Monday, 18 February 2013

Blank Screen Precise Puppy 5.4.3

As a back up to my previous windows machines and my current Xubuntu/Lubuntu machines I like to have an emergency backup USB with an OS on so I can get into any machine should there be issues.

My choice of OS for this task has always been Puppy Linux. Its light and lightening fast. The latest incarnation is Precise Puppy and it has been getting some very good reviews. So I downloaded the ISO and burnt it to CD using xfburn on Xubuntu.

Once I booted up I got the usual text screens and then the screen went blank. I use an Acer 5732Z for my main machine these days and this has always been a problem using Ubuntu derivatives as it uses an Intel graphics chip. In Ubuntu this is usually solved by adding:

"quiet splash nomodeset"

to the grub. However, Puppy is slightly difference. At the boot up screen I has to press F2 and then type the following:

puppy pfix=ram i915.modeset=0

This allowed Puppy to boot into the normal gui. I then installed Puppy onto USB drive in the normal way.

Once its installed in your favourite text editor edit the syslinux.cfg file. Change


pfix=ram i915.modeset=0

and the OS will boot fine with the GUI everytime on the Acer machine.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Install Adobe Reader

Occasionally when reading PDF's Xubuntu's Document Viewer can't handle some of the more modern PDF's.

Searching the Ubuntu repositries there is no install for Adobe Reader, however, a bit of google searching revealed the answer.

Open Terminal and type the following:

  • sudo add-apt-repository "deb precise partner"
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install acroread

Reader is now installed under the Office Menu