I wanted to create a meme image manually in Gimp but I didn’t have the required font (Impact). What now?
The remedy is here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Microsoft_fonts. I have a dual boot machine with Windows and Linux, so I decided to put a link on Windows’ Fonts folder (I didn’t want to copy 550+ MB fonts).
# ln -s /mnt/Windows/Fonts /usr/share/fonts/WindowsFonts # fc-cache
The prompt “
#” means a root shell. Restart Gimp and the Windows fonts will be available.
A friend of mine asked me to install Windows 7 on his laptop. I installed Windows 7 SP1, but something changed because when I tried to search for updates, it didn’t want to finish! I waited for 12 hours but it was still looking for… Damn, how to do an update?
- Start an admin terminal and stop the Windows Update service: “net stop wuauserv”.
- Install the update. Restart the machine if you are asked to.
- Take the next update and repeat.
There is no need to restart the WU service manually since it is started automatically after a reboot.
When these three updates are installed, the Windows Update will find the updates “quickly” (“quicly” is relative; for me it was about 15 minutes).
I had 60 .docx files that I had to convert to .pdf. How to do it in batch mode? One thing was sure: there is no way that I’d do it manually…
I found the solution here.
The necessary scripts are collected here.
Usage: collect the .doc(x) files in a folder, put the two scripts next to the documents and launch the .bat file.
Note: this solution also works with .doc files (but then modify “docx” to “doc” in the sources). I tried it with Word 2007.
You want to figure out whether your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.
Start the “DOS window” (
cmd.exe) and execute the following command:
C:\>wmic os get osarchitecture OSAsarchitecture 64-bit C:\>
I got a new laptop at my workplace, a Toshiba Satellite C55. I decided to put Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on it.
I had a Windows 8.1 ISO but I didn’t want to burn it on a DVD. Instead, I put it on a USB stick. I found an excellent tool called Rufus that allows you to create a bootable USB stick from an ISO file. Here is a youtube video tutorial too.
When Windows 8.1 was installed, the next step was to install Ubuntu. Restarting Windows is tricky if you want to change the boot order: hold down the SHIFT key and select reboot while pressing the SHIFT. Upon reboot I had to press F12 to get to the boot order menu.
Installation of Ubuntu went flawlessly.
NTFS partitions cannot be mounted
Once I had a strange problem. Ubuntu started to complain that it cannot mount the Windows partitions. It turned out that Windows was hibernated and thus the NTFS paprtitions cannot be mounted in read/write mode. But why is it hibernated when I restarted Windows?
Well, another “cool feature” of Windows 8.1 is that you can power it off / restart it in two different ways! Option 1: right click on the Windows button in the bottom left corner and select halt / restart. This will do some hibernation, thus the next boot will be faster. Option 2: move the mouse to the bottom right corner, wait for the tiles to show up and halt / restart the machine there. It is a normal power off / reboot without any hidden hibernation.
So, if you use Linux with Windows 8.1 in dual boot, you’d better stop / restart Windows using Option 2 (on the right side).
The method described above doesn’t work anymore. Here is the new way to really shut down Windows 8 (tip from here):
- Open Control Panel, then select Power Options.
- Click on Choose what the power buttons do.
- Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended).
Save and shut down Windows.
I got a new desktop machine but it had Windows 8.1 preinstalled on it. What’s worse, it was a 32-bit version (on a 64-bit machine). I poked around a bit but I didn’t like it so I decided to put a good old Windows 7 on it with Ubuntu 14.04. It was afternoon…
It’s almost midnight and I got ready just a few minutes ago. Man, this UEFI thing made me suffer…
What I learned: if you install Windows 7 in UEFI mode, then install Ubuntu 14.04 in UEFI mode too! If you try to install Ubuntu in normal mode, you will have conflicts.
But what does it mean to start the installation in UEFI mode? It took me a while to figure out.
When you start the machine, you can press a button to enter the boot menu where you can select the device you want to boot from. In my case I got this info on my screen (green emphasis by me):
After pressing F11 (it may be a different button in your case), I got this screen:
I had my Windows 7 on DVD and Ubuntu 14.04 on USB. Now, if you select option 1 (see the green numbers), then Windows 7 is started normally, while option 2 starts Windows 7 in UEFI mode. Similarly, option 3 starts Ubuntu normally, while option 4 starts it in UEFI mode. Once the installation is started, it cannot be changed later.
I had another problem. After several retries, I couldn’t install Windows 7. I got an error message that the selected disk is of GPT partition style. I found the fix for this problem here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQf9YqbD8WI. But be careful! This “fix” removes every partition from your hard drive. Do it only if you want to start with a clean sheet.
The fix above in short: when the screen with the “Start install” button appears, press Shift+F10 to open a terminal. Here start the command “diskpart”. Inside diskpart, run these commands:
list disk select disk 0 clean
It will remove the GPT flag but it will also remove all the partitions!
Now, as I had a clean HDD, I installed Windows 7 first in UEFI mode (option 2 in the figure above).
After this I started the Ubuntu installation in UEFI mode too (option 4). This time I didn’t have any problem and I didn’t have to do any fancy settings with the disk partitioning. I created a swap partition and a root partition, then “start install”.
After a reboot I had a GRUB menu where I could start either Windows or Ubuntu.