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Upgraded an elderly Advent Laptop with a Conexant Smartaudio HD sound chip to Windows 10. It all went generally smooth and giving it some RAM (2GB) the Laptop runs well enough with Windows 10. However something weird was going on with the sound. Even though the driver is installed and seems to work there is no sound at all coming out. This was already happening with the TP Versions but also persists on the Final Release. Here is how I make it squawking. 1. Check we’re on the same page with our issues. If you have a marked driver as failed then you surely have some other issue. Right-click the Start button and go to device manager and you see in the device as running and all seems fine. In the taskbar click the speaker icon and check that you have the volume set up.    Here we go. Right-Click on […]

Update History: 15.10.2014 – Broken qpkg btsync 1.4.76 update to BT Version 1.4.91 BTSync is THE killerapp for my NAS. It seperates me from all the cloud storage flaws out there. Unfortunately the current version provided by Qnap qpkg btsync 1.4.76 is broken and buggy like hell. There is a new version available from BTSync but i may take a while until it gets updated by QNap. There is a way to manually update it. Disclaimer: This worked for me fine from 1.4.76 as a base. There wont be any support from Qnap on this method. The download link provided below is for the ARM CPU QNap NAS. If you have an Atom CPU please fetch the right package from http://www.getsync.com/download. You need to ssh to you Qnap NAS as admin. and follow those steps. cd ~admin wget -O ~admin/btsync.tar http://download.getsyncapp.com/endpoint/btsync/os/linux-arm/track/stable tar xvf btsync.tar We need to stop btsync and wait a bit till […]

Just looked into an issue that my laptop battery seems to not charge enough properly or at all. A first check for the battery health could be delivered by a native windows 7 / windows 8 tool. 1)      Plug in the power supply to the laptop to charge it to full. 2)      The open the command prompt as administrator. To do so click on “Start” or the “Start menu button” In the search box type “cmd” and right click the “cmd result” and “Run as Administrator” 3)      In the command box, type: “powercfg –energy –output c:\energy-report.html This will take now a while it investigates and write the html report on your c;\ harddrive. 4)      Use explorer and double-click the energy-report.html to open it in a browser. 5)      Scroll down to a section called “Battery:Battery Information” There you will find: Battery ID Manufacturer Serial Number Chemistry Long Term Design Capacity                52304 […]

Constantly having trouble with the Nvidia drivers install. Quick howto: If there is already any NVdiai driver installed, then run : telinit 1 #to go to single user mode sudo /usr/bin/nvidia-installer –latest If to be installed freshly: sudo su – cd /root wget ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/latest.txt cat latest This tells you the latest version then you can wget ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/304.43/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.43.run I have no idea why wget ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/`cat latest.txt| awk ‘{print $2}’` doesnt work, I will need to look into this deeper. Then: telinit 1 cd /root apt-get remove nouveau*  ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.43.run Reboot afterwards Related posts: Hardware lister lshw Ubuntu: Powersaving Tweak for Netbooks Ubuntu: Howto drastically speed up Firefox Ubuntu: reduce swappiness Ubuntu encrypt the home directory and swap Centos / Debian / LVM: Add a new disk as a LVM volume

I recently run into the need to know what components I have inside my box without going upstairs and grabbing the screwdriver and going back downstairs, starting to unscrew the case, maybe hurt myself while doing so, etc etc. Under Windows there is the nice tool called Speccy doing that job. But what about my Ubuntu? Its almost as easy as Speccy, called lshw (hardware lister) install it – It should be in the default Ubuntu repositories # sudo apt-get update;sudo apt-get install lshw lshw-gtk -y start the commandline tool # sudo lshw You might like to export the lshw report to a html document to store it somewhere for quick access. # sudo lshw -html > /tmp/your-file-name.html or alternatively because I love GUI’s # sudo lshw -X   Related posts: Ubunty Unity-2D Ubuntu: Some Usefull Commands Unity optimisation Ubuntu/Debian: Fix NO_PUBKEY Error For The Repositories Ubuntu / Mint: Install […]

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