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I just upgraded to 12.04LTS and the four available themes are not good--the two most attractive use font colours that are virtually the same as window backgrounds and thus illegible and I don't like the other themes.  Is there a way to either get more choices for themes and icon styles the way I could in 10.04 or change the font colours?

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Aug. 15th, 2012

I'm going insane trying to perform even the most basic video editing on Linux. Windows Movie Maker on XP was more functional and intuitive than anything I've found on Linux.

Cinelerra - No audio or video playback whatsoever. Interprets every file I open as either an empty sound file, or a garbled video.

Kino - No sound unless I use the padsp wrapper; then it's choppy. Crashes every few minutes, often with a C assertion.

LiVES - Takes several minutes just to open a small (< 1 MB) video clip.

OpenShot - Audio and video usually out of sync. Playback choppy.

VLMC - Half the UI widgets don't seem to do anything at all.

Same story with everything else I've tried. I keep reading all these rave reviews of Cinelerra and other programs and wondering what the hell people are smoking. I'm beginning to wonder if it has something to do with the fact that I'm on a AMD64 machine. I don't understand why, but I know some packages won't even compile or run at all on 64-bit architectures; ZSNES is one that I miss. Maybe these editors work fine on 32-bit, but not 64-bit?

So here's an informal survey, just to see if there's any pattern.

If you have attempted video editing on Linux and concluded that every editor is broken and worthless, what architecture is your machine?

Intel (or compatible) 32-bit
1(14.3%)
Intel 64-bit
0(0.0%)
AMD 64-bit
6(85.7%)
other
0(0.0%)

If you've had good experiences with video editing on Linux, what architecture is your machine?

Intel (or compatible) 32-bit
2(28.6%)
Intel 64-bit
0(0.0%)
AMD 64-bit
4(57.1%)
other
1(14.3%)

Extract still from film clip?

I'm sure I've done this, but I can't remember how or with what.  So - how do you recommend pulling a still photo from a short film clip?  Is there a free download that will do it? TIA.
Is anyone familiar with a video editor for Linux that has the ability to insert a still image into the video for a certain amount of time/number of frames? I'm using Kino, and it can import a still image, but I can't figure out how to make it display for more than a single frame.

EDIT: Ignore the following question. I fixed it by removing the fglrx drivers. Leaving it here for the benefit of others.

Unrelated: Lately, full-screen video causes my display to be filled with junk that looks like a mixed-up version of what it's supposed to be displaying. This happens if I click full-screen on a YouTube video, if I open an app like Stellarium, and also the console is all flickery and messed up during shutdown (but not during startup). I have a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series chip in my Asus netbook, and I'm using its HDMI output. I don't know where to begin troubleshooting. Any suggestions?

The "I hate Unity" problem

After years of happy Ubuntu use, Life crashed when I updated to PP.  I find Unity unusable.  Rather than join the mass migration to Mint (http://tinyurl.com/73c2oe2) I'd like a better idea.  There have been a few alternates suggested to me, but I'd like to hear from anyone in the community who's using a different interface.  In general, I find the giant icons disruptive.  (I have some vision foreground-background issues). I save everything to the desktop and organize my files in folders physically grouped by placement on the desktop.  It looks like chaos to everyone else.  I especially value the ability to make icons tiny or larger.  Any ideas?  Thanks. 

Can't connect to the internet

I'm actually pretty sure this is a hardware problem, but I'm hoping someone can offer me a solution. I dual-boot with Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows XP. On the Ubuntu side whenever I try to connect to the internet is says the cable is unplugged and when I checked on the Windows side it told me that a network cable is unplugged as well. Nothing is unplugged, except for when I unplugged and replugged the cables to check them. The rest of the internet in the apartment is working and if I take the ethernet cable and connect it to my mom's laptop it works fine.

I have no idea what to do. Please help me.


Nevermind. A hour of googling seems to suggest that I have a dead ethernet port and need to get a new card. Yipee.

Attention Moderators

Hello moderating staff of Ubuntu_Users. I've tried other methods of finding out a legitimate way of contacting you, and no luck.

I'm having a problem where every comment I try and give to help someone will get marked as spam if it's got a URL in it. This made it rather difficult when attempting to help someone get Java installed. Just today, I was attempting to help someone else with a problem with watching a DVD, and any reference to a path statement for their DVD player would trigger the spam filter.

I want to be active, and help other folks, because this group has been awesome and helped me, but if I'm unable to actually post, it makes things rather difficult. So, um. Help?

Problems playing/reading "Thor"

I have a Toshiba Satellite C655D, running Ubuntu 10.10 (and Windows 7, but I almost never boot that). The DVD drive isn't working, so I use a Rosewill external drive for movies. Unfortunately, two Netflixed discs of Thor won't play!

The funny thing is, Ubuntu's definitely reading that the DVD is there, as it shows up on my desktop as usual. VLC's set to open and play the menu automatically; it opens, pauses for a moment to read the disc, then completely quits. Movie Player does the same thing. AcidRip doesn't recognize that there's a disc in the drive (I have to manually set it to read the external drive, but that hasn't caused a problem in the past). The disc itself looks to be in perfect shape.

Any ideas on why this is happening and how to fix it?

Samsung Support. Enjoy :)

Originally posted by guenshan at Samsung Support. Enjoy :)
info: Please wait for a Samsung Agent to respond.
info: You are now chatting with 'Kate'. There will be a brief survey at the end of our chat to share feedback on my performance today.
info: Your Issue ID for this chat is LTK5640749967X
Kate: Hi, thanks for reaching out to Samsung tech support. How can I help you today?
Visitor: hello ;)
Kate: Please go ahead with the question.
Visitor: i own a netbook, Samsung NC10. i recently changed the hdd with an ssd. now i am missing an option to switch the controller to acpi mode. what can i do about this?
[i meant AHCI, but she did not see the typo anyway ;) ]
Kate: I see that you are not chatting from the US, was the unit purchased in the US?
Visitor: i am from luxembourg. there is no support for luxemburg. so i tried german support live chat. that person was rather rude and not helping at all.
Kate: I'm really sorry to hear that.
Visitor: thank you
Kate: May I know if you are unable to install the system drivers on the laptop?
Visitor: everything is fine with the drivers. it's only that the controller is still in IDE mode, which is fine for traditional harddisks, but not for SSD'S which work much better in AHCI mode
Kate: Could you give me few minutes while I provide you with further information?
Visitor: take your time, i will be away from keyboard for a few minutes too then, alright?
Kate: Thank you.
Visitor: you're welcome
Kate: I will be right with you.
Kate: I am sorry this is taking longer than usual. Could I have a few more minutes please?
Visitor: sure go ahead
Kate: Thanks for holding.
Visitor: no problem
Kate: Follow the link given below to perform a complete restore and check if it works:
Kate: http://support-us.samsung.com/cyber/popup/iframe/pop_troubleshooting_fr.jsp?idx=147820&modelname=NP-NC20&modelcode=&session_id=PTshkhnTRhBKNH2kqyw1RJ9D717SvGfDPYqj0LwZ4qmslD3dJ3bM%21160525683%21317566031%211330539674505
Visitor: would that be a restore of the operating system?
Kate: It will restore the complete Windows to it's initial settings.
Kate: Then check if it works.
Visitor: i see
Visitor: this will not help tho ;)
Visitor: i reinstalled windows when i got the ssd
Visitor: there is no option in BIOS settings to switch the harddisk-controller to AHCI instead of IDE. so i was wondering if there is no way to achieve it
Kate: I understand but it will not reload the old Windows, it will just restore the current Windows to it's initial settings and also reset all the settings on the laptop.
Kate: No, there's no option in BIOS, if the restore doesn't work then you need to contact any service technician or get it serviced with us where a service center will diagnose the unit and will fix the unit.
Kate: Let me provide you with a link where you can file an online service request. You can get back to Live Chat with the ticket ID LTK5640749967X anytime if you run into issues filing the service request. We are available 24X7.
Kate: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/online/supportOnlineServiceRequest.do
Kate: Is there anything else that I can assist you with?
Kate: Sorry for the typo.
Visitor: i see, is there any way to contact a technician who knows if the samsung nc10 is even capable of AHCI? or which of the newer netbooks from samsung is?
Kate: Please ignore the above statement and link.
Kate: You need to contact any local service technician for further assistance as this will be done only by a service technician.
Kate: You can contact the store where the laptop was purchased to get this information.
Visitor: *smiles* they don't even know what an ssd is at all
Kate: I'm sorry; but we do not have further information, so you can contact any local service center to get the information.
Visitor: there is no local service center from samsung in my country ;)
Kate: Then you can contact any local service technician who will check the unit and provide you with the information.
Visitor: i'm sorry if i didn't understand. where to contact a local service technician?
Kate: You can contact any local computer store available locally to you.
Visitor: As i mentioned, those are only vendors, not helpfull. That is why i try to ask Samsung Support directly ;)
Kate: I understand but further information will be provided by only a service technician so you need to contact your local store as we do not have have information on the products manufactured out side the US.
Visitor: It is a Samsung NC10, same one everywhere in the world, only thing changing is the keyboard layout
Kate: I understand your concern but the further information will be provided only by a service technician, so you need to contact any service technician available locally to you.
Kate: Is there anything else that I can assist you with?
Visitor: As i said, there are no service technicians available locally. Thanks for your help.
Kate: Thank you for chatting with us. If you have a minute, please click on the blue “X close” button to receive a transcript of your chat and fill out a brief survey to help us serve you better. Have a wonderful day!
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Configuring Unity

Found this very useful thing at askubuntu.

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