Microwave Biscuit

Don’t try this at home…

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 30, 2007

I got a good suggestion in a comment to try and unload/reload the USB drivers to attempt to resolve my camera issue (previous post). However, I forgot that I’m also using a USB Keyboard and USB Mouse. When I unloaded the USB Drivers – well, you get the picture… The comment recommended I do it like this:

sudo rmmod uhci_hcd; sudo modprobe uhci_hcd

However, I just ran the first command which removed all USB support. Being that I couldn’t direct any further input to my computer via mouse/keyboard I ended up having to reboot. Next time it comes up I’ll enter it as one command which will hopefully work to resolve my camera issue.


Odd issue with Digital Camera

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 29, 2007

I’ve been having an issue with my digital camera and connecting it to my Ubuntu pc. Here’s what happens, I plug it in and then it prompts me to import the pictures, etc. After I do that there is also a “disk” on my desktop that represents my camera. When I’m ready to disconnect my camera, I right click on the disk and choose “eject”. So far so good, however the next time I connect my camera it won’t work. The only way I’ve found to solve it is with a reboot. So, it seems to me that somehow I’m not disconnecting it correctly or something. I’d like to resolve this – any thoughts?

Also – here’s some info that comes out of log check which I think relates to the camera:

Apr 29 15:53:13 my-pc kernel: [705916.929009] usb 4-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 7
Apr 29 15:53:14 my-pc kernel: [705917.109731] usb 4-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Apr 29 15:53:14 my-pc kernel: [705917.112748] scsi7 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Apr 29 15:53:14 my-pc kernel: [705917.112905] usb-storage: device found at 7
Apr 29 15:53:14 my-pc kernel: [705917.112908] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
Apr 29 15:56:00 my-pc kernel: [706082.935957] usb 4-1: USB disconnect, address 7
Apr 29 15:56:05 my-pc kernel: [706088.610614] usb 4-2: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 8
Apr 29 15:56:06 my-pc kernel: [706088.791340] usb 4-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Apr 29 15:56:06 my-pc kernel: [706088.795394] scsi8 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Apr 29 15:56:06 my-pc kernel: [706088.795555] usb-storage: device found at 8
Apr 29 15:56:06 my-pc kernel: [706088.795557] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
Apr 29 15:56:26 my-pc kernel: [706109.256636] usb 4-2: USB disconnect, address 8

HOWTO: Enable your Wacom Tablet in Ubuntu

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 23, 2007

Via: HOWTO: Enable your Wacom Intous/Graphire Tablet with Pressure Sensitivity – Ubuntu Forums

I bought a new Wacom graphics tablet recently and decided to put it on my Ubuntu Machine for use with the Gimp, etc. It was incredibly simple following the instructions from the link above. I did set this up prior to upgrading to Feisty and after the Feisty upgrade it still worked fine. It will definitely take me a while to get used to working with a graphics tablet and I wish I could include a cool picture of something that I’ve done with it so far in this post, however there really isn’t anything worth posting quite yet. I’m hopeful that with a bit more practice I should be able to use it more comfortably than using my mouse.


Mike Ribeiro

Posted in Hockey by microwavebiscuit on April 21, 2007


Originally uploaded by phoch_98.

I took this picture the other night at the hockey game. I really like the look on Ribeiro’s face. The amount of concentration and intensity is pretty cool. Unfortunately they lost on that night but the Dallas Stars have come back and won the last couple of games to force a game 7 on Monday.


Logcheck Error of the Day 4/21

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 21, 2007

Logcheck is now yelling at me:

Apr 21 11:29:05 my-pc kernel: [ 53.970987] **WARNING** I2C adapter driver [NVIDIA i2c adapter 0 at 1:00.0] forgot to specify physical device; fix it!
Apr 21 11:29:05 my-pc kernel: [ 53.973939] **WARNING** I2C adapter driver [NVIDIA i2c adapter 1 at 1:00.0] forgot to specify physical device; fix it!
Apr 21 11:29:05 my-pc kernel: [ 53.976756] **WARNING** I2C adapter driver [NVIDIA i2c adapter 2 at 1:00.0] forgot to specify physical device; fix it!

I’m pretty sure this message is new post upgrade. I’ll see what The Google has to say about it.


Quick Update on No Title Bar with Compiz

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 21, 2007

The Google helped me find this: No title bar – window manager problem – Page 2 – Ubuntu Forums

Which I then followed some instructions to modify my xorg.conf to add the following line:

Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"

In the device section of my video card. The whole section looks like this now:

Section "Device"
Identifier "GeForce FX 5500"
Driver "nvidia"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
VideoRam 256000
Option "UseFBDev" "true"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"

Once I added that line and restarted X I got my title bars. I’m pretty sure that I had that line in my old xorg.conf prior to upgrade and it must have been replaced with a new conf file during the upgrade. Now I get all my title bars and such in Beryl and Compiz.


I’m back and Feisty

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 21, 2007

The upgrade process was a little more difficult than I hoped but I’m back and I didn’t have to reinstall anything so I guess it was a success. Here’s how it went…

I started the upgrade and because so many other people were trying to do it on day 1 the download speeds were a bit slow. I did see some posts on how to improve it but I wasn’t really in a hurry anyway. Total time to download all of the packages was about 12 hours or so. During the upgrade something hiccuped and it had an issue installing the package X11-Common. I got a message: The upgrade will no quit, your system may be unusable. Yikes! I’m pretty sure that if I had rebooted or lost power at that point my machine would have been screwed but I just re-initiated the upgrade again. After a few more packages were installed, the same thing happened. I was really starting to sweat. When I started to do the upgrade again, it said that only a partial upgrade was available and would I like to install as much as possible. I figured, may as well… So, I continued watching packages get installed and had a few more issues. Finally, it looked like everything got installed so I rebooted. I was crossing my fingers hoping that I would actually get my machine to boot up again. Sure enough it did. When I got it booted back up into a session I had an update available – it was still X11-Common that hadn’t installed. Having any parts of X not installed correctly makes me nervous so I attempted to diagnose the issue. Each time I attempted to apply the update it would fail due to conflict. Digging a little deeper revealed that somehow it was conflicting with Opera web browser. I had forgotten that I even installed Opera so I figured I could just get rid of it.

The next problem is that I installed Opera using dpkg to force the install of the i386 package on my 64-Bit system so typing ‘apt-get remove opera’ didn’t work as apparently apt didn’t think it was installed! Did a little more research online and found that I could rip it out using dpkg with the -P flag to “purge” it. Once I did that, I was able to apply the final upgrade required to get totally feisty. I have since done a couple of reboots and everything appears to be working exactly as it should be from a system level.

Now, since I have gotten everything installed/upgraded I thought I’d check out some of the new stuff! The first thing I tried was using Compiz. I have had Beryl running for sometime and I enjoy the eye candy on occasion. I was looking forward to giving Compiz a chance. First thing to do is to go to System/Preferences/Desktop Effects. After selecting “Enable Desktop Effects” I got some of the Compiz goodness going. However, as soon as I activate it, I lose all title bars, max, min, close buttons, etc. There also doesn’t appear to be much to tweak in the default “Desktop Effects” app. I downloaded and installed the Gnome GL Desktop app which allows for tweaking and customizing Compiz. Even after playing with that app, I couldn’t manage to get Title Bars, etc to show up so for now, Desktop Effects are turned off. Running Beryl has the same issue now so obviously something is not right with how those two apps are interacting with Metacity or something. Searching “the google” hasn’t produced any meaningful help so far. Stay tuned.

Other things I noticed – Liferea has been updated and I like some of the new look and feel features. The restricted driver manager is kinda cool and as soon as I booted up, it let me know I was using restricted drivers (nVidia). The “invest” toolbar applet appears to be broken for me now which is no big deal. One of my favorite games – Frozen Bubble has been updated some and has a new look to it. Pretty nice.

All in all, not a bad upgrade process and having the new Feisty Fawn has so far been pretty nice!


About to Go Feisty

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 19, 2007

I’m about to start the upgrade to Feisty. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with good news. Just in case I made some backups of key files and my home directory before starting.


Taking Geek to the next level

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 16, 2007

I’ve decided that I’m going to try reconfiguring my keyboard for Dvorak style. I read some interesting stuff here: http://dvzine.org/ about using Dvorak as in input method. My Qwerty typing is reasonably good (40+ wpm) but I don’t think I ever really learned to type as well as I could have. I recently started messing around with a few typing tutors for Linux (more in another post) and the one that I’m really liking is klavaro which supports Dvorak input. I think that if I take the time to learn it and learn it correctly using a tutor it might be beneficial. After I get a little proficient with it I might even get one of those Das Keyboards with the keys all black. I really don’t think it could get much geek-ier than that. Plus, with blank keys and Dvorak input, it’d almost be like encrypting the keyboard!


Holy Crap!

Posted in Linux, ubuntu by microwavebiscuit on April 7, 2007

Slashdot reported that Asus website had been compromised with the recent Windows ani issue. Read more here: Slashdot | Asus.com Compromised With Exploit Code

The reason that I care is that in the current issue of Wired magazine there is an article about a cool new piece of hardware that is available from Asus. I went to their website yesterday to look into it but the website seemed all screwed up. Fortunately for me, I was browsing the site using FireFox on Ubuntu so I don’t believe I could have been affected by the exploit as it is specific to how Windows deals with cursors. Thankfully I didn’t have time to check it out on my work PC which runs Windows. I brought the article home to check it out and just happened to go there on my Ubuntu PC.