which I installed Ubuntu 11.04 Natty with the Unity UI. Yesterday I compiled Monodevelop 2.6 beta 3 (using the scripts described here) which worked fine – only when I run monodevelop the menu can’t be found anywhere: there is no menu in the monodevelop window nor in the global menu bar. Since it’s pretty hard to do any work without a visible menu, I decided to try to get this fixed. (more…)

Applications menu disappeared

2010/01/19

This morning when I turned on my laptop I noticed that the Applications menu in Ubuntu 9.10 had disappeared – well, not completely, it was still shown in the panel, but when clicking on it it only showed a tiny little rectangle instead of popping up the application list. (more…)

Firefox suddenly doesn’t resolve names any more

2009/08/07

After returning from vacation I was confronted with a really strange problem on my laptop. Firefox wasn’t any more able to load pages from certain domains. After a reboot it worked, but sooner or later it stopped working. (more…)

Fingerprint Reader Working Again!

2009/08/06

I had some problems with my fingerprint reader for quite some time, probably since upgrading to Jaunty. It took multiple attempts to read my fingerprint (more…)

Upgrading to Jaunty

2009/05/25

Recently I updated my laptop to Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.

It went pretty smooth; the only drawback was (more…)

Building MonoDevelop from SVN

2009/01/15

Yesterday I managed to build MonoDevelop from SVN source. I had done it before but had forgotten how to do it, and there are no fool-proof instructions on what you need to build. (more…)

Upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid

2008/11/18

Today I upgraded my Dell laptop to Intrepid. After downloading 1.3 GB of data it started the installation and asked about several configuration files it thought I had manually changed. Besides that everything went uneventful, and a reboot also worked.

However, not all things are working:

  • Compiz is disabled
  • Fingerprint reader no longer working
  • Cursor keys not working; up-arrow key opens screen shot app (more…)

Distorted Video when Using RecordMyDesktop

2008/11/10

Today I was looking for a screen recording application on Linux. I came across recordmydesktop (and it’s GUI gtk-recordmydesktop) which looked very promising. It is included in the Ubuntu repositories and it is easy to use: just select the window you want to capture and click on the record button. However, when I looked at the generated video the characters in the recorded window looked unacceptably distorted. (more…)

No Sound after Kernel Upgrade

2008/10/29

After I upgraded to the current kernel version (2.6.24-21) the sound suddenly stopped working on my Dell D830 laptop running Ubuntu Hardy 8.04. (more…)