Thursday, March 24, 2011

How To Install Dolphin Gamecube Emulator in Ubuntu


Everyone loves and wants to play their old Gamecube games. Since Ubuntu doesn't have a great selection of games to choose from right off the bat, its best to enjoy games on Emulators. I have heard on a number of Ubuntu forums that Gamecube emulators don't work right. This is obviously coming from people that don't have a good machine to run this stuff. Here are the commands that you should run if you want to install a gamecube emulator for all your gaming goodness. Open a terminal and type these commands in...

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu

After that you should have the Gamecube emulator Dolphin installed. This runs most games flawlessly and I recommend everyone give it a shot. Of course you will need the ISO images of all the games you wish to play and I can't help you find places to download them, that is illegal. Instead try to find the roms your self. Here is a hint, check torrent sites. I hope this has helped you and have fun playing game cube games in Ubuntu!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wireless Keeps Disconnecting in Ubuntu


Wireless networking in Ubuntu is one of the features that puts it in the same league as Windows and Mac OSX. In this day and age, an operating system that doesn't support wireless cards, both internal and external, is useless. I have come to love the interface that Ubuntu uses to navigate through all of the available wireless networks. I have noticed that the main Ubuntu distribution install comes with most wireless drivers, but it doesn't include the package "ntp". If you are having trouble with your wireless losing connection, I would recommend that you install this package. After installing this package, I have found that my Ubuntu no longer acts sparatic when it comes to staying connected to various types of wireless networks. If you are having trouble, give this command a shot from your terminal. Open a terminal window and type:
sudo apt-get install ntp
After installing the ntp package your wireless should be working wonderfully. Even if you aren't having problems I would recommend this package be installed. I hope this helps you with your wireless networking problems.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How To Add More Fonts to Ubuntu and GIMP


I have heard people mock Ubuntu and GIMP (open source photo editing software) because of its font support. Just like Windows and Mac OS, you must add fonts yourself. This is how GIMP and Ubuntu will use them. GIMP has their own fonts folder so that you can add fonts just to GIMP. However, in this tutorial I will be explaining how to install new fonts to the whole Ubuntu operating system so that the fonts can be accessed by all applications including OpenOffice.
  • The first step is to download the font .TTF files that you wish to install. Make sure that if you download a ZIP file that you unzip the *.TTF files before you try to place them in the fonts directory.
  • Next you are going to navigate to your "home" directory. You can do this by using the "Places" menu at the top of the screen. If the home directory shortcut does not exist in your Places, then open nautilus file explorer and navigate to your home folder. "/home/<yourname>/"
  • Once you are in your home directory using Nautilus, make sure that in the "View" menu, you select "Show Hidden Files". Now you should be able to see the hidden directory ".fonts" go inside of this directory by double clicking it. If the directory doesn't exist after you are showing hidden files, then create the directory yourself. Make sure that it has the period in front of it without quotes.
  • Now that you are inside your system ".fonts" directory for your user account, you can drag and drop the fonts that you have downloaded into the folder. Once they are in the directory you will be able to access them in any application that supports fonts.
I hope this has helped people with installing fonts in the Ubuntu operating system. This makes using GIMP a lot more fun, because you can now use all the power of any font you choose. Please leave comments if you feel I have left anything out.

If you are looking for a great place to download fonts then go  here

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fixing No Bots Problem in Ubuntu x64 for OpenArena


I love to play OpenArena in Ubuntu. I have a 64 bit processor and I installed Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx for amd64. It is supported until 2013 and it has worked well for me doing what I need to do. When I installed OpenArena from the Ubuntu Software Center, it worked fine except for one thing, it didn't have any bots that would appear in Single Player mode. I looked for a solution to my problem, and it turns out the software center didn't install all of the necessary files to play single player matches. When I tried to play multiplayer games it worked fine. What I had to do was get the real .deb package so that I could install all of the required files. I uninstalled OpenArena using the Software Center, and then I got the .deb package installer and installed it using the package installer. Once I did that the game worked flawlessly and now I can play single player games, and not need an Internet connection. If you would like to download the .deb file I used for amd64 debian based linux distros, then I suggest using the package below. It makes your life a lot easier.

Download the .deb package here: openarena_0.8.1-6ubuntu1_amd64.deb

I hope this helps you fix the problem. It was very easy for me to do, and it even preserved my settings. I didn't have to change my controls again or anything. I recommend everyone with an Ubuntu x64 setup to use this installer. Let me know if you have any problems in the comments, and I will try to help you.

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