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26Sep/07Off

ubuntu fiesty 7.04 flash

Okay, so I finally decided to scrap FC7 off my new system. It all started when I wanted to install PasswordSafe and I couldn't because of gcj. Anyway, I had to go about and install a newer version of Java and just said, forget it. Thought to myself that it's about time that I try a different distribution. So, since so many of my friends have been having success with Ubuntu, I decided to give it another go. I used it in the past but wasn't patient enough to learn about the debian packages and decided to use FC again. Now that all hope is lost, Ubuntu is on my main system at the moment. Specifically, a 64-bit version.

There are certain things that I need working on my desktop. One of those, is of course, Flash. We're all big fans of YouTube and 64 bit flavors of Firefox have troubles running Flash. I'm sure that there are a bunch of solutions to this problem, but since I just solved it a few minutes ago after stumbling through a bunch of complicated solutions, I want to save you the troubles.

Installing Flash on Ubuntu 7.04 AMD64

Nuff said.

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16Sep/07Off

vmware fast clock

I encountered an interesting problem when I transfered my Vmware operating system to my new computer. The clock on my virtual OS was way off. I noticed that the seconds were going by a lot faster than they should be which caused the incorrect time. A google search indicated that I needed to add some flags to the vmware configuration file to specify "the correct maximum CPU speed." See for yourself, Host Power Management Causes Problems with Guest Timekeeping (Windows Hosts). As stated in the VMware Kb article, the cause of this issue is that my CPU takes advantage of a dynamic clock (cpuspeed). Anyway, the article provided a clear solution to add the following three lines to your 'config.ini' file for a 1.7Ghz CPU:

host.cpukHz = "1700000" host.noTSC = "TRUE" ptsc.noTSC = "TRUE"

The problem is that the article only provided Windows paths for this config.ini file. However, if your host OS is Linux, the equivalent file is located in /etc/vmware/config. Problem solved, good luck.

By the way, the article also provides some instructions to determine your systems clock speed. In Linux, this would be done by:

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep "CPU MHz"

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