George F. Nemeyer | 25 Oct 01:02 2014

Removing applicatons from Volume control indicator

When clicking the speaker indicator in the panel, it opens a pop-up that
has a volume slider and a mute option.

The pop-up also includes a link that opens the full set of audio controls,
as well as application controls for gmusicplayer and VLC player (Neither
of which is actually running).

I want these GONE because the machines are in a public setting, and we do
NOT want people messing with sound settings (other than basic volume) or
launching new programs other than those specifically provided in the

I've not been able to find any configuration file or info on what controls
there may be for what the pop-up contains.

Since volume can be controlled with the speaker icon alone without the
pop-up open, disabling the whole popup is an acceptable option.

Another option would be to eliminate the speaker indicator entirely and
using the traditional XFCE panel volume control, but that dosen't appear
to be offered anymore.

If anyone has any clues or suggestions, please help.

Jesse Palser | 25 Oct 00:33 2014

[14.04 64Bit]-"gmusicbrowser":Toggle Pause With One Keyboard Key?


Running Xubuntu 14.04 L.T.S. 64Bit fully updated.
I am trying to toggle pause in "gmusicbrowser" with one single key.
Is the above possible?

Here is a screenshot:
It works to pause the music, but then if I press the key again the music 
does not play?

How can I have one keyboard key toggle pause/play in "gmusicbrowser"?
Thank you in advance!
Great O.S.!


scar | 24 Oct 04:56 2014

xfce automatic login

i'm trying to automatically login a user when the system boots up, and i
found the document at [1].  on my system there is no
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf but there is a lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf and a
lightdm-gtk-greeter-ubuntu.conf.  i tried making a blank
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and adding the [SeatDefaults] section as
described in the document, and this works as far as automatically
logging in the user defined by autologin-user.

However, if i want to switch users, when i logout then i just get a
blank black screen and there's no user selection dialog box.  i've also
tried renaming the lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf to lightdm.conf and again
adding the [SeatDefaults] section to the bottom.  again it will
automatically login the user but for some reason disables the user
selection if i logout....

i found some other articles which seem outdated and overly complicated
and require compiling scripts and such, which i do not think is
necessary.  it seems there should be a straight-forward way to enable
this in lightdm.conf or in some other config file...


scar | 23 Oct 20:02 2014

troubleshoot mcelog Machine Check Exception messages

hi i have a computer that has been hard rebooting over and over... i
thought it was a kernel/software problem as the machine froze while
installing a kernel update.  i took the opportunity to wipe it clean and
install xubuntu on it.  the installation went well and i was able to
restore my backup, but now the machine is freezing again during boot-up.
 this time, however, it is not rebooting automatically and has provided
a Machine Check Exception output, which i ran through mcelog on my laptop:

$ sudo mcelog --ascii
CPU 0: Machine Check Exception: 4 Bank 4: b200001000010c0f
CPU 0: Machine Check Exception: 4 Bank 4: b200001000010c0f
TSC 1295c993c5
TSC 1295c993c5
PROCESSOR 2:40ff2 TIME 1414042838 SOCKET 0 APIC 0 microcode 0
Hardware event. This is not a software error.
CPU 0 BANK 4 TSC 1295c993c5
TIME 1414042838 Wed Oct 22 22:40:38 2014
STATUS b200001000010c0f MCGSTATUS 4
CPUID Vendor AMD Family 15 Model 79
PROCESSOR 2:40ff2 TIME 1414042838 SOCKET 0 APIC 0 microcode 0

i had to type in the 3 lines manually and then mcelog produced the
output starting with "Hardware event...." (it echoed the first two lines
after i typed them in).  so i'm trying to nail down what hardware is
faulty so i can fix it.  all i've been able to find out there is
'contact your hardware vendor'... so is that my motherboard
manufacturer?  or the CPU manufacturer?  or what?

i did run memtest overnight for 12 hours, 13+ passes and no errors, so
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Jesse Palser | 22 Oct 02:01 2014

[14.04 64Bit]-Convert NTFS HDD To ext4 & Encrypt?

[14.04 64Bit]-Convert NTFS HDD To ext4 & Encrypt?


I need to safely convert a hard disk drive from Microsoft NTFS to Linux 
ext4 & encrypt.
The hard disk drive is 1TB and is about 75% full.
Is there some simple and safe method on Xubuntu 14.04 to do the above?



Jesse Palser | 21 Oct 16:37 2014

[14.04 64Bit]-FileZilla FTP Client Slow On 1.2GHz Thin Client?

[14.04 64Bit]-FileZilla FTP Client Slow On 1.2GHz Thin Client?


I am using Xubuntu 14.04 L.T.S. 64Bit fully updated
on an Intel Celeron 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 4GB RAM thin client.

When I use current FileZilla FTP client
uploading and downloading seem to be very slow?

When uploading or downloading in FileZilla
it does a few files full speed but then CPU utilization goes to 100%
and FileZilla stops for a few seconds?

I've never had problems with FileZilla before.
Anyone know how to fix this problem?


Jesse Palser | 20 Oct 21:13 2014

[14.04 64Bit]-New Install:Monitor Keeps Turning Off?

[14.04 64Bit]-New Install:Monitor Keeps Turning Off?


I am new to Xubuntu 14.04 L.T.S. 64Bit.
My LCD monitor keeps turning off after some set time of inactivity.
How do I tell the O.S. to not turn off my LCD monitor?



Jesse Palser | 19 Oct 22:01 2014

Is There An Official Xubuntu Forum On The Internet?


I am a new Xubuntu user.
Is there an official Xubuntu forum on the Internet?
Thanks, I have questions...


Anthony Papillion | 16 Oct 02:44 2014

Can't set permissions on a folder on an external drive on 14.04

Hello everyone,

I have a USB thumb drive that has a folder who's permission I need to
set to 744. Let's say the folder is named folder1. I issued the
following command from the terminal:

sudo chmod 744 folder1

This has NO EFFECT on the folder permissions.

I've also tried

sudo chmod -R 744 folder1

THAT has no effect either.

Any idea what I'm doing wrong?



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MR ZenWiz | 14 Oct 19:48 2014

Secondary login doesn't work in 14.04

Last night I wanted to let my son log in on my computer in the "other"
login window (console 8 - <ctl><alt><F8>), but nothing was there.

I thought (foolishly) that maybe <ctl><alt><del> would work, but that
rebooted he machine.

Is this a known problem in 14.04 or has anyone else seen it?



Dolev Farhi | 13 Oct 21:26 2014

Xubuntu 14.10 auto remounts a safely removed drive


I am experiencing a problem where an external drive (1TB Transcend) 
which was safely removed gets automatically remounted again by the system.

I noticed there is a bug about this issue, but was wondering if anyone 
can think of a workaround to this problem until this gets eventually 
fixed, perhaps disabling auto mounting drivers.

The bug link: