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How to make your panels, menus, and tabs transparent

I have made a tutorial on how to make your panels, tabs and menus transparent. just visit my site: http://jechem.blogspot.com/2010/11/making-panels-tabs-and-menus.html. There are pictures to help you on the procedures.

No background

For no obvious reaason I have lost my background. If I go to change background and pick a background, it comes up, but after a few minutes disappears.

Can anyone tell me why and how to cure this problem.

Cannot obtain an IP address


I just installed ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop Dell Inspiron 1525. Wireless internet is not working. I installed wicd network manager and I am able to see the available wireless networks. My wireless connection is encrypted. I have tried all encrypted options with the key but no avail. It says "Cannot obtain an IP address" after validating authentication. Kindly help.

============ lspci ============
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a00] (rev 0c)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:022f]
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
Kernel modules: intel-agp
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a02] (rev 0c)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:022f]
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a03] (rev 0c)

How to install Rediff Bol 8.0 (Messenger) in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

If you want to install Rediff Bol 8.0 (messenger) in Ubuntu first you have to install Wine. Installation of wine software in two ways.
First way through the command line
second way through the Ubuntu software center

in first way
you go to applications---> accessories ---> Terminal
And type sudo apt-get installs wine after installation complete
You should install Microsoft’s True Type fonts:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
In the second way
you go to applications ---> Ubuntu software center ---> in search box type wine
It will show Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer (Beta Release)
Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer
Q4Wine (GUI configuration tool for wine)
in this you should install Q4wine (GUI configuration tool for wine) install first
second you install Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer (Beta Release)
after that you install Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer

customize bootup and shutdown splash screen (plymouth theme)

here is a new software that will make customizing your splash easy. http://jechem.blogspot.com/2010/11/cool-plymouth-manager-for-ubuntu-with...
It will definitely make thing easier. It includes a few plymouth themes from gnome art. Its still in its fresh stage so report any problems so the developer can make corrections.

iTunes in kubuntu

I have tried using itunes in kubuntu with Wine. Wine runs well until you try to open the progams and it says the progarams has not been well installed. I am only trying to load my iPod so if their is another program that would help too.

How to change network card speed and duplex settings in ubuntu

If you want to change speed and duplex of your network card you have to use ethtool or mii-tool.ethtool can be used to query and change settings such as speed, auto- negotiation and checksum offload on many network devices, especially Ethernet devices.

Full Story


HI this is sakthi. I am new to ubuntu and this forum.
Hope to get some best of support in improving my linux interests


Problem in reinstalling the Ubuntu


I installed ubuntu on my system on D: drive, and had not setted the root password. Then i had logically deleted the D: drive from windows and formatted it. After that i tried to install the Ubuntu again on D; drive, it asks for login which i give previous userlgin id and password, but ut fails.

Now i had reformatted the whole system, but still when i try to install the ubuntu it stops at Login. what to do...

Set Windows as Default OS when Dual Booting Ubuntu 10.10

When you install a dual-boot of Ubuntu, one of the frustrating things that you’ll immediately notice is that Ubuntu is now set as the default operating system in the Grub loader. There’s an easy way to switch back to using Windows as the default.

There are many way to change bootup options

This is one way to change bootup option

First you have to go system --> Administration and see for Startupmanager if it is not their

Now go to Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal and type

sudo apt-get install startupmanager
It will ask for your password give it now
It will ask Do you want to continue {y/n}?
Type “y” and press Enter
After installation is over close the terminal.

Now once again you have to go system --> Administration ---> now you will see a new Startupmanager button, just press that startupmanager button it will open a window

Enter your password to perform administrative task “now you have to give your password and press enter

Ubuntu 10.10 installation problem

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 on WinXp system. When selecting Ubuntu from dual boot screen shot is like this:
GNU CRUB. version 1.98-1ubuntu1
Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported, for the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Any where else TAB list possible device or file competitions.

What is this? IS my installation wrong ? Pse help

Ubuntu: Maverick guide (Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat) Documentation

go to this link you will find ubuntu 10.10 documentation

Ubuntu: Maverick guide (Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat) Documentation


Allu John Sudhakar
System/Network Administrator
UCE,OU Osmania University
to see my Blogger (for windows) http://ajsudhakar.blogspot.com
to see my Blogger (for Ubuntu) http://allujohn.blogspot.com

any help mail to me aj_sudhakar@yahoo.co.in

Need a Guru

Hi all,

So if you allow people to screw with the OS, they will break it, and I did.

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 32 bit on an intel dual core 2.9 Ghz with 8GB ram and 2TB disk. It was running great, and I set about customizing the desktop and installing apps. 4 days later, I was very happy with the entire setup.

I noticed that there was a proprietary driver available for my graphics board. So I had the suggested driver downloaded and installed.

A reboot later, and my monitor says it doesn't support the input frequencies, and there is no desktop display after I log in. The login runs, the desktop does not.

So, just because my video board supports something like 3k x 2k resolution, why does that have to be the default display resolution?

Ubuntu wont load installation.

Okay I put in the cd, the first time it loaded installation but took forever to do anything. Finally (when i got back from school) It was loaded and it went to the desktop I saw to icons, Examples and Install. I clicked install and it gave me an error (Not immediately it took 5 minutes to give me the error). Now when i put the cd back in it automatically loads up the desktop and doesnt give me installation options... BUT Now when its acting like its loading up the desktop for the first time to install it just goes to a black screen, Haven't waited another 6 hours for that too load up yet but i dont think its gna work. Anyone got anything? My computers pretty old might not be able to handle the graphical interface. But i got it to work before, Same computer almost worked perfectly.

Cant do anything with the computer without installing ubuntu thinking about going back to windows 2000 :/ I just need it for a server! (Server edition doesn't work)

Installing Ubuntu 10.04

My system works with WinXP. I am new to linux and created a CD from Ubuntu 10.04 beta Desktop. After selecting Ubuntu from the dual boot screen it comes to a halt at GRUB> What should I do to get to Ubuntu desktop, which I could be able to see and function while the CD is inserted.