My Nvidia nightmare with Ubuntu 14.04 on a MacBookPro6,2

My fondness of Apple’s software releases has been steadily declining recently, so I decided to switch entirely to a Linux-based operating system. Having recently had very good experiences with Ubuntu’s hardware support on various machines, I decided to try out the latest 14.04 LTS release on my MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) (MacBookPro6,2).

The installation went smoothly – brightness/audio controls, WiFi, Audio and Webcam all seemed to be working without any additional configurationĀ  needed. At this point, I was using the pre-selected open-source Nouveau driver for the Nvidia Geforce 330M GPU.

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Linux 2.6.38 and VIA Chromotion HD 2.0 combination results in blank/black terminal

screen_shot_2011_12_06_at_8_36_20_.46vahpriunmsks84444c0g88g.17ldmg3f9ou8088wk04c40sgo.thAt work, we use HP Thin Clients with a Debian distribution on top. We sometimes buy new hardware and when faced with discontinued models, we of course have to find new ones. Last time we decided on the HP t5550 Thin Client, which were to prove a bit of a challenge when we had to upgrade our Debian installation with a newer kernel.

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How I Got “lm-sensors” Working on my Via Epia SN1800 Motherboard

via.8azvymjas0kc0s4k4s8wg8kk4.17ldmg3f9ou8088wk04c40sgo.thI’ve been the owner of a Via Epia SN1800 motherboard for quite some time now, and ever since I got it, I’ve always wanted to be able to monitor the CPU temperature from inside the operating system.

Since I’m using Linux, this means using the “lm-sensors” program, which in my experience never seems to work “out of the box” without a lot of Google searching and configuration tweaking.

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iPhone Bluetooth Tethering in Ubuntu

iphone_tethering_waiting.xv1g76k0ei8s8cwo8gck0gw8.17ldmg3f9ou8088wk04c40sgo.thUbuntu is, out of the box, pretty good at handling mobile Internet connections via bluetooth from various mobile devices. It even supports the iPhone to some extent.

I’ve been using Ubuntu’s built in functions to access the Internet from my netbook via my iPhone for quite a while now, but I have never been completely satisfied with the reliability, when connecting/disconnecting to the iPhone.

I take the train to work just about every day, and usually I would have to do some tinkering with both my iPhone and my netbook, every time I wanted to connect to the Internet.

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Ubuntu freezing on Via EPIA 10000 M

ubuntu_logo.1edt085urikkokgoc0c880s8g.17ldmg3f9ou8088wk04c40sgo.thI recently tried installing the latest version of Ubuntu on my Via EPIA 10000 M board, to use it as a Media Center. But I experienced some strange behavior.

After about 30 to 60 minutes of use, my system completely locked up.
All I could do to get the system back up, was perform a hard reboot.

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