W7 to W10 – virtually ;)

Note: Valid at 01/08/2015

When I first got my new desktop machine a couple of years ago, I was a little wary of Windows 8, so I did a dual install of Windows 7 Pro (OEM) as well. Given Xubuntu is my weapon of choice, I had a triple booting machine in the end. Once I sorted Windows 8 out I never went near my Windows 7 install. With the arrival of Windows 10 a few days ago, and with the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7, it didn’t make much sense to have two installs of the same OS running directly, I therefore looked into virtualising my Windows 7, to then upgrade it to Windows 10, which I could then access directly from within Xubuntu, should I need it. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

My PCSpecialist custom build desktop machine has been sat on my desk for @ 2 years, and starting to get a bit noisy, so time for a spring clean.

Sides off, graphics card out, CPU cooling fan off, case fan off. Left PSU in place.

Crevice tool on the vacuum cleaner, and old camera lens brush, loads of dust/human cells! Used a straw on the end of the crevice tool for awkward corners.

All back together and quiet as a mouse.

Master Document in Google Drive using Google Apps Script

Word and LibreOffice can do this as a built-in feature but Sharepoint and Google Drive/Docs can’t. Given that Sharepoint is a nightmare to just use (!) I tackled the problem on Google Drive. What we are seeking to achieve is to have a main or master document that pulls in other documents, correctly formatted to make a full document. This is useful when “writing a book”, or creating a Health and Safety file or Employee Handbook. Once again I can’t take all the credit for a lot of the coding, the initial script to pull in formatted data from other documents is due to Henrique Abreu with additional help from MogsdadĀ and Serge Insas. Continue reading

Wireless Fix for Samsung Ultrabook NP530U3C-A09UK

Bought this little ultrabook, an i3 core, for the wife, has W8 on board and a great little machine, except for the fact the wireless kept dropping out every time I/she used it and required significant fiddling to get it working again, only for it to drop out again.

Checking online found many people with the same problem, given that Samsung ultrabook all have the same wireless card, an Intel Centrino Advanced-n 6235.

My router was kicking out DHCP and WPA2-Personal

So how to fix:

  1. Went to the Intel site and download the very latest drivers
  2. In Settings for the card, changed from AES to TKIP encryption

Connection is immediate and solid now :)

Sorted

Nearly Everything

So new PC, i5 core 4670K, 4gb ram, Nvidia GTX 650, Triple Boot of W8, W7 and Xubuntu 12.04.3

W8 everything works except for DVB Stick

Xubuntu everything works except for Eyetoy webcam and DVB stick sometimes

W7 everything works

Shame as Eyetoy and DVB used to work fine on last system with 12.04

I just flick betwen the three of them depending on what is needed, and a boot to W7 then a reboot to Xubuntu makes the DVB work

Come on everyone!!

Webconverger Customisations

I need to write up the top of this post about Webconverger, but have been busy figuring out all the useful options for it. In simple terms, its a locked down bootable kiosk. Very clever, works on 486 and 686-pae machines. Also here so I can browse this whilst booted into webconverger šŸ˜‰

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Prevent: Waiting for Network Configuration Delays on cli boot

This is a dirty hack that tidies things up a bit, depending on how your cli system is set up. I was too lazy to hand configure my wireless card, so I used wicd-curses. However, this doesn’t kick in until I am booted up. So I get the waiting for network delays of @ 1.5 minutes on the plymouth screen. To remove these, I had to edit a file:

and then comment out the two sleep commands related to these messages, and comment out the resultant message about booting with no network. The segment in question should end up looking like this:

Just remember you have done this if you decide to change your networking approach!

Automating Framebuffer Digital Photo Frame

dpf6We have seen in my previous post how I setup the DPF to work against the framebuffer. Now it was time to automate things a bit.

Task List:

  • Autologin on Startup
  • Start gnu screen on Boot
  • Uploading New Images
  • Screen On/Off Timer
  • Reboot Timer
  • Shutdown Timer
  • Unique names/shuffle for file list
  • Cycle Colour Change for Clock ?

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Digital Picture Frame & Clock on the Framebuffer!

dpfBeen wanting to have a go at this for a long time, and finally found some time to sit down and hack my way through it. Everyone else on the web seems to have used X to do this, but encouraged by all the work done on the cli and framebuffer by KMandla I felt this could be done. Now I’ve done all the hard work, I am happy to share it with you!

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