Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Today Ubuntu 7.10 has been released!
You can download it at: www.ubuntu.com
Where I live, Internet connection is not fast so I rather prefer downloading the Torrent first.
I Installed Ubuntu in my Inspiron 1520 Machine without any trouble (Compared to previous versions). So far, I have tried the following Items:
- Wireless Network. It worked like a breeze
- Screen at High Resolution (Although I haven't tried yet the nVidia drivers)
- Bluetooth seem to be working (It finds devices nearby)
First Item I was not able to have running is the audio, so I searched over the Internet, and I found this great thread in a Forum:
I followed the steps in a similar way as described in that thread:
- Installed "libc6-dev" using the Synaptics package Manager
- Installed "patch" using the synaptics package Manager
- wget ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/driver/alsa-driver-1.0.15rc1.tar.bz2
- tar xvpjf alsa-driver-1.0.15rc1.tar.bz2
- cd alsa-driver-1.0.15rc1
- ./configure --with-cards=hda-intel,emu10k1
- sudo make install
I had issues with the Bluetooth mouse. When trying to connect to that device, system thrown an error.
I followed directions on this thread:
But, with some slight modifications. Please take a look:
This application will scan the surroundings identifying Bluetooth devices. Don't forget clicking on the "Available" button on your mouse. If mouse is found, then you will be able to view its MAC address
sudo hidd --connect xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
Where xx... is the MAC address you found with the previous command.
This command will connect the mouse to your computer, but ... only temporarily. As soon as you restart your computer, you loose connection.
Having you mouse working always, you have to edit the following file:
(This is the correct name under Ubuntu 7.10)
By modifying the following lines:
HIDD_OPTIONS="-i xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx --server"
This way, mouse will be working as you ever dreamed.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
As soon as I turned on the computer, It was too slow. More than I expected for a new computer with 2GB of RAM. I blame the Bloatware preinstalled on this machine. Also, going to "My computer", I found there were 3 "Three"! partitions: main drive and two more with media direct and some other stuff. I really found it useless. What's the purpose of getting access to media without booting the computer? I rather prefer turning on the iPod or the radio.
I decided to clean up that preloaded-mess and reinstalled Windows Vista. Install is pretty straightforward. I removed all partitions and created only two: One for Windows and some empty space for Ubuntu (Which will be installed later).
Drivers were installed without any trouble from the DELL drivers Disk. I couldn't wait more to play Bioshock ...
Game Installed successfully after a couple of minutes and I was now ready to play.
Game intro worked .... [They told me .... son you're special] .... but after that, the game crash, the screen remains black.
If you have faced this, then you still have the Dell Drivers installed. To overcome this issue, you have to get the latest drivers. The ones from the nVidia website didn't work (Oh sorry, I forgot to mention that my machine is equiped with the nVidia 8600M GT video Card).
On the link above you will find the latest drivers location. I downloaded the 163.67 version. After you download the drivers, run the .exe file and replace the [nv_disp.inf] file with the Modded Inf file located in the same page.
Following the steps mentioned, I ran the game again. Now, I was able to view the stunning graphics provided by 2k, but ..... No Sound!!!
At first I thought this was part of the scene mood, but quickly I noticed the game was running without sound (The game Intro was heared ok).
To solve this, go to the executable location, right click on it and under the Compatibility mode, enable and select Windows XP/2000.
No I have my game Working. Here a screnshoot as a proof:
Friday, October 05, 2007
Surfing on the web I read that Lord British (Richard Garriot, the creator of the Ultima series) is planning to travel to the ISS (International Space Station).
You can travel too .... if you can afford it.
More details for those interested can be found in the Space Adventures (Private Space Exploration company) website:
For about $100 million you can join the Lunar Mission.
For $30 to 40 million, yo can join the crew in the ISS (International Space Station)
And suborbital spaceflights for only $102.000.
The Lord British news link: