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Ubuntu AMD64

I have a Dell XPS720 Core2 Quad computer. I downloaded the AMD64 version of Ubuntu and burned it to CD. I have a separate hard drive to dedicate to linux so I do not need to repartion a Windows installation. When I try to install the Ubuntu loader screen comes up with the various options. If I choose Run Ubuntu without any changes to the hard disk or Install Ubuntu, it only goes to the system prompt. I'm obviously new to Linux and Ubuntu. Does the AMD64 version strictly mean I have to have an AMD x64 processor or like in Windows is AMD64 generic for any 64bit processor? Should I be using the i386 version of Ubuntu even though I have an x64 computer?

I appreciate your help.


how can i install gtalk in ubuntu

Dear all,

i want to use Gtalk in ubuntu...
is there any way to use gtalk

Tools to delete files securely in GNU/Linux

Deleting a file or reformatting a disk does not destroy your sensitive data. The data can easily be undeleted. That’s a good thing if you accidentally throw something away, but what if your trying to destroy financial data, bank account passwords, or classified company information. In this article you will learn number of tools(Shred,Wipe,srm,smem,sfill,sswap,DBAN) to delete files securely in GNU/ Linux

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How to Install Adobe Flash in Debian Etch/Lenny/Sid

In this tutorial we will see how to install Adobe Flash in Debian Etch/Lenny/Sid. Adobe Flash (previously called "Macromedia Flash"') is a multimedia platform created by Macromedia and currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages; Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.

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How to restore wireless adapter settings?

I am new to Linux. I tried to install ndiswrapper-1.51 to configure my wireless driver as that was not showing initially. Meantime some error has occurred and some files have been changed. I want to go back to the initial state so that I can follow the steps properly without uninstalling Ubuntu. I have Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter in my laptop.
If I click my Windows network settings icon it does not open any window.
Please advise me!!


Update not complete

Hi, I've just run sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get upgrade, when this finished I was told there were some updates still to get so ran the same again & got this:

sudo: unable to resolve host Charlie2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
bind9-host dnsutils libbind9-30 libdns35 libisccc30 libisccfg30
linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 10 not upgraded.

Can some one tell me why & how to resolve this.
Cheers Stew

Couldn't find package ee

Hi everyone I'm just a new user of ubuntu 8.10 and i'm trying to install
sudo apt-get install ee
but the terminal shows:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package ee

Can you pls help me to resolve this problem...I need it urgent pls.
Thanks in advance..

Trying to install a network shared printer on Ubuntu 8.10

I have Ubuntu 8.10, and am trying to install a shared network Printer - Epson Stylus D88 - the printer is attached to a Windows XP machine. I have set this up both in the UBUNTU printer install , and direct in the CUPS install. In both cases I receive verification that the printer is installed and is accessible. However when I try to print I receive the error message "NT STATUS Access Denied. opening remote spool test page". Then I am asked for authentification by User and password, I input my UBUNTU details but they are not accepted. I have NO passwords etc for my Windows machine. ANY ideas please.

won't install, not sure why

I just got a HP box with an intel celeron 2.8, 512 ram, and no OS. I downloaded the ubuntu CD, burned it as an image, and the computer read it and booted from it. it asked me the language and went to the options screen. it runs the memory test, but if I try "install" "check CD for defects" or "try ubuntu..." then the CD just spins for a second and stops. the screen is frozen on the initial ubuntu options menu and I don't know what I should try now. I know it's probably a really stupid fix, but I have no linux experience whatsoever and I'm trying to muddle my way through and learn the superbasics. any info would be appreciated!

Unable to Install a Network Printer

Had successfully install Intrepid and made a custom backup using Remastersys and burnt the iso to a dvd. Now I screwed up the original install. Shouldn't be a problem because I have a custom backup. Booting with the custom backup is successful - printer, scanner internet all work. After completing the install I find everything working except there is no network printer ( I can ping the printer). Doing System>Administration>Printing, printer configuration localhost window opens, however I'm presented with CUPS server Error 'http ConnectionEncrypt failed'. First I don't understand why all is well with a boot from the live CD, and secondly is there a way to fix this. BTW. I've done the install several times from the live DVD with the same result. I know I could reinstall from the original Alt CD and reconfigure the system. I would rather learn how to fix this fault. Suggestions greatly appreciated.

Boot aborts halfway through


Just installed Ubuntu 8.10 on a somewhat older machine (2003 Dell desktop,

previously running WinXP). It gets through startup and prompts me for my username and password, but after that, I only ever get an empty black or offwhite screen with noting but my mouse on it. At that point it continues to recognize the mouse but the keyboard always appears disabled. It never loads anything further.

It probably goes without saying that I'm not exactly a computer expert. Anyone have any ideas about what my machine is doing and how it can be fixed?


few question for a beginer

I plan to install Linux on my computer but I need to as question before I do it.

1. Can I install Linux so I when i start the computer I can chose Windows or Linux ?? and how do I do that ?

2. because I have NTFS I need Wubi but how does Wubi work ? do I need to make a CD or install Ubuntu fist and then Wubi on it ??

3.because im using a D-Link airplus G DWL-G122 USB adapter to get wireless internet I need help to get Drivers for it on Linux because I Windows finds it self but im not sure Linux does and I tryed google drivers but I can´t find any what I know hope some of u can help.

and last question what MP3 player and video player shall I install and what MSN program ?

Programs stop suddenly

This may not be necessary to say, but I'm very new to Linux & Ubuntu. But I've been wanting to try it out, and I had an old hard drive lying around that's never been used, so I figured I'd install it and give Ubuntu a try.

The install went less than smoothly, but I finally got it up and running. It took several attempts to install updated packages and drivers. I'd start it downloading, go do something else, and come back to find the login screen. Not sure why it logged me out, but start it again, and the same thing happens. It would make a bit of progress each time, though, so I just kept trying until it was finished, hoping that would magically fix everything (I realize that was naive). Once it finished, I reboot, and just start playing around with things, trying out the games of course, trying to access a network drive where all my media is stored with no luck, surfing the web with Firefox, etc...

How to use SSH Via HTTP Proxy using Corkscrew in Ubuntu

If you want to ssh your vps server or your home computer from your work place (assuming you are using http proxy).You need to use Corkscrew.corkscrew is a simple tool to tunnel TCP connections through an HTTP proxy supporting the CONNECT method. It reads stdin and writes to stdout during the connection, just like netcat.

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pv (Pipe Viewer) - Shell pipeline element to meter data passing through

pv (Pipe Viewer) can be inserted into any normal pipeline between two processes to give a visual indication of how quickly data is passing through, how long it has taken, how near to completion it is, and an estimate of how long it will be until
completion.To use it, insert it in a pipeline between two processes, with the appropriate options.

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