I just got my new Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu (which I am new to) and have started playing around with it. Swapped out the RAM for 2GB and will update to a Runcore 32Gb SSD
when someone gets some stock here in the UK. In the meantime I am sticking with the stock Dell Ubuntu while I get used to things. However, at the moment I have three problems
1 - How do i get it to talk to my Windows network. For the sake of assistance, The network is called Workgroup and the Server (running Windows Home Server) is called server. The username is user and the password is password. I appreciate it will never be quite the same as a WHS to Windows XP or Vista relationship but surely the Dell Mini should be able to open files from and store files to the server.
I can mount a folder from the server (say my documents) and see the files and sub folders within it but when I click on, say, a word document, Open Office appears to start (i.e. the OO splash screen comes up) but it doesn't actually start and the document doesn't open. If I copy the document from the folder onto the Mini then all seems Ok and I can access the document. If I mount a videos folder, I can get a video to open and play in Totem (very shakily) but it won't open in VLC. If I copy the file to the Mini, it plays just fine in VLC. I am totally confused.
2 - I have problems with the Network Manager. Sometimes it (i.e. the network icon) starts on start up and sometimes it doesn't. If my network is on then generally it starts up and finds it. If the router is turned off then it doesn't start up and I can't find an option to get it started and force it to look for networks. The strength indicator is four grey bars but i thought they were supposed to be blue and despite the network SSID being called DPC2009 if I hover the cursor over the grey bars the yellow message is "Wireless network connection to '(none)' " - why is it not saying .....connection to 'DPC2009'
3 - Is there anyway to stop Bluetooth coming on by default. I don't want it all the time and surely by being on it wastes battery. I have found that I can turn it off through aircraft manager but that is a real PITA to have to do this every time I turn it on.
Finally, please can someone confirm that the Ubuntu disc that came with the Mini is the Dell version of Ubuntu as the disk gives no indication of that and just looks like a plain Canonical Ubuntu disk.
Thanking you all for any assistance