Recent Posts

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 10
General Discussion / Nine Optional Updates
« Last post by dickJ on May 19, 2015, 03:09:41 PM »
I received 9 OPTIONAL Updates for Windows 8.1 today.  In checking the "for more information" on each, none seemed of much importance.
Hi Alan,

Thanks for finding a solution that fixes the screen resolution for Ubuntu 15.04 when running under Parallels 10 on a MAC.

I ran into difficulty when I tried to navigate to Grub and then edit it from the Terminal.  My first approach was to open Grub from a GUI interface.  I clicked on the Files icon and navigated to Grub but found that it was read-only.  I couldn't edit the file and then save my changes.

Resigned to using the vi editor from the Terminal, I navigated to Grub but couldn't figure out how to edit it. 
When editing with vi using a Windows keyboard, I have to open vi and then enable editing by hitting the Insert key.  I then make my edits, hit ESC, type a colon and then type wq.

Alas, there is no key labeled Insert on a MAC keyboard.  I'm sure that there is an equivalent but I couldn't find it.

My solution was to enable Gedit, a text editor that didn't see the Grub file as read-only.

I modified the Grub file, adding these 2 lines


I then saved the file, ran #sudo update-grub, rebooted and was rewarded with a screen resolution of 1440x900 instead of 800x600.

Life is good.

Thanks.  As you indicated, it works fine with my VLC.  It also works with
Windows Media Player.
General Discussion / New APCUG Web Site
« Last post by rsutter on May 14, 2015, 02:04:12 PM »
Hello All,

APCUG, SLO Bytes' parent organization, has reworked its web site.  It used to be based on Drupal.  The new site was created using Word Press.

I found it far easier to navigate than the earlier site.  Take a look at the Speakers' Bureau for an exhaustive listing of presentation topics.

The opening page is at

The Speakers' Bureau resides at

Ralph Sutter
By default Ubuntu Mate 15.04 running in Parallels Desktop 10 sets a screen resolution of 800x600.

This solution worked for me using 1440x900 resolution on my 13" MacBook Air.

Hi , I had same problem and here is a workaround that worked with my install (MacBook air, Parallels 9 (last fix), Mint 17 Cinnamon).
After install Mint 17, I got the message after 1st login : "Software running in rendering mode" => to solve this, just re-install Parallels Tools (boot VM, go to Menu "Virtual Machine" and "Install Parallels Tools".

The for changing resolution , let's say 1024x768 (or like me for the 13' MBA : 1440x900) :

edit the default grub cfg file :

#sudo vim /etc/default/grub

change, uncomment, or add:


update grub:
#sudo update-grub

reboot !

Hi Dick

I use VLC and that seems to work fine

Its a long download, then my Winamp player opens it and plays the sound track, but no picture.  Maybe it can't handle MP4?
Hello All,

I created a crude four minute video showing how I included an on-line program in the programs of the Microsoft 8.1 Metro/Modern Startup area.
You can view it at

I did so using Snagit 12.3.2;, and my cheapo web cam microphone.

Ralph Sutter
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 10