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[Linux] How to enable backlight control and fix most function keys on laptops

1. As root, edit /etc/default/grub and find the line begining GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= 2. Add the commands acpi_backlight=vendor to the end of this line and save the file. Example: Code: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor" Adding acpi_osi=Linux allows the laptop’s function keys to work for backlight control but will likely introduce some power drain issues. Thus the line would look like: Code: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux" 3. Run the command update-grub to... read more

How To: Activate a 2012/2012 R2 Virtual Machine

There are several new headaches involved with activated Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2. This guide is for people who already have the host server activated but the VMs are not being compliant! Symptoms: You can't activate EVEN with the Microsoft certified product keys (included below.) You have checked everything and still can't figure it out! SLMGR or Activation Wizard just doesn't accept your key. Cause: Well, basically it is probably because you are using a Trial/Evaluation copy of Server 2012. That is okay except Microsoft added the word "Eval" at the end of... read more

Move your My Documents folder to another drive/directory

This is remarkably easy to do, but it can also make you feel really blind if you haven't done it before I was recently faced with a filling-up SSD that my OS is installed on. I currently install all of my programs to a typical platter drive with 2 TB, but many programs still put data and folders in your /Users/ folder. For instance: Unreal Engine 4 likes to use your user folder for /Unreal Projects? and /Unreal Engine/. everytime you download one of their content packs from the marketplace, its adding about 3-4 GB. To combat this, as well as take care of any other... read more

How To: Extract Your Windows 8/8.1 Key (All Editions) embedded in the BIOS.

Download WOLF from my site: http://www.bytemedev.com/wolf/Run the program.Go here:Easy peasy.RC [[SPOILER]] read more

Qosmio x70-75 Overheating Solutions

Do you want to play on your Qosmio without having overheating shut downs? Do you want to play on your Qosmio without using a cooling pad? This is the full article for not a working around the problem a SOLUTION by 2 steps only! I will not be help responsible if anyone lacks the skills to do this, if you are a beginner show this article to a professional or experienced person to help you do it right! Step 1. THERMAL PASTE! The thermal paste that comes with the Qosmio laptop from Toshiba is simply bad. When I opened the heat sink the the paste was not only bad but it was... read more

How to maintain and properly setup an SSD in Linux (with some general extra speed tweaks)

#1 THIS FIRST SECTION APPLIES TO ANYONE WITH OR WITHOUT AN SSD To improve performance: Limiting Writes on the drive by moving non-essential directories to RAM Edit /etc/fstab with your CLI text editor, IE nano or similar (requires sudo invocation IIRC) Go to the end of /etc/fstab and add this (you can copy and paste just remember past inside a terminal windows is Ctrl+SHIFT+V) Code: # Move the user cache to RAM tmpfs /home/USERNAME/.cache tmpfs defaults,noatime,nosuid 0 0 Make sure you understand that /home/USERNAME means the home directory of YOUR user thus if you... read more

How to get the best sound with and properly configure PulseAudio

To improve audio quality with pulseaudio present: Everything in a code box is done in a terminal1) Make a backup of default settings:Code:sudo cp /etc/pulse/daemon.conf /etc/pulse/daemon.conf.old2) edit the daemon.conf to use the best resampler and the highest quality sample format:Code:sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.conf3) find the following:resample-method =default-sample-format =4) change both to: (make sure to remove the “;” before default-sample-format)Code:resample-method = src-sinc-best-qualitydefault-sample-format = [S]float32ne[/S]Here you should put the results... read more

H2O vs. LN2

How to build 24/7 Highest Gaming PC and be in Benchmarks Hall of Fame Welcome to Slinky PC read more

fan control modding

i have just updated my computer with a custom loop and new case (corsair c70) i have 3 corsair sp 120q fans on the rads, two cheap red led intake. 1 1 case fan on the drice cage. 1 case fan in the bottom and 1 140 in the bottom. i bought two http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CB-079-AK with the intention that i was going to have the rad fans on one and all the other fans on the other one. however i did not notice that it was 4 pin and all my fans are 3 pin. i haven't got enough headers on the motherboard and i really want to be able to control it... read more

FreeBSD HTPC and Home Server

FreeBSD HTPC and Home Server This guide describes a step-by-step approach to configuring FreeBSD as a home server and an XBMC media player directly attached to your TV. The idea is that not everyone wants numerous server infrastructure at home, an all in one box with isolated workloads is desirable for people on a budget or those wanting to conserve space and electricity. Once completely configured, from an end users point of view, anyone non-technical can operate it as a media player as it will boot straight into XBMC and shutdown through XBMC menus, via an IR remote... read more

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