Bluetooth headphones headache in Linux: a trick with a2dp.py

If you ever used your bluetooth headphones in Linux you most likely noticed an annoying issue that the headphones are detected successfully, but the sound still not working correctly. This problem has been discussed numerous times and I found recently a very useful post that helps to address the problem. It seems like the solution …

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aplay -l shows different card ids after reboot in Debian Squeeze GNOME

If you experience sound problems in Debian Squeeze (GNOME) this article should help you: http://www.shcherbyna.com/?p=1800. However, sometime it happens that the card id you put into .asoundrc might be changed next time you boot your machine. I’ve noticed that after a few reboots the aplay -l command shows that my card is assigned a new …

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Bye-bye Windows, Hello Linux

First time ever in my life, I removed a licensed and activated Windows from my desktop computer and installed Linux instead. My 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate was getting slower and slower with time, and I decided to try something new, stable and preferably free. Before I always had a dual boot between Windows and Linux …

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Debian Wheezy Beta 1 : white (corrupted) screen with square mouse pointer on ATI Radeon HD 3600 XT (ChipID = 0x9598)

As I was having problems with installation of Wheezy I could not sleep well and miss the opportunity to test the new Debian release 🙂 If you recall, here is what I got after installation of Wheezy on my machine: This problem actually happened to me under GNOME and KDE and is resolved by installing …

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Configuring gtalk in pidgin in Debian 6 Squeeze x64 GNOME for Google Apps account

If you are going to use Google Apps account in pidgin you have to use a few tricks to make things working: In Basic tab: 1. Change Domain from gmail.com to yourdomain.com In Advanced tab: 2. Remove check “Require SSL/TLS” and set “Force old (port 5223) SSL 3. Change “Connect port” to 443 4. Change …

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Configuring ICQ in pidgin in Debian 6 Squeeze x64 GNOME

I’ve always had problems configuring ICQ account in my pidgin in Debian. Somehow it never worked although I tried all these different combinations like “Use clientlogin” or “Use SSL”, etc, etc, etc. It never worked out of the box like it happens with Kopete in Debian KDE. At some point I thought it was a …

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alsa and no sound in Debian Squeeze x64 GNOME

I started to use Gnome recently under my Debian Squeeze and I noticed that I have no sound in flash (youtube) as well as in vlc. Well, it seems like I need to configure my .asoundrc with the proper card id. Here is a nice command which allows you to enum your devices: In my …

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KMail: “Signing failed: Bad passphrase” message in Debian 6 Squeeze KDE

I was recently trying to setup automatic signing of messages in KMail and I hit a problem : each time I am sending something, I got the message “Signing failed: Bad passphrase” without any opportunity to enter passphrase for my private key. It looks like this:   It seems like you have to specify proper …

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Not Idle Task tool for Linux

Since I am using Debian most of my free time, I decided to re-write Not Idle Task tool for Linux. VoilĂ : If you have no idea what the “Not Idle Task” tool does, please consult the following page: http://www.shcherbyna.com/?page_id=1382 This version is tested in Debian 6 x86_64 and Fedora 16 x86_64 and is supposed to …

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Configuring Hamachi autostart under Debian 6 x86_64

I guess most of you know what VPN is and how it may be useful for you. Among different VPN solutions, Hamachi seems to be the most popular and easy to use for home users. You can easially install it in Windows or Mac and create/join VPN network just in a few clicks. Under Linux, …

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CdRom is not detected in Debian installer

When playing with different linux distributions I am using unetbootin tool to “flash” linux iso file on a USB flash drive, so I can boot from USB flash drive and avoid burning real CD or DVD disk. This way it is cheaper & faster. However, recently I noticed that the latest Debian isos (6.0.3) are …

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Disabling “kexec” kernel reboot in Debian

Have you noticed that by default Debian actually does not reboot machine when you try to reboot? Instead it uses kexec to “restart” the kernel. This is not very useful sometimes, because in some cases if you have multiple operating system installed, and you need to boot one of these, you’d prefer actual reboot really …

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How to enable autologin in Debian 6 Squeeze KDE

I guess you have noticed that in Debian 6 KDE the check “Enable Auto-Login” is disabled: However you can re-run systemsettings as root and set this check on. First, make sure that you grant everyone to access X server: volodymyr@sv1:~$ xhost + access control disabled, clients can connect from any host And now you can …

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How to install packages from sid in Debian 6 Squeeze

Sometimes you need to install specific package from sid in Debian. There might be different reasons for this, for example, you need to install gcc-4.5 and g++-4.5 because you need to compile special software and it requires some extra gcc features. At the current moment, gcc-4.5 is not included in stable release of Debian 6, …

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Trying 3.0.0-rc7+ vanilla kernel in Debian 6 Squeeze 64-bit and VirtualBox issues

I’ve decided to try the vanilla kernel from kernel.org, and I’ve noticed that the VirtualBox vboxdrv driver did not compile after I installed the new kernel. Here is my kernel: volodymyr@sv1:~$ uname -a Linux sv1 3.0.0-rc7+ #3 SMP Tue Jul 12 19:47:41 CEST 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux Well, I guess the easiest way to solve virtualbox …

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Install Adobe Flash Player in Debian 6 Squeeze 64-bit

It seems like flash player supplied with chromium-browser does not perform job well. I frequently got “An error occured, please try again later.” which usually looks like this: And I guess it’s time to install native 64 bit flash player in my Squeeze. You can download experimental flash plugin for x64 Linux systems here. Download …

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