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ASUS VivoBook S530F: how to install the Windows 10 drivers?

Problem
I got a new laptop at my workplace, an ASUS VivoBook S530F. I wanted to make a dual-boot system with Windows 10 and Manjaro. First, I installed Windows 10 on it. For creating a bootable USB stick, I followed this guide (I used gparted). Windows 10 installed successfully but I had no wifi. Fine, let’s install the drivers from the included DVD. Some drivers went up, but the installation of the wifi driver terminated with a DLL error. This error was produced by a file called pnputil.exe. Hmm… OK, then let’s connect an Ethernet cable. Oh, but this slim laptop has no Ethernet connection! Using another machine, I downloaded the wifi driver from the ASUS home page, I could install it, but nothing happened. The wifi was still dead.

Solution
It turned out that the file pnputil.exe is part of the Windows and you can find it in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. On the DVD there were about 18 copies of this file and by comparing their sizes, there were at least 3 different versions. On the official DVD! Congratulations!

So I copied the content of the DVD to the hard drive and overwrote all instances of pnputil.exe with the one from the System32 folder. Then I launched the installation wizard and it installed all the drivers without any DLL error message.

Update: Installing Manjaro
After Windows 10, I installed Manjaro in a separate partition. Under Windows 10 I downloaded the Manjaro ISO and wrote it on a USB stick with Rufus in dd mode. During the installation I created a swap partition and a root partition. Here I got a warning that an EFI partition is necessary. The Windows 10 installer created a FAT32 partition of size 100 MB. I selected this partition and specified it to be mounted under /boot/efi. The installer flagged it automatically as “esp”. Then the installation went on without any problem and my wifi card was recognized out-of-the-box.

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Steam client on Ubuntu 18.04

November 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Problem
Steam stopped working. At the end of an update process it complained that “steamui.so” was missing.

Solution
I found the solution here. In short:

First, delete steam:

sudo apt remove steam

Execute this:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Restart the machine. Then, install these packages:

sudo apt-get install wget gdebi libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libc6:i386

Download the steam package:

wget http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb

And install it:

sudo gdebi steam.deb

After this, steam started normally for me.

Hero of the Kingdom 2 patch
The game “Hero of the Kingdom 2” didn’t want to start. I got the error “access violation”. I found the remedy here.

It seems this problem is related to the Intel driver. I have an integrated Intel video card.

The solution in short: download the driver http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/m/mesa/libgl1-mesa-dri_11.2.0-1ubuntu2_i386.deb , extract it, and replace the file /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/dri/i965_dri.so with the one from the archive. Of course, don’t forget to make a backup of the original file.

Wired network speed is very slow

December 15, 2011 6 comments

Problem
At my new place I got a new machine. I installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 on it. Under Windows everything was OK. However, under Ubuntu my network connection was awfully slow. I could update my machine with 80 KB/sec. Downloading Eclipse took 30 minutes.

Solution
It was clear that there was a problem with the system settings or there was a bug in the network driver. It turned out it was the latest.

Find out the exact type of the network card. I knew it was Realtek:

$ lspci | grep Realtek
06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)

After doing some research, I found the solution here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=80757. This article states that the driver must be patched for the 3.0 kernel. As I noticed, the current version of the driver works fine with the 3.0 kernel series.

Steps to follow:

  • Download the Linux driver from here.
  • Extract it somewhere.
  • sudo ./autorun.sh

That’s all. If you upgrade your kernel, you might have to repeat these steps.

Explanation
The Realtek r8168B network card does not work out of the box in Redhat, Centos, Fedora, or Ubuntu: instead of loading the r8168 driver, modprobe loads the r8169 driver, which is broken as can be seen with ifconfig which shows large amounts of dropped packets.

Disable IPv6
First I thought that the network was slow because of IPv6. I tried to disable it but it didn’t change anything. Here are some links though that could be useful once: