Thanks to KaruppuSwamy for this guide to changing the Gnome keyring password to match the Gnome login password.
After reinstalling the telepathy-haze package, there was still no option to add an AIM account to Empathy. Even after closing and restarting Empathy, the option was not on the menu.
After quitting Empathy again, I searched the running processes for telepathy:
$ ps x | grep telepathy
9370 ? S 0:00 /usr/lib/telepathy/mission-control-5
9738 pts/0 S+ 0:00 grep telepathy
Bingo, I need to kill mission-control-5.
$ killall mission-control-5
Upon restarting Empathy I was then able to activate my AIM account.
Rhythmbox has had the option to use crossfading for a few releases now, but it had always just crashed. Well good job to the Rhythmbox authors, because it’s smooth and stable in Rhythmbox 0.12.0 in Ubuntu 9.04. I’ve set it to 0.3 seconds and it’s been quite elegant.
I just updated to the 2.6.28-13 kernel in Ubuntu 9.04 and sound was just playing static. The solution was to raise the volume on the PCM slider, for some reason it was down to 0.
Some of the new Dell Inspiron laptops (the 1420n, 1520, and 1525 are the ones I know of) come with a digital microphone array above the screen, but a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.04 will not have the array enabled by default.
Fortunately, it wasn’t too difficult to enable, and now I can use Audacity, Skype, etc., without any peripherals.
- Right-click the volume applet in the top-right of your screen and click Open Volume Control.
- Click File > Change Device and change the device to the alsa device.
- Now click Edit > Preferences and select both Digital and Digital Input Source.
- In the Recording tab, make sure the digital device’s volume is all the way up and that the device is not muted.
- In the Options tab, change Digital Input Source: to Digital Mic 1.