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lutris Exit with return code 256 while installing epic games

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2023-07-22 18:26

I was trying to install Epic Games on my Lutris installation on my old laptop and ran into the following error message:

Exit with return code 256

(This appears to be a common issue and is not necessarily limited to Epic Games.)

I actually removed my default Ubuntu package which was a few minor versions behind the official packages. I then installed the latest version of Lutris directly using a .deb file from their website.

Batch processing in Audacity: Convert mono to stereo and add the pseudostereo effect

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2022-01-03 22:14

So I had a bunch of audio files in mono and wanted to convert them to sterero. This is pretty much just a case of copying the single-channel mono stream and pasting it into the two separate channels of the stereo track. I then also wanted to add a fake effect that makes this new dubious stereo track sound something like a genuine stereo track. All this is possible in Audacity. What's more, the program allows batch processing which allowed me to automate this task across a bunch of files.

USB Device over current status detected [ASUS motherboard]

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2020-10-05 21:53

An ASUS ROGSTRIX B450-F gaming motherboard that I have had been working perfectly fine for a year. Suddenly though, booting up the system resulted in the following message on the POST boot screen:

USB Device over current status detected !! System will shut down after 15 seconds

The system would shutdown and restarting would result in the same message. I couldn't get into the BIOS either as the del and F2 keys did nothing.

Installing a legacy pear package in Xubuntu 20.04

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2020-09-26 20:03

Trying to install a legacy pear package on a new version of Ubuntu is a bit of a chore as things are broken. For starters, using

$> sudo apt install php-pear

$> sudo pear install foo

results in errors such as

Notice: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in PEAR/REST.php on line 187


Freeplane hangs in Kubuntu 18.04

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2019-03-11 17:58

Freeplane, a fork of the mind-mapping program, Freemind, works really well. Except for the fact that in my (K)Ubuntu installation, it sometimes hangs in the middle of editing a node. Once it becomes non-responsive, the only fix is to kill the process and restart the program. The version of Freeplane in Ubuntu 18.04 is 1.6.13. However, the current version (March 2019) of Freeplane is 1.7.7. So, it's highly possible that upgrading Freeplane to the latest version will fix this issue.

Create a bootable Windows installation USB drive using Linux

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2019-01-19 02:32

I needed to install Windows and downloaded the 4.7GB Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft's website. Since I only had Linux machines at my disposal (and no DVD drives), I had to look to install the ISO on a pen drive. While the purists advocated that I use dd to accomplish this, I found that getting the USB to be bootable was something of a chore. So I looked for a friendlier solution and this is what I found for Kubuntu:

Netflix Playback Error Code: F7701-1003

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2018-11-24 01:56

So I tried playing a video on Netflix in Firefox and while everything worked including the previews while hovering over a title, the actual movie/TV episode failed to play and resulted in the following error:

Playback Error Code: F7701-1003

The main thing that needs to be done is to enabled DRM support in Firefox's preferences section. (Look for a checkbox titled "Play DRM-controlled content".)


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