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#1 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » Alternative Sound Files For Login Screen To Download. » 2009-12-21 16:22:20

Replies: 0

Thought id share my wav audio files for anyone who wants to download them.
You can preview them too.

I made them myself using text to speech.
She speaks in broken english with an indian accent.
Kinda cute.
Enjoy wink
Login Screen Ready -
Login Successful -
Login Failed -
If you want to add them to crunchbang, right click the desktop, go to System/Login Setup (GDM).
Then choose the 'accessibility' tab at the top of the Login Window Preferences box.
Copy the wav files to any folder and set the path(s) on the accessibility page to each wav file.

[Edit] Replace login failed with the default 'bleep' or no sound as it overlaps. Needs to be a short 'error' kinda sound instead.

#2 Tips, Tricks & Scripts » HowTo: Mobile/Cell Phone Broadband connecting using Bluetooth » 2009-12-03 10:18:36

Replies: 0

After finally getting wifi connected@home thanks to pvsage and anonymous, i decided to have a go at another challenge... Plan B: (or emergency & mobile broadband access when away from home).

How can i use my mobile/cell phones 3G/gprs data plan when im on the road with the netbook for mobile broadband access?
And why use the USB cable when i have a perfectly good bluetooth connection setup between my phone and my netbook?

Ok, if i (a noob) can do it, so can you! lol
So i set out to hunt for answers on google and sure enough someone has already thought of it and posted the setup.

I now have a nice slick bluetooth broadband access on my Sony Ericsson K660i, but you must setup bluetooth first as Nik_Doof has posted under 'tips & tricks'.

I even added the connect and disconnect commands to the openbox config menu so i dont have to type 'pon Bluetooth Dialup' in terminator.

It's not as fast as my home wifi network, but at; (0.66Mb/s download. 0.27Mb/s upload).. its better then nothing and i dont have to buy a dongle or broadband plan. I turned off 'automatically connect to wifi' so i can choose connections between home and the road.

Yippee! tongue

There are a couple of errors on this page but they are obvious. Go with your gut instinct; … -bluetooth

#3 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Google Chrome Installed (Iron too) » 2009-12-02 09:20:21

raynolds wrote:

I am not sure if I understand your problem but for the menu you could try to use GUI Menu Editor instead of working directly in the .xml file.

Then went to rc.xml and changed the web browser (super+w) from firefox to chromium.

If you've installed chrome in /opt/google/chrome you have to write the full path to the executable file.



You could also make a link to the chrome-executable within your usr/bin folder so you can use e.g. the "Run Dialog" with ALT + F2

Ok, i extracted Iron to the /home/xxxx/desktop directory.
When i type 'firefox' in a terminator box it loads firefox.
When i type chromium-browser or iron in the same terminator box, they dont load.

[Edited] Wait, i got them all working.
The correct path and executable was;
'chrome' is the right executable.
Therefore iron should work the same way.

If you want to uninstall google chrome;
sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-unstable

#4 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Google Chrome Installed (Iron too) » 2009-12-02 08:43:57

raynolds wrote:

I would suggest to use the SRWare Iron instead of the Google Chrome browser because the Chrome sends an ID to Google:

Looks as sic as chrome. wink
The ID thing might be a good marketing strategy for the paranoid, but i think its pointless as were all being monitored regardless. Didn't we lose our rights to privacy/anonymity a few years ago now, justified by the threat of terrorism?

#5 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Google Chrome Installed (Iron too) » 2009-12-02 08:14:37

trailpups wrote:

Change chromium to chromium-browser.

Done. Rebooted, still nothing.
Originally I installed goggle-chrome-unstable_current_i386.deb from my /home/desktop dir.
And it installed it to the /opt/google/chrome dir.
I can open that folder and start the 'Google Chrome' icon no problem.
Hmm hmm

#6 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Google Chrome Installed (Iron too) » 2009-12-02 07:38:34

iggykoopa wrote:

Chrome is actually your default browser now, but the main menu doesn't update automatically. You'll have to run obmenu and go the webbrowser entry and manually change it from firefox to chromium. Also if you use the keyboard shortcuts you'll have to go into rc.xml and change it there.

That is so sweet, thanks.
It's not working yet though lol.

I went to preferences/Openbox Config/edit menu.xml

Changed   </item>
                 <item label="Web Browser">
                       <action name="Execute">

Then copied line 48-55 and pasted it at line 56 and changed 'label' to Chrome and  <execute> chromium </execute>

(So i have two options of browsers)

Then went to rc.xml and changed the web browser (super+w) from firefox to chromium.
New Chromium menu is there.
But when i click either of the 3 ways to start chromium nothing happens?
/Internet/Firefox still works

#7 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Google Chrome Installed (Iron too) » 2009-12-02 06:22:28

Replies: 17

Ive installed chrome on #! crunchbang.
It starts up faster then firefox and chrome is my prefered choice on windows also for the same reason.
Firefox seems to 'hang' a bit waiting for webpages to load where chrome has already loaded them.
I tried to make chrome the default browser using a command line i found googling but that hasnt worked.
Firefox still opens when i click 'web browser' in the main menu.
The 'make chrome my default browser' is greyed out in chrome settings.

How do i add chrome to the 'main menu'?
At least added to the menu, i still have a choice of browser.

#8 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » This may sound dumb but.. » 2009-11-29 08:27:56

mrpeachy wrote:

in your home directory you have a folder called images, and in that folder is a wallpapers folder... put photo in there and then set it through preferences
might want to edit it first to make it the right size etc

Oh nice
Thank you

#10 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-28 23:28:00

pvsage wrote:


"I love it when a plan is going to come together eventually."

me too.
cant believe how much faster #! is to windows

#11 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-28 01:25:53

Ok, good news.
Plugged in the Cat5 and ran the two commands Anonymous posted.
Worked flawlessly.
Ready for next step.
Have to go to the shops first, bbs.
Thanks guys!
Looks like this might work after all big_smile

// update
i finished the driver installation and have 96% signal..
The #! is alive!
Wooohooo cool big_smile smile wink

Thank you both very much for your help.
Xmas came early!

#12 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 20:47:05

pvsage wrote:

If you have a typical DSL or broadband connection on the Windows PC, you should be able to plug the Cat 5E cable into your netbook and get online that way.

Yup, im gonna try that shortly.
Theres a 5 port hub and a bunch of Cat5's attached to the wifi/cable modem upstairs i should be able to plug directly into the netbook and see if i can run by those commands again.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for the help.. ive learnt so much.

#13 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 19:43:37

pvsage wrote:

"W: Failed to fetch etc"

OK, all of the above needs to be done with a working network connection.  I think both anonymous and I have been assuming that you had a wired network you could plug into; without that, things get a lot harder.

Yes, i dont have a working network connection on the netbook yet as this is the reason i need to install the driver for the wifi.
Im using my windows PC to post these messages and download anything i need for the netbook and transfer it over with a flash stick.

#14 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 17:47:54

anonymous wrote:

Close Synaptic and run these commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential

The first command all 'W: Failed to fetch etc

The second command said; Package is not available, but is refered to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source.
E: Package build-essential has no installation candidate.

#15 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 15:32:01

pvsage wrote:

Try this in Synaptic:
Mark All Upgrades
Quick search for "build-essential" should bring build-essential to the top of the list.

Nothing hmm
In alphabetical order the first one listed is coreutils.

I also found another google page that confirms the build-essential install; … nt-page-1/

#16 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 14:25:39

pvsage wrote:

There's a "metapackage" called build-essential that includes most of the software needed to compile software from source, which is what you need to do.  If you `sudo apt-get install build-essential`that should get you everything you need.  (I can't believe I forgot that part.)

I tried 'sudo apt-get install build-essential' but get this:
"Package build-essential is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source."

Also, i downloaded the new version of gcc but havent installed it yet as i just checked the synaptic package manager and a quick search for gcc shows up 'gcc-4.3-base'. Highlighting it says '4.3.3-5ubuntu4', 'The GNU Compiler Collection (base package). The only option's are mark for removal/complete removal...
But when i run 'gcc' in terminator it says:

"The program 'gcc' can be found in the following packages:
* gcc
* pentium-builder
Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package>
bash: gcc: command not found

#17 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 11:53:33

Thanks for your help pvsage.. appreciate it.
Ok, i was able to follow your instructions.
At the 'make' point i got back errors, ill paste those below.
I made the mistake of typing 'sudo make install' after the previous 'make' command, but it reported the same errors anyhow.
(I just figured out i had to download Notepad++ to read linux files transfered to windows)
So this is a copy/paste copy of the terminator window.

lithium@nirvana:~/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19$ make
set -e; for d in driver; do make -C $d ; done
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/lithium/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19/driver'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.28-13-generic/build SUBDIRS=/home/lithium/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19/driver modules
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-13-generic/scripts/ line 25: gcc: command not found
/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-13-generic/scripts/ line 26: gcc: command not found
make[2]: gcc: Command not found
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-13-generic'
  CC [M]  /home/lithium/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19/driver/main_usb.o
/bin/sh: gcc: not found
make[3]: *** [/home/lithium/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19/driver/main_usb.o] Error 127
make[2]: *** [_module_/home/lithium/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19/driver] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-13-generic'
make[1]: *** [default] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/lithium/downloads/VT6656_Linux_V1.19/driver'
make: *** [all] Error 2

// update
I've figured out from the error's and a quick google that i think im missing a GCC compiler program on #! so im downloading and installing version 4.4.2 of Gnu.

#18 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-27 04:33:55

Might not need bluetooth after all pvsage.
Great news!
I found the fix while googling for the past 12 hours.
Wasn't easy to find but this is where my limitation of linux stops and i need help with the next step of installing the driver for it.

It indeed turns out i have a Via Arena VT6656 wireless chipset.
This page explains all why i have been banging my head against the keyboard for days.

The very last post with the fix has a link to the Via drivers website so i downloaded the driver.

phoozle then goes on to say.. "Download the latest version, extract folder, make, sudo make install, reboot. Fixed smile"

I know that sounds simple, but to me it sounds like being given instructions from a dying klingon captain which buttons to press on the ship's console, to avoid it plowing into an oncoming planet.

The readme file inside the driver says:

1. user need to be sure the wpa_supplicant and wpa_supplicnat.conf is in currnet folder;
2. compile driver_event.c, for instance:#gcc -o event driver_event.c get the object code "event";
3. install VT6656 module;
4. run "#./event &" as a deamon; after this step, you can plug or unplug device repeatly.

1. please be sure there is no Network-Manager exist in OS,or please disable it if you run this function;
2. you can configure your encryption by modifying wpa_supplicnat.conf.

If anyone could translate that to me in n00b language, i can follow instructions. cool
Then i really need to get some sleep... or maybe i should sleep first. wink

#19 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [Solved] Kogan Agora Pro & Via Arena VT6656 wireless PCI not detected » 2009-11-26 15:09:57

Replies: 19

I need internet access on my #! netbook.
Both Network Manager & WiCd fail at this stage.
I'll fight that battle another day.

Plan B:
I have an internet 3G data plan with Virgin on my Sony Ericsson K660i and have it paired up to bluetooth on #!
I rarely use the data plan it goes to waste most months so the #! would be perfect and great mobility too.

I'm trying to figure out now how do i actually connect my apps like firefox, pigeon, email etc to the net through my phone?
Do i have to log on the net with the phone first?
Confuzzled hmm

#20 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » [Retired] HOWTO: Bluetooth » 2009-11-26 04:00:19

pvsage wrote:

If you need the BT icon, uncomment it in (Preferences >> Openbox Config >> Edit in the main Openbox menu).  Once you've set up your mouse, you really shouldn't need the applet unless your hardware doesn't autodiscover BT devices that have already been configured.  On my netbook with a built-in BT card, it takes a few seconds for it to "wake up" and recognize the mouse the first time I start moving it, but after that it works just fine; same performance with or without bluetooth-applet running.

The applet is more useful for BT storage devices like smartphones.

Great thanks for the response pvsage. big_smile
I do have a smartphone too so i might leave it there until im confident with the phone which ill probably use as mobile internet access, or emergency net which is looking closer then i wanted.
Noticed there was eyecandy too and couldnt resist uncommenting that for day.

Now all i really have left to do is get the NM or Wicd working and ive tried them both.
Just finished reinstalling NM after trying Wicd which failed too.
The top post on this page worked for me; ( it was easy to follow but i think my problem isnt the network application's its, the network pci adapter itself... or something isnt switching it on because its not visible when i run all the commands.

Ive tried all the commands given on this site; ( to identify the interface name or any info about it but it keeps on coming up blank. Followed all of pytheas's posts and still couldn't find its name.

Then i found a blog about my netbook at this page; ( … a-adapter/) .. and it seems i either have the vt6656 via arena or the newer Ralink chipset, but i cant tell because i cant detect it. :S

#21 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » Make Broadband Connection the Automatic Default. » 2009-11-25 18:47:53

Im trying to get NM working.
Ive added my wireless home network to the network connections box via the edit connections on the desktop icon.
Both wireless and wired have 'never' beside them, whatever that means?
Connect automatically is ticked in wireless settings.
Im picking up no wireless connections at all yet i know on my windows machine there is about 4 or 5 around the neighbourhood always visible including my own.
Theres a red box with a white cross next to the toolbar network icon that says 'No network connection' beside it.

I read the posts about Wicd and tried (sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wicd) command but it says; E: Couldnt find package wicd
Probably because i dont have internet access yet, im not sure.

So i read this post below and thought i would try that.
Thinking maybe it needs autoconnect=true edited in the system-connections network file.
Which is named 'Home Network' which is what i called the entry in the NM wireless tab.
When i try and edit it, it says: "you dont not have the permissions necessary to open the file"
Do i need root access to edit it and how do i do that?

Cyber wrote:


This is something that gnome-network-manager doesn't tick.

For the developers:

You find the connect Files there:

/etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Auto <Networkname>

id=Auto <Networkname>

The Line <autoconnect is possible...

Best Regards

#22 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » [Retired] HOWTO: Bluetooth » 2009-11-25 15:09:34

Hi, i need help setting up bluetooth and my mouse.
It's a little harder as a noob navigating around the desktop without a mouse.
Im new to linux so if you could explain the process in simple terms that would help too, thanks.

Ok, so i have installed the livecd onto the hdd and it boots very quick. Impressed!
I have a Koran Agora Pro Netbook (
And an HP 'Targas' bluetooth mouse.
A bluetooth dongle.
(Vista used to be on it but i killdisked it)

I followed the first post instructions except it didnt say where to run the commands so i spent a while in the Run Dialog menu waiting for a response. Then i thought maybe the commands should go in the Terminal box!

I ran 'sudo apt-get install bluez-gnome bluetooth gnome-bluetooth' in the terminal and it installed fine.
I ran '(sleep 5s && bluetooth-applet) &' in the terminal next.
Plugged in my dongle and the bluetooth icon appears... great!
Until i rebooted and the bluetooth icon was gone.
So i ran '(sleep 5s && bluetooth-applet) &' once again in the terminal and plugged in the dongle and have it back again.

Problem is i cant figure out how to close the terminal box without a mouse and navigate to the bluetooth icon to configure my mouse to it. And second problem is how do i keep the bluetooth icon there after rebooting?

I know i probably sound like an idiot right lol
Things will be alot easier with a mouse

Update: I managed to get the mouse working and it shows up on reboot. big_smile
Opened a terminal window (super +t) and typed "bluetooth-wizard". No mouse was available until i realised i had a reset button on the mouse. Soon as i hit reset button, the mouse appears. Wow, this is so cool.

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