fredag den 2. november 2018

To be or not to be LTE/4G!

This information could change your internet connection for the better, and not only apply to Denmark but could be used in your country too: 
 
For years now I have only been able to get 3G where I live in Denmark, eventhough I'm surrounded by Mobile towers. Even after an extensive troubleshooting with my ISP(Internet supplier) they said that I lived too far from the tower.

It turns out, that is not always the reason for the problem - If you like me, have had the same Sim card and phone number for many years, then you Sim card may not be LTE/4G enabled!

This is something that support don't usually think about when they try to find the reason that you can't get LTE/4G.

You will need a new LTE/4G enabled sim card - if you are on Postpaid plan, then you can get one with the same number for free, but if you are Prepaid you might have to pay for a new Sim card and thereby get a new number. 
 
Please be aware to backup your contacts before swapping out the simcards.

You can get APP's for making backup to your SD card or copy all your contacts to the phone, there is also an option to upload all your contacts to Google if you use an Android phone, just be aware that Google use a strange format for contacts so they might look a bit strange when restored(not always) - and you will need an internet connection for this.

Hope this helps someone.

torsdag den 18. oktober 2018

Linux with Thunderbird 60 and newer - how to add google to search list!


This is the solution to get Google Search working in TB 60 and newer - I followed the exact instruction here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-search-engine-open-search#thunderbird:linux:tb60

But Google never showed up in the search list and the search.json.mozlz4 just gets regenerated when TB starts.

So for linux users, shut down Thunderbird and go to your home folder and find .thunderbird. Open it and open the profile folder - it may be named something like /home/xx/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/ Where the xx is your username and xxxxxxxx.default is the profile folder.

Now delete search.json.mozlz4

Then rightclick on http://bwinton.latte.ca/Work/google.xml. Save link as a file called google.xml

Then open Thunar or your favorite filemanager in sudo mode and copy the google.xml to

/usr/lib/thunderbird/distribution/searchplugins/common/

Start Thunderbird and Google should now be in the list of search engines. It work on my system which run TB 60.2.1 on Peach OSI TW 16.04 LTS (which is a modified version of Xubuntu - alot more stable).

A pitty that mozilla can't figure out to update their own solutions, when they make major changes to their products!

Hope this help someone else, and you then help other people!


JBJ also known as insomniacno1

mandag den 16. juli 2018

Xubuntu - printer connected but not printing FIX

If your already installed printer that has worked before, when you re-connect it to USB, it will not print - then try these steps:

1. Open Preferences and then Printers
2. Chose your printer and rightclick on it and chose Properties
3. Click on Policies and make sure that Enabled has a checkmark
4. Click Apply and go back to Settings and Print a testpage

Now it should work.


This might happen if you connected the printer to other USB port than the one you installed it to. Can also happen when you get updates to CUPS.

torsdag den 28. juni 2018

Thinkpad Fan control in Xubuntu 16.04 LTS

For anyone looking for a guide:

Requirements

* Python 2.7
* DBus, GTK+, libglade and GNU gettext with bindings for Python
* pkexec to obtain superuser privileges

 Ubuntu users need to install the package python-gobject

Download
https://github.com/tpfanco/tpfancod
https://github.com/tpfanco/tpfanco-admin

then extract the files to a temporary folder

Go to the tpfancod-master folder and open a terminal, then run this command

sudo make install-systemd

Then

sudo systemctl enable tpfancod

Reboot your laptop


Then in terminal run

systemctl status tpfancod

Close the terminal window if everything ok, if not then go to https://github.com/tpfanco/tpfancod/issues and file the issue

Now open the tpfanco-admin-master folder

Open a terminal and run

sudo make install

then

Reboot your laptop

Open a terminal and run

tpfanco-admin_polkit

Reboot once more and you can find tpfanco-admin in Applications>Settings

You have to type your password for it to work.

Hope this helps someone

onsdag den 6. september 2017

Sofware center fix for Peach OSI 16.04 LTS

With the courtesy of Jim, the author of Peach OSI, I have written this small guide for fixing some glitches in the new software center in 16.04(It seems to like to remove entries for software that wasn't installed by the new software center - this is a problem from Ubuntu and not Peach OSI), so if you can't wait for an updated version of Peach OSI 16.04 with the problems solved, then try the following solution - it worked for me:

Before we begin, make sure you have an internet connection.


Open the old software center and search for and install "Debian Package Search" - don't use " ".

Run it(it might start by itself after installing). Give it a minute and then it should have a pop up window appear asking if you want to run the app - cache repair(that is what we want to do), followed by a terminal window.

You can close the old software center while this goes on.

When its finished click on Close and reboot your machine the normal way.



When your system is restarted, you need to open Software Updater from the dock in the bottom of the screen, and do the partial upgrade. Let it run - it may take an hour or more depending on your internet connection.

It'll ask questions to remove older deprecated files - let it remove them.


Reboot and run update again until you get the report from Software Updater, that the system is updated.


Then run the new "Software" center and see if there are any updates there - which there should be.

After you are sure you've completed all the updates reboot again and boot to the new Linux Kernel 93 and then run Ubuntu Tweak from settings, to remove all the cruft and old kernels.

Then run Grub Customizer and adjust Grub to how you want it to look and then reboot again checking your handy work.

You should now have a good clean install and the Debian Package Search program should always notify you if your app cache gets targeted by the new Software Center app again and will automatically notify you if there is ever an issue.


Hopefully Ubuntu will address this issue with their new software center, sooner than later.


If the update center still will not work we may need to update the xapian cache.

Open a terminal and type

sudo update-apt-xapian-index

Let it run - reboot - try to update again.


søndag den 13. august 2017

Easy way to clone your Bootable USB drive to a smaller drive

I looked around for a easy solution or tool to do this, as I'm not so good at command line, but all I found were very technical and command line options, and very few could clone something to smaller drive(only larger) and most had to be from livecd - so I tried to figure this out myself and here are the results:

1. First you take the NEW drive and make it bootable the same way as the original drive. Then unmount and re-mount it.

2. Then remove whatever files is on it.

3. Then copy the the contents of the original drive to the NEW drive.

4. Use Gparted or any other partition tool to verify that the NEW drive is bootable, then take it for a spin.

Finished.


In my case I had made my original drive with Yumi for windows(yes there are a linux version but you have to look elsewhere than Software center, Sourceforge is a good bet) - So I took the NEW drive and made it bootable with Yumi for windows(but could just as well have used the linux one) and followed the steps above. And all works as it should.

If I helped you than a thank you goes long way

søndag den 10. juli 2016

Usermade links in Thunar dissapears after reboot

If you make your own links(Shortcuts) to folders on other partitions than the partition your linux distribution are on, then the links might not be there after reboot, until you manually mount the partition the links refer to. This goes for Peach OSI 14.04 LTS and Xubuntu - and perhaps more distributions.


The solution is to automount the partitions on startup - Do NOT use the Disks utility, as your pc will get stuck on startup - this can be done the following way:

First open Mousepad(or your favorite text editor).

Then open terminal and type the following:

ls -al /dev/disk/by-uuid/


Then find the partition(s) that you want to automount and copy the UUID to Mousepad, the UUID look similair to this:

 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  10 Jul 10 19:16 385dd128-7054-4821-9a24-bb43881676d6 -> ../../sda2
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  10 Jul 10 19:16 3b5c8b74-2a69-4f1a-b86f-1385f1e2ca17 -> ../../sda5
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  10 Jul 10 19:16 afae36e8-98ba-46bd-bc02-956afeea370b -> ../../sda1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  10 Jul 10 19:16 c86e9d2c-b017-4bd3-8adc-c73ffcbd71d1 -> ../../sda6




The UUID is the long code in the middle, divided by several - 


Now Click on Applications then click on All Settings icon in the bottom.



Find and click on Session and Startup and click on Application Autostart.

Then click on the Add button.


Here you give a name(make your own) and description(make your own).

In the command field you type this:


udisksctl mount --block-device /dev/disk/by-uuid/


Copy your UUID from Mousepad and paste it in after the last /

Then click on OK.

Repeat for all the drives you want to automount.

When finished click on Close and restart your pc.