Realtek 8192EU (RTL8192EU) Driver Not Compatible with CentOS 7.6 Kernel

tl;dr: On a vanilla CentOS 7.6 installation, it is not possible to install the Realtek 8192EU driver due to kernel incompatibilities. I bought an AmazonBasics branded Wi-Fi 11N USB Adapter and was keen to set it up with a vanilla minimal install CentOS 7.6. It uses the RTL8192EU chipset and while the official Realtek drivers are … Continue reading Realtek 8192EU (RTL8192EU) Driver Not Compatible with CentOS 7.6 Kernel

Updating BIOS of HP ProDesk 600 G1 SFF

Within the chassis of my HP ProDesk 600 G1 SFF lies a HP motherboard with part number 795972-001, and "Merlin Rev.A" stamped just below the barcode. To enter the BIOS, press F10 during boot process and you will be presented with the Hewlett-Packard Setup Utility, whose UI wraps around the actual BIOS from American Megatrends, … Continue reading Updating BIOS of HP ProDesk 600 G1 SFF

Updating BIOS of Lenovo Yoga 700-11ISK (11″ Screen Size)

Another straightforward BIOS update - simply download the driver from the official Lenovo site, double click, and you're done! Official Site for Lenovo Yoga 700 11ISK: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/yoga-series/yoga-700-11isk/downloads. The latest version I downloaded was v1.10, released on 30 Oct 2016. The BIOS update will reset all configurations to default, and you may encounter the following error after rebooting: … Continue reading Updating BIOS of Lenovo Yoga 700-11ISK (11″ Screen Size)

Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Having a Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a boon when there are multiple users on the same network who require access to the same set of shared resources. There are many reputable brands in the market (e.g. QNAP, Synology, Buffalo, Western Digital), with different models that are catered for home, office, and enterprise. When I … Continue reading Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Updating BIOS of ASUS P5Q SE/R Motherboard

By far, this is one of the most straightforward BIOS updates, with the update utility within the existing BIOS itself. (though if the current BIOS was corrupted, another way would be needed) Official Site of ASUS P5Q SE/R Motherboard: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5Q_SER/ To update the BIOS: Download and extract the latest/desired BIOS from the official manufacturer website onto … Continue reading Updating BIOS of ASUS P5Q SE/R Motherboard

Updating BIOS of Acer EG31M V.1.0 (from Veriton M460)

The Acer EG31M V.1.0 motherboard is a custom made board for the Acer Veriton M460 desktop. To update the BIOS: Download the BIOS from the Acer Veriton M460 support page https://www.acer.com/ac/en/ID/content/support-product/477;-; Extract the files onto a folder within a bootable USB drive If the host machine is the target motherboard, double click on the AFUWIN.EXE to … Continue reading Updating BIOS of Acer EG31M V.1.0 (from Veriton M460)

Updating BIOS of Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Motherboard

The Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Motherboard was released in 2009 - do check out the manufacturer's site for more details: http://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-G41M-ES2L-rev-14#ov I got this board second hand, and decided to do a BIOS upgrade so as to take advantage of some of the fixed/newer features (e.g. Wakeup on LAN, Charge Function). The board had a F3 BIOS version installed (observed … Continue reading Updating BIOS of Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L Motherboard

Updating BIOS of MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard

The MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard (https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/P35_Platinum.html) was launched in 2007. The following review is useful as background reading: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/msi-p35-platinum-motherboard-review/ Recently, I got my hands on this motherboard and was experiencing some issues with the POST, specifically due to the initialization of its DDR2 RAM sticks (error LEDs read "Red-Red-Green-Red" / "RRGR"). I read the MSI … Continue reading Updating BIOS of MSI P35 Platinum Motherboard