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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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************UPDATE for 9.10***************
For Ubuntu 9.10 I was just not able to get it work and finally I figured it out. The problem is with the latest Nvidia driver, the one that ubuntu says recommended. In order to make your TV Out work, you must uninstall the latest release version and install the one just lower than that. (The working version for me was 173.) Then follow these steps:
sudo nvidia-xconfig
sudo reboot
sudo nvidia-settings
Then follow the steps shown below. If you are lucky you wont need to refer Section A of this post at all. I did not have to do that !!!
***************UPDATE for 9.10***************
S-Video did not work out of the box on ubuntu Sony Vaio combination but it was not difficult to have it sorted once the following steps were taken.

I am giving the steps to set-up TV-Out assuming your n-videa file is working fine, if not follow steps in Section A before completing steps below.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Alright friends not a huge tip but still I, being new fan of Ubuntu, installed it on my media laptop...Sony VAIO...

one might ask what is media laptop...well I had a bit of problem with my Sony VAIO some 1.5 years back and a key got stuck and as it goes with any Sony product there was no cheap solution at hand...

At that time for some reason it appeared like a motherboard issue and I just bought another Dell laptop...later I realised that it was a keyboard issue so I invested in a wireless keyboard and had two lappies at home just like that :)...I figured that with wireless keyboard VAIO laptop will make perfect companion to my 32" Samsung and hence it got the name of media laptop.

I use this laptop to browse without fear as I will never ever do any important work on it so am never worried of loosing..not that I ended up having any virus at all....and now with Linux I doubt if there will ever be any virus on this laptop....but anyway I have gone on a tangent...

What I started to tell was a tip on how we can make VAIO's inbuilt motioneye webcam to behave and the tip goes as below...

Incase ur webcam is not giving good images on ur Sony VAIO, u may want to try this:

1. Goto System->Preferences->Main Menu
2. In Main Menu window click on Internet in left hand navigation under "Menu" and then click on Skype" in right hand under "Items".
3. Now click on "Properties" button.
4. It will open a Launcher Properties dialogue box.
5. In third field "Command" replace "Skype" with this line:
bash -c 'LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype'

That is it. You should now have a properly working motioneye with skype.

There is more info on this link:

Ciao !!!

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