Friday, December 22, 2006

Setting up an external monitor - Thinkpad T41 with RHEL4

How top setup T41 to use external monitor.

Previously used “sytem-config-diaplay”
this caused problems where login at X would log staight back out again.

Ran “aticonfig --initial=dual-head --screen-layout=left” and so am now using proprietary ATI drivers.
“sytem-config-diaplay” will no longer work as the ati drivers are now in force.

The external monitor now shows “Input signal out of range”.

Running the command “xrandr -s 1024x768” changes the resolution and the external screen displays properly.

Running the command “xrandr -s 1400x1050” changes the resolution back again and the external screen shuts off.

Now the external screen is working as a second screen - where I want a clone for presenting.
Run "aticonfig --desktop-setup=clone --overlay-on=1"

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Red Hat Login problem

In a moment of genius I enabled dual head monitors on a Thinkpad T41 running RHEL4 and found that each login took me straight back to the login prompt (gnome).

When I booted to init 3 and ran system-config-display I was able to deselect the dual head option.

Saved the day - woohoo!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Lotus Notes on Ubuntu Linux

Here's a guide to installing Notes 7.0.1 on Ubunbtu Linux.

There's also this script from an IBM guy who got it running on his thinkpad with ubuntu based simplymepis

Friday, September 01, 2006

Quickplace and Sametime integrated

It's sometimes useful to have both Sametime and Quickplace running on a single box. It's not supported...but so what, just use it for your own edification.

This will get Instant Messaging and awareness working - online meetings are another matter.

Anywhere you add the hostname of the server please use the fully qualified domain name (fqdn), such as "" - otherwise this will not work.

The versions are Win2k, Domino 7.0.1, Quickplace 7 and Sametime 7.5.

The installation order of the software is essential. Don't install Quickplace last.

Install Domino first, then Quickplace. When installing quickplace you will be asked for an admin username - I used qpadmin. The qpadmin user does not need to exist in the Domino directory. Once the server has started log into quickplace as the qpadmin user and set the directory type to Domino, then add an existing Domino user account as an additional Quickplace administrator.

In Notes, open the server document and set the "Session Authentication" to Multi Server (SSO). Then restart the http task.

Log into quickplace as the Domino user you just added and check that all appears fine.

Stop Domino and install Sametime with the option of using Domino as it's directry.

Start Domino and log into Sametime via a browser using the existing domino acount that you set to be the Quickplace administrator and check that it appears to behave properly.

Browse to Quickplace and edit -> "Server Settings" -> "Other Options" to contain the (fqdn)hostname of the server for both "Sametime Community Server" and "Sametime Meeting Server".

It's not neccessary - but I restarted Domino at this point.

Log into Quickplace as your Domino user and you should now see Sametime awareness anywhere your name appears.

Have fun

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


If you like looking at the sky at night - then you need stellarium.

It can be downloaded from and will run on Linux, mac or Windows.