Category Archives: system fixes

Post updated. Small fonts and window frames: a problem of lightweight window managers

Original entry from 6th of March

Usually things go fine. You have your Openbox, Fluxbox, PekWM or Awesome  etc.  window manager running and everything scales up nicely. Sometimes you end up into a situation where you are not that lucky: window frames are too small and the desktop font is just too tiny Рand you cannot even read the text properly.

Luckily, the previous issues are easy to fix. Usually, the root cause of them is that you have a big display and your window manager does not know how to size things correctly by itself. Another reason might be that you have changed your wires. For example, I replaced a broken old HDMI wire with a newer one and the issues appeared. You should edit your .Xresources file to apply changes to Gtk and QT programs alike. If you are only using GTK apps it might be a bit easier to change your DPI value via .Xdefaults file. Continue reading

The drive that kept unmounting – and how to fix it (Windows/Linux/Os X)

Currently, I am using Acer Revo Mini M1-601, which is a great machine by itself. The really small size is bonus and I do all my daily tasks with it. Lately, I had to install Windows 10 and I encountered a strange bug, which I later also found when using a bleeding edge Linux distributions like Debian Sid, and here is what happened.

I have a clone dock/drive bay combo, which allows me to mount an external hard drive to my computer via usb2/3 connection. Now, my new computer comes mainly with usb3 and that is great. The problems begin when I am mounting my hard drive via clone dock/drive bay combo. What actually happens is that everything works smoothly about 5 to 6 minutes and then systems(like Windows 8 / 10 and Debian Sid or even OS X) unmount the external hard drive by themselves and kick it out. In the previous case, the only choice is to manually remount the device – but after a while this gets quite annoying to do every 5 to 6 minutes. Continue reading

Integrated graphics card and PCI graphics card: the problem of dual output

My summer break is over and it is time to return to the awesome world of Unix systems. Today, I am going to talk about an annoying problem which I faced with the new UEFI Bios a while back: the problem of dual output.

Why is dual output a problem? Well if you happen to have a computer, which supports simultaneous outputs (meaning: bios lets you choose to use both graphics card outputs at same time) you will more than likely encounter a notorious Xserver crashing issue, which prevents you from getting to your desktop altogether. Continue reading

Lenovo Ideapad G50-30 and others alike in Linux

Recently, I had a chance to setup Linux to Lenovo Ideapad laptop. While the machine itself is of great value there are few difficulties when it comes to actually enabling its every function. The Ideapad I got my hands on did not have any switches, which would enable or disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. When Linux was installed it also came to be that the left mouse button was disabled (not working at all). All these problems were easy to fix and in this post I will walk you through the whole process, which helped me to get the most of the great Ideapad laptop. The steps below are done as root user (su root) or as a sudo user (sudo su). Use sudo or root depending on your system’s setup (meaning: root might be disabled and sudo might be enabled or vice versa. To complete the steps below, you can use any terminal client of your choice (xterm. terminator, gnome-terminal…)

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