Passthrough existing SATA drives to ESXi VMs

Enable SSH on the ESXi host SSH in (ssh user@server) and run command “ls -l /vmfs/devices/disks” To identify your hard drive, look for a t10 entry with only rw access and without an additional entry such as :1 attached at the end. Example: -rw——- 1 root root 1000204886016 Nov 16 06:04 t10.ATA_____WDC_WD10EZEX2D60WN4A0_________________________WD2DWCC6Y1ENVDD7 Use the vmkfstools… read more »

Restore snapshots from Wayback Machine

The tool for this can be found here First install Ruby: ‘sudo apt install ruby’ Then: ‘gem install wayback_machine_downloader’ Create a folder/find a location to save the site to. This tool will automatically create a ‘websites’ folder in your current working folder then a subfolder with the URL name. Website files will go into this… read more »

Changing Plymouth Splash Screen

  Download compressed files (example)   Extract archive and copy folder to /usr/share/plymouth/themes/   Install the theme by running “sudo update-alternatives –install /usr/share/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /usr/share/plymouth/themes/FOLDERNAME/THEMENAME.plymouth 100”   Run “sudo update-alternatives –config default.plymouth”   Select the relevant theme on the provided list in terminal   Generate the initramfs image by running “sudo update-initramfs -u”   If… read more »

Cannot manage PPAs in Ubuntu/Mint

When trying to add a PPA in terminal error occurs: Traceback (most recent call last): File “/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/”, line 1455, in <module> codename = config_parser.get(“general”, “base_codename”) File “/usr/lib/python2.7/”, line 330, in get raise NoSectionError(section) ConfigParser.NoSectionError: No section: ‘general’   Or trying to access/manage PPAs via GUI similar errors occur or GUI closes the application window sudo… read more »

Compiz – Wobbly Windows

When installing a compiz like add-on for Gnome/Cinnamon you will need to add: CLUTTER_PAINT=disable-clipped-redraws:disable-culling CLUTTER_VBLANK=True into the /etc/environment file, then log out/in again

./configure make make install

If you’ve used any flavour of Unix for development, you’ve probably installed software from source with this magic incantation: ./configure make make install I know I’ve typed it a lot, but in my early days using Linux I didn’t really understand what it meant, I just knew that if I wanted to install software this… read more »

AceStream Player Install

Steps: Install libgnutls-deb0-28_3.3.15-5ubuntu2_amd64.deb from here (note: there may be a newer version, but this one is known to work) Install acestream-player-compat_3.0.2-1.1_amd64.deb acestream-engine_3.0.3-0.2_amd64.deb acestream-player-data_3.0.2-1.1_amd64.deb acestream-player_3.0.2-1.1_amd64.deb All from this google drive Notes: A local copy of 64bit files is on server: server/My%20Programs/Linux/AceStream GDebi installer is recommended to help with unmet dependencies Alternative: In a terminal enter –… read more »

Gnome – Plymouthd crashes on startup

You may get an interface crash report upon starting a gnome bases system. If this report refers to plymouthd then proceed with: Open /etc/default/grub with a text editor Modify GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet nosplash” to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet nosplash noplymouth” Then run command ‘update-grub’ and reboot the machine