Wednesday, July 16, 2008

connect to Internet: Enable your DSL / ppp / pppoe connection in Ubuntu

Wanna connect to internet with the dsl / ppp / pppoe connection in Ubuntu? I found it actually quite easy, easier than connecting from windows.

1. Open up a terminal and run the command:
sudo pppoeconf

It'll open up a new window and it'll search for a connection. If it finds any, it'll ask you for username and password in subsequent windows. REMEMBER! the password is written in simple textmode therefore it is visible when you are typing! So, look back and see who's watching from your back. :)

2. Now your connection is set.

3. Whenever you want to CONNECT, just run the command:
sudo pon dsl-provider

Don't close the terminal, minimize it while you're doing other things.

4. If you want to DISCONNECT:
sudo poff

In case you opened more than 1 connection, run this command to close them all:
sudo poff -a

5. Remember, after setting the username and password once, you dont need to set them all the time unless you want to change them completely.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Solution : problem installing ubuntu with WUBI, installation halts at Busybox (initramfs) prompt

Are you trying to install Ubuntu/Xubuntu using WUBI? After running the wubi from inside windows and after reboot do you stuck at some point with this prompt?

Busybox v1.1.3 (Debian Bult-in shell (ash)
Enter help for a list of built in commands.

I also got the same thing and was astonished. The solution is simple: From windows, after running the WUBI installer, replce "quiet splash" with "all_generic_ide" in the file g:\ubuntu\disks\boot\grub\menu.lst and reboot. Hope it works. (Here G: was the drive that is selected for Ubuntu installation, it may be different for you)

also, is your drive FAT32 formatted? make it NTFS.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Solution: Buffer I/O error on device FD0, Logical Block 0 (in Xubuntu 7.10)

Few days back I was trying to install Xubuntu 7.10 in my machine with WUBI. The installation began ok, but at some point it stucks and showed me the message :

[173.22] Buffer I/O error on device FD0, Logical Block 0
[182.56] Buffer I/O error on device FD0, Logical Block 0

and it continued to show those errors. The installation was a failure.

After some searching in the Internet, I figured out what went wrong. I don't have any floppy drive attached(I have one but I disconnected it long ago. I hate floppies :P) with the motherboard. yet, the installer was trying to read from the floppy drive. As a result the aforementioned error appeared.

The solution was simple! From the BIOS, I disabled the FDD and after that installation went on smoothly. Hope it works for you! :)