Ubuntu 10.04 has been out for a while now...long enough so that some of the more pestering issues have been finally fixed. But in some cases those issues continue on. What do you do? Some of these issues are hardly noticeable. Some, on the other hand, are fairly annoying.
In this article I am going to show you some fixes for the more annoying Ubuntu 10.04 issues. They aren't many, but in some cases, for some people, they have been real show stoppers. I hope that's not you, but if it is let's see if we can remedy what ails you. If a fix for a problem you are having isn't listed, contact Ghacks and let us know what issues you are having so we can know what to cover.
USB devices not mounting
This has been a problem for anyone that might be using a machine that still contains a floppy disc drive. The problem is the code for the floppy gets in the way of USB devices being about to mount. To get around this (assuming you no longer use your floppy drive) you can disable that floppy drive with the command:
sudo modprobe -r floppy
This command removes the module for the floppy drive from the kernel and keeps it from being loaded. You will need to reboot your machine after you issue this command. You should now see that USB devices will mount. If you decide you need that floppy back you can always issue:
sudo modprobe floppy
to reload the module.
Move windows controls to right side
This isn't so much a bug as it is a pet peeve of most people. You see, the vast majority of computer users have grown used to having their controls on the upper right side of the window. For some reason, the Ubuntu developers decided to place these controls on the upper left side of the window. If you are like the vast majority you want it back on the right side. To do this all you have to do is follow these steps:
You can now close the gconf-editor tool.
The NVidia graphics black screen install issue
There have been some cases where using particular NVidia graphics cards have lead to black screens (or out of sync) problems when trying to run the live CD or installing Ubuntu. There is a way around this. Here are the steps:
At the startup of the installation screen hit F6 and select nomodeset and install as usual.
Upon first boot (after installation) press the "e" key when you see the GRUB bootloader.
Delete quiet and splash from the boot command and add nomodeset.
Hit <Ctrl>x to save and boot.
Now, once booted, you need to add the NVidia proprietary driver by doing the following:
Ubuntu 10.04 is one of the finest OSes to hit the "shelves" in a long time, but that doesn't mean it is not without flaws. Hopefully these tips have helped you to enjoy this Linux distribution a bit better.
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