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Enabling the Apple USB SuperDrive on Ubuntu

Enabling the Apple USB SuperDrive on Ubuntu

Hi everyone, In this post, we will see how to enable the Apple USB SuperDrive Optical Drive on Ubuntu. This drive is nothing more than an LG GX50N drive inside an Apple-designed case. It’s very likely the drive is also a special version designed for this case too. One thing for sure is that the drive’s firmware seem to also be modified to only allow it to work with some Apple machines. However, we can trick it to work on…

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Enabling AV1 video encoding for the Intel Arc A750 GPU on Ubuntu

Enabling AV1 video encoding for the Intel Arc A750 GPU on Ubuntu

Hi everyone, Yesterday, I installed a new Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) into my main machine. Unfortunately, I had some problems when attempting to encode videos to AV1. However, it is easy to solve when we perform the following steps. It seems that we must use Intel-provided packages in order to enable the full use of the hardware. Barely using ffmpeg with Ubuntu’s default packages will show a couple of errors which are fixed when we install the intel packages. Note…

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Fixing GRUB 2.12-rc1 booting issues on the HP Stream 7 and 8 tables by downgrading

Fixing GRUB 2.12-rc1 booting issues on the HP Stream 7 and 8 tables by downgrading

Hi everyone, In this post, we will see how to downgrade GRUB on the HP Stream 7 and 8 tablets. These tablets use the Intel Bay Trail platform and only have a 32-bit bootloader. The CPU in these tablets are 64-bit, so it’s weird that the bootloader only works with 32-bit EFI loaders. The good thing is that we can use a 64-bit version of Linux paired with the 32-bit GRUB EFI loader. In Ubuntu 23.10 and the upcoming Ubuntu…

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Upgrading Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster to Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur

Upgrading Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster to Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur

Hi everyone, Today, we will see how to upgrade Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster to Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur using the terminal. These steps are easy to perform and will get you up and running with the latest stable Ubuntu version. To perform this upgrade, we will use the tool called do-release-upgrade. First, open your terminal window and type do-release-upgrade. Then press, Enter Then, type the y key and press Enter: You’ll be prompted to enter your password: do-release-upgrade will start…

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You can now upgrade Ubuntu to Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Development Version

You can now upgrade Ubuntu to Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Development Version

Hi everyone, Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster got released this past month. Now, development for Ubuntu 23.10 Mantic Minotaur has started and you can upgrade to its development version right now. If you like to test software and don’t mind bugs and other potential issues, I’ll show you how simple it is to upgrade to Ubuntu 23.10. First, you’ll need to open a terminal and type do-release-upgrade -d. The -d option indicates that you want to install a development version: You…

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Installing the RTL8821AU driver in Ubuntu Linux to use our TP-Link T2U Nano AC600 Wireless Adapter

Installing the RTL8821AU driver in Ubuntu Linux to use our TP-Link T2U Nano AC600 Wireless Adapter

Hi everyone, Some years ago, I got the TP-Link T2U Nano Wireless Adapter to replace an internal Wireless Mini-PCI Express adapter that was going bad on a laptop. This adapter has been a good replacement for that laptop and is still working as of this day. That laptop uses Windows. Now, I tried to see if that same adapter would work with Linux. Unfortunately, as of these days, it is not a plug-and-play adapter, and requires the installation of an…

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Installing KDiskMark in Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster Development Branch

Installing KDiskMark in Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster Development Branch

Hi everyone, Today, we will learn to install KDiskMark in the Development Branch of Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster. KDiskMark is a Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Disk Benchmarking Utility for Linux. It is a graphically-identical version of CrystalDiskMark for Windows and is an essential piece to test read and write speeds of storage devices. Adding the KDiskMark PPA repository KDiskMark can be installed easily by the use of a PPA repository. We will open a terminal and use the…

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Updating the Dell Inspiron 15 3565 BIOS to install the latest Windows 10 releases

Updating the Dell Inspiron 15 3565 BIOS to install the latest Windows 10 releases

Hi everyone, Today, we will see how to update the Dell Inspiron 15 3565 BIOS to version 1.11.0 or later to be able to install the latest Windows 10 releases. This laptop came with Windows 10 preinstalled, but there was an issue in the BIOS that came with it that caused the Windows update setup to fail and revert back. For this reason, we must update the machine BIOS to at least version 1.11.0 or later. This process is quick…

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Downloading and Installing CrystalDiskMark

Downloading and Installing CrystalDiskMark

Hi everyone, Now that we installed the Samsung 870 EVO SSD to our HP 2000-2c20NR laptop, it’s time to power it up and benchmark the drive to see if realistically we can reach the drive’s mentioned read/write speeds. Before we can do the benchmark, we must download and install a benchmark tool. In this case, we will use the popular benchmark tool CrystalDiskMark. This is a free utility widely used to benchmark hard disk drives and solid state disks. This…

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Installing the Samsung 870 EVO SSD in the HP 2000-2c20NR laptop

Installing the Samsung 870 EVO SSD in the HP 2000-2c20NR laptop

Hi everyone, Today, we will be installing our newly-cloned Samsung 870 EVO SSD to the HP 2000-2c20NR laptop. For these steps, you will also require a screwdriver like we did in the steps we took to take out the previous hard disk drive from this laptop. For the purposes of this post, we will assume that you already have the laptop back covers opened. If you need to remove the previous hard disk or open the back covers, take a…

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