Archive for November, 2011|Monthly archive page

Speeding up Iceweasel

This is being done on Iceweasel 3.5.16,
which is what comes with Debian 6 (Squeeze)
Open Iceweasel and type about:config in the address bar and press Enter.
Promise that you’ll be careful.
Change the following preferences to the new values shown.
Change a setting by double clicking it.

browser.display.show_image_placeholders: false
network.prefetch-next: false
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server: 8
network.http.pipelining: true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests: 8
network.dns.disableIPv6: true

That should do it.

Installing Urban Terror 4.11 on Debian Squeeze (64 bit)

I upgraded to Squeeze 64 bit, carried over the UT folder, started UrbanTerror and Crash! For some reason It would not run. I was running UT 4.1 on Debian Lenny (32 bit). Yes I did start the 64 bit launcher… Crashed! So I downloaded UT 4.11. Still crashed. It seems to be a bug, but I did find a fix.
Here > Optimized executable; builds of ioq3 engine for urt
I’ll reproduce it here in case that one goes away. I just merged the UT folder and the optimized folder. oq3-urt is the launcher.

I pretty much followed my old instructions here. I just had to merge in a few optimized files in the install folder.

The file below will download as ioq3-1807-urt-251210-linux64-tar.odt. After it is downloaded, rename it to ioq3-1807-urt-251210-linux64-tar.bz2

I had to change the extension to get it on the server.

Or just download it from here without having to change the file name:

Extract ioq3-1807-urt-251210-linux64-tar.bz2 into urt’s executable binary directory (tar jxpvf in console or with a file manager).

run ./ioq3-urt (if it’s not executable, chmod +x)
ioq3-urt now starts the game.
You should be in business. I fixed my install.

Thanks again to for the help.

Installing Debian 6 (Squeeze)

I just installed Debian squeeze on 2 of my machines. I’ve documented the process the best that I could. I started to document the process since 5 (Lenny) came out so install would be a no brainer. I’ve decide to put it out there/here in pdf and odt format. Why? Because I think it’s easier to read… plus with the odt, you can save and change the process to fit your situation. Ayway there they are. Use any pdf reader to view the pdf and use LibreOffice to view the odt.

Debian_Squeeze _Setup.odt
Debian_Squeeze _Setup.pdf

OK, I copy and pasted the document below. I would still open one of the above documents on go off of that. It looks the way I want it to in the above documents. If I make any major changes to the document, I’ll make another post.
I actually did the 2nd machine/install with the netinstall from a usb stick. The process is the same.

Like I’ve always said, this site is mainly notes for myself.
My notes are your notes…

Debian Squeeze Setup
November 9th 2011

I will be installing Debian Squeeze with the 1st installation DVD. The first one is all I need for
my needs. It gives me the basic Gnome desktop install and I’ll add the rest later. Lets start.
Put DVD in drive and boot/reboot machine. I choose the “install” option. There is a “Graphical
install” but I prefer the old one. It’s pretty looks the same but I prefer the old one. A few screens with
Select a language: English
Select your location: United States
Select a keyboard layout: American English
Configure the network:
Hostname: debiandesktop
I put debian desktop because this machine will me my main desktop. Command prompt will
look like this terry@debiandesktop . Put whatever you want.
Domain name: ___________
I leave this one blank.
Set up users and passwords:
Root password: ***********(use a good password)
Re-enter password to verify: ***********
Full name for new user: terry
Username for your account: terry
I t auto filled that one.
Choose a password for the new user: **********
Re-enter password to verify: **********
Select your time zone: Central
Partition Disks:
Partitioning method:
“Guided – use entire disk” (my choice)
Select disk partition:
“select the partition”
Partitioning scheme:
“All files in one partition” (recommended for new users) (my choice)
This screen has the partitioning overview. If everything looks good, Select:
“Finish partitioning and write changes to disk.”
Write changes to disk?:
Base system is installed/installing (Installing base system)

Configure the package manager
Your CD or DVD has been scanned: “More CD/DVD scanning options. We only have 1 DVD”
Scan another CD or DVD now?:
Use a mirror?:
Debian archive mirror country:
“United States”
Debian archive mirror:

HTTP proxy information (blank for none):
Configuring popularity contest: “no”
Software selection:
*Graphical desktop environment
*SSH Server
*Standard system utilities

45mins later…

Install the GRUB boot loader on a hard disk
Install the GRUB boot loader to the master boot record?:
Finish installation (disk is ejected)
System Reboots

Log in!

Debian Squeeze setup

First thing I do is open up Iceweasle and install xmarks. I use it to sync bookmarks.

**Add myself to the sudoers list.
Open up a terminal and type:
Then enter the root password.
Now in the terminal, type:
Now add your username to the list.
root ALL=(ALL) ALL
terry ALL=(ALL) ALL
It should look like this:
root ALL=(ALL) ALL
terry ALL=(ALL) ALL
Now press Ctrl +x and when prompted to save, press y. Then press Enter.

**Add Repositories
In a terminal type:
cd /etc/apt
Then type:
sudo gedit sources.list
Type your password.
Your sources.list file should look something like this:

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.1a _Squeeze_ – Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20110322-
15:11]/ squeeze contrib main

deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.1a _Squeeze_ – Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20110322-15:11]/
squeeze contrib main

deb squeeze main
deb-src squeeze main

deb squeeze/updates main contrib
deb-src squeeze/updates main contrib

# squeeze-updates, previously known as ‘volatile’
deb squeeze-updates main contrib
deb-src squeeze-updates main contrib

Change them to look like this:

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.1a _Squeeze_ – Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20110322-
15:11]/ squeeze contrib main

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.1a _Squeeze_ – Official i386 DVD Binary-1 20110322-15:11]/
squeeze contrib main

deb squeeze main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze main contrib non-free

deb squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

# squeeze-updates, previously known as ‘volatile’
deb squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src squeeze-updates main contrib non-free

# I added multimedia repo below
deb squeeze main non-free

I put a # in front of the 2nd deb cdrom entry. We will not be updating from the CD/DVD rom drives. I
also added “contrib non-free” to the end of all of the existing entries. I also added a multimedia repo.
Check out this page
There’s one more step after the update.
Now hit “save” and close the document. Open a terminal and type:
sudo aptitude update
It complained about a key. In a terminal type:
sudo aptitude install debian-multimedia-keyring
When asked, type the word “yes”

**Install flash
In a terminal type:
sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree
Done! Freedom hater!

Install DVD playback packages:
sudo aptitude install libdvdcss2 w32codecs gstreamer0.10-lame gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly vlc

These are the individual packages in the previous string. Some might already be installed.
I added a few extra that I like.


I’m now showing 15 updates available in the upper right notification area. I’ll go ahead and let it do it’s
thing. More in a bit.

Video Driver Installation (64 bit)
nvidia GeForce 7300 GT / 7600 GS

I’m installing the 195.36.31…. driver because that’s what’s available in the repos.
Using Synaptic Package Manager I installed:

nvidia-kernel-2.6.32-5-amd64 195.36.31+2+4+2.6.32-24 NVIDIA binary kernel module
for Linux
nvidia-kernel-common 20100522+1 NVIDIA binary module support files

Then from a terminal I ran:
sudo nvidia-xconfig

Using X configuration file: “/etc/X11/xorg.conf”.
VALIDATION ERROR: Data incomplete in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
At least one Device section is required.
Backed up file ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’ as ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup’
New X configuration file written to ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’

I then rebooted. I usually get the NVIDIA splash screen during the boot. I didn’t this time but I did verify that the driver is installed and working.

Now from Synaptic Package Manager I installed:
Your resolution should be set to auto which is the native resolution of the monitor. With the next command, you should be able to change that.
At a terminal type:
sudo nvidia-settings
to get to the NVIDIA X Server Settings window (GUI) to adjust settings. Everyones happy…. I hope.