Tip on restoring reverting xorg.conf file Fiesty Ubuntu

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So I was editing my xorg.conf file to get 9 mouse button support – or at least just get the back thumb button working as I got a new mouse today….I followed a tutorial similar to what I followed to get a old school, but nice, mircosoft intelli-mouse working on my work machine.

So you edit the xorg.conf file and make your changes to the mouse part. Cool – I even saved a copy to the desktop in case.  Restart X but the back button doesn’t work – I keep tweeking and eventually X won’t start – I make all kinds of changes and revision and restore my backup from the wonderfully dark command line but no dice.

I even used the dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg command to no avail.

So I decided to boot up my Ubuntu disk and copy the working xorg.conf file out of there – copy paste restart waalaa! It worked!

Now I only need to figure out how to get Subversion server working on that damn 64bit piece in the back – it already won’t work so I think I’ll serve off of the dev machine in the office instead…anyway X works and I’m happy.

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Sprint Pantech PX-500 on Ubuntu Acer Aspire

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I followed two tutorials to get my Sprint Pantech card to connect (sprint’s fucked up my billing address and shut off the service and they won’t let me create an account online from Firefox so…but the card still was able to dial out and give me the same error it does in Vista)

Thanks to: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=343989&highlight=sprint for this tutorial (I’ve copied only the parts that get Sprint working)

Ok so, first off plug in your card then run
dmesg
You’ll see a bunch of gibberish but your card should come up as /dev/ttyACM0
Then
sudo apt-get install wvdial
edit the config like so
sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
(this is specifically for Sprint):

[Dialer Defaults]
Stupid Mode = on
Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
Baud = 921600
Init = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Phone = #777
Username = " "
Password = " "
Init1 = ATZ
ISDN = 0
Modem Type = Analog Modem
Auto Reconnect = on
Carrier Check = no
[Dialer shh]
Init3 = ATM0
[Dialer pulse]
Dial Command = ATDP

Now you need to edit PPP:

sudo gedit /etc/ppp/peers/wvdial
and add to the bottom:

lcp-echo-failure 0
lcp-echo-interval 0

then run:
wvdial
I created a launcher and made a sprint icon to put on my panel…you also have to make sure you disable regular wireless first. Sprint Logo

Wireless Issues with Ubuntu on Acer Aspire 5570z

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Ok so I posted about how to get the Atheros wireless card working on the Aspire in Ubuntu….and I could see wireless networks in network manager after I installed the script. But I couldn’t connect to any of them, even open networks! AGH!

So I then downloaded wicd from the guy who posted the Atheros fix script. And I was able to connect to only one open network, who, after “hacking” into the router, I found they had no internet connection…and it wouldn’t connect to my girlfriend’s WEP even though I knew the passphrase and keys! AGH!

So then I downloaded wlassistant using sudo apt-get install wlassistant

Still nothing seemed to work but then I ran sudo wlassistant and I was able to connect to open networks (haven’t tested WEP but I’m sure it’ll work). So then I created a launcher (sudo wlassistant) and gave it a nice icon and threw it up on the panel! You could even throw that in your startup scripts to run on system launch.