Fedora 9 connect: Network is unreachable error

Ran across this installing Red Hat’s free Linux distribution Fedora Core 9 code named Suplhur. Installed totally vanilla install with the GUI anaconda front end. The box sees the NIC, and can ping within the local subnet of the LAN network, but can’t ping out. BTW, it holds a static IP on the network interface card (NIC). Gets the error:

connect: Network is unreachable error

We need to set a default route. Here’s how:

Looked in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts for the file route-eth0 but it wasn’t there.

Using vi (you can use whichever text editor you prefer) I created that file route-eth0, and put in this one line:

defult via

(note: is the LAN IP address of my router. Your router IP address may differ. So you should put in whatever the IP addres of your router is, instead. Most Netgear routers and Qwest DSL boradband modems use and Linksys uses and Belkin uses just to name some common ones.)

Then a simple task of restarting the network and testing:

# service network restart
# ping yahoo.com


Also, I found that the ethernet adapters weren’t starting automatically. Using the GUI taskbar/ Start Menu, I went into System Administration, then into Services, and enabled the “network” service. Then change runlevel to 3. Ping works so eth0 is up, and that happened at the runlevel change. Change to runlevel 5, test, and… yeppers, it works.

Posted under Freeware, Linux, Network

OTRS login

By default, to login to a fresh OTRS install, the username is root@localhost and the password is root

Posted under Freeware, Linux

This post was written by Content Curator on December 4, 2007

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Update Microsoft Windows Defender manually

Microsoft makes manual download of update files easily accessible at this link:


This will download a file called Mpas-fe.exe
Try to save the file in a location that you can get to easily with a command prompt. (ie. C:\ )
Then, open a command prompt and run the program using the -q switch. It looks like this:

Mpas-fe.exe -q

The program will run quickly, and won’t give you any kind of confirmation that it has run or finished.

Open the Microsoft Windows Defender window to see what date your definition files have. This is how you can be sure that the update was successful.

IMPORTANT: The above info applies ONLY to 32-bit Operating Systems. For those of you using 64-bit platforms, see the full scoop here:


Posted under Freeware, Microsoft

Firefox tip: Moving tabs between Firefox windows

So, you have two or more Firefox main windows open, and you need to close Firefox, but you’ll lose Firefox’s memory of all tabs in windows that are not the last one closed. Bummer.

This process assumes that you have Firefox set to “show my tabs from last time”.
Well, there are two ways to fox this. One is easy and requires no plugins. Here is the process:

  1. Pick one firefox window to be the recipient of all tabs. Maximize that window, or at least make it so you can see the tab bar, and it is near the top of your screen.
  2. By clicking on its icon on the Windows taskbar, open the other window that has tabs you want to save.
  3. Make sure that this second Firefox window is not maximized, and is small enough so that you can see the original Firefox window’s tab bar.
  4. Now, drag tabs from the second, smaller Firefox window, and drop them above on the original, bigger Firefox’s tab bar. NOTE: Read the next step too.
  5. If the original Firefox’s tab bar is full, or if it fills up as you drop tabs on it, then you can continue dropping tabs on the right-arrow button at the extreme right of the Firefox tab bar.
  6. Repeat step 4 for all tabs that you want to keep.
  7. Close the second, smaller Firefox window.
  8. Repeat steps 2 through 7 for any other Firefox windows that you want to retrieve tabs from.
  9. Make sure that only your one main Firefox window is open. Now close it. It will remember all those tabs you put into it now.

The second way to make this happen in the future is to download the Session Manager plugin for Firefox.

Posted under Browsers, Freeware

This post was written by Content Curator on October 17, 2007

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How to Update Firefox on Fedora Core Linux

Using the yum command line usility:

yum -y –enablerepo=development update firefox

(there are two dashes preceding “enablerepo”)

When I used this line I got some transaction check failures thet looked something like:

file /usr/share/pkgconfig/gnome-doc-utils.pc from install of gnome-doc-utils-stylesheets-0.12.0-1.fc8 conflicts with file from package gnome-doc-utils-0.8.0-2.fc6

To fix this, I did the following:

yum -y –enablerepo=development update gnome-doc-utils

This updated the necessary packages, then I re-ran:

yum -y –enablerepo=development update firefox


Posted under Browsers, Freeware, Linux

This post was written by Content Curator on October 9, 2007

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Convert & Trim DVD video to MPEG-1, freeware style

Download DVD Shrink 3.2 and Flask MPEG 0.594

This procedure assumes: “Files”-type rip of DVD to decrypted VOB using DVD Decrypter

DVD Shrink

  1. Click button Open Files
  2. Navigate to the VIDEO_TS subfolder of the directory that holds the DVD’s decrypted VOB files.
  3. Click button Re-Author
  4. Drag titles from the right-hand pane to the left-hand pane.
  5. To trim: on left-hand pane items, right-click and click Set Start/End Frames…
  6. Set the beginning and ending frames of the segment that you want to keep.
  7. Click button Backup!

Flask MPEG

  1. File >> Open DVD. Find your IFO file made when you trimmed the VOBs
  2. Select the streams you want to include, click Flask this  DVD!
  3. Options >> Global Project Options
    1. Video tab
      1. Frame Size – This dictated the output resolution of the video, as far as quality goes. It does not dictate the viewing size of the video, since this MPEG-1 video is locked in at 352 x 240 for viewing. What this means is that this setting controls video qulity only.
    2. Files tab – set the path and filename for output video.
    3. General Tab
      1. Compiling Time – you can compile the first n frames/seconds of the project, instead of the whole thing. Good for testing settings.
    4. Click OK
  4. Options >> Output Format Options
    1. Video Stream Settings tab – select MPEG-1 and leave the rest defaulted
    2. Program Stream Settings tab – select MPEG-1 and leave the rest defaulted
    3. Audio Stream Settings tab - lower Bit Rate to reduce final file size, and leave the rest defaulted
    4. Click OK
  5. Run… >> Start Conversion
  6. Click Start on the bbMPEG screen that pops
  7. When finished, click Ok on the bbMPEG screen
  8. Test your finished video (segment)


Posted under Freeware, Video Editing