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Empty /etc/default/grub

Linux Mint 14 comes with grub2 and a strange surprise (for me anyway): the /etc/default/grub file is completely empty. Instead, /boot/grub/grub.cfg and /etc/grub.d/ contain the grub configuration. This doesn’t mean, however, that the /etc/default/grub file can’t be used. The following is a sample configuration file I made for myself after reading¬†

This will hide grub unless the SHIFT key is held down, and will not wait until booting the first option (in my case Linux Mint 14).


Remember to run

sudo update-grub

when done, and reboot to see the change.

Just wanted to give a heads up to all of us out there wondering why /etc/default/grub is empty.


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Dual Monitors in Linux Mint 14

Dual Monitor setup in Linux Mint 14 with xrandr

So I recently began dual booting Linux Mint 14 and Windows 7 on a Lenovo Ideapad Y580 (which was not a walk in the park, but also one of the simpler *nix installs I’ve ever done). Out of the box, Mint did not detect the correct resolution on my second monitor, maxing out at 1024×768 on the 1080p display. After wrangling with the NVIDIA proprietary drivers, I ended up installing bumblebee (I’ll try to post a complete guide on getting Linux Mint 14 working on dual boot on the Y580).

In the meantime, in order to get the monitor working in 1080p, I followed this tutorial: After successfully getting the modeline, I was able to get 1080p working, but instead of having to type those commands again, I made the following script, which you can save and use to activate your dual monitors as well.


xrandr --newmode "1920x1080_60.00"  173.00  1920 2048 2248 2576  1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync
xrandr --addmode VGA1 1920x1080_60.00
xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1920x1080_60.00
xrandr --output VGA1 --primary

The first line would have to be replaced with the output from the cvt command for your desire resolution, and VGA1 with the name of the display you want to set up. Use

xrandr -q

to find the name of the display. The last line sets the second monitor as the primary display (with the application panels, etc). It can be commented if this is not what you want.

Simple, but I had some trouble finding a solution, so here you go.

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Settings for Skyward Sword in 1080p

Skyward Sword’s one of the most critically acclaimed games released on the Wii and also one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The score amazes, especially Zelda’s song early on in the game, but the polished graphics are what really shine – a pleasing blend of realistic detail and artistic style, Skyward Sword’s vibrant, impressionistic style is stunning. And it’s even more so in 1080p, so once I heard the Dolphin Emulator was capable of playing it in HD, I had to try. I’m posting the settings to get it working at a full 30 fps here. Continue reading


get the RVL-CNT-01-TR wii remote plus working

I just recently bought a black Wii Remote Plus with MotionPlus built in so I could play my Skyward Sword copy on my Dolphin emulator, only to find out to my dismay that its model, the RVL-CNT-01-TR (to my knowledge the most commonly sold in the US) doesn’t work with Dolphin out of the box. Thankfully a bunch of other helpful people have looked into the issue, but I haven’t had luck just following one guide, so I decided I’d post here on how. See setup steps.