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Wow! Maybe things are coming together in the Linux world…

After some things were a little funny in Kubuntu 10.04, (like log out and shutdown buttons not working… I have a low tolerance for stupid little frustrations…) I got Mint 9 KDE version installed, and it is running beautifully. The WOW is for the way it automatically found and setup my HP Photosmart Premium printer as soon as I turned it on. No hunting for drivers, no messing with CUPS… it just automatically configured it and it works!

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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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“Generating grub.cfg” won’t finish….

A brand new installation of Kubuntu 10.04 always requires updates, including an updated kernel. The new kernel forces synaptic to run grub-update. My problem was that it just wouldn’t finish! It would hang at “Generating grub.cfg.” I finally figured out: unplug the usb cable to my printer, which has an SD slot in it for picture cards. Once I did that, and did a “sudo dpkg –configure -a” in Konsole, the update could finish as normal. I wonder if that is what made Mint 9 KDE installation keep halting at “Looking for other operating systems…” Hmmm. I’ll have to give that a try…

Update: I tried the Mint installation again, but I had to physically disconnect my second hard drive (where I keep my /home directory) and install to the entire first hard drive (no more Kubuntu) before I could get it to install completely. I kept getting stuck at “looking for other OS’s… ” when it was trying to install grub to the main hard drive’s MBR (master boot record). And THEN, as soon as I went to update the new Mint, I was stuck again at “generating grub.cfg… ” The workaround I finally found (somewhere on Ubuntu forums, I think) was to append this line to the bottom of /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=true

Then I was able to reboot, update through Synaptic, and it configured the new kernel, updated grub.cfg, etc. without a hiccup.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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