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Chapter 4. Hardware

4.1. How do I install the 3D Nvidia video card driver?
4.2. How do I disable the Nvidia graphics logo on startup?
4.3. How do I install the 3D ATI video card driver?
4.4. How do I identify a modem chipset?
4.5. How do I install Winmodem/Linmodem Drivers?
4.6. How do I configure PalmOS devices?
4.7. How do I check disk space usage and view the partition table?
4.8. How do I list mounted devices?
4.9. How do I list PCI devices?
4.10. How do I list USB devices?
4.11. How do I speed up CD/DVD-ROM access (enable DMA)?
4.12. How do I mount/unmount CD/DVD-ROMs manually, and show all hidden and associated files/folders?
4.13. How do I forcefully unmount CD/DVD-ROMs manually?
4.14. How do I remount /etc/fstab without rebooting?
4.1.

How do I install the 3D Nvidia video card driver?

  1. Read How do I add Universe and Multiverse?

  2. Install the nvidia-glx and nvidia-settings packages with Synaptic (See How do I use Synaptic to install packages?)

    Miscellaneous - Graphical (restricted) > nvidia-glx
    Miscellaneous - Graphical (restricted) > nvidia-settings

  3. sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup 
    sudo nvidia-glx-config enable 
    sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/NVIDIA-Settings.desktop

  4. Insert the following lines into the new file

    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=NVIDIA Settings
    Comment=NVIDIA Settings
    Exec=nvidia-settings
    Icon=
    Terminal=false
    Type=Application
    Categories=Application;System;

  5. Save the edited file (sample/NVIDIA-Settings.desktop_installnvidiadriver)

  6. Read How do I restart GNOME without rebooting the computer?

  7. Applications->System Tools->NVIDIA Settings

4.2.

How do I disable the Nvidia graphics logo on startup?

  1. Read How do I install the 3D Nvidia video card driver?

  2. sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup 
    sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

  3. Find this section

    ...
    Section "Device"
    Identifier	"NVIDIA Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400]"
    Driver		"nvidia"
    BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
    ...

  4. Add the following line below it

    Option  "NoLogo"

  5. Save the edited file ( sample/xorg.conf_disablenvidialogo)

  6. Read How do I restart GNOME without rebooting the computer?

4.3.

How do I install the 3D ATI video card driver?

  1. Install the xorg-driver-fglrx package with Synaptic (See How do I use Synaptic to install packages?)

    Miscellaneous - Graphical (restricted) > xorg-driver-fglrx

  2. echo fglrx | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
    sudo depmod -a ; sudo modprobe fglrx
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_backup 
    sudo sed -i -e 's/"ati"/"fglrx"/' /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  3. If you are using an NForce2-based motherboard you will also need to do the following:

    sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    			    

    Change “Section "Device"” add the following line:

      Option  "UseInternalAGPGART" "no"
  4. Restart your machine for changes to take effect.

4.4.

How do I identify a modem chipset?

  1.  
    wget -c http://frankandjacq.com/ubuntuguide/scanModem.gz 
    gunzip -c scanModem.gz > scanModem 
    chmod +x scanModem
    sudo ./scanModem 
    gedit Modem/ModemData.txt

4.5.

How do I install Winmodem/Linmodem Drivers?

http://www.linmodems.org/

4.6.

How do I configure PalmOS devices?

  1. sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/10-custom.rules

  2. Insert the following line into the new file

    BUS="usb", SYSFS{product}="Palm Handheld*", KERNEL="ttyUSB*", NAME{ignore_remove}="pilot", MODE="666"

  3. Save the edited file (sample/10-custom.rules_configurepalmosdevices)

  4. System->Preferences->PalmOS Devices

  5. Follow the instructions on screen

4.7.

How do I check disk space usage and view the partition table?

  1. Launch System->Administration->Disks

  2. Select the Harddrive, then the Partitions tab

  3. Each partition will be listed under Partition List, with disk space and mount point.

4.8.

How do I list mounted devices?

  1. mount

4.9.

How do I list PCI devices?

  1. lspci

4.10.

How do I list USB devices?

  1. lsusb

4.11.

How do I speed up CD/DVD-ROM access (enable DMA)?

  1. Assuming that /dev/cdrom is the location of CD/DVD-ROM

  2. sudo hdparm -d1 /dev/cdrom 
    sudo cp /etc/hdparm.conf /etc/hdparm.conf_backup 
    sudo gedit /etc/hdparm.conf

  3. Append the following lines at the end of file

    /dev/cdrom {
    dma = on
    }

  4. Save the edited file (sample/hdparm.conf_speedupcddvdrom)

4.12.

How do I mount/unmount CD/DVD-ROMs manually, and show all hidden and associated files/folders?

  1. Assuming that /media/cdrom0/ is the location of CD/DVD-ROM

  2. To mount CD/DVD-ROM

    sudo mount /media/cdrom0/ -o unhide

  3. To unmount CD/DVD-ROM

    sudo umount /media/cdrom0/

4.13.

How do I forcefully unmount CD/DVD-ROMs manually?

  1. sudo eject

4.14.

How do I remount /etc/fstab without rebooting?

  1. sudo mount -a

 
 
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