Ubuntu upgrade to 12.04: grub timeout does not work anymore

After doing the upgrade and solving some issues with my screen-resolution, another grub problem hit me:
The timeout for booting the standard kernel did not work anymore.
Inside /etc/default/grub
GRUB_TIMEOUT=10
and update-grub, grub worked like
 GRUB_TIMEOUT=-1
If you need a  good manual  just look here, but this does not help me, too.

After some tries, i did the following:

In /boot/grub/grub.cfg i changed from
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ] (more...)

Ubuntu upgrade to 12.04: screen only works with 1024×768

After upgrading a laptop-system to 12.04 (precise pangolin) X only starts with a resolution of 1024x768 and not with 1366x768.
I followed many postings and tried many things:
  • add new resolution with xrandr (here)
  • create a xorg.conf file (here)
  • add new drivers (here)
  • ...
But there was only one thing wrong: /etc/default/grub

After changing the following line everything worked:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash i915.modeset=0
to
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
(i added (more...)

Telegram on two devices…

After trying Whatsapp on 2 devices without success, i tried the same thing with telegram. Telegram says about multiple devices:


So let's see...
Registering the mobile phone was straight forward: a SMS with a verification code and that's it.
Registering was easy: just another SMS
And after entering the code on the tablet i got the following message on my mobile phone:
After that every conversation or more precise: every unsecure conversation is broadcasted to (more...)

Smart Meter@Home: Fritz!Powerline 546E – really smart?

Everyone is talking about Smart Meter - is it possible to get in touch with this topic by buying a Fritz!Powerline 546E?

The key points of Smart Meters according to wikipedia are:
  • real-time or near real-time sensors
  • power outage notification
  • power quality monitoring 
  • collect, and analyze energy usage
What is supported by the 546E?
  • power outage notification: no way without a battery ;-)
  • real-time or near real-time sensors: one measurement per minute
  • power quality (more...)

Whatsapp on 2 devices: "does not work, tell why!"

After nearly everyone of my friends is using whatsapp, it was overdue to download this app.
Why is this app used by everyone? What's cool about this app?
  • You have to do nothing after the download except this sms-verification
  • No account creation
  • No new password (or reuse another one < - li="" nooo="">
  • No need for searching addresses
  • You do not have to take care about your contact list
  • Just start messaging
Why does this work? Whatsapp uses (more...)

Android Update: 4.4.2

Only two week after upgrading to Android 4.4 the next update was available:
And like all other minor upgrades: no information about the updates....
If you compare the information you notice the kernel upgrade from 3.1.10-gee1a0b2 to 3.1.10-g4776c86.
For a complete history of all updates visit this posting.

Adding Statcounter to Contao-CMS

If you are running a Contao based website and you want to add the Statcounter.com snippet for statistics, there is no manual how to to this. I tried some different things, and this was my solution:

  • Create a file name counter.html on your webserver on toplevel of the (more...)

Android Update: 4.4

After nearly everyone got the update, my device came up with this tiny icon:
And here we go:

 If you follow the link you will get the following information:
  • KitKat 4.4: Smart, simple, and truly yours 
  • and several other enhancements of version 4.4
And here the system information after (more...)

Windows 8: create system image fails with 0×80070001

Last week i tried to create a system image with the built-in backup-tool from Windows 8. It sounds very easy:
  • connect an usb storage to your computer
  • start system image creation (look here)
    But then i got this error: 0x80070001

After googling around i found the following solution:

Windows 8.1: Update via Store

Yesterday i did the update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via Windows App Store. Here some screenshots:

The Download took more than 1 hour...
The some configurations before the reboot:
But after the reboot it took more than 15 minutes until i was able to login again. And (more...)

Android Update: 4.3

This week my Nexus 7 came up with this notification:
I read about that Google launched 4.3, so i tapped on this notification and:
And this time Google provides some information about this release.
One really nice thing is, that with 4.3 it is possible to create restricted (more...)

Windows Surface RT: There is a desktop?!

Last week i had the opportunity to use a Windows Surface RT tablet. For several month i am using a windows 8 laptop, which is equipped with a touchscreen. So i am used to the new tiles interface and i knew at least on laptops, you have the desktop-applications and (more...)

Dual-Boot on UEFI PCs: Booting Ubuntu only works randomly

In my posting about using ubuntu on a Windows 9 laptop, i ended with:
But now rebooting works like expected (with Ubuntu and Windows 8).
After some more reboots and trying to start ubuntu, booting ubuntu only works randomly. Sometimes it worked after walking through BIOS/UEFI. Sometime it did (more...)

Linux and UEFI: Files, Mountpoints, Commands…

With Windows 8 secure boot is used. That means if you want to add a Linux kernel, this kernel has to be signed. After installing Ubuntu on a Windows 8 machine, here the directory listing of the /boot directory:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   844882 Okt  9  2012 abi-3.5.0-17-generic
(more...)

Using Ubuntu on a Windows 8 Laptop: because of UEFI more problems as expected

Today i tried to install Ubuntu on a Windows 8 Laptop. First thing: you have to use 12.04 or greater because Windows 8 uses secure boot with UEFI.

But after the first boot with a USB-stick i got:

(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system
?? (more...)

Using Virtualbox images with Hyper-V

In 2008 i wrote about using vmware images with virtualbox. To migrate a host from virutalbox to Hyper-V, you have to do nearly the same, but you have to convert the hdd:
C:\Users\schroff>"\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" clonehd
"c:\Users\schroff\VirtualBox VMs\Debian64-DS\Debian64-DS. (more...)

Hyper-V: Compile Linux Kernel with Microsoft device drivers

After knowing, that running a linux inside Hyper-V is only working with the "legacy" network adapter (look here), i was trying to build a kernel with the drivers (Microsoft has added the drivers into the Linux kernel versions >2.6.32).
There is one nice tutorial out there:

Hyper-V: Installing a debian linux in a virtual machine – trouble with the (non legacy) network adapter

First try with a virtualization solution like Hyper-V is to install a guest. So let's try debian linux.
The installer runs through this points:
  1. Name & path of the virtual machine
  2. RAM
  3. Network (how to configure a virtual switch with internet connectivity or how to configure internet connectivity with (more...)

Hyper-V: Howto configure NAT for virtual machines

In my last posting i explained how to configure a vEthernet adapter to get connectivity to the internet. But there was one "problem": You had to provide one seperate IP for each virtual host, you want to connect to the internet.
But there is a solution (NAT) for this problem (more...)

Hyper-V on Windows 8: External virtual switches do not work – Howto connect a virtual host to the internet

First thing you have to do after enabling Hyper-V is to set up your network for your virtual machines. This is not so easy, because some things do not work...
So let's start: Open the Virtual Switch Manager
There you have three options:

  1. external (connectivity to the internet)
  2. internal (connectivity (more...)