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the password you use to log in to your computer no longer matches that of your login keyring

Thanks to KaruppuSwamy for this guide to changing the Gnome keyring password to match the Gnome login password.

see How to get rid of “Enter password to unlock your login keyring” prompt in Ubuntu

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Adding AIM accounts (back) to Empathy

I use Empathy on Ubuntu and I needed to contact someone over AIM chat recently, but I had uninstalled the telepathy-haze package which is required to use AIM in Empathy.

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.

How to Enable Digital Microphone Array on Dell Inspiron Laptops in Ubuntu 8.04

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.

Although Hardy’s usage of the new Pulseaudio system is causing problems with many audio applications, the problem in this case seemed to be alsa-based

  1. Right-click the volume applet in the top-right of your screen and click Open Volume Control.
  2. Click File > Change Device and change the device to the alsa device.
  3. Now click Edit > Preferences and select both Digital and Digital Input Source.
  4. In the Recording tab, make sure the digital device’s volume is all the way up and that the device is not muted.
  5. In the Options tab, change Digital Input Source: to Digital Mic 1.