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Configure Audio on Arch Linux

20th December 2014 at 21:46


Configuring audio on Arch Linux is surprisingly easy compared to configuration of other components. The only thing that should be required to get audio working is to unmute the desired channels and set the audio levels with ALSA.

Install NZBDrone / Sonarr on Arch Linux

19th December 2014 at 17:53


I already installed NZBDrone / Sonarr on Ubuntu Linux now that I am moving to Arch Linux I have to do it again! The installation process is somewhat different on Arch Linux. I will be running NZBDrone / Sonarr under it’s own user account and group as it’s more secure than running it on a shared account or root. I will also be starting it at boot for convenience.

Install Packer on Arch Linux

18th December 2014 at 00:06


Packer is a wrapper for Pacman that allows installing packages from Arch User Repository (AUR). Just like Yaourt, Packer makes life easier by eliminating the need to manually compile packages available on AUR.

Setup NZBGet on Arch Linux

12th December 2014 at 18:58


Previously I installed NZBGet on Ubuntu Linux now that I am moving to Arch Linux I am doing it again! The installation process has distinct differences on Arch Linux hence this article. I will also be setting up a user account and group for NZBGet as it’s more secure than running it as root.

Install AMD APU Proprietary Drivers on Ubuntu Linux

4th December 2014 at 20:09


The A-Series APU’s from AMD integrate a powerful entry-level GPU and offer excellent performance and power saving balance. The default open source driver on Linux however are not ideal and proprietary driver offered by Ubuntu are a little outdated. To get the best performance and reduce possible bugs it’s a good idea to install the latest AMD Drivers for Linux.

Fix Western Digital Load Cycle Count Issue in Ubuntu Linux

30th November 2014 at 07:31


Many newer Western Digital hard drives have a new power saving feature called idle3. Unfortunately on Linux this does not work well and can cause excessive head parking depending on the default factory setting. Since this is a proprietary feature it cannot be modified with conventional tools like hdparm. There is a “wdidle3″ tool but since it only runs on DOS it is not very convenient. Luckily there is a Linux application created just for this!

Install Maraschino on Ubuntu Linux

26th November 2014 at 00:30


Maraschino is a web-based front end that brings together several applications together like XBMC, CouchPotato, Headphones, uTorrent, NZBGet and more. It aggregates information from these applications and displays it all on one page. Maraschino runs on python and is easy to install and configure. For a similar alternative check out how to Install HTPC Manager on Ubuntu Linux.

Mount Partitions Automatically in Ubuntu Linux

24th November 2014 at 22:56


In Linux server distributions mounting does not normally take place automatically. On the other hand desktop operating systems like Ubuntu will often mount in such a way as to make it impossible to know a location of a specific device. This is the main reason it is essential to configure mounting options manually on a file server. A typical way to mount partitions is in the fstab which is a configuration file that is read earlier in the boot process than user scripts.

Install and Configure MHDDFS Virtual Storage Pool

24th November 2014 at 03:34


MHDDFS is a fuse based driver. It is used to seamlessly combine several directories or mount points into a single virtual file system. Since it is not in the Linux kernel it uses a significant amount of processing power and suffers somewhat from reduced write performance. If that is not acceptable try to Install AuFS. For home server purposes MHDDFS is perfectly acceptable and simple to set up. There are only a handful of options of which a few are essential for basic customization.

Install HTPC Manager on Ubuntu Linux

22nd November 2014 at 14:58

HTPC Manager combines many media related applications and provides an easy way to view and control them in one place. It supports applications like CouchPotato, NZBGet and XBMC / Kodi among others. Currently it is still missing support for NZBDrone / Sonarr.