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Installing Elementary OS Freya on a High-Resolution Screen Won't Display Correctly

When I tried to install Elementary OS on my high-res laptop with a 3840 x 2160 display, the installer displayed only about 25% of the screen. I could see the upper-left corner of the pretty background page and just the upper-left corner of the first prompt.

It seems the installer was sizing the screen right (big), but only displaying a small portion of the actual display. This meant I couldn't continue with installation because I couldn't answer the questions.

There is a workaround, however...

Getting Windows 10 to Install Using qemu and kvm

I use a lot of different VMs for testing software and running one-off programs. My setup is a 16GB Dell Precision Laptop with an i7 quad core running Ubuntu (really "Elementary OS" which is based on Ubuntu, but eOS has a super-slick desktop that I really like) and a 1TB SSD. I use kvm to host my various VMs which include versions of Ubuntu, Windows 7, etc. When I get around to it, I'll switch to Docker or Rocket and use the container model, but for now it was just easier to build (or clone) a tiny VM when I need it.

I've been using this VM setup for a while and it worked fine with WinXP, Win7, Ubuntu, etc, but when I wanted to copy my Win7 image and upgrade to Win10, I faced a LOT of frustration. All the combinations of configuration on the KVM panel failed to get past the 0xc1900101-0x30018 error and the "The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation. 0xC1900101 – 0x20017" error I would get. The Win10 upgrade would fail and I'd be back to starting over.

I tried a bunch of suggestions (mostly change my video card, change my disk interface from IDE to SATA or SATA to SCSI or... etc.), but none of those things helped.

I finally figured it out after reading about similar problems with KVM and Windows 8.1 upgrades to Win 10...

Want To Update or Install Packages on Vintage Ubuntu Installs?

I've been working with some older Ubuntu installs and needed to get some packages on the older systems before doing some changes and upgrades.

Well, even LTS servers have an end-of-life and you'll find your apt sources are no longer valid!

If you want to access the historical releases' apt archives, here's how...

Installing Windows XP on a Inspiron 15 (1545) Preloaded with Vista

I picked up an Inspiron 15 to use as a general purpose internet accessing laptop and the only option for a pre-installed O/S was Vista--yuck. I have 7 of my 10 licenses of XP Pro I can still use from my MS Access Pack subscription, so I started down the road to repair... and ran into the BSOD wall (blue screen of death).

Not to worry, a little fiddling and...

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