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posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 07:40 PM
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I didnt make any changes to the screen resolution or colors. Everything is default, as selected by ubuntu. This problem occurs once in a while. So, any solution for this would be great.




posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 08:27 PM
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*Update*

Well, I may have run into a glitch.. or... it may be a blessing in disguise. Time will tell.

As I mentioned earlier, I intended to install and run LinuxMint 8 dual with Windows/Vista today. Ahem... the install didn't go as planned. I wiped Windows from my laptop and have Mint exclusively. Yep. Pass the drinks. I need one. :shk:

Truthfully, I didn't really lose anything of value... except approx. 4G of ITunes music. I didn't have files on this particular laptop. So, I am starting from scratch without the familiarity of Windows as a backup. Gulp.

S~



posted on Dec, 30 2009 @ 08:37 PM
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So sad to hear. This happened to me once when I tried to install suse linux on my computer. Back then, I didnt have the idea that there would be a overwriting and hence all hell broke lose.

Hopefully, the geeks will come forward with a solution for recovering the windows partition if possible.



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 11:53 AM
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Originally posted by LadySkadi
*Update*

Well, I may have run into a glitch.. or... it may be a blessing in disguise. Time will tell.

As I mentioned earlier, I intended to install and run LinuxMint 8 dual with Windows/Vista today. Ahem... the install didn't go as planned. I wiped Windows from my laptop and have Mint exclusively. Yep. Pass the drinks. I need one. :shk:

Truthfully, I didn't really lose anything of value... except approx. 4G of ITunes music. I didn't have files on this particular laptop. So, I am starting from scratch without the familiarity of Windows as a backup. Gulp.

S~

Oh no! I did the same thing when I first installed Ubuntu 8.10.

photorec might be able to get some of those files back but usually not after installing an Operating system over them. I've never tried that.


If you do a sudo apt-get install photorec you can try it. Once it has installed you run the program by typing in the terminal:

sudo photorec


here is a step by step photorec guide

www.cgsecurity.org...



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 01:39 PM
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Thanks man, I printed that out.

I'm not sure that I want to attempt it. I'm not having any trouble using Mint right now and I actually like it.

I do have access to the Windows 7 CD so if it becomes necessary, I'll load that instead of trying to recover Vista. However, I don't plan to do that at the moment. Like learning new things. I may be converted.




[edit on 31-12-2009 by LadySkadi]



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 05:16 PM
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imgur.com...

Figured I would share my current setup on the laptop for other nix heads. The only real modification is a theme to dress the windows up like OS X and Cairo-Dock for the simulated doc like OS X uses, other than that its a normal Ubuntu 9.10 setup. Only problem I have is the onboard video doesn't let me run more graphically intense software like the visualizations in RhythmBox



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 06:37 PM
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That is a really cool desktop Helig. What is that, just a custom background with a menu dock at the bottom? Way cool.



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 06:48 PM
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If you do try it, it works. I think you have to cd into the folder you want to save the stuff if I remember correctly. If you make a folder in home like itunes for instance you would cd into that folder and then run photorec.

mkdir/home/itunes

cd /home/itunes

sudo photorec

that way when you start copying the files they go in that folder where you can find them. Its been a while since I have used it.



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 07:41 PM
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[edit on 31-12-2009 by LadySkadi]



posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 07:42 PM
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Pretty much, I hit up gnome-look.org for a suitable theme to make the windows look like OS X and then found a matching theme for Cairo-Dock. I'm halfway tempted to also do a setup to look like Windows XP or 7, just to see how close to the real thing I can get it.



posted on Jan, 1 2010 @ 07:42 AM
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Errr. What does lord shiva have to do with ubuntu?



posted on Jan, 1 2010 @ 10:32 AM
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Advice on a couple of things if anyone would be so kind.

Using Transmission to torrent, I'm getting pretty slow download speeds, I've got my download speed maxxed-out and my port is sorted, I just live in an area with an old phone exchange, so not designed at all for the modern web. Is there anything else I can do? Is there a torrent tracker type thing for Xubuntu?

Also does anyone know of an FAQ for AcidDvdRipper? Is it possible for me to compress, edit a file or the like?



posted on Jan, 1 2010 @ 06:19 PM
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Here is the best how-to for configuring a bittorrent client I've run across. It's technically a uTorrent how-to, but the concepts introduced apply to any client.

There should be some info on Acid DVD Ripper floating around the myriad of Linux message boards out there. The various boards are usually a great resource for any questions you have about Linux.


TA



posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 12:54 PM
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Hey all - Just thought I'd chip in something here.

I've just given up duel (and triple and more sometimes) booting my machine so I can play with Linux...

Nah now I just have a single boot windows machine and I run as many other OS's as I feel in virtual machines (I have a nice big TB HDD so I can have quite a number installed no problem, I got loads of space, gonna set up a separate partition for them soon).

So I just use VMware workstation I use ver 6, but what the hey)... And I just DL as many OS's (as ISO's - no need to put them to disk) as I like and install them so I can play around with them from within windows... Much more convenient

This is not something I have just discovered BTW - this is how I used to run backtrack, I've just really gone in to this method over dual booting so I can get more checking out of the various distro's done more conveniently...

I use VMware workstation, but there are many other ways... Currently I have windows XP (23 bit!! - cos windows 7 64bit can be a pain for some things I have found!!
) yep the XP, ubuntu, Mint, backtrack, Open SUSE set up to use at will now all from within the windows 7... Much easier, no chance of a catastrophic partitioning fail dual booting.... It's happened before!


edit: Oh yhea I'm not a pro, but I do have a bit of experience in this if any one needs some noob pointers, just ask!

[edit on 3/1/2010 by Now_Then]



posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 01:23 PM
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That's more or less the same method I use, the only difference is that I use Microsoft's Virtual PC, which is free.


The only thing I don't like in Virtual PC is that it does not have access to the host computer's USB ports for Virtual PC 2007, but Windows Virtual PC under Windows 7 has USB support.



posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 02:59 PM
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If you guys are into virtualization VirtualBox seems to be a decent option, I use it to verify that the ISOs I download actually work before I spend any media on trying to burn them. Plus I think its available for Linux, Apple or Windows based systems.



posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 03:47 PM
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Originally posted by peacejet
Hopefully, the geeks will come forward with a solution for recovering the windows partition if possible.



Depends - when installed did you use the entire hard drive or do the side by side install?

If it was the second you should have a 'bootloader' - A screen during the boot sequence that lets you select you operating systems (either Linux or the windows partition...

If you have that then your in luck! - What I usually do is to use a standalone partition manager like partedmagic (a bootable 'live disk' to go and check how the HDD is currently set up)...

Should I want to remove the Linux I clear off the appropriate Linux partitions - (NOT REPEAT NOT a novice thing to do!!!)... And then I simply use the windows installation disk to fix the master boot record (MBR) - you can do that from the repair console on the disk (you get that option just before you select to install - I usually do it from the command line option)...

The real question here is can you actually select to boot into windows?? Cos if you can, you could leave linux there, it's quite simple to rewrite the boot loader file so that windows loads as default and Linux is the 2nd option...



posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 03:59 PM
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I tried it once on the same computer where I use Virtual PC and after four hours trying to install Windows XP I thought it was not worth the effort, it needs a lot of resources when compared with Virtual PC (and from what I remember VMWare).



posted on Jan, 3 2010 @ 05:22 PM
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Oh - read my reply to PJ ▲▲▲ 2 up ▲▲▲ - I clearly didn't read your post

have a look at the way your drive is partitioned - you can do it from the file manager in Mint... Was it mint?...

any way - If you can see any of your windows partitions (note they won't be labelled C: or whatever!) - just ask for more help


If you can see them then all is not lost! - I have done simular on a few occasions while messing around! - At the very least you can recover your treasured and important files... You could most likely completly fix windows... Only if it's still there tho!

If the Linux set-up partitioner steam rolled over your entire hard disk - then all is lost (apart from possibly professional data recovery services)


[edit on 3/1/2010 by Now_Then]



posted on Jan, 5 2010 @ 02:54 PM
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Does anyone use - or more importantly know how to use the Down Them All add on for Firefox??? Not sure how to set it up with Xubuntu.

addons.mozilla.org...

It looks like a really cool add on, but...

I'm a techtard.



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