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Change font color in Firefox toolbar to suit your theme (Ubuntu) January 3, 2008

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O.K., so you have chosen a new theme for firefox and now you can’t see the toolbar font at all.

Well what has happened is the system font color is the same color as your firefox theme color ( let’s say your font is black and the toolbar is also black)

To correct this you will need to create the userChrome.css file

Open Places>Home Folder

In the toolbar click view and then show hidden files

open .mozilla>firefox>(the default folder)>chrome

right-click userChrome-example.css and select open with “text editor”

add this code to the bottom of the page

menubar, menubutton, menu, menuitem, menupopup, popup > * {
color: white !important;

Save this file as userChrome.css in the chrome folder

The next time you open Firefox your font will be white

( if you want the text black just add this code:)

menubar, menubutton, menu, menuitem, menupopup, popup > * {
color: black !important;


Installing Google Earth in Ubuntu (7.10 Gutsy) December 31, 2007

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If you like Google Earth then you will like it in Ubuntu. Installation is simple, here we go:

1.Open a terminal Applications>Accessories> Terminal

Insert this code:

wget http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthLinux.bin

2.When the file has finished downloading into your home folder, insert this code in your terminal to install:

sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

3. The Google Earth Setup window opens, if the default installation paths are fine to you click Begin Install

4. The program installs itself, when it has completed click Start


Customizing specific folders (Pictures, Music) in Ubuntu December 29, 2007

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To customize the way your folder icons look (for example in windows My Music, My Picture, My Videos, you get the “picture”:

Right click the folder icon you want to change

Select Properties

Double click the icon image in the top left hand corner

A window will open allowing you to navigate to your custom icon image you want to use.

Select the new icon and click Open.

Enjoy your new icon.

No sound with a HDA Intel ICH8 Family (rev 03) sound card (GStreamer error message) December 29, 2007

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In order to correct HDA Intel ICH8 sound card issues with the ALSA drivers you will need to open up gutsy-backports.

This is accomplished by:

System>Administration>Software Sources

Click on the Updates tab and check Unsupported-updates (gutsy-backports)

Click Close

Click Reload in the new window that opens (The information about available software is out-of-date)

Your computer will download the new updates and close the Software Sources window

Open up a terminal:


Enter this code in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-generic

This installs the newest ALSA Drivers

Reboot and your sound should be restored

Installing a Skydome in Compiz (Ubuntu 7.10) December 28, 2007

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When using the desktop cube effect a nice looking skydome can enhance your desktop experience.

Special “wallpapers” are needed to get the right effect, here’s how:

Download a Skydome from here:


Then navigate: system>preferences>advanced desktop effects settings

In the right hand pane you will see a section called Desktop

Click on Desktop Cube and then the Appearance tab

Find the Skydome subsection and browse for the skydome you wish to use.

You may have to log out for the changes to take affect. ( Ctrl+Alt+Backspace)

Customizing your Main Menu Icon (replacing the default Ubuntu logo) December 28, 2007

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If you like the having a windows like feel to your Main Menu then this may be your answer.

Right-click on the panel where you want the Main Menu to appear and select Add to Panel

In the new window, scroll down to Utilities and select Main Menu

Click Add and it will appear in the panel.

Right-click the Ubuntu icon and select Move to move it to wherever you prefer ( I like it to the left corner)

If you haven’t removed the Menu bar (Applications, Places, System) yet right-click and remove

To customized the main menu icon:

1.Open up the terminal (applications>accessories>terminal)

Insert this code In the termainl (applications>accessories>terminal):


The configuration editor opens, then open these folders in the left pane (apps>panel>objects)

You will see a list of objects in the pane locate the one that says (menu_object) next to object_type in the right pane.

Once this is located scroll down and locate the use custom icon entry and select it.

Scroll back up and double click the custom icon entry, this will open a new window asking for the path to the icon you wish to use. Enter the path in the value field and click OK

( If the icon is in your pictures folder in your home folder the path would look like this:)


Customizing the Places menu in Ubuntu December 27, 2007

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To add a folder to your “Places” menu:

1.Open up Nautilus File Browser ( applications>places>home folder)

In the left pane you will see a list of folders and drives in your Places menu, in the right pane you will see the folders within your home folder.

2.Create a new folder ( shift+ctrl+n) and name it whatever you wish and hit ( enter) If you already have a folder in mind skip the aforementioned and move along to (3)

3.Left click on the folder and drag it into the left pane to the bottom of the list.

Magically it appears, you can click and drag it into any position within the left panel that you like.

To remove it from the left pane, right click the folder and select remove.

How to reinstall Windows after you installed Ubuntu and Windows no longer detects the hard drive December 23, 2007

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1. First things first: Gather all of your software discs (drivers, software including the Windows installation disc)

2. Double check that all your important data is BACKED UP!! (this should have really been done prior to any hard drive changes)

3. Reboot, and enter the BIOS . Go to the System Configuration page and set “SATA Native Support” to Disable. This is CRUCIAL!! (Your system may be worded a little different but whatever system you have disable SATA support.)

4. Boot the Windows XP CD, and enter Windows setup.

5. Hit Enter (continue). press F8 to agree with the legal stuff. Hit ESC (don’t repair).

6. If you used Gparted to partition the hard drive located the portion you formatted for Windows.

7. Select the “Unpartitioned space” and hit “C” to create.

8. The size will be whatever you want, if you have this formatted as FAT 32 or NTFS already some of this may be done for you.

8. Select desired partition and hit Enter.

9. Format NTFS. A full format is recommended if it’s your first time formatting this drive. (I always do a full format)

10. Windows will copy files to the HD after format.

11. Reboot (it will auto reboot). XP install continues, this time in a slightly more graphical interface. Answer all questions it asks .

12. Windows will reboot again.

13. Go through the brief setup process.. then Windows will log you in.

How to reinstall the Grub loader in Ubuntu when Windows overwrites it. December 23, 2007

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If you run a dual-boot system with Linux and Windows, I am sure this has happened to you. You had to do your quarterly reinstall of Windows, and now you don’t see the Grub bootloader anymore, so you can’t boot into Ubuntu.

Here’s the quick and easy way to re-enable Grub.

1) Boot off the LiveCD

2) Open a Terminal and type in the following commands, noting that the first command will put you into the grub “prompt”, and the next 3 commands will be executed there. Also note that hd0,0 implies the first hard drive and the first partition on that drive, which is where you probably installed grub to during installation. If not, then adjust accordingly.
sudo grub
root (hd0,0)
setup (hd0)

Reboot (removing the livecd), and your boot menu should be back.

Windows is no longer an option in Grub (Ubuntu 7.10) December 23, 2007

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If you did a clean install on your hard drive and installed Ubuntu before you installed Windows, then Ubuntu will not have anything in the grub configuration for Windows. This is where you’ll have to do a bit of manual editing to the grub boot menu file.

Open the file /boot/grub/menu.lst with the following command in the terminal:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
Copy this code and insert it at the bottom of this open document (In the windows portion you can call windows whatever you like):
title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Look at the top of this document where it annotates that the grub loader is hidden by default. If you want the selection to be visible instead of having to hit (esc) when booting place a (#) sign in front of this line.

Save this document and reboot your system

Note: You should also verify that hd0,0 is the correct location for Windows. If you had installed Windows on the 4th partition on the drive, then you should change it to (hd0,3)