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Sunday [Jul. 22nd, 2007|09:51 pm]
Bob Bain
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I had Ubuntu (Linux) installed to "my liking" yesterday evening but discovered that the hardware purchased two weeks ago wasn't doing the right thing and that two USB ports that should have been available were not due to the fact that the manufacturer hadn't cut four slots in the plastic covering for this particular part of the computer.  This meant that only two USB ports were available.  Noting that I had 14 days to implement my rights under the Trade Practices Act I took the faulty hardware back to the shop in North Sydney (way over the Harbour Bridge) and asked if they could exchange it.  At first the manager was reluctant suggesting that I'd have to leave it so a technician could look at it on Tuesday.  I explained that I was entitled under their rules and indeed their code of conduct to either a refund (the goods were misrepresented) or for the goods to be exchanged for a unit which had the USB ports available.  After some negotiation and contemplation the manager agreed that this was a possible solution.  The result is that I now have a box with ALL USB ports on the front enabled.  I have had to reinstall Ubuntu Linux (started an hour ago) and all appears back to "as it was yesterday evening" noting that some hardware that wasn't recognised (including the available USB ports) are now recognised on installing Ubuntu once again and that the display is now set to it's maximum resolution.  I believe the machine had more faults than simply a poor plastic casing.

I am posting this directly via Ubuntu rather than the Semagic client for Windows.  I don't know if LJ do a Linux version of Semagic.  I might check this out.

I have discovered that the Intel based ALSA microphone socket doesn't work with this version of Linux.  It would appear this is a well known issue and there are alleged to be "workarounds" that haven't worked for me.  It appears the issue applies to other versions of Linux - not just Ubuntu.  I have erased all references to Kubuntu (the KDE equivilent - Ubuntu uses Gnome) as it would appear that Kubuntu produces an unstable display on this particular make of machine.

I have sent a card and letter to Sandra (who just lost her husband) as Trevor thinks this would be appreciated.  I also have a letter from Centrelink that tells me that I am considered exempt from the activity test (looking for work) until the issues relating to the doctor's certificate have been examined and resolved.  I have an appointment with DEN on Tuesday and see "the doc" on Tuesday morning.

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