Mounting & Accessing Windows Shared Folders on Linux
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

Well recently I’d bought an external 750GB USB hard disk, as I was running out of space on my laptop. Now this drive requires an external power source, so I just cant lug it everywhere with my laptop in my room so I thought I’ll connect this to my other laptop, and share the drive (the other laptop is my office one, runs on Windows) and I could access this drive over WiFi. While accessing the drive contents via Dolphin was pretty easy thanks to the smb kparts (ie, to access just type smb:/// oh btw this works in Gnome 2.23 as well) trying to access the drive in Amarok via smb kparts would result in Amarok crashing. Hence I decided to mount it. I was sorta stuck, as I read the man pages for mount which mentioned smbfs is available but then mount kept throwing β€˜unknown filesystem type smbfs”.

Make Use of PeerGuardian 2’s IP Filter in KTorrent
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Sathya

PeerGuardian 2, is an awesome IP filtering software. Though its FOSS, it there isn’t a Linux port of it yet. But don’t worry, if you’re using KTorrent, you can make use of PeerGuardian’s filters.Β  Let me show how you can do so.

Mounting and Burning .iso, .mdf, .nrg(Nero) files and CD Images in Linux in 1-click
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

A while ago, I’d written a post on howto mount CD images, such as .iso, .mdf files etc via the command prompt using the mount command. In the post, among the comments, Sumeet had asked if there was a way to do all of this without having to type lengthy commands. Well yes there is! And it can’t get simpler than this!

[How To] Mount FAT32/NTFS Partitions with read and write support in linux using command-line
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Bharath
Previously I’d posted on auto-mounting partitions at startup using pysdm. This post shows how you can do so by making use of mount command. Below steps require root priviliges, so switch to root or prefix sudo to the commands. For mounting NTFS drives with read and write support, open the terminal and type <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222 /dev/device_name /where_you_want_to_mount</span> mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/device_name /where_you_want_to_mount/ Editor’s note: ntfs has been superseded by ntfs-3g and will mount with read/write privileges.

[How-To] Display A List of All Partitions, Device Info and Filesystem Type In Linux
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

In my previous posts I’d written on how to mount your partitions using the mount command. In the post I’d mentioned that you’d have to mention the partition that you want to mount by specifying /dev/device_name as part of the command. The question that would come to your mind is, How do I know which of my partition is on what device? So let me show how to find out which partition is on what device!

[How To] Fix MBR after installing/uninstalling Windows/Linux in a dual boot
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Bharath

Many, who do a dual boot with any Linux and Windows will face the problem of Master Boot Record (MBR). In easier words, one of them (Windows or Linux) wont boot after installing/uninstalling the other. This is a small guide I hope many would find it useful.


[How to] Tackling Screen Resolution Problems in Linux
· β˜• 4 min read · ✍️ Bharath

Many of us may feel screen resolution as the biggest pest in any OS. If we don’t get the screen resolution we want we get real fed up with the UI (dont we?). Personally, I very much hate if screen resolution gets screwed up and also have faced a lot of problems on that.

So I thought I would make a post on the common problems I faced in ubuntu and I hope it would be useful for other distros too.

[How to] Fix β€œHome Directory should be accesible only by the user” β€” Warning Message during login
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Bharath
I just encountered this problem recently so I thought I would drop a short note about it. Once I was trying to mount ext3 filesystems with read and write support and I, by mistake, did chmod my entire root partition as 775. In this process, I made a warning message appear everytime I login, saying something like the home directory should be accessible by only its owner and should be set to 644.

[How to] Setting up Frontech Tv Tuner in Linux
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Bharath
Continue I am personally a Frontech tv tuner user. I dont currently use it now but i was using in the past. I faced hell a lot of problems to get it working. It was sheer luck that i ran into the info here which saved me!!!! Thanks to Mann. Here’s an excerpt from it 13/06/07- I cannot install my TV tuner card in fedora (this problem is irrelevant to my project, but i want it to be solved)

[How-To]Send SMS from your Linux computer via your Mobile Phone
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

While exploring Fedora 10 Beta, I found this neat little app called Phone Manager.

The about page of PhoneManager states

Phone Manager is a program created to allow you to control aspects of your mobile phone from your GNOME 2 desktop..