How to install Linux Mint on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop after BIOS upgrade

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 on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop after BIOS upgrade

How to improve speed or performance of Linux Mint XFCE on old computer

Decrease swappiness whereby the use of swap is curtailed$ cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness <enter>returns the value of swappiness which is 60 initially. Make this 20 as follows:$ sudo xed /etc/sysctl.conf <enter>Add a line to the end of the filevm.swappiness=20Save the file. Disable Java in LibreofficeOpen Libreoffice Writer.Go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Java OptionsUncheck Java … Continue reading How to improve speed or performance of Linux Mint XFCE on old computer

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

How to increase font size of menus, lists in Spotify in Linux

To scale the font size of Spotify on Linux, open a terminal window and enter the following command.$ spotify --force-device-scale-factor=1.5 <enter> You will find that spotify menus are now bigger and more readable. To make them scale permanently whenever Spotify starts, create a desktop shortcut and put the scaling factor in the desktop file. $ … Continue reading How to increase font size of menus, lists in Spotify in 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

How to restore or reinstall package uninstalled on android using adb

To reinstall an existing uninstalled package on a Samsung Android phone, connect the device to the computer in developer mode and start up ADB. List all uninstalled packages and check the package name that is to be reinstalled, for example, gallery3d, in the adb window, enter:pm list packages -u | grep "gallery" <enter> To install … Continue reading How to restore or reinstall package uninstalled on android using adb

How to run latest India income tax utility for the Financial Year 2021-22 (AY 2022-23) in Linux

The India income tax department has launched a new tax portal and has also created new income tax utilities to enable income tax returns filers to file their tax returns. Past years' utilities could be run on Linux or any other operating system because they were written in Java. However, this time, the utilities are … Continue reading How to run latest India income tax utility for the Financial Year 2021-22 (AY 2022-23) in Linux

How to install Adobe Reader for Linux on Linux Mint or Ubuntu

Download the last Linux version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from the archives of Adobe after opening a terminal window and enter:$ wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb <enter> To install open a terminal window and enter:$ sudo apt-get install ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb <enter> A word of caution that it may be outdated and unpatched.

Bloatware removed from Samsung M51 device

Mobile devices come with lots of bloatware that is not used by many of us. Till there are legal regulations prohibiting the installation of factory bloatware, it pays to delete bloatware that is not used or never used. Before proceeding with the steps to remove bloatware, make sure a data backup has been taken, because, … Continue reading Bloatware removed from Samsung M51 device

There’s something about TRIM in LinuxMint or Ubuntu Linux (Speed up SSDs)

Got a new PCIe NVMe SSD device? It starts lagging after a few months of use on Linux Mint and to optimize it, do the following after opening a terminal window $ journalctl | grep fstrim.service <enter>This will display when the TRIM was last executed. It normally does this once a week. Verify when the … Continue reading There’s something about TRIM in LinuxMint or Ubuntu Linux (Speed up SSDs)