February 2009

Ubuntu 8.10 will automatically detect your sierra aircard wireless modem when you plugged it to your PC, but there are some steps you should add to connect to internet :
1.plug in your modem to your PC
2.open terminal, type : sudo wvdial.conf, this will automatically create a file /etc/wvdial.conf
3.edit the file using a text editor, i used gedit (coz i was a windows user, and this text editor is the most convenient for me ^_^ )
4.type sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf, and type this configuration :

i dont know the whole meaning of those configurations, i just found it by google’s search ^_^, anyone knew, pls tell me
5.Click save

happy surfing… :))


Ubuntu could automatically detect ntfs partition, but its not automatically mounted at system startup. Here i want to make my ntfs partition mounted automatically.

first, type :

sudo fdisk -l to see the list of partition,

and this is the result in my sistem :

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x6ebabc82

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        3885    31205238+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            5604       19457   111282255    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3            3886        5541    13301820   83  Linux
/dev/sda4            5542        5603      498015   82  Linux swap / Solaris

the /dev/sda1 (i store my vista system here), and  /dev/sda2 (where i store all my datas) partitions are not mounted automatically, here i only want to make the /dev/sda2 to be automatically mounted when the system startup.

first, we should make a new directory inside the /media directory, i named the directory  /data-yui :

sudo mkdir /media/data-yui

then open the file /etc/fstab to edit the mounting preferences :

sudo gedit /etc/fstab

then add this line :

/dev/sda2/media/data-yui auto defaults 0 1

Save the file, and reboot.

The first thing i noticed after installing Ubuntu is the boot grub menu looks really sucks, B/W and plain , doesnt look pretty for my eyes…for a woman, outer appearance is important (at least for me..^_^)

I was installing mandrake years ago, and the first thing i remember was, i really loved the mandrake LILO menu’s appearance..so i cant wait to ask my guru, his name is Google ^_^, he told me ways to change the hurting-my-eyes-Ubuntu’s Grub menu’s appearance.

So, i choose an image, open it with GIMP.

From Menu, Select Image -> Scale Image, Change the size to 640x480px.

I should change the color’s composition since Grub only allowed maximum 14 colour, go to Image -> Mode -> Indexed


fill 14, for maximum number of colors.


also choose Floyd-Steinberg (reduced color bleeding) for color dithering,and enable dithering of transparency, this makes the pics look softer (imho).

Save the file in the format .xpm.gz


Open terminal, goto directory where you save the file, i save the file in my home directory

cd /home/nurul

then copy the file to directory /boot/grub/splashimages

sudo cp yui.xpm.gz /boot/grub/splashimages

Then Open menu.lst file, type :

sudo gedit /boot/grub.menu.lst

in the menu.lst file, edit the splashimage section, change the image name with the name of image you desire to use as grub menu background, here is mine :


i also want to change the grub menu list, this is how my menu settings, (you can change it the way you like) :


I’ve deleted some lists that i dont want it to appear when i see the grub menu by simply delete the line or added # in the beginning of the line.

Save the file.


Assalammualaikum everyone…., i made this blog for my own needs..hope this gonna be useful….c y