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Saturday, April 6th, 2013
3:10 pm
Firefox session manager fail
Hi, I am having trouble with version 20.0 of Firefox.  I have session manager as an add-on, with the options to restore my windows/tabs from last time in both Firefox preferences as well as session manager.  However, in the last few days, session manager no longer seems to function: it is not creating backups, when I restart my browser it just brings up the homepage and not my old tabs, and it doesn't have my closed tabs list anymore (it acts as if I haven't closed any tabs at all).

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?  The restore session function is a major reason I use Firefox!

I am running Ubuntu 12.04LTS.  Thanks!  x-posted to ubuntu_users.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
9:43 am
system errors and update manager
I just started having this problem about 30 minutes ago.  I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and the update manager came up while I was working saying I had important security updates to do with Firefox.  I told it to run, but it does that thing where it greys out the window because the system's thinking too hard, and wouldn't work.  Eventually, it came up with a box that said there was a system error detected (no idea what), and the CPU was making a weird dah daaah dah sound while doing nothing.  I killed the process for update manager, retried it with the same results, restarted the computer twice (each time, it made the noise while logging on and took much longer than it usually does).  Update manager still will not work properly, and when I try to run synaptic, it asks me to authenticate but never brings up the window.  I have no idea what's going on, but it doesn't sound good.  Any ideas?

xposted to ubuntu_users

Current Mood: worried
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
7:57 pm
Samsung Support. Enjoy :)
Originally posted by guenshan at Samsung Support. Enjoy :)
info: Please wait for a Samsung Agent to respond.
info: You are now chatting with 'Kate'. There will be a brief survey at the end of our chat to share feedback on my performance today.
info: Your Issue ID for this chat is LTK5640749967X
Kate: Hi, thanks for reaching out to Samsung tech support. How can I help you today?
Visitor: hello ;)
Kate: Please go ahead with the question.
Visitor: i own a netbook, Samsung NC10. i recently changed the hdd with an ssd. now i am missing an option to switch the controller to acpi mode. what can i do about this?
[i meant AHCI, but she did not see the typo anyway ;) ]
Kate: I see that you are not chatting from the US, was the unit purchased in the US?
Visitor: i am from luxembourg. there is no support for luxemburg. so i tried german support live chat. that person was rather rude and not helping at all.
Kate: I'm really sorry to hear that.
Visitor: thank you
Kate: May I know if you are unable to install the system drivers on the laptop?
Visitor: everything is fine with the drivers. it's only that the controller is still in IDE mode, which is fine for traditional harddisks, but not for SSD'S which work much better in AHCI mode
Kate: Could you give me few minutes while I provide you with further information?
Visitor: take your time, i will be away from keyboard for a few minutes too then, alright?
Kate: Thank you.
Visitor: you're welcome
Kate: I will be right with you.
Kate: I am sorry this is taking longer than usual. Could I have a few more minutes please?
Visitor: sure go ahead
Kate: Thanks for holding.
Visitor: no problem
Kate: Follow the link given below to perform a complete restore and check if it works:
Kate: http://support-us.samsung.com/cyber/popup/iframe/pop_troubleshooting_fr.jsp?idx=147820&modelname=NP-NC20&modelcode=&session_id=PTshkhnTRhBKNH2kqyw1RJ9D717SvGfDPYqj0LwZ4qmslD3dJ3bM%21160525683%21317566031%211330539674505
Visitor: would that be a restore of the operating system?
Kate: It will restore the complete Windows to it's initial settings.
Kate: Then check if it works.
Visitor: i see
Visitor: this will not help tho ;)
Visitor: i reinstalled windows when i got the ssd
Visitor: there is no option in BIOS settings to switch the harddisk-controller to AHCI instead of IDE. so i was wondering if there is no way to achieve it
Kate: I understand but it will not reload the old Windows, it will just restore the current Windows to it's initial settings and also reset all the settings on the laptop.
Kate: No, there's no option in BIOS, if the restore doesn't work then you need to contact any service technician or get it serviced with us where a service center will diagnose the unit and will fix the unit.
Kate: Let me provide you with a link where you can file an online service request. You can get back to Live Chat with the ticket ID LTK5640749967X anytime if you run into issues filing the service request. We are available 24X7.
Kate: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/online/supportOnlineServiceRequest.do
Kate: Is there anything else that I can assist you with?
Kate: Sorry for the typo.
Visitor: i see, is there any way to contact a technician who knows if the samsung nc10 is even capable of AHCI? or which of the newer netbooks from samsung is?
Kate: Please ignore the above statement and link.
Kate: You need to contact any local service technician for further assistance as this will be done only by a service technician.
Kate: You can contact the store where the laptop was purchased to get this information.
Visitor: *smiles* they don't even know what an ssd is at all
Kate: I'm sorry; but we do not have further information, so you can contact any local service center to get the information.
Visitor: there is no local service center from samsung in my country ;)
Kate: Then you can contact any local service technician who will check the unit and provide you with the information.
Visitor: i'm sorry if i didn't understand. where to contact a local service technician?
Kate: You can contact any local computer store available locally to you.
Visitor: As i mentioned, those are only vendors, not helpfull. That is why i try to ask Samsung Support directly ;)
Kate: I understand but further information will be provided by only a service technician so you need to contact your local store as we do not have have information on the products manufactured out side the US.
Visitor: It is a Samsung NC10, same one everywhere in the world, only thing changing is the keyboard layout
Kate: I understand your concern but the further information will be provided only by a service technician, so you need to contact any service technician available locally to you.
Kate: Is there anything else that I can assist you with?
Visitor: As i said, there are no service technicians available locally. Thanks for your help.
Kate: Thank you for chatting with us. If you have a minute, please click on the blue “X close” button to receive a transcript of your chat and fill out a brief survey to help us serve you better. Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
3:18 pm
Help!  I am trying to update my JRE, but it is not working, and I can't get the instructions on the site to work.  Can someone walk me through updating Java, please?  Also, I can't seem to get the computer to recognise my su password.  Is there a way to reset it?  I use Ubuntu 10.04 and Firefox 11.0 Ubuntu canonical 1.0.

Thanks in advance!

Current Mood: aggravated
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
2:39 pm
linux & ssd
Dear Ubuntu Users,

Lately i did some research on what you should or could do in linux if your computer has one of those 'fancy' solid state disks. I found a lot of howto's and technical stuff.
Next step will be to filter the "stuff" and write down how and what i did, to (hopefully) tell Ubuntu on how
to communicate in a more 'friendly' way with sammy's ssd ;)
Note: sammy = Samsung NC10 netbook

Stay tuned, more to come soon!

I'm all ears and eyes for your comments, questions, opinions, whatever you want to say/know ;)

[This is a crosspost from my journal. Please comment in my journal only, that will be easier for me to manage ;) Thank you!]

Friendly Greetings, Guen

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, February 13th, 2012
1:12 pm
GLX updating?
This is a crosspost from here:

I am trying to figure out how to update GLX to 1.3, whatever that means.  It has to do with the recent (and continuous) Firefox crashes.  Anyone know anything about GLX and/or how to update it?

Current Mood: irritated
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
9:29 pm
upgrading firefox
I am trying to update my version of Firefox to 9.0 from 8.0.1.  The tool that pops up in Firefox at first never actually connects, so I have to do it manually.  Trouble is, I am running 8 but also have the Ubuntu release for Ubuntu 10.04 (I think it's Firefox 3.5 or something) that I do not use.  What I need to know is: when I download Firefox 9.0, where should I download it and how do I make sure that it replaces the current version?  I've downloaded it, and unpacked the archive in the .mozilla directory in my Home directory, but a restart of the system still has 8.0.1 running.  Any ideas?

x-posted to ubuntu_users

Current Mood: bored
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
10:16 am
Package download failure
Is anyone else having trouble updating their packages through update manager? I've tried for the last week, and every time it gives me this:
Failed to fetch http://www.openprinting.org/download/printdriver/debian/dlists/lsb3.2/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable

Anyone know what exactly this means and how to get around it?


Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
10:17 pm
Ubuntu and Firefox Downgrades
Oh great LJGenie that knows how to edit everything in Ubuntu,

I have two questions:

1) How can I downgrade to Maverick Meerkat? I upgraded to Maverick Meerkat from Lucid Lynx and then to Natty Narwhal from Maverick Meerkat on my laptop because I though, "Oh, I should probably upgrade" seeing that they are already working on the "O" version. However, I hate the layout of Natty Narwhal. I am also having tons of problems with things loading on Natty Narwhal. They do not start. The title bars turn gray and the rest of the screens turn white. This especially happens when I try to download any programs. The download dialogue box in firefox doesn't load. If it happens to load, the installer does not load. Is there an easy way to download or do I have to do a fresh install? Is Maverick Meerkat like Lucid Lynx or should I go back to Lucid Lynx? Also, where do I get the old versions?

2) Is it possible to run a newer and an older version of firefox? It is nice to have the newer version, but sometimes I work on ChaCha and it needs a version of firefox that is under version 4 as the toolbar needed is not compatible with the higher versions of firefox. I can use the lower versions, but it would be nice to use the high versions other than when I work on ChaCha.
Thursday, November 25th, 2010
9:37 am
USB devices as root?
I'm having problems with the latest release of Ubuntu and USB memory devices.  Ubuntu is interpreting every single USB memory device, from a memory stick to my iPod to my external hard drive, as root-only for everything, including saving to, altering on, and unmounting the things.  I thought I had a work-around for the iPod, but not so much.  This is extremely frustrating, as I am proficient enough with a terminal to get myself into trouble but not out of it without help!  As far as I know, I did nothing to the system to make this happen; it's been like this for at least this latest release, possibly the one before.

Any takers?

Current Mood: optimistic
Sunday, November 7th, 2010
11:12 pm
Sounds issues on Ubuntu
My laptop completely crashed, so I opted for a desktop for many reasons. It came with Windows 7, and after many tries of installing Ubuntu, I finally got it installed about the fifth time.

Anyway, my sound was working fine at first. Then, it stopped working on Ubuntu through the speakers, but it would play through the headphones.

I know these two things shouldn't have affected things, but just so you know, my mom had logged onto Windows and my sister was using the headphones, but she had muted them (they have a volume and mute on them) so she could hear something on the television.

When I came to use my computer again, the sound didn't work through the headphoens or through the speakers. I've tried every combination that I have in my sound options both with and without the headphones, but sounds never play.

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). I know my Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)

Can anybody tell me what I need to do in order to fix this problem?

kagomeshuko, linux, ljgenie, ubuntu_users, ubuntulinux
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
12:41 am
No Power to Laptop
I don't know what is wrong with my Toshiba. It's a Toshiba 'Satellite E105-S1802. Things were working and I was not having problems. Suddenly, the battery stopped charging. I thought that the charger might have bent as I might have set the computer at an odd angle on my lap tray. I tried bending the end of the charger, but nothing happened. I tried moving the charger and the laptop and I tried moving the charger all around in the AC slot in the computer.

Nothing worked to get the computer charging.

I have a Best Buy Geek Squad Guarantee, so I brought it to them. They sent the computer to the main center. They sent it back saying that the computer does charge. They said that it might have to do with my operating system. I was using Ubuntu – Karmic Koala.

However, I know that the operating system was not the problem.

While I was at Best Buy when I went to pick up my laptop, I was able to talk to the person at the Geek Squad station at our local store. He knows that I use Ubuntu and he himself is a fan of using Fedora, so there's no problem with him knowing that it shouldn't be the operating system.

In fact,, at that time, I brought one of the Kensington multi-adapters so I could show him that it was not charging. He also happened to have one of his own and tried to plug the computer in so it would charge, and it also did not charge with his.

I don't know what they did at the center since they do not check the laptop with the operating system, but just the hardware. They said that it is charging. The battery came back with more of a charge than it had.

I was able to remove my personal documents from the computer by copying them to a USB thumb drive, so I have them. I tried to install Lucid Lynx, but I ran out of battery power before it could finish installing.

I know that normally laptops will detect the electricity without the battery, but the case isn't just the battery not charging. It's the fact that no power goes to the laptop, even if central Geek Squad says it does. It doesn't.

While this isn't directly related to linux, perhaps somebody knows can be done about this. I have no idea and it is very irritating. I don't have the money to constantly buy a new laptop. It's always been within two years that something seems to go wrong with my laptops.

I HATE planned obsolescence! Why do they do that?!?!?!

Anyway, can anybody help?
Friday, August 13th, 2010
1:38 pm
Wireless: Roaming
I recently purchased an eee PC 900a when I saw it on Woot ($159!!) and I have an GPS unit lying around (little hand held job without maps). So I thought one of the 900a alternative uses will be a backup GPS mapping unit/Car PC. I will be using Ubuntu Netbook Edition on the machine.

Well, one of my ideas is to have Netbook connect to my home wireless and any open wireless to grab:

1) Maps as needed
2) Radio programs (I listen to NPR)
3) Hourly News Update podcasts

So the question is, how do I set my Netbook into this mode to attach to any open wireless automatically without user intervention. I (ideally) would like it to use existing setup connections, but when those are not available and an unknown open wireless is available, it should use it. I don't see anyway to do this using the Network Manager on my current (Sony) laptop.

Also, will the wget -c option work in thy plan?

Anyone have experience setting something like this up?

Thanks in advance

Crossposted in Linux
Sunday, August 8th, 2010
12:43 pm
wacom Bamboo Pen
I just bought a wacom Bamboo Pen, and I cannot get my system to recognise it.  I have the driver installed, it looks like, but the system won't recognise it as a USB device (or at all) and I get an error message when I try to use the installation CD that says something like it looks like the entire zip archive isn't on the CD, but there's only that one CD.  Wacom linux project isn't really any help.  I'm running the current release of Ubuntu.  Can anyone shed some light on this?


Current Mood: frustrated
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
11:21 pm
Touchpad Problems
I took my laptop into Best Buy, being I got a three year warranty when I bought it this past June.

They replaced my hard drive (which required undoing stuff with screws and lifting my keyboard and what not - I'd not know nor would I know how to do those things).

They put the hard drive in and just like I asked, they did not install an operating system. I figured this was a good thing.

I ran an Ubuntu 9,10 USB drive (like a CD image but on a USB stick).

I did the test drive for errors and no errors were found.

I then installed Ubuntu.

Ubuntu easily installed.

However, now, my touchpad and "mouse" buttons are not registering. I don't know if this would be the fault of Geek Squad, but I'm not sure about that.

Maybe there is some code that I need to run in a terminal to get my touchpad to register?

The reason that I'm thinking it MIGHT be the latter is because I also have a fingerprint reader and it is between the two mouse buttons. I was able to run "System Testing" and it was able to detect my fingerprint reader.

I was also able to go to "iBus Preferences" though I don't know if I need that.

I got the following:

iBus has been started! if you can not use iBus, please add below lines in $HOME/.bashrc, and relogin your desktop.
export GTK_IM_MODULE=ibus
export XMODIFIERS=@im=ibus
export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus

Yes, I did try the stuff at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=3993

The first command for the terminal doesn't work! It just opens an empty gedit document with that name. I also tried changing "gedit" to "get" and nothing happens.

I did manage to get the Internet connected. With our wet weather, the ground is wet, and the wires are wet, and it's very strange trying to connect at times. However, Empathy IM client did connect and then I got to a few webpages in Firefox.

However, every program in the repository/software center gave some message similar to "data not available in the current package" or something like that.

I do read the Ubuntu forums, but being that I'm still quite new to Ubuntu, most of the things confuse me. A lot of questions say "When I do this" and there is some command I don't understand and then many of the questions still remain unresolved.

Right now, I'm using my sister's tiny netbook so I can tell you my problems I'm having.

I honestly don't know about other problems because of the previous problems.

If I really need to go get a USB mouse to work with things, I may go do that. However, I'd like to not have to do that.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
11:15 pm
How to Mount a CD drive (Not like THAT you perverts!)
Dear super-geeky LJ genie (or Linux/Ubuntu users like me),

The other day, I upgraded to Linux Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala (from Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackelope). It has some "disk sector" errors, but I read that it can also be a glitch and also what it called "many" really weren't that many, so I wasn't concerned.

My problem is with my CD/DVD drive. It seems to sense that it physically there, but it says that it is not mounted. I tried to look up how to mount my CD drive, and I tried running all sorts of commands, but none of them were correct.

Most of the time I was told it was an error. Other times, I think I only ran processes that were already completed. I've also read through what reboot_kid helped me with when I set things up on my computer last time.

I've not figured out how to mount my CD/DVD drive at all. I know it's a Matshita. I think it starts with a string like "EJ" or something like that.

I do not even know the command to run in the terminal to see if you can find out what it is reading or not reading.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. I need t get my drive mounted.

(I've other problems with DVD styler and such, but I figure, take it one step at a time - maybe uninstall and reinstall things first once I get my DVD drive mounted, then see what happens with those things!)

x-posted to kagomeshuko ljgenie linux ubuntu_users ubuntulinux
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
5:27 pm
n00b help D:
I'm on 9.04 and have absolutely no idea how to set up my new Microsoft LiveCam 1000. can someone point me in the right direction? The camera's green light is on, but none of the usual webcam programs (ie: cheese, canorama, skype, etc.) see the camera. any ideas?

I am a complete n00b so bear with me if I ask silly things.
thanks guys.
Monday, March 30th, 2009
2:48 pm
Question about OS Boot Menu and Linux
I dual boot between xp and ubuntu, so when I start up the computer, I select which OS I want and press enter. Easy enough. Problem is, every time I update ubuntu, it adds the new build to the OS boot menu without deleting the old ones, so now I have a long list of ubuntu builds on the thing, and have to scroll all the way down it to boot into xp. It's annoying. And, I must be an idiot or something, because I have no idea how to delete the old builds from the boot menu. Help?
Monday, January 12th, 2009
11:56 pm
Problems turning on wireless card
I just downloaded ubuntu on HP zv5255us and am trying to figure it out.  I can't log on to any wireless networks because the card won't turn on.  It seems like it turns on as window is loading and turns off when I shut down.  Any Ideas or comments would be very appreciated.  I will post the specs later
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
8:49 am
In case people haven't seen ...
Ubuntu bread! Tasty-looking recipe, with pictures.
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