Debian Multimedia :: Laptop With A Docking Station / How To Switch Monitors?

Feb 21, 2011

I have HP Compaq 6530b laptop running Debian Wheezy AMD64. I have a docking station with a monitor supporting 1680x1050 resolution and the laptop monitor with 1440x900. The video is integrated Intel mobile series 4.Both monitors are identified and working OK. When I use the laptop monitor standalone it runs at the native resolution. When connected to the docking station I can choose dual monitors with both using their native resolutions and the desktop spread on both of them (with the laptop monitor being primary and containing the taskbar and icons). If I choose to mirror the display it sets itself to a lower resolution of 1280x1024 that is supported by both monitors.

The problem is that I want to use one monitor at a time. If I close the lid of the laptop it turns off both monitors instead of using the docking station. When the lid is closed I want the bigger docking station monitor to be primary and working at native resolution and if I open the laptop or remove the laptop from the docking station to use the laptop monitor at it's native resolution.I had Debian Lenny I386 before and it was operating as expected but I made a clean install of Wheezy amd64 and I don't know how to configure it.I don't have xorg.conf file so I don't know where it takes the settings from.

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General :: Enable DVI Output On Laptop Docking Station - No Picture On Monitor

Aug 25, 2010

I have an HP EliteBook 8540p laptop with associated docking station. It is running Ubuntu 10.04. Until now I have been successfully running TwinView with the nvidia-195.36.24 drivers - using the built-in LCD screen and an external LCD monitor, connected via an analog VGA cable.I've changed the screen over to a larger resolution Philips LCD, and it works fine over VGA.

However the image is not as sharp as I'm used to with other monitors, so I'm trying to get it working over the DVI port on the laptop docking station.However I have been quite unsuccessful in getting a picture to appear on the external monitor - Xorg is able to read the EDID information from the monitor, and according to Xorg.0.log has absolutely no problems with finding a valid mode and choosing this monitor as "DFP-1", alongside "DFP-0" (laptop display). But no matter what I do I can't get a picture. Xorg.0.log has no errors.

I have unsuccessfully tried: various combinations of xorg.conf options to set "ConnectedMonitor", "CustomEDID" with a EDID .bin downloaded over VGA, etc.a colleague has the exact same laptop and monitor, and has it running fine. However using his xorg.conf still produces no picture.nvidia-settings - tried lots of things a different DVI-connected monitorIt's as if the DVI port is fully functional in every way but its output is somehow disabled. I've also tried other monitors, they don't work either, yet do with a VGA cable.

EDIT: I have checked the DVI cable anything else in terms of enabling a DVI port.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: No Sound When Attached To Docking Station?

Mar 24, 2011

I have been using Linux and Ubuntu only since the last two months on my (2006) Sony Vaio VGN A617S laptop which is going pretty well on Ubuntu 10.10. When installing Ubuntu audio did get installed alright, and the speakers on the laptop itself are working well even now with the right drivers (snd-hda-intel) for the Realtek ALC260 soundcard.

My problem is when laptop is docked to the A/V docking station (I have seen it referred as a port replicator as well - the model number is VGP-PRAV2), with its two external speakers. And these were not on when Ubuntu was being installed. What is interesting is the headphones jack on the laptop does work when the docking station does not. I have been trying hard and have already tried quite a few things I saw to be related issues, like:

a) adjustments to some IEC958 in alsamixer
b) using a custom mod for the ALC260 card

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Debian Configuration :: HDD In External Docking Station Is Not Recognized Via USB

Jan 9, 2016

Recently (in 2015) our Debian systems started not to recognize HDDs connected via an external docking station.

On my computer I run: (uname -a)

* Linux violin 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1 (2015-04-24) x86_64 GNU/Linux
* If I connect to a flashdrive to the USB2 port, it is recognized as sd* (messages are also written to dmesg/syslog)
* If I connect the USB3 connector of the external docking station with an 1TB WD SATA docked, to this USB2 port (the external docking station has its own power supply, so I do not expect to have a problem with the current, the drive spins up and is spinning), there is nothing in the dmesg/syslog, and no new items under /dev/sd* or lsusb or similar tools.
* If I connect the same external docking station with the same disk via eSATA on a different computer it is recognized. That computer runs the same debian. If I connect through its USB2 port it does not work either.
* I also tried another docking station and USB cable.

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Debian Hardware :: Startech HDD Docking Station Automount

Aug 6, 2015

While using Debian Jessie with Gnome 3 and Nautilus file manager, my Startech HDD docking station will not auto mount and can only be mounted using commandline while in root. Previous GNU/Linux distros, such as Ubuntu 14.04, this device auto mounted without issue. All other devices, such as USB HDD, and USB pen drives, auto mount without any problems.

"Initailize Startech device with a 120GB 2.5" SATA HDD Fujitsu drive"

udev creates two block devices
Code: Select all      begins with:

      brw------- 1 root root 8, 64 Aug  6 10:11 /dev/sde
      brw------- 1 root root 8, 65 Aug  6 10:12 /dev/sde1

      changes to:

      brw------- 1 root root 8, 64 Aug  6 10:11 /dev/sde
      brw-rw---- 1 root disk 8, 65 Aug  6 10:12 /dev/sde1

dmesg produces the following results:

Code: Select all[  179.127724] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access     FUJITSU  MHW2120BJ G2     0000 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 CCS
[  179.128513] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg5 type 0
[  179.129393] sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] 234441648 512-byte logical blocks: (120 GB/111 GiB)
[  179.130379] sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] Write Protect is off
[  179.130388] sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] Mode Sense: 28 00 00 00
[  179.131903] sd 6:0:0:0: [sde] No Caching mode page found

[Code] ....

Between the thirty second and the fifteen second wait, the block device "/dev/sde1" receives the "disk" group and read/write attributes, however, the drive is still not auto mounted and can only be manually mounted via root. The block device "/dev/sde" remains with the "root" group and read/write attributes are accessible for "root" user only.

How to correct this issue to allow auto mounting?

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Hardware :: No Sound When Attached To Docking Station

Mar 24, 2011

I have been using Linux and Ubuntu only since the last two months on my (2006) Sony Vaio VGN A617S laptop which is going pretty well on Ubuntu 10.10. When installing Ubuntu audio did get installed alright, and the speakers on the laptop itself are working well even now with the right drivers (snd-hda-intel) for the Realtek ALC260 soundcard.

My problem is when laptop is docked to the A/V docking station (I have seen it referred as a port replicator as well - the model number is VGP-PRAV2), with its two external speakers. And these were not on when Ubuntu was being installed. What is interesting is the headphones jack on the laptop does work when the docking station does not.

I have been trying hard and have already tried quite a few things I saw to be related issues, like:
a) adjustments to some IEC958 in alsamixer
b) using a custom mod for the ALC260 card

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Ubuntu :: Dell Docking Station Unusable With Natty

Jun 6, 2011

I recently upgraded to Natty (11.04). Looks great but: I can't use it when my laptop (dell latitude E6410) is plugged in my dell docking station. It seems like the attached monitor (DVI) does not get signal input and hence turn to sleep mode.I can say that Ubuntu is still running fine when I unplug it from the docking station.I am using the NVidia driver 270.41.06 (installed as a third party driver by the install process).I can successfully connect and configure an external monitor thru the VGA port.

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: Multi-Monitor Not Working Via Docking Station?

Nov 11, 2010

I use a Dell advanced port replicator at home and in the office. Each is connected to a second monitor. In neither place does the monitor actually receive a signal even though the monitor seems to be detected correctly in display settings. The function-F8 key does not have any visible effect.

Oh, almost forgot. At work once when I preparing to shut down the second monitor popped on for a few seconds though it was at the wrong resolution.

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: ESATA / HDD Docking Station And Power Management

Aug 26, 2011

I want to "build" a new backup solution for my home LAN. I have 3 openSUSE machines at various versions and 1 File Server with openSUSE 11.4.My plan is to plug a eSATA or USB3 docking station on the file server and then take backups from the clients either via rsync or Amanda.Since the backup will not be a daily activity, I would like to have the option to run the backup during night, and automatically, BUT, without any action from my part. So, I would like to attach a large external HDD on the machine and then:Power on the docking station/HDD.Perform the backup from the Amanda Server or rsync scripts.Power off the docking station/HDD.Do you know any docking station that has a "linux" power management?If not, how do I power up/power down from console an eSATA or USB HDD?

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CentOS 5 Hardware :: Docking Station With Dual DVI Going To Two Dell 1908FPc

May 18, 2011

I have a Dell E6250 for work and a docking station with dual DVI going to two Dell 1908FPc. It looks like I can only configure two monitors and after I enable dual head support, X11 crashes. I can use Function+F8 to switch between them, but I cannot figure out how to get both monitors on at once. i.e. I close the lid of the laptop to use the dual monitors.


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Debian Multimedia :: Multiple Monitors On Laptop Causing System Freeze?

Mar 18, 2010

I'm having some trouble hooking my external flatscreen monitor up to my Toshiba Tecra's docking station and having Mint (or Debian) be happy with it. The laptop uses a widescreen monitor but my external is a 4x3; I wonder if this is causing problems. Of course, it may just be the Intel 82801G graphics things up properly in the Display Preferences config window (I'm using Gnome, btw) but when I hit apply, the system locks and I have to hard boot. I've never set up a linux box with multiple monitors before, let alone multiple monitors that require different resolutions.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Auto Detect VGA And Switch Monitors?

Jul 31, 2010

I've HP DV 2000 laptop.
I'm trying to find out how to make my ubuntu to auto switch monitors when I connect my lcd into the vga plug and also switch the desktop bars into the new monitor and also use the laptop screen as a side screen.
In setting I can turn off my laptop screen and i'll see only on the lcd screen, but I need to configure it first, I want it to be automatically and when i plugged out the lcd it's back to normal.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Dual Monitors Laptop Goes White

May 3, 2010

Just installed a clean version of 10.04 onto my Sony VAIO with an ATI Radeon Mobility x700 video card.Whilst using 9.10 KK I was getting low resolution but the dual monitors worked totally fine.Which I use to connect to my TV via a RGB/PC Cord.Since upgrading to 10.04 the resolution is awesome BUT when I merge both monitors the laptop goes mental and shows a white/whitish screen.If I use have both monitors side by side its OK but then I cant run xbmc to show movies. I'm stuck with making the TV my main monitor, which is a pain.Why is the laptop going white after merging screens? Does anybody have any ideas?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: NVIDIA Multiple Monitors With 16:10 Laptop Display And 16:9 HD TV

Dec 3, 2010

I'm using a NVIDIA 9600M GT on my laptop running Ubuntu 10.10. The laptop has a 16:10 display, I also connected my 16:9 LCD TV via HDMI. I would like to use them as clones. The problem is, as my TV has a different aspect ratio than my laptop display, the image does not fully fit on the TV. For example, when using a resolution of 1280x800 (16:10), one tenth of the width of that image is missing on my TV, as it has an aspect ratio of 16:9.

In Windows, the NVIDIA software stretches the image so that it appears a little distorted on my TV, but at least I see everything. Is it possible to do that in Ubuntu?

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Debian Configuration :: How To Switch On Bluetooth ON TOSHIBA Laptop

May 4, 2010

Just resently I managed to activate internal bluetooth adapter. I'm not expert in command line and everything I could was done in GNOME. Same like most other systems an icon appears in panel bar whenever I used to type <modprobe omnibook ectype=14>. It took me some time to set everything with the kind help from URL... So the thing is that after fingering with some newly installed packages concerning b-tooth utilities that icon is gone and b-tooth is not active.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Disable 3D (dri) In Lucid / Switch Off 3d Dri On Laptop To Save Power?

Jul 25, 2010

I want to switch off 3d i.e. dri on my laptop to save power. There is a bug in the intel video driver that makes it generate excess wakeups and thus increase power consumption. I don't use 3d so this is very annoying.

I have tried modifying /etc/X11/xorg.conf to insert an "NODRI" option in the "Device" section and have commented out both of the "load dri" commands in the "Modules" section. No go. When I look in the xorg log, these changes are seen but not acted on. The system appears to have hardwired defaults set somewhere which are difficult to override. It appears to be a new issue because with Karmic one still had control with xorg.conf.

Just generally I don't like changes like this because it is not documented on the wiki where and how to change the defaults in Lucid. Linux was supposed to be easily configurable so IMHO this is a step backwards.

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Ubuntu :: Turning Laptop Into Calendar / News / Weather Station

Mar 11, 2011

I have a laptop with a broken lid, it is beyond repair so I want to make something out of it. I have unscrewed some screws and I have managed to swivel the screen around, so it looks like a tablet (screen over keyboard - not glued - yet!)I want to change this laptop thing into a News/Calendar/Weather station, that turns on automatically (I can set this in the BIOS) and start running. As I just mentioned, I want it to show News, My Calendar from Google Calendar, Weather and maybe my email. Heres a mock up of what I am thinking of -

Do you guys know any programs that would allow me to create this? The computer is running Windows XP and can be changed to Ubuntu if needed. Windows 7 is a no no (wireless driver is not compatible).

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Ubuntu :: Switch Monitors With Terminal Or Keyboard?

Oct 6, 2010

My laptop screen broke (smashed) a while ago and I have been using Windows with an external monitor on it ever since. My main laptop, however, runs Ubuntu 10.04 which I prefer immensely so I installed it on my broken laptop in dual-boot with Windows. Everything was fine at first, it loaded by default into a dual-monitor mode, but that was easily changed to just the single external display.

The problem was when I installed the graphics card driver (a Nvidia one). It seemed to reset the configuration to just using the laptop's broken built-in monitor. From what I can tell, there is nothing wrong with the driver as the OS seems to be running fine (from the small corner of the screen which still works). Unfortunately, neither the FN-F4 key combination (which never worked on Windows either) nor unplugging/reinserting the HDMI cable resets the screen setting to let me use the attached monitor.

So my question is whether there is anything I can do using the full-screen terminal (CTRL-ALT-F1), or a keyboard shortcut, to change monitor or go to dual-monitor mode. I would prefer not to use it to just disable the graphics driver because the laptop is a Samsung r780 and the only reason I really want to use it is its great graphics card which is way better for editing stuff and 3d tasks than the old replacement I'm using at the moment.

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Debian Multimedia :: Intel HD 4600 And Two Monitors (DP And DVI)

Apr 17, 2016

I have the following situation:

- Intel HD 4600 and 2 Full-HD monitors (Dell IPS, same model)
- left DisplayPort, right DVI
- Debian stretch with Linux 4.4.0-1-amd64
- XServer X11R7.7 and Cinnamon 2.8.7

… and the following problem:

When I restart the system or login after Standby, usually (not always, but often) some strange green and red pixels appear on the monitor which is connected via DVI. I can remove them by changing the display settings and restoring the extended mode again. However, most of the time the XServer crashes by trying to enable or restore the dual monitor mode (although I’m still able to start a new instance of X from another tty). The XServer also crashes every time I try to enable the extended mode from another situation.

I’ve already tried the following:
- connecting both monitors via DP (no pixes, but also crashes)
- swapping the monitors and using different cables, assuming a hardware problem first (no change)
- VGA instead DVI (works, but inelegant).
- blacklisting i915 or using the xforcevesa boot option (neither of them works, i915 starts though)
- using the nomodeset boot option (detects only one monitor and produces a fallback in software rendering mode)

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Debian Multimedia :: Wheezy - Xorg 3 Monitors And Y-splitter

Feb 26, 2015

I am pretty new to using Linux, I am currently trying to configure 3 monitor's with Xorg in Debian Wheezy. I have 2 video cards in the PC and one has a Dell Y-splitter to connect 2 monitors. 2 monitors are 1920x1080 resolution and the other is 1280x1024.

Code: Select all00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family KT Controller (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)

[Code] ....

I attempted to write my own xorg.conf file, but that resulted in the machine booting to single user mode and the xorg startx error log said it could not find any devices.

When I used the generated by the "xorg -configure" command, I was able to get it to display as 3 independent screens, but there was overlap on the screens. I.E. if you moved the mouse to the right side of one monitor, it would show on the left side of another screen at the same time.

automatically generated xorg.conf:
Code: Select allSection "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     " Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        Screen      1  "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
        Screen      2  "Screen2" RightOf "Screen1"

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Debian Multimedia :: 2 Graphic Cards For 3 Monitors - Second Card Not Available

Apr 30, 2015

I inserted another graphics card to my computer to use 3 monitors. The card appears in lspci but I can't access it in gnome.

What do I have to do to set this up.

Here is the output of my xorg.log: [URL].....

$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV530 [Radeon X1600 XT/X1650 GTO]

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Debian Multimedia :: GNOME Virtual Desktops Across Two Monitors

Apr 25, 2016

I recently installed Debian 8 (Jessie) with the default desktop environment (Gnome), and I use a dual monitor setup. Everything works absolutely fine beyond the fact that when I switch between desktops in the dash (Activities menu?), only the windows on my primary monitor switch, and the ones on my secondary stay the same.

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Debian Multimedia :: Getting Two Monitors To Work With 1 Nvidia Card?

Sep 4, 2010

I'd be grateful for any suggestions to get a second TV/Monitor to work in addition to the desktop monitor for a PC which runs Lenny. The first monitor is a small TFTLCD 15". Works perfectly with a GEForce FX 5200 nvidia graphic card and uses the 173.14.09 driver. Having obtained an SVGA cable, I connected the card to a rather larger 32" LCD Panasonic TX-L32S10B TV to enable some armchair viewing of internet etc for my parents. The Panasonic TV or monitor shows all the boot messages but the graphical server fails to start. I know that both screens work, either alternatively or simultaneously, having tested with a Puppy live CD.
However, running

nvidia-xconfig --twinview results in an incorrect screen resolution for the 15" TFT Monitor; Gnome Screen Resolution Preferences gives a rather surprising fixed setting of 2048x786/50Hz when the maximum should be 1024x768. The resulting xorg.conf file is:

cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildd@ninsei) Fri Sep 5 22:23:08 UTC 2008
Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout0"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0


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Debian Multimedia :: Xrandr Rotate Kills X Leaves Monitors Blank

Feb 26, 2011

I have a dual Monitor Setup, both SXGA LCDs, one rotated left. With kernels and Xservers available from debian making settings appropriate kills X and apparently leaves modesetting and keyboard missconfigured - monitors say: no signal and it is not possible to switch to any VT until sysrq-unraw (alt-print-r) is pressed, which makes the system responding to keyboard, but still leaves the screens blank. Restarting the display manager sets a working mode with both screens showing the same.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Stream A Radio Station That Uses .cfm?

Feb 27, 2010

I want to stream a radio station that uses .cfm . I've tried a lot of options but without success. Anyone have experience with cfm?

I can stream other stations using vlc media player and even Adobe flash player. But no success with this cfm stream.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How I Can Play .wax Radio Station

Oct 18, 2010

Anyone know how I can play a .wax radio station on ubuntu. The link I have is:URL...I don't think this is possible based on some research but find it hard to believe and do not understand why.

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Debian Multimedia :: XFCE Cannot Switch Between Users

Jul 4, 2015

System: Debian 8.1
DE: XFCE 4.10
DM: LightDM

The problem is that I cannot switch between users.I have copied a script from another site, but it will only open a new lightdm in a new display (tty8) while the other user's session is still active (tty7).

Code: Select all#!/bin/bash
dm-tool switch-to-greeter

In xscreensaver, the same thing happens. If I click New Login, it will open a new lightdm session in a new display.I have searched in Google and these forums for some time already and I could not find any solution.I have just installed Debian 8.1 and XFCE in this computer, migrating from Debian 7.8 and Gnome. What I want is the same effect (or similar) to what gdm/gnome does.I have also found a solution that's about installing xfswitch-plugin, but it will also install gdm3 and lots of gnome dependencies.

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Debian Multimedia :: Switch VT With Xorg And GDM Without Multiseat?

Jul 22, 2010

I know this is usually with the intent of multiseat systems. I am not interested in setting up a multiseat system. What I am interested in configuring on using the console and jumping back to X session, not the other way around. Is this possible if your default desktop environment GNOME and configure GDM to do this with the novtswitch parameter mentioned here? [URL]..

I tried even playing around with Xorg, finding out from the man page Xorg server-1.4.2 it does not even have novtswitch functionality compiled X does, but I am not sure I am configured it properly, specifically because I am not doing multiseat. Does anyone have background on this to give me some guidance? I have attached the relevant conf files and logs. Let me know if more is needed. In my test environment, it switches VT anyway and the keyboard does not work. I assume my Xorg binary is not compat for this, but am I even on the right track? I did not expect the kb to go out like it did.


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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Banshee 2.0 Radio Station Did Not Import?

May 3, 2011

I just noticed Banshee is the new default player in Natty so I decided to move over my music and radio stations.The media import worked for my few mp3s (only have a couple on here) I have but my radio stations did not import. Since I mostly listen to the radio while on the computer (ipod when I am not), I bit the bullet and recreated all my radio stations by hand.

Most worked but a few of my favorites do not.BBC World Service did not work so I launched Rhythmbox since it is still installed and BBC and the other stations played fine.Searching around the net it looks like Banshee had problems with BBC before since it is an .asx type link but that was supposed to be fixed in one of the 1.x releases.I found Vermont Public Radio hosts BBC World in a different format but my other stations are out of luck unless I stick with RB for now.

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Jul 31, 2010

I recently upgraded my squeeze in my job's PC. It went fine, but after a reboot if I press ctrl+alt+fX nothing happens. Keyboard works fine, I tested it in Openoffice.

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