Aug15

Ubuntu Feisty geforce 4 420 Go black screen problem

Categories: Hardware, Linux
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When I installed Feisty on my laptop (it was still running Edgy) I’ve been having trouble with my laptop Geforce 4 420Go video card in combination with the NVIDIA driver. The problem, like most other 420Go users, is the BLANK SCREEN problem, after you boot the screen goes black (or white since your back light is still on)
Those of you having similar problems if you have a Geforce4 420 Go 32MB.
The 9631 driver is looking for a CRT monitor and not and LCD (those of you having the problem on LCD monitors)
to fix this:
edit your xorg.conf
go to Section “Screen”
below defaultdepth, add:
Option “UseDisplayDevice” “DFP”

Jun17

Unreal Tournament runs too fast

Categories: Games, Windows
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Recently I bought me a brand new pc: an Intel core 2 duo with a Nvidia Geforce 6600GT (I know old graphics card, but I want to test running Mac OS X on it in the near future). When I installed Unreal Tournament (the classic) on it however the game was way too fast, it looked like it skipped frames and it was unplayable. I tried several suggestions like turning off frequency scaling (which is usually the fix on laptops), special patches to run on only 1 core in stead of both, setting vsync, decreasing the max framerate etc. Nothing seemed to help. In the end I found a solution which worked for me: I installed the omega drivers and now the game runs just like before 🙂

May28

Thunderbird and Google Calendar

Categories: Linux, Software, Windows, www
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I love the idea of having a calendar online to be able to check it from anywhere, but I also like to have a local tool to add and edit my appointments. Since I don’t like outlook a lot (it does not run on my favorite OS) I was looking for an alternative. Now there is a calendar plugin for Thunderbird called “Lightning”, on its own already quiet good, but since Thunderbird 2.0 came out it works with a new plugin called “provider for Google Calendar”, this one makes it possible to import and use your google calendar directly with Lightning. Only a minor downside is that your local Thunderbird does not cache the calendar data from Google Calendar, so if you disconnect your laptop from the internet, you will not see the Google Calendar appointments. An explanation on how to do it you can find here

May11

Got an error?

Categories: www
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Ever wondered what the meaning is of a http error response you recieve, well here is a nice overview

http-headers-status

May1

Dell soon to deliver Ubuntu pre-installed pc’s

Categories: Linux
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Today Dell announced they are going to sell pc’s with Ubuntu pre-installed.
Could this be the counterpoint of an adoptation of Linux for the wider public? Who knows what the future holds …

May1

Ghosty?

Categories: Personal
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What would be a better way to start this blog then to explain a bit the how and why of my nickname.

My nickname was originally Ghost, refering to the package created by symantec.
At the time I found this one of the best software packages around (times around the windows 9x era)

Since this nickname was usually taken on irc and it sounded a bit unfriendly I changed it to Ghosty.
Over time however I discovered that the nickname had even more meanings than I realised at the time that I started using it.

  • if you transform my nickname a bit it sounds like my real last name.
  • furthermore is a ghost a creature that wanders around places and I am wandering around the wonderful internet.
  • ghost-hour: usually you still find me awake during these hours due to my pc addiction.
  • I use the word “geestig” a lot (free translation ghost-like, in dutch this means funny)