Sunday, 27 February 2011


Ok been a while since i posted so i though i would share with you my graphics, I do work with photoshop so here are some of the results. :)

on a side note i know this was going to be tips and tricks but i decided that, honistly it will be an occasonal tips and tricks and other random things posted by me :)

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

My weird dreams

Well for the last two night i had weird dreams.

One day was me running over a duck and my friend running up behind me and stealing the duck, screaming MINE.

and the this morning it was of one of my friends hitting me with a CD she got from Fopp because i had cut my hair short. weird as hell man

Monday, 7 February 2011

Setting up Ubuntu

 If you are going to instal as a partition (2 operating systems on one hard drive) the DEFRAGMENT your disk first

at some point during instalation you will be asked to create a password, this is the ADMIN password and should be easy to remember,  anytime you want to instal you will have to use this password.

1. go into the BIOS on you computer (on a dell its f2 or f12 on the keyboard as soon as you swith you computer on.
2. Go to the boot options and make sure CD is the primary boot.
3. Now put the CD in and exit the BIOS.
(the current new few steps are whatthe ubuntu forums say you should do, i used Gpart to partition my drive before hand. if you are installing on a new hard drive the steps in red are irrelevent just continue with instalation.)
4.Select install and proceed untill you come accross "how do you want to partition your drive"
5. chose the first option somthing like "Resize IDE1 master, partition #1 (hda1) and use freed space"
6. select the percentage of the drive you want to free up for ubuntu (minimun of 10GB i would suggest)
7. select forward and continue with instalation
i am not sure where this comes up however for ease when you see the option instal with 3rd party software slect that option
8. once the instal is finished restart the computer.

If using a partition drive it will come up with the "GRUB" boot menu when you start DO NOT BE ALARMED select what one you want to boot at that time windows or ubuntu.

And you done, if you want to remove please follow a diffrent guide to come later. Sorry for no pictures of this as its hard for me to screenshot the install process.

What to bare in mind:
1. Ubuntu CAN read you Windows partition, however windows can't read the ubuntu files, so be careful not to change files in the windows area.
2. Ubuntu doesn't instal softwear the same as windows (see later post for instalation guide)
3. Ubuntu is not for games, although there are games they are not very good or plentful

Saturday, 5 February 2011

My adventures with GRUB

this is a tale of my adventures with grub and how it almost ruined everything. I was working as one does on a duel booted disk, when the thought occured to me that i never used the Ubuntu side of my disk so i decided to destroy it. Putting in Gpartition and delete the area that Ubuntu was thought i was rid of the problem, however i was not.

Upon re-boot it had an error message to be exact this one:
Error: no such partition
grub rescue>

Looking around i couldn't find a solution i could understand, so i went on the prowl. After Venturing around the dephts of the internet i came across the solution, i was glorious and simple. firstly i need a bootdisk, i found one and ran it. Summoning the power of "fdisk /mbr" i run it and restarted the computer, and the lord provided. it booted into xp.

so thats my adventures with it.

inshort below is what i did
1.Create a windows Boot CD doesn't matter how old i used a 98 one for XP pro from Here
2. go into bios set up and make sure CD is the Top boot option
3. put CD in the turn off and on again
4. will come up with a command prompt syle look
5. type in: fdisk /mbr
6. it will not show anything, once you can type again restart the computer
7. Grub is gone and will boot normally (i recomend you keep the CD as it could be usful in the future)

if this style of writing is alright i will run with this style


I'm Alex, however i go by the screen name KESTRELx or K3STR3Lx depending on avaiabiliy
This is just a little about me, and what i plan to post here.
  1. I don't plan to be here oftern, just the occasional update as i'm currently very bussy.
  2. I am dyslexic so my grammar and spelling with not be amazing but hopefully readable.
  3. I'm fairly adapt with a computer this is porobilly what this blog will focus on.
  4. Everything i show i will not be responcibly for how you use it, i just provid the knowledge of how it works, so expect anything which is contraversal to not inclued any download links at all.
  5. First tip will be about my battle with ubuntu and windows (i might do it in a comic style with key points under)