Installing a fingerprint readerI was pretty excited about getting ThinkFinger to work, but if you read the fine notes, you will find out that neither gksu nor gksudo work with ThinkFinger. There is a bug report filed here about it.
Disabling the PC beepEdit rc.local and add the following line:
modprobe -r pcspkr
Getting the media keys to workGet xbindkeys and run xbindkeys-config for a graphical tool to configure buttons. You'll probably want to create shell scripts for volume up, volume down, and mute. I created some but you need aumix for them to work:
#!/bin/sh # Lowers volume. aumix -v +$1 aumix -w 75
#!/bin/sh # Raises volume. aumix -v -$1 aumix -w 75
Here is a link to the toggle mute.
Fixing the garbled display on startup/shutdownThis is due to buggy ati drivers, I'm assuming. The way to fix this is to edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst by searching for "splash"; it should be the last word in a line that looks like this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-10-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash
Remove the splash word, save and reboot, and no garbledness!
Other links to helpful tipsThinkWiki
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