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Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« on: March 17, 2010, 05:04:13 AM »
Bringing the post to this new thread...

Restate:
Tried to get Medibuntu, but it appears that its not availible.

I can plug my USB drives in just fine, the printer works just fine. But when I put an audio cd or my ubuntu live dvd, it doesn't read, the music cd spun once or twice, but the ubuntu dvd, did nothing that I could see.
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010, 05:29:48 AM »
Repost from asciisec.exe thread:

OK back in Linux to try these things out...

USB drive works just fine.

Put the Ubuntu dvd I burned into the drive. Nothing. cd/dvd rom doesn't pop up on the left panel in Nautilus.

The /cdrom folder is empty.

Ran the code from the Medibuntu website: and got this code:
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W: Failed to fetch http://packages.medibuntu.org/karmic/dists/free/non-free/binary-i386/Packages.gz  404  Not Found
E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.



Apparently Medibuntu isn't availible from that website anymore. Quite frustrating.
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010, 05:40:53 AM »
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Err http://packages.medibuntu.org karmic/free Packages
  404  Not Found
Err http://packages.medibuntu.org karmic/non-free Packages
  404  Not Found


UPDATE:
Spent 2 hrs on #ubuntu irc.chat and still no solution for the drive not working
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2010, 07:38:33 AM »

Maybe this screenshot will help some... The drive is there some of the code the irc.chat had me run, identified my wayward drive, but is still won't run when I put anything in it...[/img]
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2010, 09:21:01 AM »
Feels like a small part of me is dying, when I see you struggle. :'(

I haven't got a clue as to what the problem is. It could be some other program is "hogging" the drive, and doesn't allow any other program to mount it (such as nautilus/gnome).

I'd advise you to try out Ubuntu forums, since I'm all out of ideas, and I'm far from an expert on linux.

I could be interesting to see the printout from your log file, what it says when you insert the drive. (In unix-systems the /var-folder is usually used for logs)
check the bottom of this file like:
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tail -n 20 /var/log/messages (perhaps you need to be  admin (aka., root, in that case: sudo tail /var/log...))
And update the check after you insert the cd. It could geve some clue that might help others help you, and perhaps even I, though I doubt it... :'(

("-n 20" prints the last 20 lines of the log file, manipulate at will)

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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010, 03:08:00 PM »
Eh you didn't know this issue would have happened. Just seems like my bad luck wants to rear its ugly head. I like Linux tho, its got some really cool stuff.
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2010, 03:30:49 PM »
If it's any consolation in like 30 days Ubuntu 10.04 (yy.mm) will be officially released, it's currently in the last testing stage, and they've changed how stuff gets mounted in it, (Stopped using HAL (=Hardware Abstraction Layer, not Hal 9000 ;)). So that'll probably (hopefully) work. But it bothers me that you're having these problems, and I'd like to know what's causing them.

EDIT: If ubuntu forums fail, you could try installing Ubuntu 10.04 now, and just update when the final release is here)

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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2010, 05:17:50 PM »
Lol HAL...

Yes I would like to know why its not recognising the drive as well.

EDIT:
Here's the readout from that code
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Mar 17 02:24:59 dbook82-laptop kernel: [ 2207.488117] djplay[2775] general protection ip:807c523 sp:bffb6b70 error:0 in djplay[8048000+d4000]
Mar 17 02:27:27 dbook82-laptop kernel: [ 2354.763506] i2c-adapter i2c-2: unable to read EDID block.
Mar 17 02:27:27 dbook82-laptop kernel: [ 2354.763512] i915 0000:00:02.0: HDMI Type A-1: no EDID data
Mar 17 02:27:27 dbook82-laptop kernel: [ 2354.768303] i2c-adapter i2c-2: unable to read EDID block.
Mar 17 02:27:27 dbook82-laptop kernel: [ 2354.768307] i915 0000:00:02.0: HDMI Type A-1: no EDID data
Mar 17 02:33:41 dbook82-laptop pulseaudio[1720]: ratelimit.c: 112 events suppressed
Mar 17 03:42:12 dbook82-laptop pulseaudio[1720]: ratelimit.c: 143 events suppressed
Mar 17 09:53:12 dbook82-laptop kernel: [29100.011164] hda-intel: IRQ timing workaround is activated for card #0. Suggest a bigger bdl_pos_adj.
Mar 17 12:33:47 dbook82-laptop sudo: pam_sm_authenticate: Called
Mar 17 12:33:47 dbook82-laptop sudo: pam_sm_authenticate: username = [dbook82]

I'm going to post it on ubuntu forums as well
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2010, 07:46:44 PM »
UPDATE:
Just for the heck of it I tried this
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sudo nautilus &
and nautilus pulled up with root and cdrom0 was on the left side! but i get a unable to mount error.

See attached image
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2010, 06:50:05 AM »
What exactly does the error message say?

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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2010, 12:44:49 PM »
Now i don't know much, but on all computers I've played with, the CDrom have been linked to /dev/hdc, whereas your says /dev/sr0. perhaps that could be it?
(hmm, then again, perhaps not. When your computer starts Linux makes links to all devices, so there is a file that acts as a link between the hardware, for instance, passing a number to the file for the screen changes the brightness, and "connecting" a driver is made by "mounting" it to a folder. So at boot the computer makes a link to the cdrom and places it in /dev/sr0)

You could try to mount manually.
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sudo mount /dev/sr0 /mnt
then check the folder /mnt to see if there is anything in there. (note: when mounting, it must always be done to an empty folder)

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sudo mount /dev/hdc /mnt

You could also post the output of your fstab, that's the file that tells the computer where each partition should be mounted, (like in Windows it always mounts the main partition to c:\).
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more /etc/fstab (or gedit instead of "more")
(in linux all system wide config-files can be found in the /etc-folder, and all user specific files are hidden in your home folder)

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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2010, 08:12:28 PM »
I'll give those a try. back in windows for now. Should I need to downgrade to 8.04 how do i go abt doing that?
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2010, 08:51:05 PM »
i fear i may have to hold off on linux again. my laptop restarted itself and now i'm sitting thru a windows repair session. i need windows for school so i might have to wait until summer to try again....
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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2010, 04:40:39 AM »
This is somewhat off topic... but I think two Linux threads is enough. I found this Linux Distro quiz. http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

Feels like a joke or Linux propaganda though. I don't know... when I answer everything honestly I get 5 perfect matches and 6 90% matches, and 5 of those 90% matches were only 90% because I "may require Linux knowledge" (The other one was 90% because I require my distro to be free :eeeee:). That's 11 out of the 14 distros too...  :|

I think it's interesting though. Maybe I'm just open for more distros than average people... I thought I WAS average in the PC department. :pinch:

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Re: Trying to live free and use Linux =(
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2010, 04:57:40 AM »
Wow that's a quite a few flavors of linux.
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