Able to log on but some problems

Fred Roller froller at
Tue Jun 16 13:20:43 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-06-15 at 23:28 -0700, thomas smith wrote:
> Hello,
> I am on line.  Thanks very much for the great help
> given by the people who replied to my requests.
> I still have a few problems.  
> 1.  My type is too small.  Figured out the [ctrl] + to
> make type larger on webpages but the results are
> kluggy and doesn't always work.  I am using the
> email client that came with the download.  The type
> is very small unless I go into the format and convert
> the type to html.  
  What is your desktop resolution?  (System-->Preference-->Display) Like
mine, your resolution may be up there (1440x900).  You could try either
reducing the resolution or If you want to keep the resolution then try
System-->Preference-->Appearance click the Font tab and adjust the fonts
to your liking.
> 2.  How to upgrade from the version 7.x that I am
> using to the latest version.
> I have a computer that with VISTA.  According to
> one of the LINUX experts, who wrote me, I'm using
> the Windows boot manager.
> I attempted to do the upgrade from the Ubuntu site
> but it gave me error messages and aborted.
> Before I got information on changing the password I
> tried to install 8.10 onto the computer a few times 
> with some apparent success but when I started the 
> computer it came to the boot manager that lists the
> version 7.x (+ its recover mode).  I would like to get
> rid of the hidden installations and go with the latest.
> After I get that I'll go to the nearby Barnes & Noble
> and purchase the correct Ubuntu book.
I don't dual boot (I virtualize on Virtualbox) so I will leave dual
booting to those more knowledgeable than I. 
> 3. I like to listen to CBC RadioOne but it requires
> Windows media.  Is there a work around?

> 4. I also like to listen to BBC Radio 4 but it requires
> Real Media.  My efforts to install it did not work (it
> might help if I had larger text).  
Using Rhythmbox I was able to play this radio link 
so you should be able to add it most any player's radio list I would
I do have the non-free codecs installed from the repository, I would
recommend going to and search "ubuntu perfect desktop"
This will help you get a system which will play most of todays videos
and music.
> Even with my newbie problems I am liking Ubuntu
> more than Windows.
> Thanks 
> Thomas. 

Welcome to the Ubuntu family.  Good luck with your endeavors.

Fred R.

"Life is like Linux, simple.  If you are fighting it, you are doing
something wrong."

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