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

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 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 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 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

Android Studio experience on Linux distributions

Finally tried out Android Studio 4.0.1 on multiple Linux distributions. However, below is my experience on how it went. Mileage varies. Linux Mint 20 with Android Studio without a swap file of 8 GB would hang or freeze very frequently. Technically, not a freeze but it got too slow to be able to do anything … Continue reading Android Studio experience on Linux distributions

How to add 8 gb swap file instead of the 1 gb swap partition created by Xubuntu Linux on install

When using Android Studio or any other disk intensive applications, on Ubuntu-based distros, it is difficult to squeeze performance due to less RAM. 8gb RAM if using Android Studio and if Firefox web browser is also being used, the system will freeze or hang. To prevent this, increase the swap size. Unfortunately, Ubuntu-based distros only … Continue reading How to add 8 gb swap file instead of the 1 gb swap partition created by Xubuntu Linux on install

Enable night mode on Linux using RedShift

To enable night mode on Linux and void strain to the eyes while working at night, install redshift. To install from the repository, open a terminal window and enter the following command: $ sudo apt-get install redshift-gtk <enter> This will install the RedShift tool. Run it and set it up to reduce screen glare at … Continue reading Enable night mode on Linux using RedShift