HowTo: Stop Ubuntu Checking For Automatic Updates

At work I can’t afford to have my Ubuntu system update and possibly wipe out some important libraries I need, and I get pretty tired of closing the Update Manager every time it decides I need to update so here’s how to stop it:

System > Administration > Update Manager Open Settings (in the bottom left […]

HowTo: Switch the Window Menu Buttons Back to the Right – Ubuntu 10.04 / 10.10 / 11.04

I’m not an OSX person and personally prefer my minimise, maximise and close buttons to be in that order on the right, which they are not as default on the new Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) so here’s how you can swap them back to their rightful place (pun intended).

This can be done either […]

HowTo: Fix “An error occurred while mounting” – Ubuntu Lucid (10.04)

An error occurred while mounting /dev/bus/usb (and/or) An error occurred while mounting /proc/bus/usb

Press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery

If you are seeing this error on boot an easy way to get rid:

sudo gedit /etc/fstab Fine the following line (or lines if you are having both errors)

none /proc/bus/usb […]

HowTo: Fix Jumping/Skipping Sound in Spotify under Wine – Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)

The sound in Spotify was jumping or skipping much like a scratched disk would. After a little investigation I found a couple of ways to fix it with people saying one worked but the other didn’t for them. (Solution 2 worked for me).

Solution 1:

Open terminal and type:

winecfg

Click on the Audio […]

HowTo: Simple Tesseract Usage Guide (OCR)

Install:

(Ubuntu 9.10)

sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr tesseract-ocr-eng

Preparing Images for Tesseract with GIMP:

Load an image with text into GIMP Image > Mode > make the image RGB or Grayscale. Tools > Color Tools > Threshold > pick a value which best shows the text Image > Mode > Indexed > choose 1-bit & […]

Howto: Reinstall Grub using Ubuntu Live CD

I recently installed Fedora 12 on my desktop alongside Ubuntu Karmic and Windows 7, however doing so I overwrite my grub which meant my Ubuntu system was hidden. To fix this is pretty simple..

Insert your Ubuntu Live CD Click “Try Ubuntu without any changes to your computer” Once loaded click Applications > Accessories […]

Howto fix: “error while loading shared libraries”

While installing opencv on an older version of debian for work I kept getting an error while loading shared libraries which turned out to be a pretty easy fix, just finding the libraries and adding them to the dynamic linker.

The libraries I was having trouble with below: ./blobtrack: error while loading shared libraries: […]

Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libstdc++5 (Ubuntu Karmic)

Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libstdc++5 This is a simple fix, just grab the libstdc++5 package for your architecture from here: http://packages.debian.org/stable/base/libstdc++5

HowTo: Install Player/Stage in Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)

UPDATE: There is a much easier way of installing player/stage in Ubuntu 9.10 as pointed out by Arkapravo in the comments, however this is the 2.0.4-3.3ubuntu3 where as of 21/May/2010 the latest version is 3.0.1 if this causes any issues with your needs. sudo apt-get install robot-player stage also check out: http://icrobotics.co.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Player/stage END UPDATE

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HowTo: Install OpenCV in Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)

Heres how I got OpenCV installed:

First install some needed packages

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev

Now you need to grab FFmpeg for the install to work

svn checkout svn://svn.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg/trunk ffmpeg

The svn didn’t work for me, probably something to do with the proxy I’m under at Uni so I had to grab […]