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2015-12-24 10:34:31 -0500 answered a question Laptop backlight broken - how do I employ secondary VGA display?

Thank you, aeperezt. By right-clicking desktop background a window opens offering, among others, a possibility to change the background image. What is even more important, in the upper left corner of the window there is a button (left angle bracket) which will bring one to system settings or preferences. One of the options there (under Hardware) is Displays. By selecting the primary built-in display and disabling it, the important panels and home folder will be transferred to the secondary VGA display. This is, however, not the perfect solution because the login screen will not show up when rebooting and I still have to log in as blind. Therefore I can not choose which desktop manager (Gnome, Classic Gnome, KDE or Cinnamon) to use. If memory serves me right, I had all of these installed. The crucial thing is I can now use the laptop almost as before and, I can save the /home directory with all its important files to a DVD or a memory stick to be transferred to a new computer.

2015-12-23 12:34:31 -0500 asked a question Laptop backlight broken - how do I employ secondary VGA display?

Some time ago my old Acer Aspire 5100 lost the backlight of the built-in LCD display. Thus the display remains black even if the hard disk activity light indicates that booting is progressing in normal manner. I even could blindly log in to my account by paying attention to the pause in hard disk activity associated with the appearance of the login screen. Therefore I was encouraged to attach an external VGA display which proved the graphics card is still OK and I can see the familiar Fedora 22 desktop background theme. Unfortunately, there is nothing else to be seen.

How do I get the upper and lower panels (it is a Cinnamon desktop) and /home folder transferred to the VGA display? The panels and the home folder icon are, of course, badly needed for starting applications and/or searching files.

2012-09-18 22:34:57 -0500 commented answer Upgrade to Fedora 17 using preupgrade

I wish I had googled for those instructions when struggling with the same preupgrade problem. They might even have worked. On the contrary, the instructions given in and especially in "Common post-upgrade tasks" did not help much.

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2012-02-28 10:06:59 -0500 commented answer what plugins required in fedora 16 to play mp3 song

I've got Fedora 16, Rhythmbox and all gstreamer-plugins in my old Acer Aspire 3023 laptop and Rhythmbox can play mp3 files just fine. Looks like the problem is elsewhere than in Rhythmbox plugins.

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2012-01-13 13:51:34 -0500 marked best answer Why do I need "nomodeset" in my dual-boot (F16, CentOS-6.2) grub?

Too many question, let me try to answer your topic.

Setting "nomodeset" disables KMS. Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) provides faster mode switching for X and console. It also provides native-resolution VTs on some laptops and netbooks which, prior to this, would use some standard mode, e.g. 800×600 on a 1024×600 panel.

KMS can be problematic on some ATI and Intel cards. Since you have upgraded you have new drivers that can cause issues like that.

Grub is another story, it was also updated in Fedora 16 (I think to Grub 2 - that is a big change). Pay a visit this site if you still have issues/questions about how this new version works. It is sligtly different:

2012-01-13 13:44:37 -0500 commented answer Why do I need "nomodeset" in my dual-boot (F16, CentOS-6.2) grub?

Thank you for your explanation. I thought my ATI Mobility Radeon X600 - or its driver - might be the culprit. The card is a bit old, but it was working fine with F15 and CentOS-6.1. Sorry about multiple questions. The latter was rather an expression of opinion than a question...

2012-01-13 02:42:36 -0500 asked a question Why do I need "nomodeset" in my dual-boot (F16, CentOS-6.2) grub?

I've got two Linux systems in my (old) Acer Aspire 3023 laptop. To begin with, they were CentOS-6.0 and Fedora 15. The CentOS system has separate /boot, /home and / (root) partitions, and the Fedora system is implemented with an LVM (logical volume manager). A few weeks ago I upgraded the Fedora system to Fedora 16. Everything still worked but when I updated the CentOS-6.1 to CentOS-6.2, the CentOS system would no longer boot properly. During the boot process, at some point the booting stops and a blank screen remains. At first this would look like a CentOS-6.2 problem but the boot loader in use is the grub2 of Fedora 16. To make a long story short, after some googling I appended the "nomodeset" command (right after 'rhgb quiet') to the /etc/grub.conf of CentOS-6.2 and ran '# grub2-mkconfig > /boot/grub2/grub.cfg' in Fedora 16 to make Fedora's grub2 take notice. Now the CentOS system boots OK even if CentOS-6 theme has changed to Fedora-10 type "growing white bar" at the bottom of the screen. Can anyone explain why the "nomodeset" command is needed in grub.cfg of Fedora 16? As an aside, why does grub2 assume the other OS is always 'msdos' if a computer is a dual-boot system? In my three dual-boot computers only one has Windows XP Pro as an alternative, all others are different Linux distros.

2012-01-12 17:11:53 -0500 commented answer Can Fedora 16 be made to play .mp3 or .ogg files by just pointing to them with cursor?

If by accepting you mean pressing the check mark under the number (1) of your answer, I've done it now. Thanks for pointing this out...

2012-01-12 17:08:12 -0500 marked best answer Can Fedora 16 be made to play .mp3 or .ogg files by just pointing to them with cursor?

Fortunately, our good friends over at Ubuntu have already written something about this issue:

With gnome-sushi installed and then from Nautilus ....

To preview a song left click on the file then press the space bar. Gnome-Sushi will then play the file in a separate window.

Not as simple as the old mouse hover preview, but also better in that you can move the mouse away and it will keep playing until you stop it. If you click on another song the playback will switch to the new selection within the same preview window.

To get this gnome-sushi, simply run the following on Fedora 16:

# yum install sushi

The old audio previewer has been removed as it is completely redundant.

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2012-01-11 17:20:23 -0500 commented answer Can Fedora 16 be made to play .mp3 or .ogg files by just pointing to them with cursor?

Many thanks. I'll try this right away. - Redundant? Not from my point of view... Now I have sushi installed and it not only plays the file but also shows the cover of the record. Great little gadget!

2012-01-11 17:16:36 -0500 commented question Can Fedora 16 be made to play .mp3 or .ogg files by just pointing to them with cursor?

Thanks but this isn't practical in my case. I used the feature at our band's rehearsals to play together with a recorded piece of music. I play (guitar) along with everybody else...

2012-01-10 22:57:04 -0500 asked a question Can Fedora 16 be made to play .mp3 or .ogg files by just pointing to them with cursor?

In some earlier versions of Fedora it was possible to play (once) an mp3 or ogg file by just pointing to it with the cursor. As I understand it, it was Totem which facilitated this feature. After upgrading from Fedora 15 to 16, this feature doesn't seem to be working any more. I've got the necessary mp3 plug-in installed in Totem and it can play the files just fine when invoked. This is more cumbersome, however. I really liked the "auto-play" feature such as it was implemented in earlier Fedora versions. Any chance of getting it back into Fedora 16?