Archive for June, 2009

How to upgrade ALSA in Ubuntu 9.04 to 1.0.20

June 14, 2009 Leave a comment

I was having issues with Skype the other day . Somehow my mic was not working. I read several howto’s and played with several options, but nothing seemed to work. But  I found another way to fix it. It meant that I needed to upgrade my ALSA from the current version (1.0.18rc3) to 1.0.20. I used this blog to do it.



How to add Vista/Windows 7 partition to Grub 2 (Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala)

June 14, 2009 87 comments

Today I decided to give Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) a try. I’m using my old laptop for testing purposes. At the moment I have there Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.04 installed and I can use them both with dual booting. I had no vital documents on my Ubuntu partition so I decided to do a clean install. Karmic Alpha 2 was just released and compared to Alpha 1 it was now using GRUB 2. Install went smoothly with no particular issues so I booted to Karmic and messed around a bit. Then logged off again rebooted, ready to use Windows. Imagine my surprise when there was no boot to Windows option in GRUB.
Here’s what I did to add it. I booted up to Karmic again. Now I only had 1 hard drive, but several partitions. I needed to find out which one was my windows partition. To do that I started a terminal and used the following command:

# sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

According to this my Windows partition is hda1. To continue with my plan to add Windows boot option I typed in the following line:

# sudo nano /etc/grub.d/11_Windows

This created a new a new file. I then added the following lines:

#! /bin/sh -e
echo “Adding Windows” >&2
cat << EOF
menuentry “Windows 7” {
set root=(hd0,1)
chainloader +1

Now save the 11_Windows file.

Bare in mind that in earlier version of GRUB, if your Windows was installed on first partition then you need to give root=(hd0,0). Thats how GRUB used to number partitions. Starting from GRUB 2, you need to give root=(hd0,1), if your Windows is installed on first partition. So under GRUB 2 it looks like this:

First partition (/dev/sda1): root=(hd0,1)

Next type the following command:

# sudo chmod a+x /etc/grub.d/11_Windows

Next type in the following command:

# sudo update-grub

You should be able to see something like this:

# sudo update-grub
Generating grub.cfg …
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.30-9-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.30-9-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.30-8-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.30-8-generic
Adding Windows
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin

Now close all the open programs and type in the following command to your terminal:

# sudo reboot

If all went well you should see Windows 7 option in your GRUB2.


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Google Chrome for Linux

June 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Starting from yesterday you can officially install Google Chrome on linux. Just bare in mind that its an early alpha release.

Guidelines (how to install) and Installer files are here


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How to get SpeedLink SL-8850 to work in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

June 5, 2009 4 comments

First see that your USB sound card is plugged in.

Then you need to edit your audio settings. Open your terminal and write this:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Now add the following line to the end:

blacklist snd_intel8x0

Save the file and close it.

Open your alsa-base file:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

and add the following under #autoloader aliases:

install sound-slot-0 /sbin/modprobe snd_usb_audio
#install sound-slot-1 /sbin/modprobe snd_intel8x0

And find the following lines and comment them

#options snd-usb-audio index=-2
#options snd-usb-usx2y index=-2

Save the file and close it.

Now reboot your computer and after that your USB sound card should work by default.


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Adding Urban Dictionary to Firefox

June 2, 2009 1 comment

Going down to everytime I needed to check something started to annoy me. So I started digging around and finally found this nice little firefox search engine add-on. To install it click on the link below and then click on the urbandictionary and it will be installed on firefox as a search engine.

Urban Dictionary Add-on link


Windows Live Mail POP3 Configuration and Settings

June 1, 2009 2 comments

If you find logging in to Windows Live Mail using your browser boring and annoying, then it is now possible to configure your desktop email clients using the following settings.

Windows Live Mail POP3 Server:
POP3 SSL required: Yes
User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example
Password: The one you use to sign in to Windows Live
Windows Live Mail SMTP server:
Authentication required: Yes
TLS/SSL required: Yes


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