Install Video Card Driver + Fix Ubuntu Boot Animation (Ubuntu)

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Installing the Video Card Driver

  • Launch System Settings and click on Additional Drivers (under Hardware group).
  • Select the ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver and click install.
  • After the installer finished, Reboot.

Fixing Ubuntu Boot Animation

  • Open a Terminal
  • Execute the following command:

    gksu gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

  • Paste this line into the file:

    FRAMEBUFFER=y

  • Save the file, and then run

    sudo update-initramfs -u -k all

  • Reboot and enjoy the boot animation.

Source: askubuntu

Tip – Enable Hibernation in Ubuntu 12.04

If you’ve installed your operation systems correctly, then both Windows and Ubuntu will support the stand-by and hibernation functions.

In the latest Ubuntu (12.04, Precise Pangolin) you have to enable hibernation manually.

  • To test whether hibernation is working, open a Terminal and run the following command:

    sudo pm-hibernate

  • If Ubuntu powered down and on restart resumed the previous state correctly, then hibernation works. When Ubuntu prepares hibernation it may display error massages (like bluetooth, rt2800pci – wifi) for a short time,  but it’s all good as long as it restarts properly.
  • Open a Terminal and execute the following command:

    sudo gedit /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.enable-hibernate.pkla

  • Paste this text into the file:

    [Re-enable hibernate by default]
    Identity=unix-user:*
    Action=org.freedesktop.upower.hibernate
    ResultActive=yes

  • Save the file and close gedit.
  • After reboot, you’ll be able to use the hibernate option from the system menu.

Source: Ubuntu-Help

Temporary Fix – USB ports on the right side not working (Ubuntu)

This well-known problem is due to the built-in Realtek Card Reader’s Linux driver. This issue affects other laptops as well, and is currently (in Ubuntu 12.04) unsolved.

This temporary ‘fix’ will produce the the following result:

  • The card reader will be disabled by default
  • All the USB ports (left and right side) are going to work by default
  • You will be able to enable the card reader manually
  • If you enable the card reader after connecting your devices to the USB ports on the right side, you will be able to use both the card reader and your USB devices at the same time

Here are the steps:

  • Run Terminal and execute the following command:

    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

  • Add the following line to the end of the file:

    blacklist rts5139

  • Save the file and close gedit.
  • After restart, your card reader will be disabled but all the USB ports are going to fuction properly.

Use this command to temporarly enable the card reader:

sudo modprobe rts5139

And this one to disable it:

sudo rmmod rts5139

To permanently re-enable the card reader, simply remove/comment out the blacklist rts5139 entry in blacklist.conf.
Source: Daniel Walton (launchpad)

GRUB Customization

Download & Install Grub Customizer

Open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

Configure GRUB

Launch Grub Customizer. This is a nice graphical interface to edit your GRUB preferences. The options are pretty straightforward.

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