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Blank Black Screen Fix for HP Laptops

A problem affecting many of HP’s newer laptops, including the dv9000 (dv9XXX) and dv6000 (dv6XXX) series of machines is that you’ll get nothing but a back-lit black screen on boot. More specifically, the touch-bar lights will turn on and the hard drive light will blink – the machine will actually...

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Ubuntu 10.04 / 10.11 Touchpad Quitting

There seems to be a bug in the newer Ubuntu releases where disabling your touchpad via the hardware toggle button disables it permanently for your user under the gnome desktop. It sometimes disables your ability to type, too. The mouse works at the log-in screen, but after you log in, it quits...

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VirtualBox Guest Additions Windows XP Error

This article discusses modifying your machine’s registry. Altering your machine’s registry can lead to problems, and you do so at your own risk. If you continually get an error message such as: “ERROR: File not found!” and/or “ERROR: Could not install files for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista! Installation aborted.” while...

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Alternating Row (or Column) Colors in Calc for OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice

Sometimes it improves the legibility of spreadsheets to have alternating row or column colors. Doing this manually (holding ctrl + left-clicking, then changing the background fill color of the selected cells) can be tedious and cumbersome. So, while the manual method suffices for short spans of cells, something more automated is preferred for...