Thursday, November 27, 2008

Nvidia Video Card Geforce 9500 GS on Fedora 10

It is not surprizing that the Nvidia video card Geforce 9500 GS is not properly supported in Fedora 10. The most annoying symptom is that the cooling fan keeps working at full speed making much noise. Here is the solution:

1. Go to nvidia website to download a copy of the linux driver. For my PC (hp a6652f), the driver is

2. Go to System-->Administration-->Add/Remove Software, install all the gcc compiler by searching gcc as the keyword. Install all the linux kernel by searching kernel as the keyword;

3. Gain root privilege in the terminal by issuing su and providing the root passwd.

# nano -w /etc/inittab

change the runlevel to 3 by replace 5 in the last line of inittab by 3; then

# reboot

4. After restart, input the root/passwd in the login console; Change to the directory of the downloaded file

# sh

5. After installation, issue

# nano -w /etc/inittab

change the runlevel to 5 by replace 3 in the last line of inittab by 5; then

6. # reboot

All set.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Some usage tips for ubuntu

1. Ubuntu uses sudo instead of the usual su command to gain root privilege. To avoid sudo, just issue

sudo passwd root

then update the root password and the usual su command works.

2. Just like windows system, we could modify the hosts.conf file to block the access to some specific website (This will work partially to get rid of web addiction :-) ).

# gedit /etc/hosts

then add the following command in the hosts.conf file the website you intended to block

That is it.