Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ubuntu drum roll - silence or be damned!

This post relates to Ubuntu 12.04 lts (Precise) and newer only.

There are plenty of forum posts and conflicting advice out there, but here is what works:

Commands to type:

cd /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/
sudo mv system-ready.ogg system-ready.ogg.disabled

Shown as a screenshot here:

Now restart your computer, and check the login screen, no longer gives a drum roll.

Before the change - how did everything look (default):

Recap - describing what I did:

The drum roll when the greeter screen (lightdm) is first displayed, is the system file system-ready.ogg

That file system-ready.ogg is a symbolic link to the actual sound file dialog-question.ogg

By moving system-ready.ogg to new name system-ready.ogg.disabled,
the Ubuntu system is unable to find what it has looked for, and you get what you want - silence!

No more drum roll every time the Ubuntu login screen is displayed.

Previous versions of Ubuntu and Gnome:

Ubuntu 11 and earlier did have a more Graphical and user friendly way of disabling the login drum roll.

There are plenty of forum posts about that.

To clarify: Advice that works for 12.04 lts will be different to advice that works for Ubuntu 11 or Ubuntu 10

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HP 655 Linux - part 1 - Ubuntu

HP 655 is an integrated laptop suitable for power (desktop) users and retro gaming

My 655 will be a triboot including Debian 7 (wheezy) and Ubuntu.

This post is part 1 of a series of posts about Ubuntu on the HP 655

Grainy display - resolution or driver?

One thing that folks jump for right after install, if they are planning on actively gaming, is to think about installing fglrx in place of the open source driver.

But wait!

1366x768 resolution was NOT SELECTED, and the default 1280x720 might go some way to explaining the graininess!

Just making this change (selecting 1366x768) seemed to improve things a whole lot.

( Remember to hit 'Keep this configuration' once you are happy with things )

In a later post I may experiment with enabling ATI own fglrx driver for this E2-1800 APU, but it is not strictly necessary for a laptop I use mainly for business.