How to install Linux Mint 20.3 on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop

The humble Dell Vostro 3546 is an old laptop from 2014, which came with an Intel 4th Generation 4210U processor, 1 TB SATA 5400 rpm hard disk and 4 GB DDR3 (low voltage) 1.35V RAM. It worked fine till now even when it ran Linux Mint 20.3 with Blender 3D. However, everytime an Android app … Continue reading How to install Linux Mint 20.3 on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop

How to enable the UEFI in VirtualBox for a Windows 10 virtual machine running on Linux

This is for those who missed checking the UEFI checkbox in the settings prior to installing Windows 10 in VirtualBox. Do the below at your own risk, take appropriate backup, First, check and confirm if BIOS Mode is Legacy, which means MBR is the partition and not GPT. To do this, press Windows+R and run:msinfo32.msc … Continue reading How to enable the UEFI in VirtualBox for a Windows 10 virtual machine running on Linux

Dell Inspiron 5570 laptop too slow with Windows 11. Upgrade to M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

After upgrading the Dell Inspiron 5570 laptop to Windows 11, the big problem is the speed of the laptop. It deteriorates to the extent that it takes almost 5 minutes to boot. Each click on the desktop to open an app takes almost 30 seconds. With this performance, the laptop is virtually useless. The laptop … Continue reading Dell Inspiron 5570 laptop too slow with Windows 11. Upgrade to M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

Experience with upgrade of RAM memory on Dell Inspiron 5580 and Dell Inspiron 5570 laptops

If you are one of those who run Virtual Box and use any other OS in it, then the base memory of the Dell Inspiron 5580 of 8 gb DDR4 RAM and an NVME PCIe SSD will still not give near good performance of Windows or the other OS in Virtual Box. The simplest solution … Continue reading Experience with upgrade of RAM memory on Dell Inspiron 5580 and Dell Inspiron 5570 laptops

How to report battery issue to Dell using SupportAssist Diagnostics if you use Linux

Dell has an application SupportAssist on the laptops it sells. To them, this is their bible about the information on your laptop. Any issue reported to Dell, ends up with technical support staff who ask to run SupportAssist first thing. On a Linux machine, SupportAssist will not work, even in a virtual machine. To overcome … Continue reading How to report battery issue to Dell using SupportAssist Diagnostics if you use Linux

Upgrade RAM on a Dell Inspiron 5580 laptop

The easiest way to do this is to visit the Crucial site, and scan the computer if you use Windows. However, on Linux, find out details about the RAM installed open a terminal window and enter :$ sudo dmidecode | more <enter> And scroll through the list till you get to the DIMM block. Here … Continue reading Upgrade RAM on a Dell Inspiron 5580 laptop

Select and set up a Crucial M2.2280 NVMe PCIe SSD

Android Studio works quite slow with a normal SATA Hard Disk Drive (HDD), on a computer. To overcome this, there are a few solutions, including waiting for the good folks at Google to release another efficient version, or if you are seriously into Android development, then you can augment the hardware of your computer by … Continue reading Select and set up a Crucial M2.2280 NVMe PCIe SSD

How to install kvm on Fedora Linux

To install KVM on Fedora, open a terminal window and enter:$ sudo dnf -y install bridge-utils libvirt virt-install qemu-kvm <enter> Next, install virtual machine management tools:$ sudo dnf -y install virt-top libguestfs-tools <enter> Start the daemon:$ sudo systemctl start libvirtd <enter>$ sudo systemctl enable libvirtd <enter> This is a required step to use Android Studio's … Continue reading How to install kvm on Fedora Linux

How to find serial number of computer in Linux using dmidecode

To find the serial number of the computer, open a terminal window and install dmidecode using apt-get as below:$ sudo apt-get install dmidecode <enter> Thereafter, enter the following command to get the serial number:$ sudo dmidecode | grep -i serial <enter> Now you will see the serial number of the computer. The serial number is … Continue reading How to find serial number of computer in Linux using dmidecode