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This guide is for all Kubuntu users who hate the default browser “Konqueror” and would much prefer the “Mozilla Firefox” web browser to be set as default on their system. This is rather easy to do. Read below to find out how you can change your default web browser in Kubuntu to “Mozilla Firefox” in just seconds.

The first thing you must do is click the “start” button on the Kubuntu taskbar (which should be at the bottom of your screen, unless you have moved it) and then open “Terminal”, which can be done by typing “Terminal” into the text bar at in the “start” menu on the Kubuntu taskbar and then hitting the “Enter” key.

 

Once you have opened the “Terminal” window you must open the “KDEControl Center”, which can be done by entering the following text into the “Terminal” window and then hitting the “Enter” key:

kcontrol

 

Once you have entered the above text into the “Terminal” window and hit the “Enter” key, the “KDEControl Centre” will open. In this window you must click “KDE Components”, then click “Default Applications”.

 

Now that you are in the “Default Applications” window, you must click the circle button (radio button) next to the text “In the following browser:”, then you must either type in the shortcut to the “Mozilla Firefox” executable file on your hard-drive or click the “…” button located to the right of the shortcut entry text box, clicking the “…” button will allow you to browse through your hard-drive and then select directly, the “Mozilla Firefox” executable file.

 

Once you have found and selected the “Mozilla Firefox” executable file and set it as the default browser next to the “In the following browser:” text, you may close the “Default Applications” window.

 

Now that you have closed the “Default Applications” window, you may restart your computer, which can be done by clicking the “start” button on the Kubuntu taskbar and then selecting “Leave” and then “Shutdown”, then clicking the “Shut Down” button.

Now you know how you can set your default web browser in Kubuntu to literally any web browser that is compatible with Kubuntu and installed on your computer. Enjoy your newfound Kubuntu web browser knowledge.

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This tutorial explains how a Ubuntu 10.04 user can make all of their taskbar panel items transparent, yes, even the ones that just refuse to go transparent; such as the clock or the battery indicator, etc. Read below to find out how you can make your taskbar 100% transparent by using a single line of code in the “Terminal”.

 

For Ubuntu 10.04

 

The first thing you must do is open the “Terminal”, which can be done by clicking the “start” button in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and then typing into the text bar in the menu the text below and hitting the “Enter” key:

Terminal

 

Once you have entered the above text into the “start” menu and hit the “Enter” key, you will be presented with the “Terminal” window.

 

Now that you have the “Terminal” window, you may enter the code below and then hit the “Enter” key:

cp -R /usr/share/themes/Ambiance ~/.themes/

 

Once you have entered the above code and then hit the “Enter” key, you must enter the code below and then hit the “Enter” key:

gedit ~/.themes/Ambiance/gtk-2.0/gtkrc

 

Entering the above text and hitting the “Enter” key will open the transparency controlling file in the “Gedit” text editor.

 

You must search for the line of text below:

bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = "panel_bg.png"

 

and you must insert a “#” symbol with a space at the beginning of the line, like so:

# bg_pixmap[NORMAL] = "panel_bg.png"

 

The “#” symbol will make the line of text after it appear to the computer as a “comment” rather than a command, thus making that entire line of code get skipped rather than executed.

 

Once you have edited the above text to incorporate the “#” symbol, you may click “Save” and then close the document.

 

Now, you can choose your new taskbar theme that should be 100% transparent. To choose your new theme you must first select another theme and then reselect your edited “Ambiance” theme. To do so, you must first click the “start” button in the taskbar and then click “System”, then click “Preferences”, then click “Appearance” and then select another theme at random and apply it, then reselect the “Ambiance” theme and apply it.

 

You should now have the “Ambiance” theme with a 100% transparent taskbar.

It really is very simple to edit the system file that controls the panel item’s transparency and now you know how to! Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu panel tweaking knowledge.

This tutorial is written to show all Ubuntu users out there how they can install all of their favourite TrueType fonts that they miss from Windows. It is time to ditch the boring old Ubuntu fonts and install your best font collections for use on your Ubuntu machine! Read below to find out how you can install all the TrueType fonts you love in minutes.

The first thing you must do is open the “Terminal” (the Ubuntu equivalent of Windows’ command prompt). This can be done by performing the (hold down “Alt” key and then tap “F2” key) key combination or the traditional way, which is clicking on the “start” button in the taskbar at the top of your screen (or wherever you moved it) and then click “Applications” then click “Accessories” then click “Terminal”. This will open the “Terminal” (the same as Windows’ command prompt”.

 

If the above instructions used to open “Terminal” on your Ubuntu computer have not worked or you are confused then follow the simple text below:

Click “start” button > click “Applications” > click “Accessories” > click “Terminal”

 

Once you have followed one of the methods above to open the “Terminal”, you must then type the following text directly into your “Terminal” window or copy and paste it if you would prefer:

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

 

Once you have typed or copied the above code into your “Terminal” window you must hit the “Enter” key. Hitting the “Enter” key will initiate the installation of the “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” package. Once you have hit “Enter” you will likely be prompted with an “Enter Password” prompt, if this happens to you then you must enter the password for your user account (or the Administrator’s account) and then hit the “Enter” key once again.

 

Once you have confirmed your password and the installation has started, you will usually be prompted with a line of text similar to “53MB of data must be downloaded (y/n), I am unsure exactly what it will ask you as it may vary from system to system, although what you must do is hit the “Y” button on your keyboard and then the “Enter” key if necessary, which in turn will tell the “Terminal” that it is ok to begin the download of the files that are going to install themselves onto your computer.

 

You will notice a large list of text beginning to scroll from top to bottom on your screen as soon as you hit the “Y” key. This text is readable to more experienced Ubuntu users, although it is not necessary to understand exactly what it means so don’t worry if you don’t know.

 

This fast-scrolling chain of text could go on for some time, depending on the speed of your internet connection as well as the speed of the computer which you are installing the software package to, so you must be patient.

 

Once the download is finished you will be prompted with a line of text and a blinking cursor, which should be in a format similar to below:

root@ubuntu-machine: _    <- The underscore is a cursor, which will be flashing

 

Your installation of the software, which will allow you to install TrueType fonts should now be active (if it isn’t you may need to restart).

 

Now to access the installer for the TrueType fonts, you must click the “start” button in the taskbar, then click “System”, then click “Preferences”, then click “Appearance”, which will open the “Appearance” editor, then click the tab marked “Fonts”. If you don’t understand this then follow the text below:

Click the “start” button > Click “System” > Click “Preferences” > Click “Appearance” > Click the tab marked “Fonts”

 

Once you have followed either of the two methods above to enter the “Fonts” tab in the “Appearance Preferences” window you must then select your font file and then select the size and properties of the TrueType text file you selected. You may now tweak the TrueType font you selected to your liking.

 

Once you have chosen exactly where and how you would like your TrueType font to appear or be available to use, you may click the “Close” button in the bottom right corner of the “Appearance Preferences” to close the window. You may then restart your computer and log back in to Ubuntu and your new TrueType fonts will now be available.

 

Note: There are very few TrueType fonts that come with the “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” package, so you are able to install some more to add them to the list. To do so you must copy the TrueType font file (.ttf) to your Desktop and then enter the code below into the “Terminal”:

sudo mv Desktop/*.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/

 

The code shown above will move every TrueType text file (.ttf file) that is in your “Desktop” folder to the directory where the TrueType fonts are now installed in Ubuntu, which will be the directory shown below:

/usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/

 

Once the code has been entered into “Terminal” and you have hit the “Enter” key, the files will move and then the files will be added to the TrueType font repository in Ubuntu.

 

Now you must restart your computer, when you log back in the new fonts should be active.

It really is that simple to install and use TrueType fonts from the Windows operating system on Ubuntu. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu font installation knowledge.

This tutorial is written so that all of you Ubuntu users can disable the login sound that you would surely have heard thousands of times. Read below to find out how you can disable the login tune in Ubuntu in a minute or two.

The first thing you must do is click the “start” button on the taskbar. Then you must select “System” from the menu and then select “Preferences” and then select “Startup Applications”. Like so:

System > Preferences > Startup Applications

 

Once you have clicked “Startup Applications” you will then need to select the tab, which should be named “Startup Programs”. Once you have navigated to the “Startup Programs” tab you must then search for the text “GNOME Login Sound” and click the white box next to it until you have removed the small tick/cross from the button.

 

Once you have unchecked the box next to the text “GNOME Login Sound”, you may close the currently opened windows and restart your computer to experience that silent startup you have been waiting to hear for so long.

Now you will be able to logon whenever you feel necessary, without the irritation of hearing that default login noise that once more! Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu tweaking knowledge.

This tutorial is aimed at all users of Ubuntu who need to install a program of software suite but are limited to the command line interface. This command line program installation can prove to be quite the daunting feat, although you have nothing to fear as it is one of the easiest thing you will ever do. Read below to find out how you can install a program using the command line interface in Ubuntu in mere seconds.

The first thing you must do is open the “Terminal” or “Command Prompt”.

 

Once the command line has opened you must give the command line the command appropriate to the package you are trying to install.

 

For example, to install the “Mozilla Firefox” web browser, you must enter the code shown below directly into the command line:

sudo apt-get install firefox

 

Another example is, say you would like to install the “VLC” media player, which is a powerful and highly customizable media player, you would enter the code shown below directly into the command line:

sudo apt-get install vlc

 

Another example is, say you would like to install the “Mozilla Firefox” web browser and the “VLC” media player, without having to enter the “sudo apt-get install” command twice and having to leave and return to your computer in wait of the first installation to complete. To install both the “Mozilla Firefox” web browser as well as the “VLC” media player in on simple line of code, you would type the command below directly into the command line:

sudo apt-get install firefox vlc

 

You will notice that in the code shown above to perform a combined installation of a web browser as well as a media player, that there is only one line of code. This is very convenient if you would like to commit to another task whilst the program installs itself.

 

Note: You may be presented with a prompt before the program installs itself. The prompt will inform you of the download size of the installation package as well as a “y/n” input prompt. If you are prompted with this alert message hit the “Y” key if you feel comfortable with the download size, or “N” if you would like to proceed with the automatic installation.

 

Once you have accepted the installation and you have an active internet connection, you will be fronted with a dauntingly long list of complex codes and files, although there is no need to worry as this list of files is simply the name of repositories on your system currently as well as the names of files which are being downloaded as well as names of files which are about to be installed.

 

After a certain amount of time, which shouldn’t be long depending on the size of the software you are downloading, the download will be complete. You are able to tell when the download is complete when the text stops scrolling and you are now presented with a login name and a flashing cursor which should appear similar to the text shown below:

root@ubuntu: _    <- the underscore will be flashing and the “root” may be your login name.

 

You will now notice that if you open the “start” button on your Ubuntu taskbar, your new program will be listed in the menu alongside its icon. You will now be able to click the icon and the software will open depending on the configurations of your system, the integrity of your installation and downloaded repositories, as well as the environmental variables involved in the installation and current running environment of the computer, of which you have installed this software onto.

Congratulations! You have just installed your first program via the command line in Ubuntu. This was once a difficult and seemingly impossible thing to do right? Well it isn’t anymore! Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu software installation knowledge.

This tutorial is written for those of you out there who are diehard Xbox 360 fans, but cannot play all of the games you love because your parents or your older brother has put a “Parental Control” code on your console. Very inconvenient right? Wrong. Read below to find out how you can reset this password in just seconds, using nothing but your Xbox 360 controller.

The first thing you must do is go to the “Settings” page on your Xbox 360 console.

 

Once you have opened the Xbox 360 console’s “Settings” menu, you must select the “Parental Controls” option. Once you have selected the “Parental Controls” option, you must then access the “Pass code Screen”.

 

Now that you are at the “Pass code Screen” you must press (relatively hard) for a brief period of time (~500ms) and then promptly release the buttons on the Xbox 360 controller, just as you would enter a cheat code into a game such as; “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” in the combination shown below:

X + Y + L + X

 

There is a certain trick to entering this code time perfectly, but once you get it the Xbox 360 console will reset the “Parental Controls” pass code back to the default code (the code that was originally on your console at the time you bought it).

 

Note: Like every console trick, it is not guaranteed to work on your specific console, due to model variations. Also, this is just one of the combinations that supposedly works. Although, if it does not work for you then stay on the same screen and enter as many random combinations of buttons on the controller as you possibly can, you are bound to break it eventually. Good luck.

 

Now, assuming that the above method has worked for you and your console, enjoy your hard earned playtime on all your favourite games.

It’s done, all you have left to do now is enjoy your games. Enjoy your newfound Xbox 360 password resetting knowledge.

This tutorial is aimed at all Xbox 360 users who would like to choose a unique name for their Xbox 360 console to show off to their friends. Read below to find out how you can use an Easter Egg to allow you one opportunity to permanently change the name of your Xbox 360 console.

This tutorial requires that you can get your hands on a copy of the Xbox 360 game “Dead Or Alive 3” for long enough to complete a task.

 

In case you do not understand what I mean exactly, by the term “How to change the name of your Xbox 360 console”, I will explain it to you. The term refers to the name of your Xbox 360 console shown online (not your Live ID but your name). This “name” will appear as your console name in games such as Halo. By changing this from the default serial-like name, you will stand out from the crowd and have a great bragging right over your buddies!

 

Now, I will continue my tutorial assuming you have acquired a copy of the game “Dead Or Alive 3”. The first thing you must do is power on your console and insert the “Dead Or Alive 3” game disc into the console.

 

Once you have inserted the disc, boot up the game. If you are new to this game, then it is recommended that you read a separate walkthrough, off a game site for instance. Once you have booted up the game, you must play “challenge mode” until you have completed the entire “challenge mode”.

 

When you complete “challenge” mode, you will be prompted to enter a name. Once you enter the desired name, the name of your Xbox 360 console will now be named according to what you entered in the “Record” box.

 

So, once you have entered the desired name into the box you are prompted with at the end of “challenge” mode and hit accept, your Xbox 360 console will now bee seen in games like Halo as the new name you have given your console.

 

If you would like to view your console’s new name then load up Halo and enter the “Multiplayer” mode. Once you have entered the “Multiplayer” mode, you must select “Split Screen” and then the appropriate “Profile” and “Location” settings. After you have selected the appropriate options, you will be presented with a screen saying “Waiting for more players”, just as you usually would. Now you will notice that there is a picture of your Xbox 360 console above your profile name, above the picture of your console will be a word. This word will be used from now on, every time your Xbox 360 console goes online.

 

Note: This may not always work, it depends entirely on the model of your console as well as many other factors. So if it does not work for you don’t worry, you are just unlucky. Good Luck.

That’s it! You now have something to brad to your buddies about and to show off the next time you play online with certain games Enjoy your newfound Xbox modification knowledge.

This tutorial will explain to any Xbox 360 user how they can play not only CD-R audio CDs but also CD-RW audio CDs on their console. Read below to find out how you can allow your stock standard Xbox 360 console to play virtually any type of audio CD.

This is a very easy way to save on buying a CD that you already own but are unable to play on your Xbox 360, due to it being damaged, etc. In this simple process you will be able to backup your original CD to any type of CD and play it back in the media player on your Xbox 360 console.

 

Note: Only make a backup copy of media that you own an original, purchased copy of. Otherwise, you may be breaking the law in your state or jurisdiction.

 

The first thing you must do is open “Windows Media Player”, which can be done by holding the “Windows” key and tapping the “R” key to open the “Run” dialogue and then typing into the “Run” dialogue the text below:

wmplayer

 

Once you have entered the text above into the “Run” dialogue, you must click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key. This will open the “Windows Media Player”.

 

Now that you have opened the “Windows Media Player”, you can click the “Burn” tab at the top of the window and then drag your favourite music files from the list of songs on the left to the pane on the right. Once you have dragged all of your favourite songs into the right pane be sure to check that it will all fit on one CD (maximum of 80 minutes of songs).

 

Once you are sure that all of your music in the right pane adds up to less than 80 minutes, you must click the “Start Burn” at the bottom of the right pane. This will begin the disc burning process.

 

Note: If you are prompted at any point to choose either a “Live” or a “Mastered” CD type, be sure to select “Mastered” as it will enable you to play it on your Xbox 360 console.

 

Once the burning process has completed your disc will eject. Take your disc from the drive and insert it into your Xbox 360 console. If necessary, restart the Xbox 360 console.

 

You will now have a playable audio CD that will work in a stock standard Xbox 360 console.

Well done, you have now saved yourself from having to re-buy the CD that you have already purchased. Enjoy your newfound Xbox 360 audio CD backup knowledge.

This tutorial is aimed at Xbox 360 users who would love to see something “out of the ordinary”. Read below to find out how you can “Hear The Voices” on your Xbox 360 dashboard.

The first thing you must do is power on your Xbox 360 console.

 

Once you have powered on your Xbox 360 console you must allow it to boot to the dashboard. Once it has booted to the dashboard, leave the Xbox 360 console alone and come back in a few minutes.

 

Assuming you have waited long enough and the trigger requirements are met, you will begin to hear “The Voices”, which can be various voices speaking, one of these voices is an electronic voice.

This tutorial is written for Windows XP users who are tired of the cliché “Recycle Bin” and would like to rename their trash folder to something unique. Read below to find out how you can rename the trash folder to anything you choose.

The first thing you must do is open the “Registry Editor”, which can be opened by holding the “Windows” key and then tapping the “R” key.

 

Once the “Registry Editor” is opened you must navigate to the location shown below:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ CLSID \ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

 

Once you get to the location shown above, you will need to edit the value to whichever name you would like to appear in place of “Recycle Bin”, such as “Trash” or “Garbage Bin”. To edit the value you must right click the value named “LocalizedString” and then select “Modify” from the context menu that appears and then enter the preferred name and hit “Enter”

In case you do not yet understand the value you need to edit, it is circled in red in the screenshot below:

Recycle Bin Renaming

Once you have renamed the value and hit the “Enter” key, the value will be set and you can close the “Registry Editor” window by clicking the red “X” in the top right corner of the window.

 

After you have closed the “Registry Editor” window you can restart your computer to be absolutely certain that the change will fully take effect or you can continue using your computer normally (although your ”Recycle Bin” may still be named the same, until you restart).

Congratulations. You just modified the Windows XP registry to make it work for you by changing the default name of your trash folder. Enjoy your newfound Windows XP modification knowledge.

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