Windows 7 Hosed my Boot Record

January 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu, windows 

Last weekend I finally decided to give the Windows 7 beta a try. I've got three hard drives in my computer. Drive 1 has Windows 2000 and Ubuntu 8.04 on it. The Grub boot loader is on the master boot record to select the OS at boot time. Drive 2 is set up as a storage drive. Drive 3 is set up with a large storage partition along with a 20 GB boot partition that had Fedora 10 on it. I purposely had this set up separately for testing. It requires changing the boot order in the BIOS in order to use it. This seemed like the perfect place to install Windows 7 to try it out. Read more

Force USB Device Discovery in Ubuntu

January 19, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: bash, gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

I previously did a post on how to Create a Button to Restart USB in Ubuntu. The purpose of that procedure was to get the USB hub in my HP w2207 monitor to recognize a flash drive that had been inserted into one of the ports.

Well I've found a better way to force this recognition that doesn't require root permission. It turns out that issuing the lsusb command polls all of the USB devices and causes my flash drive to be recognized and automounted. You can try this in a terminal with: Read more

Ubuntu on the MSI Wind

January 12, 2009 by · 9 Comments
Filed under: gadget, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

I've been using my MSI Wind U100-432US for a few weeks now. If you're interested in my initial review, you can find it here. Shortly after getting this great small laptop I decided it was time to install Ubuntu. I decided to go for a Hardy install because of its Long Term Support status. I have several computers at home running Ubuntu and I'd rather not go through full distribution upgrades every six months on all of them to keep up with the latest releases. Read more

Review: MSI Wind

January 4, 2009 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: gadget, windows 

I got an MSI Wind U100-432US for Christmas. The Wind is one of several netbooks (small laptop) based on Intel's Atom N270 processor.

Key specs: Read more