Ubuntu on Asus R558U

I had to mess around for some time to figure out how to get Ubuntu 16.04 to work well, in Asus R558U. Had to mess with some GRUB parameters, and display config file, to get it on track. Below, I am sharing the details of the steps that I followed:

  • After, installation, from the first boot-up onwards there were some errors regarding some PCI issue, which happened all the way through booting and in the Virtual terminals as well, this was fixed by adding the GRUB parameter:


This can be added in the /etc/default/grub file, at the end of GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line, which usually looks like:


So, after this change it’ll look like:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash pci=nomsi”

Then we have to run the command:

sudo update-grub

so as to reflect the changes in GRUB settings.

  • The next issue was that the Brightness Fn combinations were not working, experimented with some of the suggested options from various online resources, this is what worked for me:
  • At the end of the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line, in /etc/default/grub file, add the following acpi_osi=”, so that the line now looks like:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash pci=nomsi acpi_osi=””

Note: In the above line, for acpi_osi=” it is two single quotes, and the quote after that is the closing double-quote. Again update GRUB to reflect the new changes:

sudo update-grub

  • Now we have to create the file 20-intel.conf in the directory /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/ with the following content:

Section "Device"
Identifier "card0"
Driver "intel"
Option "Backlight" "intel_backlight"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"

  • Now restart the system, and the Brightness controls should be working at Fn+F5 and Fn+F6, as expected.



How to add an entry for Zend Studio in your Ubuntu programs list

I had been trying to add a shortcut/entry for Zend studio in my Ubuntu 11.10.  Finally I could find a way to make Zend studio entry come up in the Unity Application search or Filter. Actually its a rather straight forward procedure. Create a file zendstudio.desktop in the /usr/share/applications/ as root, add the following contents to it, using your editor of choice(I used vi editor).

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Zend Studio
GenericName=PHP IDE
Comment=Zend's PHP IDE

(You could check out the above link to find way to add antry for any custom software using the same method).

N.B: Its my first blog post after nearly one year. Hope that I can follow it with more such useful posts.
The above method was tested by me in Unity based Ubuntu. But it should work fine in any GNOME based OS.

How to type New Indian Rupee Symbol(the right way)


To display the Indian rupee symbol , you must have a font—such as the Ubuntu Font Family—with support for the character.

Windows users may use the new Rupkara font which has the Unicode postion mapping for the symbol. For  downloading the font, please visit-http://blog.foradian.com/rupakara-first-font-with-indian-rupee-symbol


For K/Ubuntu 10.10 users, this is automatic.The sign can inserted in your own documents using copy-and-paste from another location, or using the Unicode-entry method, which is the correct way of doing it, and it is as follows-

  • Ubuntu 10.10:<Ctrl-Shift-u>20b9<enter>
  • MS Windows: <Press-and-hold Alt>20b9<Release Alt>
  • Kubuntu 10.10: Copy-and-paste ‘₹’
  • HTML: insert “&#x20b9;”


The codepoint at U+20B9 was assigned by the Unicode consortium on 11 August 2010 (2010-08-11).

A fact-

Ubuntu 10.10 is the first operating system to ship with out-of-the-box support for displaying the Indian Rupee Sign, and this happened on 10 October 2010 (2010-10-10).


A Fresh New Look for Ubuntu

Ubuntu is making a switchover from its ‘Human‘ theme which defined the looks of Ubuntu for the previous 6 years, starting from the time Ubuntu was born. The new style of Ubuntu will be driven by the theme ‘Light‘.
    A comprehensive set of guidelines has been devised so as to reflect this change at every place related to the Ubuntu project. The new theme takes effect from the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which is slated for its release in April 2010. This new theme will define the looks of Ubuntu in all future releases.
    The new style of Ubuntu is inspired by idea of ‘Light’. and Ubuntu aims to be ‘Light’ in all senses. It denotes warmth, clarity, efficiency, lightness on resources, etc..

A display of the changes-

1)New Logo– Aims at reflecting the precision & engineering, that sits at the heart of Ubuntu, but not at the expense of the immediately recognisable circle of friends.

2)Community Logos-New logos have been made for the community sites related to Ubuntu.

3)New GTK Themes– I think this is the most important and a timely change for Ubuntu, that will go a long way in enhancing its popularity among the masses.

The Dark Theme

The Light Theme

4)New Bootspash– The theme change is complete with a new Boot Splash, that is absolutely eye-pleasing.

5)New website design– You can see a major change to the looks of the Ubuntu website-

6)New CD cover– The cd cover of Ubuntu 10.04 (onwards) will sport a new look.

Source:https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand2

NB:One thing which I disliked about this new theme is the placement of the Window control(Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons) at the left side of a Window’s title-bar.

My Ubuntu 9.10 Beta Experience

I have now upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 Beta. Initially it didn’t work out for me, a sI was getting only a white-screen when logged in. I thought Ubuntu was wrong in the release of such not ready beta. But on chat in IRC I found that I was wrong, and could correct it. The problem arose because I had replaced the original GCC with my own compiled version. It conflicted with the upgradation process. And there was nothing wrong in the upgradation, or the Beta, as such.
  So, on usingb the Beta, now I find the following changes-

  • First and foremost, now the Mute button of my Laptop actually mutes the sound(for the first time). The sound preferences menu seems to have developed so much. It now has more useful options, which are easy to find and use.
  • The Default Ubuntu wallpaper and theme is cool, far far better than its counterparts in the older versions. Apart from this now Ubuntu provides a host of other cool wallpapers, which are very awesome, much like the cool wallpapers, that you find in either Vista or maybe Win7(ya I’m talking about Windows…)
  • All the communication software now comes under a link in near the date and time notifier in the panel. Its now really easy to access Empathy, Evolution,(and if you have installed it-)Pidgin, Gwibber Microblogging client.
  • If you have installed Gnome-Do, you would find that it looks more cooler now.
  • Firefox is the latest version-3.5.3, with Ubuntu Canonical branding. So, it supports HTML5.
  • The different folders like- “Music”,”Home”, “Pictures”,etc, in each users account has now an informative icon, denoting its content.
  • Empathy replaces Pidgin as the default chat application, said to be for the long term good. Hopefully so..
  • The Login screen is now more integrated, and designed more logically.
  • The Compiz-fusion effects run much better in my Intel Graphics card now, as the kernel version 2.6.31-14, has new MESA driver, which supports Intel GPU better.

About Ubuntu 9.10

The GNOME desktop environment has been updated to version 2.28 RC1 (2.27.92), the Linux kernel packages are now at version 2.6.31-10.34 and they are based on the final version of Linux kernel 2.6.31.
  The KDE variant of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, has also had its KDE desktop updated to version 4.3.1 and has a number of updated applications and libraries incorporated.
   This version incorporates an X-based splash screen as part of the faster booting enhancements and sees the first release of the Ubuntu Software Store application. The Ubuntu One file synchronisation service is also built in to this release.


Ubuntu 10.04 announced.

Ubuntu 10.04 will be called Lucid Lynx and it’s scheduled for April 2010 and it will be a LTS version of the operating system, i.e,you will have 2 years full of updates, without the need of installing all over again.
The first Alpha version will be available later this year.
Ubuntu 9.10, is slated for relese at October 29 2009. Its currently in Alpha 6, which is expected to be the last Alpha for this Ubuntu version.