How to increase battery backup time of laptop in Linux

When running Linux on a laptop (other than a Thinkpad), battery backup time is just about 120 to 150 minutes, irrespective if it is used for heavy work or just idling. To increase the battery backup time in Linux Mint 20+, open a terminal window and install the tlp utility as below: $ sudo apt-get … Continue reading How to increase battery backup time of laptop in Linux

How to merge PDF files in Linux

Merging PDFs in Ubuntu Linux or Linux Mint was real easy using the pdfunite command in a terminal. To merge PDF files in Linux open a terminal window enter the following command:$ pdfunite file1.pdf file2.pdf file3.pdf combined.pdf <enter> where file1.pdf, file2.pdf and file3.pdf are the individual pdf files that will be merged and combined.pdf is … Continue reading How to merge PDF files in Linux

Installing Spotify on Linux Mint desktop

Spotify also has a desktop application that works on Linux Mint. To install it, open a terminal window and enter the following:$ curl -sS https://download.spotify.com/debian/pubkey_0D811D58.gpg | sudo apt-key add - <enter>$ echo "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list <enter> $ sudo apt-get update <enter>$ sudo apt-get install spotify-client <enter>

How to fix error while updating repositories in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

On entering the apt-get update command, the following errors appeared. Reading package lists… DoneW: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/InRelease Cannot initiate the connection to dl.google.com:80 (2414:6221:4109:825::210a). - connect (101: Network is unreachable) Could not connect to dl.google.com:80 (2xx.5x.2xx.2xx), connection timed outW: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead. … Continue reading How to fix error while updating repositories in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

How to install Signal on the Linux Mint 20.1 or Ubuntu

After the WhatsApp privacy changes, many folks have installed the Signal app on their Android devices. Signal also has a desktop client, where Signal can be installed and used on a computer. To install the Linux version, open a terminal window and enter the following commands: Set up the repository$ wget -O- https://updates.signal.org/desktop/apt/keys.asc | sudo … Continue reading How to install Signal on the Linux Mint 20.1 or Ubuntu

How to install wine stable from winehq on Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu

The wine package in the Ubuntu Linux repository is version 5, but running applications from it, cannot connect to the internet. It was found that upgrading to wine version in the winehq repository solved this error. To install wine from winehq, open a terminal window and enter the following commands: $ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 … Continue reading How to install wine stable from winehq on Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu

How to fix tinny sound from Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptop speakers in Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Linux Mint 20, Xubuntu or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS runs well on the Dell laptop. But, the recent upgrade to Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS caused an issue of tinny sound from the the speakers. After trying several changes, I tried this below, and at least, using the pulseaudio equalizer, managed to make the … Continue reading How to fix tinny sound from Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptop speakers in Linux Mint 20 or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

How to fix crackling distorted sound from speakers in Linux Mint 20 XFCE

The computer speakers crackle and give distorted sound at high volumes in Linux Mint 20 XFCE. To overcome this, open a terminal window and enter the following commands: $ alsamixer <enter>Use the right arrow key to locate the option for Auto-Mute. It will show enabled. Change it to disabled by pressing the down arrow key … Continue reading How to fix crackling distorted sound from speakers in Linux Mint 20 XFCE

How to pair bluetooth device with Linux Mint 20 XFCE using bluez

Bluetooth by default was not recognizing the devices I wanted to connect to the computer on my Linux Mint 20 system. Therefore, open a terminal window and enter the following commands:$ sudo apt-get install blueman <enter>$ sudo systemctl enable bluetooth.service <enter>$ sudo systemctl start bluetooth.service <enter> $ sudo vi /etc/bluetooth/main.conf <enter>Under [General] remove the # … Continue reading How to pair bluetooth device with Linux Mint 20 XFCE using bluez

How to make microSD card writable with SD MMC Card MicroSD Adapter in Ubuntu Linux

On a Linux computer, reading SD MMC Cards which have a MicroSD Adapter to insert a micro SD card for reading works fine. However, the problem arises when data is to be written to such the micro SD card in the SD MMC adapter. There are errors that the user does not have rights to … Continue reading How to make microSD card writable with SD MMC Card MicroSD Adapter in Ubuntu Linux