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1 Ubuntu Basic Tips and Tricks on 8th July 2010, 8:21 pm

How to change the root password on Ubuntu

By default, Ubuntu has no set password for
the root user. To gain access, you have to type in your own user
password. This is the password you set for the first user while
installing Ubuntu.

To manually change or set a password for the root user, navigate to the
shell command prompt:

  1. Click Applicatons
    -> Accessories. Click Terminal.

  2. A new window appears with a
    prompt. Key in "

  3. System will prompt you to enter
    the new root password twice. Now, you are done with your new root

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2 Re: Ubuntu Basic Tips and Tricks on 8th July 2010, 8:24 pm

How to run Windows applications on Ubuntu

A software called Wine
enables Ubuntu to install and run most of the Windows applications.
Here's how you install Wine.

  1. Open synaptic package manager by
    navigating through System -> Administration
    -> Synaptic package manager.

  2. Enable all repositories by
    clicking on Settings -> repositories.

  3. Check all the unchecked items.

  4. Click Reload.
  5. Click search and
    type Wine, scroll through the list till you find Wine.
    Click on Mark All Upgrades.

  6. Click Apply.

  7. Wait till all the files are
  8. Follow the prompts to install

After you are done with the Wine
installation. Just run the windows executable setup file by typing the

  1. Press Alt+F2 to
    run the command.
  2. Key in wine /path
    (example:- wine /xp/software/setup.exe).

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3 Re: Ubuntu Basic Tips and Tricks on 8th July 2010, 8:28 pm

How to fix Display problems in Ubuntu

Seldom, Ubuntu might not detect your
monitor and other screen resolutions. If you change your graphics card,
the OS might not recognize it. You can fix this problem by
reconfiguring your graphics settings. You need to do the following:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Logon to the terminal on startup
    by pressing esc (escape) key when Grub loads.
  3. Follow the prompts accordingly.
  4. Key in "sudo
    dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg".

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