Phone signal or lack off, fixed!

For a long time I have been having a problem with the phone signal on my mobile phone at home and as we all know having a cell phone is important part of life now and it actually is an important tool in my system. The signal simply was totally rubbish to none existent where I spend most of my time and just down right a pain in the rear. About a year ago I complained to my provider about this and after 3 months of phone calls and emails, etc I was still in the same situation. They wanted my to call them on phone number which was premium charge which on a mobile is a lot of money. So I left it as I wasn’t getting any where.
Skip forward to a week ago and once again I was thinking that having the contract and paying for it when I couldn’t actually use it was actually wrong. I rang them again as I was not receiving texts or calls that I knew should be coming through because of the lousy signal (I had to walk up the hill). They told me that they would check with the engineers. True to their word, I had a call the following day, the nice gentleman went through everything, in much more detail than before. I was told that they couldn’t do much but they may be building a new tower at a much later date to give better coverage than before in my area.

A solution was offered which I liked and checked the router when I got home. I seem to have been living in my own little world for some time as I didn’t know that Three had a signal booster available (costs over 100 quid) which is why I didn’t really know about it in the first place as alot of their stuff to buy is quite expensive. Anyway, they offered this device to me which I accepted, it appears that because there was very little to no chance of getting the solution fixed anytime soon I was offered it for free. Maybe the words…’may not renew next year’ might have had something to do with it. The device arrived yesterday and is now working, very easy to set up and I can now send and receive texts and phone calls. The thing actually works of the internet so unlimited broadband is required although I suspect that it doesn’t actually use that much. So, if your signal is crap at home, I suggest getting one of these little boxes of magic.

All this means I’m happy and I can actually use my phone at home, thanks Three



Unable to boot Fedora 17 after Kernel update!

Every once in a while a small problem comes up after updates. For a long time I have not had this that was truly noticeable. My Fedora 17 machine for sometime as been perfect, always updated but today after not turning it on for a couple of days I found a Kernel update (version 3.7.3-101.fc17). After installing the update I typed reboot into the terminal as I always do. Started booting fine but then stalled/stopped at the screen with the fedora symbol.

I rebooted the computer and went back to the previous kernel and everything was fine. So some forum checking didn’t show much. A google search however did. I found the suggestion that the kmod have to match and this time around the kmod was not released at the same time as the kernel.

Details of post here –

So for now, until the release of the kmod that matches this kernel I suggest going back and using the previous kernel.

UPDATE- The automatic update for the kmod-nvidia never came through as it normally does so as seen in the comments below its a question of installing it yourself.

yum install kmod-nvidia-3.7.3-101.fc.i686

or (depending what applies to your system)

yum install kmod-nvidia-3.7.3-101.fc17.x86_64


WiFi not working on Linux (Fedora)

One of the common questions I see on forum is not my WiFi does not work but rather, my WiFi as stopped working. Since getting a new btrouter I have been having trouble with the connection. However, the problem solely restricted go wifi, cable connection works fine. Occassionally all its taken is a simply reset. This problem of lose of connection also occurs other machine so I don’t think that the problem is always the software or computer but rather the router.

The fix is rather simple but there is no reset button on our router so turning it off for a few minutes is all that it takes.

I would like some ideas why routers have this problem.


Update- I have also found that I have been having problems with other machines around the house and the solution of turning the router on and off as worked for these as well. I am wondering if there is a wider problem concerning wifi!

How to connect Nexus 7 to Fedora

A few months ago I bought myself a 16GB Nexus 7 tablet, for a while I got on alright with it but soon found I wanted to transfer files both to it and from it. When I connected it to my computer nothing came up to show that it had connected in the same way as my phone and or devices when I connected them.

As is usual with a problem I did a google search, the first few solutions that came up were on various bulletin boards, mostly These mostly offered the same kind of advice which involved scripting, changing permissions and other similar stuff. I thought it would be simple. I slipped the problem to one side while I worked a way from home. Hence a return a couple of weeks ago and the release of the new emusic launcher (see previous post). I was able to download some music via the emusic app but wanted to move the music to my computer which meant that I had to find a solution.

The reason why that a simple connection could not be done as before with my Android phone was found after some Googling to find a solution. As with many devices, the Nexus 7 does not have a SD card so does not come up as a external storage. This means that even with MTP stuff installed, it is not possible to use it as such a linux machines. However, it must be pointed out that it does appear in Amarok but is read only.

Some investigating later……solution found and pretty simple..

One the Nexus install a Ftp server app, there are many free ones.

When you start the app, you will get the following:

Press button to stop ftp server

Ftp server available on



Password: francis

Annoynmous user enabled

Homedirectory: /storage/emulated/o

Now open a browser (firefox) and type the address into the address bar. Press enter. The files on the tablet should then appear in the browser window which effectively turns the browser into a file browser like dolphin.


Emusic launches a new downloader but not for linux!

A few days ago I paid a visit to to check for any new music and found something I liked but shock, horror…..a message telling me to upgrade to a  new download manager. As is usually the case, there is only a release for Windows and iOS. It really gets to me that something cann’t be released for all OS’s at the same time. When you check the message board and see just what proportion of linux users there are that it affects with their replies you do ask yourself just how many people or in this case, customers, are put out. However, I did notice one post stating that a linux version was being worked on. But why oh why cann’t they just release for everyone at the same time? The reason for the new release of the downloader is better syncing with iTunes and Winamp but excuse me….these pieces of software don’t work on linux (unless you can work magic with wine), so it shouldn’t be that hard.
There are also a post or two saying that they can still use the old emusic offical linux dowmloader and emusicj but I couldn’t get past the pesky upgrade message.

My post on the board did produce an email response, the people at emusic have always been helpful in pleasing the customer in my experience. A solution was given although not perfect but it allows the linux user to continue to download music till the real thing is released.

The solution sent to me was that when the message came up telling me to upgrade to click this link,

Then continue as before. Granted not perfect but a solution was thought of and prepared and help given so hopefully we will see the linux upgrade soon.

UPDATE- Emusic have now changed the message which says to download their new downloader to include a button to press if you want to continue using the application that you have installed. I have a feeling there may be problems with the new one.

Update. The message which was written about in the last update as now gone but the link to make the earlier downloaded still works. The link actually activates a cookie to make the your current downloaded work. The popup actually says about you browser being Google chrome even when your using Firefox. They have also just released a Linux download but I am currently having problems with it and in communication with eMusic about this. The past week as seen changes again due to them starting a new thing which allows non members to buy music thus affecting other aspects of the site. I am currently thinking that if the downloaded doesn’t work I am going else where!

Further date….the problem is now fixed. First, download emusic download 6 from here…

Unpack in the usual way, go to the folder and click on emusic-dlm. It should then start. To use it you need activate the cookie by clicking on this link…

So that you don’t have to keep clicking this link, bookmark it! When you first use it, a pop will appear asking what to open the file type with, go to the folder with the dlm and click on that. Also click the box that asks if you want to use that setting in the future.  Just use it when you go to emusic. The procedure after that is simple. I actually got a thanks for testing from emusic which made me happy and now hope others can benefit.

Another update. It appears that after some testing (actually, I forgot to change the downloader on my fedora machine), that the link is the key to being able to continue downloading. The downloader version doesn’t appear to matter!