Festive fun and New Year resolutions

I’ve written this article once this morning already but as I tried to add a link I managed to drag half the text from the end to the begining, when I tried to undo I lost all the text, argh !!!!! oh and the NOSCRIPT plugin for Firefox is annoying me sometimes because if you “allow” a page after you have started entering data on it you will lose the input as NOSCRIPT refreshes the page, still a very good plugin though.

I know some of you have been checking the blog regularly over this Festive season (Hi Graham) and wondering where the new articles were, well my excuses are; older son has been home for the holidays and i’ve been away from home quite a bit visiting family, something that made me realise I need a PDA or similar so I can still write and post new info. whilst out and about. Any suggestions on this are most welcome.

I’d just mentioned in the original draft for this post that I was up and about far too early this morning and I need to go for breakfast now, i’ll write more later on the new Fedora and Mint distributions i’ve been using, but to give yourselves something to do in the meantime why don’t you check out this video from Stephen Fry over at GNU.org or just download using this Torrent.

GRUB Error 18,or, oh no my mates PC won’t boot to Windows now !

If you’re a bit of a Linux evangelist you might have tried to persuade your friends and colleagues to install Linux too. But has it ever gone wrong and left you with a PC that will not boot back to Windows. For the first time ever I had this happen to me.

Scenario;
PC running XP on 2005 motherboard 150GB hard drive.
Split partition into a 140GB for XP (his choice not mine:) and 10GB for Linux, Linux Mint install goes fine as usual, but on rebooting gives me a GRUB Error 18 code. Now a quick trawl of Google suggests this is related to 1 of 2 things. Either the install is too far into the partition table (if that makes sense) and the BIOS cannot read from it without an update to do with LBA (Logical Block Addressing), and on a 2005 Motherboard i’d be suprised if thats the case or GRUB is in the wrong place, eh? I have installed GRUB on the first partition, the XP NTFS one.

Now in my own machine I have a 160GB hard drive and the install went straight through and rebooted with the GRUB menu, so whats happeming here, if you have got any ideas reply to this and perhaps we’ll know the answer then.

Mounting Drives in Linux or Couldn’t this be a bit easier

I know i’m not the only person who finds the whole mounting a drive in Linux thingy a bit messy. There is certainly a lot of help and support for editing Fstab but what I really wanted was a foolproof GUI version. A quick look at the Linux Mint website suggested Disk-Manager.

Disk-Manager is just what I wanted, I opened the program and was informed 1 drive was waiting to be configured, and sure enough it was the NTFS drive I wanted to use. I clicked configure then O.K and finaly saved on exit, that was it, job done. I rebooted the PC just to check and yes the new drive was auto mounted for all users and was using the read/write NTFS driver – 3g for read/write support on NTFS volumes.