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Jul 202012

In the newer versions of Linux, an open source driver is usually installed by default to run the graphic cards. However this driver can sometimes be absolutely messy, and it is essential to remove the Nouveau driver and install the binary driver from Nvidia.

However, if after you reboot into the service mode from grub menu, and try to install the NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-xxx.run driver in the init 3 level, the program will kick you out saying that the Nouveau driver is still in use.

The way to disable the Nouveau drivers from kernel is to boot in the service mode and run the following commands:

echo options nouveau modeset=0 | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/nouveau-kms.conf
 update-initramfs -u

Once its done reconfiguring the kernel, you will need to reboot, and again get to service mode.

After that, get into init 3 mode, and install the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-64.xxx.run script. The installation should be successful at this point.

Dec 272011

One mild inconvenience while using Linux Mint is the default Google search in Firefox search bar. The plain ol’ google search is reformatted, and wrapped within a Linux Mint flavoured wrapper. Its not the end of the world – you can always go to google.com and then search the same word or phrase. However, many people have gotten into the habit of performing their search using the search bar on top left corner within Firefox. Getting a Linux Mint wrapper around just doesn’t look right.

Someone figured out that the google.xml file used in the search plugin was modified in the Mint distribution to create give the modified results. In order to get the original google results, just type in the following command lines:

cd /usr/share/linuxmint/common/artwork/firefox/
sudo wget http://mxr.mozilla.org/firefox/source/browser/locales/en-US/searchplugins/google.xml?raw=1 -O google.xml.fixed
sudo mv google.xml google.xml.orig
sudo mv google.xml.fixed google.xml
sudo cp google.xml /usr/lib/firefox-addons/searchplugins/en-US/google.xml

Restarting Firefox (maybe a few times) is required to get the google results in the plain old familiar format.

The above code was obtained from: Change Back Google Search in Linux Mint