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Sunday, October 12, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Ok, so based on some online reading and on the kind recommendations of numerous readers, I set my laptop up as a dual-boot Vista/Ubuntu system. I went by the recommendation of one reader and used Wubi, and it was remarkably easy.

I have only poked around some, and have been vexed as to how to get Sirius’ online streaming to work, but am aware that there are workarounds.

However, a major problem I have had is that twice I could not get the system to wake up after it went into standby mode. Once I just left the machine sitting for a while and came back to find the machine in standby and it wouldn’t wake up and then I tried shutting the laptop lid overnight to see if it would wake up in the morning (as I do with Vista all the time) and no go. In both cases I had to to a hard reboot (i.e., use the power button). Given that one of the big bonuses of Linux-based systems is the alleged lack of need to engage in hard reboots, I was a tad disappointed.

Any thoughts from the Linux savvy in the audience?

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5 Comments »

  1. Hmmm…on the Sirius issue what do they use to stream? You can get Real Player via Synaptic….I had to do that to get the BBC working.

    The wake up thing is mystifying…I have never had that happen on Ubuntu or Xandros. Is it happening when running on battery/AC or both?

    Perhaps looking at your power settings might give you an idea for what is going on.

    Comment by Ratoe — Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

  2. Good to know about Real Player. I was able to get it (Sirius’ media player) to work in Knoppix, but I am not sure if it was via the Konqueror browser or a different one.

    And it was plugged in in both cases of the wake up fail.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  3. Some users have reported hardware compatibility problems with Suspend/Hibernate in 8.04 (the current version). As with so many other Linux issues, it’s a “supported hardware” thing; S/H works just fine on my Dell laptop. Sometimes making some adjustments in the system BIOS can help out, but it’s a known bug.

    Try looking through the Ubuntu Forums for your type of computer hardware. They’re a great resource.

    S/H is supposedly fixed in the new version (8.10), which is due out later this month. Why didn’t you wait for the new release like I said? That’s like installing XP a week or so before you get Vista.

    Comment by Len — Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

  4. Oh, I can be impatient at times ;)

    Plus, with the Wubi install I figured I could install, play around with it, and if I liked it, uninstall and start over again.

    Thanks for the info on the problem.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  5. Just thought of one other thing that might help. The Compiz desktop animation effects in 8.04 can sometimes cause conflicts. To disable effects, click the following menu options:

    SYSTEM, PREFERENCES, APPEARANCE, VISUAL EFFECTS: NONE

    If that doesn’t make any difference and you miss the animations (they’re nothing special IMO), just go back in and re-enable.

    Comment by Len — Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

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