Ubuntu Installation :: Using Dedicated Button On Laptop To Launch Windows?

May 21, 2011

I've noticed that a lot of laptops these days have fast web access buttons that quickly launch a linux os, or recovery buttons that seem to launch some other stripped down os.

So I was wondering, would it be possible to get these buttons to launch a normal ubuntu distribution? Have one button for ubuntu and the normal power button for windows?

That would be really sweet for dualbooters.

Or is it just technically/physically not possible?

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Ubuntu :: 10.10 64-bit Shows 3.7GB Out Of 4GB RAM On Laptop With Dedicated Graphics?

Nov 10, 2010

I'm accustomed to Ubuntu showing 3.9GB out of 4GB on my desktop. That's completely ordinary and expected: The kernel uses a dozen megs or so, which are not accounted for in the reported memory totals. After truncating, that brings us to 3.9GB.

I was expecting to see the same thing on my Elitebook 8740w, but System Monitor is reporting only 3.7GB instead, using the same version of Ubuntu. free -m shows:

total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 3819 935 2883 0 80 287
-/+ buffers/cache: 567 3252
Swap: 4095 0 4095

That is to say, the total of 3819MB is not missing a mere dozen or so MB but a full 267MB from 4096MB! That's WAY too much to be accounted for by the kernel, so something else is going on!

Please note the following:BIOS shows the full 4GB, and so does lshw.

uname -a = Linux COMPNAME 2.6.35-22-generic #35-Ubuntu SMP Sat Oct 16 20:45:36 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux
lspci | grep VGA = 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Broadway XT [Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series]

That is to say, I really do have 4GB RAM, my mobo and BIOS recognize it, I really am running a 64-bit OS, and I really shouldn't have any kind of onboard graphics.

The devil lies in the details though: I SHOULDN'T have any kind of onboard graphics...but the best explanation I can come up with is that 256MB or so are being set aside for that purpose anyway. This is a mobile workstation with dedicated Firepro graphics (based on the Mobility Radeon HD 5800), and it's well beyond the range of laptops that include switchable graphics. However, it has an i5 processor, so I think it's conceivable that the laptop is being tricked into allocating RAM for integrated graphics. This is especially likely considering I get the same i915 error as the threadstarter here, and I have very similar command line output.

Presumed Problem: Long story short, I think Ubuntu is seeing the i5 processor and setting aside 256MB or so for the integrated graphics which it THINKS I have, which are actually totally unavailable to use on this particular laptop. If this is the case, does anyone know how to make it stop doing this, so I can make that memory accessible to the rest of the system?

Update: Interestingly, even Memtest is showing only 3952MB. This may or may not account for the full missing amount, but it obviously counts for a lot. I'm used to Memtest showing I think 4095MB on my desktop, meaning Memtest itself presumably only takes ~1MB. Actually, even on the laptop Memtest says only 1024KB are reserved, so 143MB are totally unaccounted for.

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Ubuntu :: Put Environment Variable In A Launch Button?

Apr 30, 2011

I use Emacs and there's a bug that highlights everything whenever you use the ver scroll bar with your mouse. (My bad: Only wimps use Emacs in a window.) The workaround is to start Emacs with this on a command line:

Code: $ GDK_NATIVE_WINDOWS=1 emacs where "$" is the shell prompt. Q: how can I put this environment variable in the Emacs lauch icon? Or how/where can I put this in a .bash* file and have it activated (without relogging in)? I've forgotten so much of my Unix cave man skills with Ubuntu. . .

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Ubuntu :: Environment Variable In A Launch Button?

Aug 9, 2011

I use Emacs and there's a bug that highlights everything whenever you use the ver scroll bar with your mouse. (My bad: Only wimps use Emacs in a window.) The workaround is to start Emacs with this on a command line:



where "$" is the shell prompt. Q: how can I put this environment variable in the Emacs lauch icon? Or how/where can I put this in a .bash* file and have it activated (without relogging in)? I've forgotten so much of my Unix cave man skills with Ubuntu. . .

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Launch Windows First In Dual Booting?

Jun 29, 2010

I have install lucid, and windows, I want when the computer start it should launch windows first, now it launch ubuntu first.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Windows Installer Launch Error Message

Feb 1, 2011

I want to download and install Ubuntu to run alongside Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration. and downloaded the Windows Installer, but when I try to launch it I get an error message which I captured and attached to this post. What's really wierd is that once the message is displayed, I can't get rid of it. Even running the Task Manager to try to close the message doesn't work. I literally have to restart the computer to get rid of the message!

Am I suppose to be downloading the Windows Installer (Wubi) to a CD first where I run it from there? If so, the instructions don't mention that. Can't I download it directly to my C: drive and then run it from there? If so, why am I getting the error message?

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Ubuntu :: Single Toolbar That Has 'start Button' / 'quick Launch Icons' And Open Applications?

Sep 7, 2010

I've just installed Ubuntu and noticed that there are two tool bars.The one at the top says applications, places, system and then there is also one at the bottom.Is it possible to have just a single toolbar that has a "start button", "quick launch icons" and open applications?

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Networking :: Run Windows Server 2003 With KVM On Slackware 13.1, Two Dedicated IP

Feb 4, 2011

I have a server running slackware 13.1, and it is running windows server 2003 with QEMU-KVM. I followed [URL , now two system can connect each other.

The problem is: I bought two dedicated IPs, and I wanna know how to setup these two system to be Internet Servers.(Nginx in slackware, IIS in 2003) I found some subjects but I can't find what I want.

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Debian :: Duel Dedicated Hard Drives One For Debial And One For Windows Xp Home?

Mar 30, 2011

I choose the drive to boot to from the computer Bios. When i boot into Windows my clock time changes, about 5 hours.I have another computer with Ubuntu 10.10 installed, but it will not install on this computer, Debian Did. Ubuntu gave me a command to fix this and it worked. However the Debian computer will not accept that command, Which is open a terminal from the menu applications accessories and type gksudo gedit /ect/defaults/rcs in this configuration change the row UTC set it as:UTC=no save and reboot and then set the clock. [It was set to yes]

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot Installation Failure On Dedicated HD?

Feb 4, 2010

After having tested Ubuttu 9.10 on a VM with Win XP Pro as host and running both Ubuntu 9.10 and 8.04 from a CD/CDR drive I decided to do an installation of 8.04 on a separate HD and import files.Installation seemed to work OK, but on reboot: no menu was shown to choose OS and the machine booted directly into Windows.Tried to boot directly from the "Ubuntu" HD in the BIOS boot menu and get the message "MBR error" full stop literally.The Ubuntu hard drive is no longer recognised in Windows , can't be acessed from the DOS prompt and obviously cannot be reformatted from there.Just for the record, I'm not totally excluding operator error from the cause

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Ubuntu :: Disable Only The Left Touchpad Button On Laptop?

Mar 23, 2010

What can I do to disable ONLY the LEFT touchpad button on my laptop? Left Click sticks by itself randomly, this causes problems when using my USB mouse (such as permanent dragging, permanent highlighting, permanent inability to left click anything, the computer is pretty much dead to me unless I try to tab around), it also causes issues with the Tap to Click, and it also causes Ubuntu to not recognize my "Left Handed" mouse button set up after boot for ONLY the touchpad. On the USB mouse, buttons work swapped.

Current solution: Left Handed Button Swap. Touch pad to click. Right touchpad button to right click. Sometimes I use my USB (which does recognize the swap). This is the 3rd install of vanilla Ubuntu (tried it just in case). That's not the issue. This is a Dell Inspiron 6000. I want to just disable the left button on ONLY the touchpad, I don't want this to affect my USB mouse. I want to keep the right button touch pad working. And of course I want my mouse to work. But, actually, my ideal is to sacrifice the left button, use Tap to Click, and use the right mouse button for right clicking. If I can't save the right click, can I disable both buttons?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Getting Webmin On A Dedicated Remote Server?

Jan 29, 2011

I want to install Webmin on a dedicated remote server. I keep reading different blogs/tutorials etc about installing webmin on Ubunto server 10.10 but it seems too easy to be true. There is never any mention of requirements etc. I did read that even perl isn't needed pre install now and will install with webmin.But do i need to install lamp etc first or does it pull these in when Webmin its installed?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Mic Mute Button Present On Laptop Is Not Working?

May 29, 2010

I have a lenovo thinkpad and my internal microphone works only when i connect another mic through the jack. Even the mic mute button present on my laptop is not working.(There is no such problem on windows se7en) Earlier, even an external mic never used to work. After some searching i added "options snd-hda-intel model = thinkpad" to my alsa-base.conf file. And then the internal mic started working only when an external mic was connected.

when i type "cat /proc/asound/card0/codec#* | grep Codec" i get:
Codec: Realtek ALC269
Codec: Intel G45 DEVCTG

I looked into the HD-Audio-Models.txt but couldn't locate the exact model for ALC269 so i searched online and decided to put model = thinkpad as i'd mentioned earlier. But The alsa-mixer shows card to be HDA Intel and chp as intel g45 devctg. Moreover, even this partial working of mic(s) is when i choose the input source in the alsamixer to be front mic and not int mic.

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Ubuntu :: When Shut Down The Laptop Using The Power Button And Start It Up Again It Works?

Jan 11, 2011

I've got a Lenovo Thinkpad X201i. The problem I have is (since I've installed Xubuntu) every time I start up my laptop it just hangs with a little flashing white stripe in the top of the left corner (like every start up). Then when I shut down the laptop using the power button and start it up again it works. How can this be possible? On start up, it hangs, while on the restart it always works. Which means I have to restart my laptop every single time.

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Ubuntu :: Suspend Button (fn+f5) On Hp Pavilion Dv2000 Laptop Not Functioning

Apr 20, 2011

I have a problem with the suspend button (fn+f5) on my hp pavilion dv2000 laptop. It is working but only after an intervention. So, every I boot up my system the short-cut/button is not functioning. In order to make it work I have to open the Power Management Preferences and close them. I don't even need to change anything there. Now the button will be working just fine until the next restart. It's pretty annoying to visit the Power Management after each restart, isn't it. Any ideas how could I fix this?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot With Mandriva - Dedicated Partition ?

Aug 31, 2010

Does anyone have any experience installing Mandriva to a dedicated partition, and configuring it for use with Grub2?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dedicated Grub Partition - Two HDD And Dual Boot

Jan 21, 2011

Here's what I want to do. I have two separate HDD
HDD 1 : 160 GB (dedicated to windows, already working)
HDD 2 : 500 GB Will be using dedicated to ubuntu (not partitioned yet)

I want to use the HDD two only for linux and this HDD is not partitioned yet. What I want to do is
- A dedicated Grub partition (/boot) on HDD 2 (Do I really need it when I am using just two os? Will it work on second HDD?)
- / root partition
- /home partition
- /swap partition
- /fat32 partition (do I need it to share files with win?)

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Ubuntu :: New Installation On Windows 7 Laptop - Won't Boot

May 10, 2010

I downloaded the disk ISO torrent and burned it to a DVD. I then ran the DVD and installed Ubuntu using the Windows installer. Upon rebooting, I get the boot menu asking which OS I want to start. I select Ubuntu and it goes to a countdown to hit ESC to select boot options. Once boot starts, I get a bunch of crap on the command lines and then it hangs. The entry it hangs on is something to do with? child-(several numbers I can't remember right now). I hope that is enough for someone to identify where it's hanging during boot. what is causing this? The computer is a Toshiba Satallite L505D-S5983. You can look up the specs for that. Processor is an AMD Athlon II M300 2.0Ghz, 32-bit, with 3GB RAM. Video is AMD M860G with ATI Mobility Radeon 4100. Primary OS is Windows 7. I'll see if I can find some paper and a pen to write down the particulars of the error. I usually use my computer for note-taking, but I obviously can't do that here.

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Ubuntu Networking :: Acer Laptop Without Internet And Not Working WLAN Button

Nov 21, 2010

My problem with UBUNTU is that I can not use acer-wmi because I get this ERROR :


... so I can not use the acer_wmi . But this is not my only Problem :

It is most likely caused of the missing " Firmware " / Driver for my WLAN Card ( Internal ) . Currently I use Ubuntu 10.10 but I tested 10.04 too before 10.10 and it found my Card but not the Button .

So I want to know if there is any solution for my problem .

If it is important :

I use an Acer eMachines e525 with Windows Vista Home Basic ( Pimped up ) and Wubi . I saw a lot of people with simmilar problems they have it as only boot option .

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dedicated Pci16x Graphics Card That Will Fit And Run 220w/solve?

Jul 8, 2011

linux and have installed ubuntu dual boot windows 7 on a new el1384 e.machine. The first issue I had was not being able to see boot text such as the bios or os boot menu due to a "signal out of range" on the monitor (also new). I installed startup manager and am now able to boot windows if I need it (but only because startup manager is high resolution, the monitor/or onboard nvidia does not want to display bios/boot low res text. The second issue I have been having is you tube freezing the system. If I remember correctly (not at home pc now) I removed nvidia driver, tried ..... again, reinstalled, same thing, rebooted same thing, but havent got much further than that.

I like fast and enjoy hq video and sometimes hook into a projector. So might an aftermarket video card surpass or deal with these issues?With a new card I will be using a decent new hdmi cable, so I will be using a different connection to the monitor. However I am not ruling out a video card that only has vga. so any thoughts on this or suggestions for low profile pci express x16 or 5 graphics card that will fit in the small emachine, run on the 220w power supply, work easily with ubuntu, and is under 50$?? (i am ok with going back into windows to mount the video card)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Install Windows Xp On Laptop With External Hdd?

Sep 19, 2010

i use ubuntu a lot but there are somethings that it cant do and i need to use windows for. the thing is that i cant install windows via os cd because it won't consider my usb hdd an official hdd, it says to remove all other portable hds or something before installing so it prevents me from getting windows.are there any other ways to get windows xp and still be able to keep ubuntu?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Safe To Erase Windows From A Laptop?

Oct 18, 2010

Stupid question time, but just to make sure (I really don't know anything about hardware):

If Ubuntu LiveCD (or a dual-boot) works on a laptop, is it safe to completely erase Windows from the harddrive - including the hidden partition?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Get Rid Of Windows 7 On Dual Boot Hp Laptop?

May 19, 2011

I put Ubuntu on my G60 hp laptop a few months ago and have not touched Windows 7 since. How do I go about removing windows and leave linux with access to the entire hard drive?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Booting With Windows On A Laptop?

Jun 10, 2011

Im looking at getting a laptop and dual botting it with ubuntu and windows and my boss said when he did that on his laptop it caused all kind of problems, but that was 2-3 years ago. Is it still a big buggy doing this or should i be able to dual boot on any laptop i get?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Power Button Turns Laptop Off Without Holding

Oct 31, 2010

I have an issue running the openSUSE 11.2 liveCD KDE on a Dell Vostro 3500. It boots fine to command line. It seems to boot fine to KDE (I assume it doesn't hang cause the power button turns the laptop off without holding it). However the only thing I can see is a black screen. I've checked the CD with the tool included to the CD. The hardware of the laptop seems to be fine as well

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can No Longer Install Windows On My Laptop / Solve This?

Jul 7, 2010

Synopsis: I wiped my system and am using ubuntu 10.04 with no problems *except* that I now need IE 8 and MS Excel/Access/Powerpoint/Word for classwork. I kind of tried toying with WINE, but ultimately would rather just have a dual boot.

What occurs when I try a (any) Windows install (keep in mind I even swapped out a fresh Sata HD and the same problem occured:

Pop in a Windows ISO bootable CD>everything acts normal and I follow the prompts for a fresh install (not an upgrade)> It begins the install but the first part where it is "copying files" just goes to 100% in a split second>Then it moves down to the next prompt of "Expanding Files" at which point the laptop is spinning the disc/reading it but it just stays at 0%.

So, it's not a HD formating problem, right? I wiped the system, reformatted and got the okay from Windows that I could install so I assumed I reformatted it back to NTFS.

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Fedora Installation :: Can't See HDD - Remove Windows And Red Hat From Laptop

Jun 9, 2009

I have an Thosiba Laptop, with an Seagate 100 GB SATA Hard Disk. I have installed Windows XP and Red Hat on my laptop, and all works fine. I want to remove Windows and Red Hat from the Laptop and only use Fedora, but when I am trying to install Fedora the installation wizard can not detect th SATA Hard Disk. My Red Had sees the HDD as:


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Sep 4, 2010

How would I do this? First part of the thread title is because I'm not sure if the install of Debian Squeeze would even detect the Start key. (Btw, is there a small enough sticker of the GNOME logo I could buy and put over the Windows logo? )

I read this thread: [URL] but I'm confused about what linmix is saying. Is there a way to get the power key to do the equivalent of what it would in Windows?

I don't find this an essential task, but it would make life a lot easier.

Edit: I mean Super Key not Power.

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Jan 11, 2011

i have a hp compaq nc6220 laptop running linux mint 9 isadora. the problem is the mute button on the keyboard is orange and i have no sound at all. the volume icon at the bottom is not muted.

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Fedora Installation :: Make A Virtual Machine Using Exiting Installed Windows 7 On Laptop HD?

Dec 4, 2010

I have a Lenovo T500 laptop with 4 GB RAM. I have installed Windows 7 64bits OEM on my laptop HD. I also installed Fedora 14 on my USB External Hard Drive which it has it own boot sector. I don't want to have a dual boot. So if I plug in my external HD to my laptop and turns the machine on, it automatically my Fedora comes up, other wise my windows 7. (I set up start-up boot drive , first to USB External HD and then internal HD)

I installed KVM (Virtual Machine Manger) on my Fedora 14 and I am trying to install windows 7 64bits OEM on my Fedora 14 as Virtual Machine. After setting everything and start installing windows form CD, I got BLUE SCREEN right after "WINDOWS FILES LOADING..." finished. it shows me a blue screen and then it will stop


1- How can I fix that problem?
2- Is ther way to make a Virtual Machine on my Fedora using my exiting installed windows 7 on my laptop HD?

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