Saturday, 27 December 2014

MP550 und MINT 14.04 LTS 32-bit

It is always an adventure to install a printer. This time "libtiff4" is missing, because it is not more available in 14.04. libtiff5 is the new version.

Thus the "cnijfilter-mp550series_3.20-1_i386.deb" package needs to be adjusted to get the dependencies to work:

1. dpkg -x [package].deb common
2. dpkg --control [package].deb
3. nano DEBIAN/control
4. replace the "Depends" line with:
Depends: cnijfilter-common (>= 3.20-1), libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.12.4), libc6 (>= 2.7), libcupsys2 (>= 1.2.1) | libcups2, libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.35.9), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.8.0), libpng12-0 (>= 1.2.13-4), libpopt0 (>= 1.14), libtiff5 (>= 4.0.3), libxml2 (>= 2.7.4)
5. cp -a DEBIAN/ common/
6. dpkg -b common [package].deb
7. rm -rf common DEBIAN
8. Now run the install script!
Thanks to askubuntu!

The scanner installation (Scangear) went this time smooth and without any issues. What a relief!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

HD video and 5.1 surround sound with Linux Mint MATE 14.04 LTS

In my previous posts concerning the configuration of mplayer and the surround sound a lot of manual work had to be done. This time it seems to be a little bit easier.

HD video

mplayer2 is a fork of mplayer and is available in the Software Manager.
The mplayer2 configuration file is now under /home/"USER"/.mplayer and named config. Add:
vo=vdpau
vc=ffh264vdpau
fs=yes
aspect=16:9
Make mplayer your default video player.

Surround sound

Switch in your Sound Preferences from Analog Stereo to Digital Surround 5.1 (HDMI) Output.

Testing your surround channels with a test file (e.g. chain-id.wav) everything sounds right. Using the build-in audio check the channel order is wrong.

Why?

I did not open the chain-id.wav with mplayer! If you do so the order is still wrong. Add in addition to the previous entries this to the mplayer config file:
# 5.1 surround sound 
channels=6 
# Using correct sound device 
ao=alsa:device=hw=0.3 
# For both AC-3 and DTS passthrough
afm=hwac3
Now my videos look and sound great again!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Variety: Substitution for background changer Webilder

My lovely background changer Webilder is not working with Mint MATE anymore. Fortunately a very good substitution is available.

Variety has even more options than Webilder and is easy to install and to use.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install variety
Enjoy!

Multisystem stops with xterm error

My first minor issue with Mint MATE. MultiSystem stops after installation with a xterm error.

The solution is simple. Xterm was not installed from the start.

  • sudo apt-get install xterm

Friday, 16 May 2014

Back again for a new round

I have been absent for quite some time. The reason is simple. Once I solved the past Xubuntu problems everything worked just fine. That's how it should be. :-)

However the quiet and cosy times are almost over. Xubuntu 12.04 LTS support will end in April 2015. You can say:"That's almost a year away! Easy going!"
But I will be in winter at my parents place and in advance I have to solve upcoming issues, so that I can migrate my parents PC without any accidents.

Between several options I have to choose:

    1. Instant upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS

Possible, but I do not like inplace upgrades of operating systems. When I used in the past Windows it was always a bad idea and with Linux it's just a little bit better. Too many complications can occur.

    2. Fresh installation of Xubuntu 14.04 LTS

This would be the typical way. Nevertheless Xubuntu has still just 3 years of support. So I have only a pause of 2 years before evaluating a new version. I prefer lightweighted operating systems because all three PCs that I administer are one notebook and two nettops. Lubuntu would be great, but it has also just 3 year support.

   3. Migration to LTS version with 5 year support

This would give me a pause of 4 years. Sounds great! 5 year support have only: Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS TrustyTahr - ReleaseNotes

That made me very disappointed, because Ubuntu Desktop and Kubuntu are not what I am looking for. They feel and are to heavy for my hardware. So I had to look for alternatives. My current search took me to Linux Mint. There needs to be a reason, why Linux Mint is now for over a year first ranked at DistroWatch.

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” will be finalized end of May. Specially the MATE version looks interesting and suitable for me needs. It seems to be lightweighted and has 5 year support.

I keep you in touch!