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E-UAE is the name of the version of Universal Amiga Emulator which works under Linux. The current version is E-UAE 0.8.29, which is available for installation using the “Synaptic” installation manager.

The instructions which are available for using this package are rather confusing. First of all, there are four versions of this program! There is UAE for Windows, UAE for Mac, UAE for Linux and E-UAE.

E-UAE for Linux can only emulate an Amiga A500. There are facilities in the program allow you to set it to use a 68020 processor, and use a 3.1 Kickstart ROM, but you cannot boot it up as an A1200.  If you try to do so, the screen turns blue and you cannot rectify this. Emulating an A500 works however. In the Synaptic Package Manager, “E-UAE” is known vicariously as “The Egalitarian Ubiquitous Amiga Emulator. Perhaps this is why?

UAE for Linux

In the Synaptic Package Manager you will see “UAE”,current version 0.8.29-7.  This is unstable in my estimation, and you are better off with “Egalitarian” A500 version!!



See this blog for information.

SheepShaver is a Mac OS 9 emulator for Windows, Linux, and Macs running Mac OS X.

I have got it to work on Vista, using Mac OS 9.01 install CD, and Mac OS ROM taken from a Mac LCII. It also works with the “New World” Mac OS ROM taken from “Mac OS ROM update 1.0” extracted with Tome Viewer. These are downloadable from Apple’s web site.

Running under Tiger, you need a new world ROM. I cannot get it to work under Tiger, or Linux.

Kubuntu 11.04

Upgrade from Kubuntu 10.10 to 11.04 – codename “Natty Narwhal” went without a hitch

Netbook Remix Option seems to have disappeared.

If you cannot boot into Kubuntu after updating to the latest version of KDE, you have to remove Kubuntu Desktop and re-install it.

Using the Craft Robo from Ubuntu 10.10.


Instructions on how to install GraphtecPrint for the Craft Robo are given here:

Having installed Graphtecprint as per these instructions, you need to install Inkscape.

If you are on KDE, you can use the “Adept” installer program to do this.

If you have not got Adept on your System, you can use Synaptic to get it. Does only work for Kubuntu.

I have so far managed to make the craft robo cut out a square.

The procedure is

Start Inkscape,  draw a square, go to Print, select Postscript for output, and click on print.

This creates a file called in your documents folder.

Start a Konsole (BASH) and CD to the documents folder.


$ cd Documents

$ graphtecprint <

This will start the Graphtecprint program, and cut the square.

Windows Media Center does not work.

Resolution: re-install Windows Vista from scratch.

Why is this necessary?

Windows Vista has security on it which prevents you from removing “dll” files which have messed it up.

Method: use the manufacturers “reset to factory settings ” disk and then use Windows update.

a) If your machine did not come with Windows Vista Service Pack 1, you can download this off Microsoft’s web site, burn it to a CD and install it that way, which saves some time.

b) You can use “Gizmo” to burn the CD, if you have no other program for converting the “iso” to a real disk.

c) One you have reset your machine to its “factory settings”, you use “Backup and Restore” in control panel, to create a “Restore point” for your “C” drive. If you have a “D” drive as a second partition, you should create a restore point for this at the same time.

d) Some installers created for use with Windows XP etc., place “dll” files on your Vista “C” drive which mess up Media Center and prevent it from working. So, always make sure you have a “restore” point you can go back to!


Operating Systems such as Windows Vista and Linux are modelled on the UNIX operating system. This uses the idea of a “root” which ordinary users do not have access to.  Although you can gain access to to the “root”, it is more trouble than it is worth, so that’s where the “re-install” is the easiest way…

Kubuntu 10.10

Kubuntu 10.10 has recently been released. It is much improved on the old version.

You have to download the “iso”and burn it to a live CD.

Detailed information:

Hot tip: download “Gizmo” if you want an easy way of burning the CD.

Warning: the “GRUB” procedures described for older versions of Ubuntu will not work for version 10.10.

First steps in Ubuntu

Hot tip: If you overwrite your windows Master Boot Record and cannot boot into Windows, use “Partition Wizard Home Edition Windows Bootable CD”. Method, boot from this CD, and select “repair MBR”

Hot tip: If you overwrite your GRUB loader by re-installing Windows, repair by booting from the Ubuntu live CD.  Then start a BASH (Konsole)  session:

Full instructions here:

If this link is dead, here is a summary.

How to restore the Ubuntu grub bootloader (9.10 and beyond)

First you need to find out what your drives are called. You can do this by going to a terminal and typing:

sudo fdisk -l

You will get something like this:

From that you need to find the device name of your Ubuntu drive, something like “/dev/sda5″.
So, still in the terminal, type:

sudo mkdir /media/sda5
sudo mount /dev/sda5 /media/sda5

And then, to reinstall the grub:

sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/sda5 /dev/sda

Push enter and you’re done! Of course you need to replace “/dev/sda5″ and “/dev/sda” with what you found in the fdisk output.


EasyBCD is not compatible with Windows Vista.

Virtual Box.

Sharing Windows and Ubuntu Files on Virtual Box

In the old version of Virtual Box, you had to bridge Network connections to share files between host and guest operating systems. This is no longer necessary.  The procedure is described here: 

If this link is dead, in summary:
“This is the scenario that you run Windows as your host operating system and Ubuntu in a VirtualBox, and that you want to access a specific Windows folder from Ubuntu.”
1. In Windows host: start virtual box, from “devices” on the menu bar, go down to “Shared folders…”
2. Create a folder called e.g. “SharedFolder” in the root directory of your “C” drive.

In Ubuntu guest, go down from applications, accessories, to terminal. and copy and paste this line:

sudo mkdir /media/windows-share
sudo mount -t vboxsf SharedFolder /media/windows-share
You can call your “SharedFolder” anything you like, provided you call it by the same name in virtual box and in the line above.
In Ubuntu Guest, open up a wordprocessor, such as open office writer or Abiword, create a file and save it to the “Filesystem”, “Media”, “windows-share”.
Now when you switch back to Windows your saved file should be accessible.

Getting the right screen size on virtual box

Issue:  your Ubuntu screen display is like a postage stamp in the middle of your Window. 

Resolution:  choose Auto-resize Guest display from the “Machine” menu in Virtual Box!

Guest Additions on Virtual Box

You have to install “Guest Additions” on Virtual Box, or only a 800×600 screen option will be available.
1. Start Virtual box and log into Ubuntu.
2. Hit the right ctrl key so you can get your mouse pointer outside the virtual machine.
3.Go to top of virtual window, click on devices then select “Install Guest Additions”
You will see a window pop up inside Ubuntu showing you that there are some new files mounted in a virtual CDROM drive.
A CD Rom image will appear on your Ubuntu desktop. Click it open, inside there is an icon called “”. Double click on that.

Ubuntu Server 9.10 on Virtual Box

If you have the old version 3 of Ubuntu Portable, you can update it to version 4 with this patch:
This update improves the appearance of the display. 

Note you must open an command prompt as an  administrator, navigate to the Portable_Ubuntu directory and

Type this: colinux-daemon –install-driver and hit the enter key.

If you do not do this, then when you click on the run_portable_ubuntu batch file, it will not work!

Ubuntu on Virtual Box.
If you find Portable Ubuntu is too slow on your Windows laptop, then an alternative is to use Virtual Box.
You download and install this:
Then download this, and use Gizmo (or a similar utility) to make it into a real CD.
Version 9.10 of Ubuntu needs 512k of real or imaginary memory.  If you haven’t got this much to spare, go for an older distribution. Ubuntu Server 7.04, works, I have test it.  Also works is Linux Mint 3.0 which is a version of Ubuntu 7.04 with enhancements.  Mint has an installation wizard which the vanilla Ubuntu distro lacks…
You can Mount this CD as a virtual drive within Virtual Box, and install it from there. But I found doing this put a strain on system resources, and I got a crash. I recommend making a real CD.
A modern laptop can use a DVD disk equally well as a 700mb CD. But make a CD in preference to a DVD if you think you might want to install Virtual Box Ubuntu on an old desktop which does not have a DVD.
The drawback of Virtual Box is that it is more demanding of memory and disk space, but once you have booted into the Linux environment, then it is faster than Portable Ubuntu, which runs as an application under Windows Vista or XP. However, Virtual Box has more potential to mess up your laptop. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Information on installing Ubuntu on Virtual Box is here:
If you follow these instructions, you end up with a “Bash” command line and a cursor blinking at you helplessly..Why is this?
Ubuntu Server 9.10 does not automatically install the Desktop environment, you have to type:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
The following command is used to configure the Desktop (if necessary):
sudo dpkg –configure -a 

Then you have to type the following commands to update Ubuntu:

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get upgrade
The installation process takes a very long time. Dont’ worry if you mess up the install the first time.
Remember this: if you mess it up, it is only a virtual machine. You can easily start out with a brand new Virtual Ubuntu. To do this, from “Machine” on the menu bar, go down to “Delete”. Create a brand spanking new Virtual machine, and away you go again!
“The second problem I’ve encountered on my way to victory with Guest Additions is that the
guest OS sometimes lacks the tools needed by Guest Additions to build the necessary kernel
modules. You’ll receive messages like “…please install the build headers…” So, to fix this
problem make sure to first update your packages. If that doesn’t fix the problem, then
install the necessary build and kernel headers. For Ubuntu, and other debian-based
distributions, run the following command as root:”
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
After this type
The CD icon will appear on the Ubuntu desktop. Click it open, and click the icon which says
“”.  Then click on the left where it says “run in terminal”.
Sharing.  You have to install Windows sharing services on Ubuntu
Installed NTFS Configuration tool.  I don’t know if this does anything.
It tells you in the instructions reported in an earlier blog to select the option of  installing a minimal virtual machine. But this does not seem to be a good idea. If you use  the standard installation, then it works better.
Web pages not displayed correctly on the minimal install of Ubuntu for virtual box. 

I have had a perpetually revolving blue doughnut in Virtual Box. Had to do a force quit through the task manager. Now testing Ubuntu portable.

Portable Ubuntu

If you would like to try out Ubuntu, but you don’t want to mess up your machine, you can download “Portable Ubuntu”. 

Instructions on downloading and installing are on the Internet. It is quite a large download, and you may prefer to get it off a magazine coverdisk.  I am using it to write this blog on my Windows vista laptop.
Getting it up and running it not all that difficult.