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ArchLinux Install & Setup Guide – Part 1 – The actual install
· β˜• 6 min read · ✍️ Sathya

Been a while since I posted ;) For some strange reason, recently I got an urge to try out ArchLinux{#aptureLink_BWSwiwROlt}. After much deliberation finally decided to try out ArchLinux again, in VirtualBox{#aptureLink_YQu9cIpVYm}. My little install guide I compiled as I was reading through the Official ArchLinux Install Guide{#aptureLink_OrVThoOrTI} + Beginner’s Guide{#aptureLink_AMQvvRytbx}.

Please note: This is highly customized according to *my* requirements and nowhere as thorough /generalized as the official guides. Still, it might help you. Here we go -


β€œKernel-panic – not syncing : VFS : Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(X,X)” error in Ubuntu
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Bharath
This one seems to be a really famous problem for most folks in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. So I had it too. The problem was on the initrd file. It is a kernel related file needed for booting. So i did a simple thing. I replaced initrd.img file of my kernel version with “initrd.lz” file from the Ubuntu LiveCD and edited my grub.cfg file (equivalent of menu.lst in older Ubuntu releases), to boot using initrd.

Mounting file system created by Wubi in other Linux distros
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

I wasn’t aware of this tiny little thing Β - the filesystem in the Β file created by a Wubi install can be easily mounted as a loop device.


[How-to] Make nVidia settings persistent and retain the settings in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Bharath

Nvidia Proprietary Drivers need nvidia-settings to set screen resolution and change other settings. In previous versions of Ubuntu and in other distros to make them permanent (used in every session) you click the “Save to X configuration file”. From Karmic on there is no xorg.conf by default!

As a result, nvidia-settings is not able to save the settings and every time I logged in I hadΒ  to change the resolution (Phew!!!). Then Sathya helped me. He gave me aΒ link from Ubuntu Forums{#aptureLink_MZsWFB9Cv4}. Then I did the following to fix the problem:


Updating to openSUSE 11.2
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

As mentioned openSUSE 11.2 is now available. If you’re on previous versions of openSUSE you can do an inplace upgrade to 11.2 by using zypper.

openSUSE 11.0/openSUSE 11.1

Just change the repos to mention 11.2 instead of 11.0/11.1, as shown in the pic:


Enable Xserver shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+Backspace) in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Bharath
In Karmic the restart Xserver shortcut is disabled by default. Enable it thus: In the menu, go to System->Preferences->Keyboard (not Keyboard Shortcuts) Go to Layouts tab, click Layout options Expand “Key sequence to killΒ the X server”. Check “Ctrl+Alt+Backspace” You’re Done.

openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 And Release Candidates(RC) add boot from USB flash disk option, here’s how to use it
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

Howdy folks! Been a *loong* time since I last posted isn’t it? Just been busy with work & travel (won’t bore you with the details, just check my personal blog{#aptureLink_20DGMzo67U}).

I’ve been looking forward to the upcoming openSUSE 11.2 version ( it’s no secret that I’m a fan of openSUSE{#aptureLink_yxkV6H9kot}), but the main problem for me was that I don’t like holding onto optical media, and have a 8gig USB flash disk, especially for these things.

UnfortunatelyΒ  openSUSE has been lacking a install/boot from USB flash drive for quite sometime, upto now that is. The last Milestone (M8) and the first release candidate, RC1 includes support for booting from USB flash disks.

You will need access to a Linux environment, inorder to accomplish this step.


[How-to] Fix the Buggy Intel Driver in Jaunty
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Bharath
So this is a short post on one pestering problem. If youre using Jaunty and find this problem then use the link that follows. When i installed Jaunty i had problems (as usual). One of them was this. First off, videos wont play in any video player. Codecs are in place, no doubt. But the player would go crashing down. Even vlc, which uses a seperate set of codecs fails :(

Amarok 2.1 is out & Installing Amarok 2.1 on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty
· β˜• 3 min read · ✍️ Sathya

I was catching up on some feeds yesterday, and this piece of news caught my eye -Amarok 2.1 released{#aptureLink_chgCx0N0sk}. Being a long time Amarok fan ( heck Amarok itself was catalyst to make me use my SUSE 10.0 use full) time - I read the article with great interest.

Amarok 2 users would know that Amarok 2 series is a shadow of its old Amarok 1.4(“Amarok Classic” self) - and quite a few people still prefer Amarok classic to Amarok 2 - primararily because of Amarok’s missing support for visualizations, equalizer amongst others. I don’t use equalizers - and as for visualization - well don’t use that either.


Get Kannada Language displayed properly in Gentoo and Sabayon
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Well I was browsing through some Kannada sites the other day and all I got was big blocks. Turned out that Gentoo and Sabayon didn’t have support for displaying Kannada characters, though, I had no such problems with Hindi & Bengali characters [amongst others]. Changing the Character encoding in Firefox to Auto-detect or Unicode didn’t work either. After doing a bit of searching, found the solution. So open the terminal, switch to root user and type