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Booting Ubuntu 12.04 from external disk connected to USB 3.0

I have a Ubuntu 12.04 install on an external HDD. On my Dell Laptop, I tried to boot into 12.04 by connecting the USB 3.0 compatible external HDD to USB 3.0 port but it wouldn’t show the grub (v2.00-7ubuntu11) boot screen. A rather silly workaround helped, however. I connected it first to a USB 2.0 port so that the grub screen loaded. Then, I disconnected the HDD and reconnected it to USB 3.0 port and voila. I don’t know if it’s the BIOS or grub (or both?) but this is what I’m going to do from now on. 🙂

[HOWTO] Install GPaste clipboard manager in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (Gnome-Shell)

I am a programmer and I can’t do without a clipboard manager. If you have never used a clipboard manager before, you don’t know what a great tool you are missing. GPaste is an excellent clipboard tool for Gnome-Shell, however it is neither available in Ubuntu repository, nor in any PPA (as of now). Here is how you can compile it. Open up the terminal and get going.

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[HOWTO] Enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3 Gnome-Shell (Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot)

I have just installed Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 11.10 Onieric Ocelot. In Gnome-Shell interface, there are no title bar controls for minimize, maximize/restore. To enable them, open up the terminal and type in (or copy/paste) the following command: Continue reading [HOWTO] Enable Maximize, Minimize buttons on the title bar in Gnome 3 Gnome-Shell (Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot)

[HOWTO] Install Gnome-Shell (Gnome 3) in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot on my laptop. I had been using Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal on it and since I use this PC for work, I was reluctant in installing Gnome-Shell from PPA. But since Gnome-Shell is available in official repositories, I decided to give it a go. To install, just open Ubuntu Software Center, search for Gnome-Shell and click “Install”. After installation is complete, log out and when logging back in, select Gnome (see screenshot below).
Select Gnome on Login Screen, Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

[SOLVED] Netbeans svn error “Duplicate extensions not allowed, OPTIONS request failed on ‘path'”

I have installed sun-java-jre/jdk on my Ubuntu and Fedora. I am using svn for my project and have been running it well with my old Fedora 15 installation on my old PC. However, recently I installed Fedora on my other machine and installed Netbeans 7.0.1 on top of sun-java. Fedora did not handle graphics very well, so I installed Ubuntu alongside as well. But every time I tried to access subversion functionality from Netbeans, I got the following error: Continue reading [SOLVED] Netbeans svn error “Duplicate extensions not allowed, OPTIONS request failed on ‘path’”

[SOLVED] Blank dark screen after installing ATI Proprietary Drivers (fglrx) in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Having video and sound issues with Fedora 15, I decided to try out Natty on my HP Pavilion G4 1009tx. Surprisingly, sound and 3D effects ran great with Intel onboard graphics so I installed it onto the Hard drive. In all excitement, I decided to try out proprietary ATI drivers for the switchable dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics. However, when I rebooted, it would not boot. It seems that plymouth crashes and system ends up with a black screen. So, I decided to remove fglrx and keep on using Intel card but it seems that I can’t even boot into recovery mode. So, I had to remove fglrx and make the system usable again using the Live CD and chroot. Here is how I did it.

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[HOWTO] Install Linux Kernel 3.0 in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Linux Kernel 3.0 RC 1 was recently released. Although it does not have real changes to anything, but is just a renaming of 2.6.40, however, you may want to install it for testing and using it if it works good for you in your Ubuntu Natty installation. It has bug fixes and additional drivers so it may solve problems. However, it may also introduce new problems, so be careful not to remove the other kernel (2.6.38) after installing it. This tutorial also contains instructions to remove it safely, so read along. Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot will be released with kernel 3.0.

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