Today I got a bargain netbook in the Carphone Warehouse clearance sale – I’d ordered one yesterday online within minutes of the sale starting to be told they were out of stock and were cancelling my order a few hours later. Gutted. So I trapsed round their shops today and eventually picked up a brand new Toshiba NB250 “half-price” for just £120! Bargain!
But it seems Toshiba netbooks have a disgustingly garish OEM/branded background screen that’s displayed during startup and logon (though Win 7 starter still has the standard Windows 7 desktop background). Turns out this isn’t too tricky to get rid of (and yes, it works on Windows 7 Starter).
Just head on into the registry and find the key called: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background – change the value from 1 to 0 and you’re back to the default Windows background.
You can apparently also change the background to any picture you want if you’re so inclined, but I just want something slightly less distasteful than Toshiba’s background so I’m done there. Hope this helps someone.
I recently bought a netbook on eBay that had come with Windows 7 starter but the owner had wiped this and replaced it with Linux. I needed a new netbook and figured the fact this one came without Windows would keep the price down. I was right and I purchased a netbook for £68, now all I had to do was get a copy of Windows 7 to install using the product-key which was still stuck underneath.
In the mean time I installed the new Ubuntu 11.04 and set up a number of partitions to get it ready. I set up a /boot partition of about 500MB (for Grub etc.?), a / partition for Ubuntu and a /home partition for my documents. I also set up a “Win” partition to leave a space for Windows and a final NTFS partition to use for documents etc. when I was booted into Windows or to share across to Linux. Linux seemed to be working fine and I got on the internet etc. It was all very smooth, much more so than when I installed Ubuntu 9.10 or whatever it was back in the day.
I got hold of a copy of Windows and began trying to install it from SD card. When it came to selecting a partition for Windows to live on, I picked my 40GB Win partition but Windows started throwing a strop and told me something it seems to have told a few others before me:
Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.
Not impressed, I booted into Linux and tried to set a boot flag on this partition. That took it off my original boot partition though, as a hard drive can only have one boot partition.
In the end I gave up and wiped all the partitions using the Windows installer. I then created a 40GB partition for Windows, which proceeded to also create a 100MB “system” partition at the start of the drive. I’m wondering if I’d left my room for Windows at the start of the drive in the first place if maybe I would have avoided this, but as it is – I now have to install Ubuntu all over again. Fail!! Thanks Micro$oft!
This is just a random puzzling issue.
I recently went to work without my iPod headphones which I’ve been using with my HTC Desire to listen to music during work, so I tried some others I’d picked up over the summer courtesy of Continental Airlines.
For some reason when I put the headphones in the sound went all echoy and when I tried to fix it the tracks would randomly skip forwards, skip backwards and skip through tracks. I also noticed the headphones icon at the top included what looks to be a headset microphone.
Turns out I’m not the only one… users on Android Forums have been reporting the same issue. Very disappointing from a top-of-the-range Smartphone.
I really like my HTC Desire (purchased from Mobiles.co.uk about 2 months ago) and intend to blog a proper review soon. There are niggles that I have with it but overall I’m very satisfied with it. One major pain in the backside though, is the micro-USB port used both for data transfer and for charging. In a word, it’s shit!
When I first got the phone it didn’t take more than a few days to notice that the connection was loose and it would shut off mid-charge etc. Not good. After leaving my charger in a hotel I bought a replacement from Argos. This was better but still has issues.
It was after this that I realised that the data cable for my work phone, a Nokia 5230, also had a micro-usb connector on the end. Guess what: it seems to fit perfectly!
So are HTC just cutting corners by supplying shit peripherals
I’ve posted twice recently about my problems following an upgrade of Ubuntu Netbook Remix to Lucid Lynx (10.04). In short, I upgraded both the BIOS of the netbook (an Asus Eee PC 1008HA) and upgraded Ubuntu from 9.10 (Karmic Koala) to 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). Once I did this the sound would disappear after the first time I logged in following each boot, and only work properly if I logged out and in again.
One kind commenter (thank you “ThrasherC”) suggested routing code
352732 – Problem in Pulse Audio” href=”https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/alsa-utils/+bug/352732/comments/77″>a solution to a similar problem. I haven’t followed the story of the bug report and probably don’t know enough about Linux to understand it so I’m not taking responsibility for anyone else doing this. This is a statement of what I did, not advice 🙂
- Open a new terminal
- Issue command “sudo gedit /etc/pulse/default.pa”
- Find the line that says “load-module module-device-restore” and comment it out by adding a hash at the start so it reads “#load-module module-device-restore”
Hope this helps someone – be that you, or me in the future.