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Accidentally closing FireFox?

by on Sep.23, 2017, under Techie

If you are like me and sometimes close Firefox by accident you should do the following:

Open a new FireFox tab and go to about:config (click the I accept the risk!)
Search for browser.showQuitWarning and change it from false (default) to true

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Windows gaming on Solus Budgie Linux

by on Sep.11, 2017, under Techie, Video Games

I recently moved my main workstation over to using Solus Budgie. Well I’m loving it, but one issue I found was playing some of my Steam games that were Windows only. I installed and tried to use PlayOnLinux and Lutris to load Grim Dawn or EverQuest 2 and the WINE containers they built would never work and have different issues. So in the long-run I just used PlayOnLinux to install Steam and then from inside of that copy of Steam (ie the Mono WINE) I have been downloading/installing my Windows only games.

EverQuest 2 – I had to set it to Extreme Performance to make it play smooth, but it does play smooth.
Grim Dawn – I cranked the setting pretty much up to max (2K resolution; fullscreen) and that is also a great play.
…I’ll update this list with any other Windows-only games I try this way, but so far it looks like most/all will work.

NOTE: Not to bash on Lutris or PlayOnLinux as I think both are great, but limited by Windows-only games.

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Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 keyboard or mouse getting Error 10 in Device Manager

by on Mar.16, 2017, under Techie

I found this solution while working on a laptop with Windows 10 and the mouse wouldn’t work (touchpad or USB) and in Device Manager it showed Error Code 10 for the hardware not starting. Removing the device driver and re-installing didn’t help. I finally found that you need to have the following Registry keys in the Registry and set correctly (in my case the key was missing all together) to fix this problem. It can affect Windows versions 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 for ether the keyboard or mouse.

Keyboard:

  • Open regedit and browse to:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96B-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    1. NOTE: Do not expand the key any further!
  • Look for a REG_MULTI_SZ value named UpperFilters in the right-hand pane; if isn’t there then create it (New -> Multi-String Value)
  • Make sure the value of UpperFilters is set to kbdclass
  • Close regedit and reboot.

Mouse:

  • Open regedit and browse to:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96F-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    1. NOTE: Do not expand the key any further!
  • Look for a REG_MULTI_SZ value named UpperFilters in the right-hand pane; if isn’t there then create it (New -> Multi-String Value)
  • Make sure the value of UpperFilters is set to mouclass
  • Close regedit and reboot.
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Disable “…application downloaded from the Internet.” warning in OS X

by on Mar.16, 2017, under Techie

I found this online while trying to stop the annoying “Google Chrome is an application downloaded from the Internet.” on an OS X machine I was setting up. Posting here so I can find it quickly again in the future. Obviously put in whatever app you need to do this on in place of the “Google Chrome.app”
Source: krypted.com

Run the following from Terminal:

sudo xattr -d -r com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Google Chrome.app

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Notepad, LibreOffice, Excel, Word, Print Test Page, etc. crash when printing to Canon MF8350Cdn on Windows 10 Pro (64bit)

by on Feb.17, 2017, under Techie

Environment Details:

  • Windows 10 Pr 64bit
  • Wired LAN
  • Latest print drivers (as of today)
  • Canon MF8350Cdn

ISSUE: When printing from a LibreOffice app, Nodepad, Excel, Word, the Print Test Page button of Printer Properties the application hangs/crashes and never prints. Reloading drivers and rebooting didn’t help. Below are the steps I took to fix it after stumbling across a similar post for another Canon MF model.

SOLUTION:

  • Click the Windows button
  • Click Settings
  • Click Devices
  • Select printer (ie Canon MF8300 Series UFRII LT)
  • Click the Manage button
  • Click Printer Properties
  • Device Settings tab
  • Change “Spooling at Host:” from “auto” to “Enabled”
  • Click Apply, then OK

Should work perfectly now – at least did for me!

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