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This document contains my interpretation, and use, of the features and specifications for the following HP CTO(configure-to-order) model:
  • HP ENVY: 700-530qe
  • Product number: K6V71AV
...and yeah... I'm braggin' on it.
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Information regarding recent vulnerabilities

HP is aware of the recent class of vulnerabilities referred to as "speculative execution side-channel attacks".  HP has released a security bulletin for systems with Intel x86 processor, and will continue to provide more information on other processors (ARM, AMD) as it becomes available. 

Like always, I have copied info from HP pages and others. Don't want to loose the info.    I have also copied some selections from my previous page on the  HP 500-277c   that I got a couple of years ago. Actually, less than 2, but who's counting?? (October of 2014) The release of this one was shortly after the other so that is why there is similarities. -Or- at least that is what I like to think. Anywho, they both have Horizontally mounted DVD's and that is what I preferr. Just can't see those Vertical ones. The new System has room and a spot for a second DVD -and- room for two more HDs. I believe that I am going to get one more HD(I did!!) so that I can have my data and OS's on separate drives.

Got this one for the Faster Processor, 500w PSU and a Graphics Card.   It is a Radeon and I would prefer nVidia -but- sometimes you take what you can get and at this time, this was to good to pass up.   Sure, in a couple of months it will be less expensive,   -but- you can wait forever.   At least it, the Graphics,   is NOT integrated.

Product release information

 March 31st, 2016  This section was copied from the  HP Pavilion 500-277c   page. Only a couple of the keys, in the following list, don't work. (Wkey = Windows Key) These were originally setup for Windows 8. Windows 10 does not have a 'Metro UI' so the first key does not work as described. Well, on second thought, maybe it does, only in a smaller, littler way. Actually, kinda interesting and I... uh, oh... think I like it, a little.

  • <Wkey>-Q All applications - "The Metro UI"
  • <Wkey>-I Settings shortcut + power off and some more.
  • <Wkey>-E Start Windows explorer (File Manager)
  • <Wkey>-D Display and hide the desktop.
  • <Wkey> Open or close Start.
  • <Alt>-F4 still works as you would expect
  • <Alt>-<Tab> (and <Alt>-<Shift>-<Tab>) also work as you expect.
  •  Keyboard Shortcuts  

Refer:  DualBoot Win8 & SuSE    Dual Boot Leap & Win 10  

Harware Description of New Machine with my changes
 Item Specifics - HP 700-530qe i7-4790 Quad-Core 3.6GHz
  Brand: Hewlett Packard Mem(RAM): Orig 16GB - Expanded to: 32 GB
  Model: Envy 700-530qe HD Capacity: 1TB & 2TB SATA Drives 7200rpm
  Proc Type:  Intel i7-4790   System(s): Windows 8.1 Pro / SuSE Linux(added by me)
Upgraded to Windows 10 during Install.
  Proc Speed:  3.6 GHz Optical Drv: SuperMulti DVD Burner Drive
  Video Card:  2GB Radeon R7 240 Video Card 
  Audio: Integrated IDT 92HD68E2 / 7.1 channel    *Integrated audio not available if sound card installed 
      Wired Keyboard and Mouse, Memory card reader,
    Network Integrated 10/100/1000 1000 Base-T Ethernet, Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n

    And this one has Bluetooth 4.0.
          (...yes I am proud of it.)
  Printer: HP cp1700 Router: NetGear RT311    WNDR3700
  Prtr Srvr: NetGear PS110 Switch: NetGear FS108
  ETH0 LAN Tech: Realtek RTL8151GH-CG LAN WLAN: BCM943142  -  Intel 7260
Wi-Fi DirectTM & Bluetooth 4.0
  : :
      Has a 500watt PSU.
  : :
 HP Customer Support     Motherboard:
  • Manufacturer: MSI
  • HP/Compaq name: Kaili2
  • SSID: 2B36

 Omnikey   Northgate Keyboard Repair  

     It Arrived!!! -- and the SetUp

Well, we picked it up today at the Local FedEx office. Was supposed to be delivered to my home but they came earlier than expected the day before so all I got was a notice. But that's ok. We needed to get things straightened out here anyway.

 March 8th, 2016/9:10am  Now then, the setup of this new PC is going to involve four(4) computers. I am going to retire the HPm7480n that I have used for the last nine years... 9 years. Didn't realize it was that long!! -But- it has been a good machine and I hope this new one will serve me as well. As mentioned elsewhere I purchased an HP 500-277c in October of 2014 mainly for building Android OS's for my phone. It will still serve that purpose, and this one can too, but this one will become my main machine.

  1. Get all the Hostnames and IP addresses straight. Biggest change here will be from Dusty-tr2 to Dakotah-i7. The first is retiring and the second is comming on board.
    • Dusty-tr2 - Main Mama - Will change to Dakotah-i7
      Tasha-tr7 - Win 7 inside VMware on 'old' machine.
      Will keep the same inside 'newest' machine.
    • Trdm4 - The Laptop
    • Tipper-i7 - The New i7 Machine
      Tobi-i7 - Win 7 inside VMware on the 'new' machine.
    • Dars-pc - My Wife's Machine
    • workhorse - Whatever machine I have connected in the Hobby Room
    • PSD55465 - The Netgear Printer Server
    • Now then the following items will change... and I fear cause me a lot of grief!! -But maybe not. They are ALL on the m7480n which is being replaced by this 700-530qe. The 'old' machine had two HDD's. The 'C' drive was the OS's and the 'D' drive was for Data. The 'L' drive was a logical drive in an extended partition on the 'D' drive. Now what I need to do is create a similar setup on the new System's 1TB and 2TB Hard Drives. The 1TB will have the OS's and the 2TB the Data.
    • windrvc - The C drive in WinXP
    • windrvd - The D drive in WinXP
    • windrvl - The L drive in WinXP
    • Dusty3 - The VMware Win2k
    • Dusty4 - The VMware Vista
  2. Setup and test the New PC. Extra RAM and Extra HDD installed BEFORE firing up the new machine. Good, bad or indifferent ... that is what we did.
    Later: The machine fired up fine and showed the 32GB of RAM. The HDD did not show cause it has not been initialized yet.
  3. At the end, or at least close to it, we were given the option of UpGrading to Windows 10. We gave it some thought and then decided to say 'Yes'. Was originally looking for a PC with Windows 10 anyway, so now we have it. Not sure how it will coincide with Linux.
  4. Speaking of which... now that we have the 'New PC' up and running, we need to install openSuSE Linux. Which means that we are required to split up the 1TB drive. One section for Windows and one for Linux. Now then, since we did this once already, on the other i7 it should be a piece of cake... right??
  5. Ok... I am going to shutdown the System, move the 'old' System into the workshop and bring the 'new' one out to my desk. I can communicate via my LAN no matter which one is in which place... right?? Right. -BUT- I must shut down the whole Network... so later. 8:18pm
  6. Copy info from the 'old one' to the 'new one'

      Creating The Recoveries

 April 2nd, 2016 / 1:07pm  Today, I wanted to start installing my 'Linux', but first I decided that I needed to create a way of getting things back... IF things went sour. Had that problem on the previous i7 setup. So before going any further we will create a means of Restoring our machine. First I had to go buy another USB stick(Flash Drive). These become dedicated items.
Refer:  Creating and Using a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive (Windows 10)  

Now then... don't believe everything you read. I was lead to believe that a 32GB USB Drive was need to hold the cotents of a FULL System Recovery. Well that ain't exactly true -but- you need one to get it all UNLESS you can find a 20 or 24GB USB drive. It takes 15.8GB of space, a hair over what a 16GB drive will hold and Windows 8, on Tipper-i7, took 8.32GB, a hair over what an 8GB drive will hold. Was gona order a couple of HP USB's -but-, when the shipping was added in, the cost was tremendous! Buying them locally at Staple will be lots cheaper.


  Graphics Display & Radeon R7 240 Card

This is just here for reference to the fact that the processors now have built in graphics.
Intel Core i7-4790 (Haswell) Quad-Core 3.6 GHz
LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics 4600

We really have a graphics card which will be discussed later.

 July 25th, 2016 / 5:57pm  Well, actually we will discuss it now. Today my wife and I swapped monitors. She had a Wide Screen and I thought that I needed one. Well, my wife being the frugal one, suggested we swap. It was bugging her that it was so wide and she couldn't see me or the TV very easily. She is mainly playing games and most of what she does could/can be done on my 4:3 monitor. I, however, have been using some programs that really require a wider 16:9 screen. My first encounter was with the program that I am using to write this... TopStyle 5. I have been using it, but not a lot, with my other screen. But it was a tight fit. Now I have the wider screen and it is a little more comfortable. Especially with multiple windows open.

Now then, as for the Graphics Card, a  2GB Radeon R7 240 Video Card   is present in this system. It presented a decent display on my 4:3 monitor and now on the 16:9 monitor it is also looking good. I don't play the extensive games, like my wife, but I do use VMware a lot and the better graphics cards are required for proper operation. I snuck by for a long time with a limited graphics card but now with the newer/updated software, the higher power graphics are needed. My other HP i7 only has the integrated graphics and every time I fire up VMware/Windows I get a message about No 3D cause of the lack of support in the graphics department. I do NOT get that warning on this machine.


  Processor i7-4790

Intel Core i7-4790 (Haswell) Quad-Core 3.6 GHz
LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics 4600

  Core i7-4790K Core i7-4790 Core i7-4770K Core i7-4770 Core i5-4570
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 4
CPU Base Freq 4.0 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Freq 4.4 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
L3 Cache 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB 8 MB 6 MB
HD Graphics HD 4600 HD 4600 HD 4600 HD 4600 HD 4600
HyperThreading Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Unlocked Multiplier Yes No Yes No No
Price $331 $288 $339 $303 $192

 UEFI & Endianness Unified Extensible Firmware Interface UEFI, as of version 2.4, processor bindings exist for Itanium, x86, x86-64, ARM (AArch32) and ARM64 (AArch64).[15] Only little-endian processors can be supported.
   Each byte of data in memory has its own address. Big-endian systems store the most significant byte of a word in the smallest address and the least significant byte is stored in the largest address (also see Most significant bit). Little-endian systems, in contrast, store the least significant byte in the smallest address.
Refer:  Endianness   and  UEFI   and  Booting  



  Hard Drive Upgrade -- UEFI     ( Yeah... this is jumbled!! )

Since this machine is going to replace my HP m7480n I decided to get the second Hard Drive, a 2TB one. It arrived yesterday. We are now waiting on the memory... and then the exchange. Need to try to get things straightened out with my dog anyway. He has been my excuse for the past year and now that he is one years old I am hoping that he will be more settled. -But- not really the case. At any rate, I waited a long time to obtain a computer like this and a little more delay, in order to be safe, won't hurt. Well, it will but less than if it got destroyed. He, my dog, takes things... and chews them!!

 April 5th, 2016 / 6:43am  As usual, I forgot something and then couldn't figure out what, or how, I did it. Anywho, in setting up the 2nd HDD I used Windows 10 Disk Management. This is entered via: Right Click on the Start Orb(Window) in the lower left hand corner and then selecting Disk Managment from the menu that pops up. What brings this up is... I just tried to copy my WebPage files over to one of the partitions that I created and it said there was NOT enough room!!! Hmmmm.... well they are corret. Don't know where my head was yesterday(Yes I do, my dog. Kept interrupting me, just like today!!) I set the first partition up for only 760MB and my WebPages occupy almost 3GB!! Need to get this straightened out now. -AND- have to stop and hold myself back and not rush. Need to get things more accurate in the calc's. They bounce around with the various nomenclatures for like crazy. One minute it is just a straight number and the next it is either a GB or an MB. All for the same thing!! And then on top of that you have the decimal versus the hexadecimal! Where 1000 is really 1024. ...

Like right now I gots 449.22GB(482,344,955,904) allocated with 1413.67GB UNallocated. That was supposed to be 460GB -but- this is what it is. Partitioned and allocated as Drive F:(WinDrvF). -AND- as of April 5th, 2016 / 7:50am we have our WebPage files all copied to the New System on the new 2TB drive.
      Default 'Cluster Size' is 4k(4096 bytes) for 'Drive Sizes' up to 16TB(BIG number!)

 March 7th, 2016/8:18am  Still not installed yet, I haven't even opened the Computer Box or the Hard Drive package. Waiting on the memory which took me to long to get straight!! Suposed to be here by Friday and then we will open things up. I'm also thinking of moving my largest drive in the 'old' machine to this new one. It is supposed to be able to handle 3 HDDs.
Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB 64MB 7200RPM 3.5" (Enterprise) SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive

 March 21st, 2016/12:10pm  Today, I unboxed the 'Puter and installed the new RAM -and- the HDD. Just did it before even trying it. Dangerous??? Posssibly... but then isn't life in general dangerous? Now we have to test it.

 March 24th, 2016/7:11pm  Allllllrighty now...Had this beast for a month and still not in opertion. However, AFTER taking it out of the box and setting it up, I installed Avast. Upon installation, Avast performed a System Scan and Check. It complained about some Network corruption... and that my Netgear Router was the problem. Something with the configuration. Sooooo... I spent over half a day researching this only to find out that the corruption was as I though... NOT important!! Turns out it was something that would allow a hacker ... on 'my' part of the Net to do some damages. However, my network could NOT be infiltrated from the outside UNLESS the inside hacker cause the problem. But, hell, isn't that the way it ALWAYS is??..?? To me this was a Red Flag for nothing and the error/warning should have had more information. Refer:  WNDR3700 Router   And yes... this is like everything else in my life... mixed up and out of order.

Even though I fit most of the following story... it was not about me. I copied this off of the Web.

Installing a new hard drive is not a daunting task, and should be easy for a 30yr(I fit this category) veteran of CPU's. You need to have purchased a SATA data lead first.(I did) Hook up SATA data lead between the motherboard SATA header (White Connector), and hard dive. Then locate a SATA power plug from the PSU for the hard drive.(4 were/are daisy chained)

Partitioning a hard drive. You must create at least 1 partition.(Now then, here is where it gets interesting... The first drive will have two(2) operating systems on it. Windows 10 and openSuSE Linux. So we will have to break it up. The second drive will be primarily for 'data'. We will break it up into partitions just because, if for no other reason. Yes... I gots way, way more storage than I need. It is going to be a problem on backups. I forsee a BIG catastophy... UNLESS I have a gazillion CDs -or- an external backup HDD.)

 When you create partitions on a basic disk using Disk Management, the first three volumes you can create will be formatted as primary partitions. Beginning with the fourth volume, each volume will be configured as a logical drive within an extended partition. For more information, see What are partitions and logical drives? (Now then, you don't have to wait until the 4th Partiton to get an external, and then a logical, partition. However, because of the 'Large Disk' sizes we need to use some different tools. It seems that G-Parted is in order here.)

  1. Press START button
  2. Open Control Panel     (you must be in Classic View).
  3. Open Administrative Tools
  1. Click to open Computer Management.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

 In the Navigation pane,    under Storage,    click Disk Management.

DISK0 is the first hard drive, containing your C partition (WIN8 OS), and likely the D (Recovery). Do not "click on" any of that drive.   It this is not crystal clear, close the program.(In other words, You don't know what you are doing so get out of the program BEFORE you screw up the system.)

Look for the new drive listed as DISK1.

  1. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.
  2. In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next.
  3. Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then click Next.
  4. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click Next.
  5. In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:
    • If you don't want to format the volume right now, click Do not format this volume, and then click Next.
    • To format the volume with the default settings, click Next.
  6. Review your choices, and then click Finish.

Refer:  2nd Hard Drive  

Recommended Order of Connecting SATA Drives Connector Color SATA Configuration
First drive Dark blue Primary controller device 0
Second drive White Secondary controller device 0
Third drive Orange Secondary controller device 1
Fourth drive Light blue Primary controller device 1

 Physically mounting it  Well, this became another challenge. It seems that the screws are somewhat 'special'. In the reference below they are described as 'cylinder-head' screws, which in my humble opinion fits. I went to my local Fry's Electronics and they did NOT have anything like them. Fortunately, I had read the reference and looked at my 'puter. Yep, the proper type of screws needed for the HDD were holding down the Mother Board. So, I purchased a "screw pack" which contained some Hex-Head screws like we used to see holding things together. I removed 4 of the desired screws from the Mother Board and replaced them with the Hex-Head screws. Then used the screws removed from the MB in/on the HDD and it went into the slot nicely. Also got a SATA III cable while I was there and hooked up the drive to the 'White' connector with it.  The Screws  

Hard Disk Layouts

The above is the layout of the Hard Disks on my latetest... and probably the lastest... DeskTop computer that I will have/purchase. Course that is what I said about the last one, the HP m7480n XP Media Center, that I got nine years ago. I was 60. Now I am, or will be in August, 70. Can't see another purchase in the next few waning years.

The 1TB HD is for the Operating Systems and the 2TB HD is for Data... for both Linux and Windows. Now on the 'old' System, I had all my data on the Windows D: drive. At this time, May 8th, 2016, I am copying all the stuff over to the Windows G: Partition on the 'new' System's 2TB drive.



Memory UpGrade proved to be an interesting adventure. First of all I don't seem to be able to read properly -and- sometimes the way they write things up can be a little confusing. The machine was comming with 16GB of RAM and I decided to up it to 32GB. Well, I 'accidentally' ordered 2 4GB's instead of 2 8GB's. Should have known that the price was to good!! Anywho, now I need to decide on whether to just keep the two 4's or send them back and get two 8's. Think that is what I am gona do. Get the MAX at the start.

Now then, they list two voltages, 1.35v and 1.5v. The former is primarily for Laptops. They also talk about 'Dual' voltages. -And- I have NOT been able to find the voltage rating for the memory in my new machine. Now then, there are a number of 'Sellers' that are advertising memories of both voltages for my machine. Surely the MB is spec'd somewhere. Hmmmm... maybe that is it. Look for MB specs instead of whole machine.

 Ignoramous!!  Ya know, I been away from this to long and my dementia doesn't help. The specs said, and I quote: "DDR3 PC3-12800". I had some confusion whilst looking at the Crucial Web Page and they claimed all this memory that was 'Compatible' with my new machine. Unfortunately, some was listed as 1.35v and some was listed as 1.5v. As it turns out, after I woke up, the 1.35v was listed as 'DDR3L' and my specs are for 'DDR3'. So, I ordered some DDR3 RAM. It is supposed to be here Friday, March 11th, 2016.
Crucial 16GB Kit DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 Non-ECC, UDIMM 240-Pin
Desktop Memory CT2KIT102464BA160B/ CT2CP102464BA160B

CT2KIT102464BA160B is a 16GB kit consisting of (2) 8GB DDR3 Desktop modules that operates at speeds up to 1600 MT/s and has a CL11 latency. It is Unbuffered and is non-ECC. It conforms to the industry standard UDIMM layout of 240 pins and is compatible with computers that take DDR3 UDIMM memory.

 March 8th, 2016  Memory arrived and it worked. I mentioned up above in the setup section that I went ahead and installed the memory before I even turned the PC on. But, I wanted to mention it here again in the memory section. Just because...

  Networking and WiFi and Samba

Update  below  ...

Well, now this is a switch. I am editing this file via the HP 500 -but- the files are on the LapTop. I still have these pages on the HP m7480 but now I am going to make the LapTop carry the master copy until I get all these systems re-setup. This is the first part of my Networking changes. The LapTop is on Windows 10 and this is Homesite inside Windows 7 inside VMware 10 inside Linux OpenSuSE 13.2 on my HP 500-277c.....whew!!

Other than showing off, the reason for editing this way is so that I can use my bigger screen and my Desktop Keyboard... and still have the files on the LapTop where I can also edit them. One copy, two editors. That way when I want to make the changes to the 'Big' machines I still will have the current copy of this documentation on my LapTop.

Now then, when my LapTop was running on Windows 7 I had setup a "File Sync" program to keep the WebPages on my HP m7480 in sync with the files on the LapTop. To my surprise, and joy, when I switched to Windows 10 on the LapTop the "File Sync" program still worked. Now in order for this 'Dual Editing' to take place I had to 'Share' the WebPage files directory.

 Win March 27th, 2016/3:40am  Now then, this is Easter Sunday, or will be soon, and I must go to work(McDonalds is open 24/7 365). After work there will be family time. So not much will get done -BUT- I need to check on WHY I had to use my "Microsoft Account Password" in order to sign on to my Newest Computer. I had to do that on a couple of Customer's new machines with Windows 8. Unfortunately, I don't remember doing that on my "Previous i7" or, IF I did, what I did to change it. I may not have. It has been fired up in Linux mode all the time.

 Win April 2nd, 2016 / 7:59pm  Good -or- bad, I was able to look on the Web, on Dakotah-i7 this new PC, whilst in Windows 10, and the view the source, copy a piece of it, bring up Notepad, paste the code into a text file and then through 'File Explorer' save the file on my LapTop. Whew!! OTHER THAN... making the same UserID, with the same Password on 'ALL' systems, I haven't done anything special... leastwise that I can remember. Especially on the 'Newest Machine'. Both Dakotah-i7 and TRDM4 have the free Windows 10 installed by me. The LapTop was after I was using it for a while but Dakotah-i7 was during, or at the end, of the installation setup.

Now here on Dakotah-i7 I do not get any kind of indication that WiFi or Bluetooth is running. Over on Tipper-i7, it tells me that WiFi is available and wants me to enter the password. AH!!! That's cause I am running Linux all the time over on the Tipper-i7. We'll see what happens here on Dakotah-i7 once I get the newest openSuSE installed and running.
(Couldn't do the newest. Had to drop back to 13.2)

 April 7th, 2016 /10:39pm  This is more on setting up and I still haven't got connected to the Internet whilst in openSuSE 13.2 Linux on this new machine. However, I can in Windows 10. Think I need to setup Samba and the httpd. Now this will be bouncing around between the  HP 500-277c  ,  openSuSE 13.2   and this one. So look in all three.

 Lin April 9th, 2016 /8:08am  Found that my 'Networking' was not quite right. Can't "just copy" my setup files over to this new machine. The drives -and- a few other things are not the same. I will have to save a "New Set" of Setup files. Yep, yep, yep... the hosts file had Tipper-i7 as the local host. Changed it to Dakotah-i7 and things worked much better.

Now then, the HDD's are different. I gots two again but the first is a 1TB drive and the second is a 2TB drive. The first I split in two for the two Operating Systems. The lower portion for Windows 10 and the upper portion for openSuSE 13.2. The second drive was split into 3 sections; WinDrvF-i72, WinDrvG-i72 and WinDrvH-i72. All three are NTFS drives and at this time will be only for data. One of them will be dedicated to the Android builds.
      Default 'Cluster Size' is 4k(4096 bytes) for 'Drive Sizes' up to 16TB(BIG number!)

 Samba - LinWin  Now since I use both Windows and Linux, and I do believe that it is Windows more than Linux because of Homesite and TopStyle4. They are fine HTML/XHTML/CSS editors and I just can't adapt to the ones that are available on Linux. They are the main reason I need VMware.

 smbpasswd  Couldn't access the drives!! Then I remembered, actually something caught my eye and reminded me, that we need to setup the UserID and PassWord for the cross access.
    perform: smbpasswd -a username (as 'root')

 The LayOuts of the Drives and Dirs  Now then, this gets extremely interesting. Velly intellesting... I created some dirs in my 'home dir' on the New Machine under my UserID; ntfiles and wrkdev. They were two of the ones I had on the HP m7480n that I am now retiring. I placed them in the SMB.conf file on the 'new' machine, just like the 'old' machine. However, after setting the smbpasswd, I could see them but NOT access them. I got a message stating that they didn't exist!! -BUT- I just created them. Well, I looked in my UserID dir and there they were -AND- I could access them!! Therefore I DO NOT have the SMB.conf file setup properly. Cause even though the logical drives on the new 2TB drive were listed, it was saying that they did NOT exist when I tried to access them.

 Networking - LinWin May 1st, 2016 /8:46am Now then, between spending time with my Wife, Doctors Appointments, Working at McDonalds, Customer Service Calls and time with Dakotah, my dog, I have managed to get some of my "New" System(s) set up and working together. However, the "Networking" is NOT reliable. Part of the problem(s) is/are "Sleep Mode" and "Hybernation". Since I have my new 2TB drive under the Windows 10 system on the new HP i7-2, I turned 'Off' the 'Hybernate Function'.
    bind failed on port 137 socket_addr =
As it turned out the DHCP address got changed to

Check the IP address of the server with ifconfig

edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and make sure the interfaces option corectly matches the interfaces. You could even try removing the interfaces option all together allowing samba to use the defaults

    interfaces = eth0

Here is more info about the interfaces option:

Refer:  Samba error: bind failed on port 137  

The MAC(Media Access Control) address is the HWaddr(HardWare Address) -or- Physical Address of your NIC(Network Interface Card). This is found via 'ifconfig' in Linux or 'ipconfig' in Windows.


 November 15th, 2018  All the Win10 UpDates, and a couple of the openSuSE updates, have screwed up my Networking. Had to fix it. This is going to involve 4 of my files:

  1.  My HP Envy 700-530   This file.
  2.  My HP Pavilion 500-277c  
  3.  My HP DM4 Laptop  
  4.  Networking II  
  5.  My Windows 10  


  Bluetooth - Samsung Level U Pro ANC

Alllllrighty now... This became more involved than I wanted. -AND- I had to make a change. Fighting with the Broadcom forever is NOT what I want to do. I looked around and purchased an Intel Bluetooth module to replace the Broadcom one in my System.

 January 4th, 2018  Well, I just ordered another 7260 card. The first ones I received were the wrong card physically and the second one just the wrong card. I was trying the "cheap" way on the first two and this last one is more expensive. Supposed to be "new" so we will see. If this last card doesn't work I am just gona forget any kind of Bluetooth on my system at all. I'll go back to using the wired heasets. Refer:  Impact Computers & Electronics  
 January 11th, 2018   Well, we had a problem with this one!! It quit working after approximately 2 hours. Power Off and Reseating did not help... until... after I complained and they offered, and did, send me a replacement. Once again I was told that I didn't have to return the problem child. Different company but same scenario. Now comes the embarrassing part... a couple of days later and it started working... and so far has stayed working. This one, also like the others, has the wrong part number -but- it works. Or at least tries to. Since I had multiple failures I am going to just go ahead and keep the one that is coming for a replacement cause I really don't trust this one. I may later send them some money. Need to first see how these hold up.
 January 20th, 2018   Ok now, I was listening to music on my PC with the Samsung Bluetooth Headset and all of a sudden... no music. Leastwise NOT through the headset. I then kept hearing music... faintly. I thought it was the TV in the other room or some neighbor playing loud music. Looked all over for it and finally realized it was coming from MY PC!! The external speakers had taken over when the Bluetooth quit and the volume was so low that it could barely be heard. So we will wait and see how the new one works. It is not the correct part number... still. BUT I can not get anyone to give me the part I ask for EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ADVERTISING THE PART I WANT!!
 February 23rd, 2018 / 3:30am??   Alllllrighty now...We finally installed the "Newest" Bluetooth adapter. Like I said above the last company that I dealt with sent me a replacement. I was using the "old" one... up until now. It quit on me again and I had/made the time to replace it. So far the Newest one is still working. -But- at this time I am not gonna be able to give it the full test. I must walk my Dakotah and then get ready and go to work. Test will be later tonight.
 February 24th, 2018 / 12:52am   Ok now, we are doing one of our late night, early morning stents. Forgot to put the time in the above and that is the reason for the '??' by the time that is there. The computer has been on since that time... even though I was not using it. So this newest Bluetooth card has been under power -but- NOT being used.  - It is now. -  I am listening to music through my 'Puter, using Clementine ver 1.3.1, on Linux, through my New TaoTronics Bluetooth headphones, as I am doing all this editing via Quanta with Firefox showing the results. Going to close out Quanta and fire up VMware to use Windows and Homesite to see IF that has any affect on things.
lspci:   04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 [8086:08b1] (rev cb)

Review of Linux Compatibility
    Intel Wireless-AC 7260.HMWG (Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, Dual Band, Bluetooth, HMC)
    The Intel Wireless-AC 7260 is a PCIe Half Mini Card which supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth connections.
The card has the PCI ID 8086:08b1
Refer:  WikiDevi Page  

 February 24th, 2018 / 3:23am  Well, it has been over two hours and the Bluetooth is still working. All I wanted was to be able to sit at my 'Puter with no wires attached. Daughter, Kim, read my mind with and presented me with the Samsung Headset for Christmas and then I almost destroyed it trying to get it to work with my PC. Only to find out the problems were because of the card used...and the lack of proper drivers on Linux. During this test I have gotten up and walked into different rooms and still could hear the music. Now I did have a couple of times when "Pulse Audio" switched from the headset to the main speakers. Still don't know why but the Bluetooth stayed working. I just had to go into Pulse Audio and change the output back to the headset.

 February 24th, 2018 / 5:04am   Well, it has been over 4 hours and it is still working. Going to turn off the headset and lay down for a few. Will see IF it works again later. Leaving the Computer on so the Bluetooth card will still have power to it, just not being used.

 Later in the day  I put the headset on again. Used it and then while walking the dog I started hearing some beeps. Checked my phone messages and email and other stuff. Could not figure out what was causing this constant beep. The finally it quit -but- after this other wierd sound. Finally I figured it out. The headset battery was down and out!!

Refer:  Intel 7260 Drivers   and  Software Installation Basics for Intel® Wireless Adapters    Wireless-AC
 HP Forum: Change PCIe WLAN/Bluetooth card    HP Support: Replacing WLAN Card  
 Broadcom Linux Wireless    Broadcom wireless LAN chips  

Refer:  HP Parts Sufer   The last one in this list is the one I purchased above. RoHS stands for "Restriction of Hazardous Substances".
Add to Cart Part Number Part Description Category CSR RoHS Tech Courier
-N/A- 756053-001 WLAN 11ac INT HMC 2x2 WP2NV(NMA) Interface Board -N/A- COMPLY_2.07 -N/A-
-N/A- 752597-001 WLAN B HARRIER BGN 1x1 BT4 CB Interface Board -N/A- COMPLY_2.07 -N/A-
-N/A- 784650-005 WLAN 11ac INT HMC 2x2 WP2NV(NMA) Interface Board -N/A- COMPLY_2.07 -N/A-
-N/A-  717384-006   Intel Wireless-N 7260BN 802.11 b/g/n 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 combination WLAN adapter Interface Board -N/A- COMPLY_2.05 -N/A-

 December 11th, 2017   Ordered an HP 7260. First one list right above. It appears that I can get the source code with which to "make" it work IF I can remember my electronics -and- learn some new stuff. Supposed to be here on the 19th from:  eBay  
Well, think I might have made a good choice. The latest driver for the Intel 7260 card is already installed at:
Last modified: Monday, November 27th, 2017 10:14 AM MST
 Debian How to use WiFi  

   modinfo iwlwifi | grep 7260

 December 20th, 2017  Now then, all of the following were used in the same HP LapTop, therefore I consider them inter replaceable. Notice one of them is the Broadcom card that I have/had originally. I am now swapping with an HPIntel 7260 card.

Item  Component Spare part number
  Qualcomm Atheros AR9565 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi + Blue Tooth 4.0 Combo Adapter (for use with HP ENVY 17 Computer models or HP ENVY 15 Computer models 675794-005
  Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 802.11 ac 1x1 WiFi + BT 4.0 combo adapter (for use only with HP ENVY 17 Computer models or HP ENVY 15 Computer models) 710662-005
  WLAN Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi + BT4.0 HMC combo adapter (For use only with HP ENVY 17 Computer models or HP ENVY 15 Computer models) 753076-005
  Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi Adapter 784638-005
  Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11 ac 2x2 WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Ad apter for use on HP ENVY 17 Computer models only 784650-005 756053-001

Samsung Level U In Ear Wireless Headphone With Mic
    BT Profile : HSP, HFP, AVRCP,A2DP
    Codec : APT-X, SBC
    Bluetooth connectivity on my system is a Broadcom BCM943142HBMPFXH_2.
04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
 Installing Broadcom Drivers   [14e4:4365](rev 01)   bcmwl-kernel-source   bcmwl-kernel-source
/etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-wl-blacklist which blacklists the following kernel modules to prevent them from loading:

  • blacklist bcm43xx
  • blacklist ssb
  • blacklist b43
  • blacklist ndiswrapper
  • blacklist brcm80211
  • blacklist bcma
  • blacklist brcmsmac
  • blacklist brcmfmac

 March 19th, 2017 / 12:15pm  Removed/Uninstalled ALL Bluetooth -AND- Broadcom software and drivers. Had to keep: libbluetooth3 - Bluetooth Libraries -- because of Networkmanager.
Had to keep: iscsiuio - Linux Broadcom NetXtremem II iscsi server -- because of other conflicts
Ok, I do not have the Bluetooth Symbol in my task bar any more.
Now to re-install what is needed.  Bcm43142 driver wifi open-suse  

 May 10th, 2017 / 5:10am  Ok!! Here we go again. Last week I shut down my system for a day, or two. It is "normally" up and running 24/7. Well, I fired it back up and did NOT get greeted with my normal desktop. It was only a textual one. I had to restart and then I got my normal KDE desktop. However, my Samsung BlueTooth did not work!! I have tried to get it to work and can not find the correct combo. So we are going to do the same thing that got it the last time... remove it and re-install it. NO!! I did not use the Windows version before restarting Linux. Before doint the remove and re-install I am going to shut everything down. Yes, I know, in Linux you don't necessarily have to do that, -but- we are having troubles that we "shouldn't" have so going to take the safe route. First fire up the LapTop and transfer all this to it so I can edit from there whilst, hopefully, fixing this one. But it is getting daylight and my Dakotah wants to go for his walk.

> uname -a
Linux Dakotah-i7 4.1.38-50-default #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Feb 19 14:35:48 UTC 2017 (6b4d8cb) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
> sudo zypper in broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-default
root's password:
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
Resolving package dependencies...

The following 2 NEW packages are going to be installed:
  broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-default

2 new packages to install.
Overall download size: 1.4 MiB. Already cached: 0 B. After the operation, additional 7.2 MiB will be used.
Continue? [y/n/? shows all options] (y): 
Retrieving package broadcom-wl-kmp-default-                           (1/2),   1.4 MiB (  7.2 MiB unpacked)
Retrieving: broadcom-wl-kmp-default- ..............................................[done (207.5 KiB/s)]
Retrieving package broadcom-wl-                                                  (2/2),   8.9 KiB ( 13.6 KiB unpacked)
Retrieving: broadcom-wl- ...................................................................................[done]
Checking for file conflicts: ..........................................................................................................[done]
(1/2) Installing: broadcom-wl-kmp-default- ..........................................................[done]
(2/2) Installing: broadcom-wl- .................................................................................[done]

 March 20th, 2017/2:51am  I looked all over to see IF Bluedevil5 and Bluez were compatable and used together. Could not find anything that cleared that up... until I went into Yast2 and selected Bluedevil5. Yast2 automatically selected Bluez!! Lots of other 'Blue' stuff but that is all for now.
Well, when I clicked on 'Accept' it also came up with some 'Automatic changes':
sbc - - - - - - - - Bluetooth Low-complexity, Sub-Band Codex Utilities
libsbc1 - - - - - - Bluetooth Low-Complexity, Sub-Band Codex Library
bluedevil5-lang - - Languages for package bluedevil5
bluez - - - - - - - Bluetooth Stack for Linux
pulseaudio-module-bluetooth - - Bluetooth support for the PulseAudio sound server
Ok now, we did a Re-Boot and the 'Bluetooth Symbol' appeared on my task bar. I clicked on it and my Samsung Level U Pro was listed!! On top of that it was claimed to be 'Paired' and 'Trusted'!!
BUT once again I clicked on connect and it connected and then immediately disconnected!!! So I guess we do without until they fix it.

 March 21, 2017 / 6:37am  

rpm -q -a --queryformat "%{INSTALLTIME}\t%{INSTALLTIME:day} \
%{BUILDTIME:day} %-30{NAME}\t%15{VERSION}-%-7{RELEASE}\t%{arch} \
%25{VENDOR}%25{PACKAGER}\n" | sort | cut --fields="2-" | less -S
change the "| less -S" to "grep 2017 > UpDatesOf2017.txt" and you will have them on file.
       How-to Uninstall UpDates  

  1. gstreamer - Almost all of my gstreamer stuff was updated and from pacman. Reverted all - no help.

 Ah, ha!!! March 25th, 2017   Bluetooth - ArcWiki  
Alllllrighty now... the boys over on Arch Linux, to which the reference points, have discovered that you 'can have a problem' IF you have a Dual Boot System. You can get it set up on Windows and then it won't work on Linux. And I have found that IF you have it set up on Linux, it won't work on Windows!! The 'correction' is to remove the device and re-pair it... It works!! However, this can be a real PITA IF you use the Bluetooth a lot in both systems -and- you switch back and forth a lot.

 January 4th, 2017/5:30am  Still doesn't ask me about the WiFi and I am up to Leap 42.1. Now then, I received a real cool Bluetooth Headset for Christmas. Got it to work with the Windows side but have not yet accomplished the same with Linux. Guess I don't know as much as I thought I did. -- Well, as usual it turned out to be fairly simple -and- I already had things set up! Got the Bluetooth paired but then couldn't get the music to play! Well, I got it to play -but- it went through the speakers and not the Bluetooth. Will have to work on that part later... after I walk the dog and then got to work.
Words from 'oldcpu' on  openSuSE Forums
Nominally in openSUSE gnome and kde, with Leap-42.1, pulse audio will be active. In this case, sound can be controlled on a multimedia application basis with the pulse application "pulse audio volume control" (pavucontrol) including sending the sound from any application to the selected audio output device of one's choice.
And that was my problem. It now works.
 March 1st, 2017  Wellll... got some openSuSE UpDates and it don't work again!!
 Linux Mint Bluetooth      Bluetooth Sound on Linux  

 Bluetooth Device Not Connecting  

 # rpm -qa | grep -i 'blue'
 # l2test -y 60:6D:C7:CF:6F:C6
l2test[15931]: Can't connect: No route to host (113)
 # hciconfig
hci0:   Type: BR/EDR  Bus: USB
        BD Address: 60:6D:C7:CF:6F:C6  ACL MTU: 1021:8  SCO MTU: 64:1
        RX bytes:7516 acl:79 sco:0 events:305 errors:0
        TX bytes:5725 acl:63 sco:0 commands:172 errors:0

 # hcitool dev
        hci0    60:6D:C7:CF:6F:C6
 # hcitool scan
Scanning ...
        30:CB:F8:04:7C:FD       Samsung Level U Pro ANC (7CFD)
 # hcitool inq
Inquiring ...
 # hcitool name 30:CB:F8:04:7C:FD
Samsung Level U Pro ANC (7CFD)
 # l2test -z 30:CB:F8:04:7C:FD
Connectionless MTU size is 184
Extended feature mask is 0x0036
  Retransmission mode
  Bi-directional QoS
  Streaming mode
  FCS Option
 # l2test -y 30:CB:F8:04:7C:FD
l2test[16039]: Can't connect: Permission denied (13)
 # rpm -qa | grep -i 'blue'
 # hciconfig -a
hci0:   Type: BR/EDR  Bus: USB
        BD Address: 60:6D:C7:CF:6F:C6  ACL MTU: 1021:8  SCO MTU: 64:1
        RX bytes:9943 acl:95 sco:0 events:376 errors:0
        TX bytes:6283 acl:76 sco:0 commands:200 errors:0
        Features: 0xff 0xfe 0xcf 0xfe 0xdb 0xff 0x7b 0x87
        Packet type: DM1 DM3 DM5 DH1 DH3 DH5 HV1 HV2 HV3 
        Link policy: RSWITCH HOLD SNIFF 
        Link mode: SLAVE ACCEPT 
        Name: 'Dakotah-i7.TRComputing'
        Class: 0x1c0104
        Service Classes: Rendering, Capturing, Object Transfer
        Device Class: Computer, Desktop workstation
        HCI Version: 4.0 (0x6)  Revision: 0x148
        LMP Version: 4.0 (0x6)  Subversion: 0x210b
        Manufacturer: Broadcom Corporation (15)


There is some openSUSE information related to the Broadcom licensing issue.
The licensing issue and the necessary package is mentioned here:
       <https://software.opensuse.org/package/broadcom-wl>   - one click installs.
The 'broadcom-wl' package itself is available from the Packman repository under "Essentials". There's some additional information available from this site here:    "not openSUSE"  


  MS Account Password

After setting up my 'Newest i7' I found that I had to login using my Microsoft Account Password. I kinda just ignored it -but- I DO NOT want that. I want my own "Local" account and password. I have all my systems set the same. So I searched the Web and this is what I found. Seems that with Windows 8, which both i7 Systems came with, you had NO choice... -but- with Windows 10 you do. However, since they came with Windows 8 initially, we are messed up temporarily. The following is curtesy of  Dennis Faas .

To login with a local account and disable the Windows 10 email login, do the following:

  1. Click Start and type in "user accounts" (no quotes); click the User Accounts icon that appears in the list.
  2. OPTIONAL: If you are signed on as the Administrator user, click the "manage another account" link. Then select the account you want to change.
  3. Your user account will be displayed with the title "Make changes to your user account". Directly underneath that heading there is a link that says "Make changes to my account in PC Settings" click that link.
  4. The "Settings" app will now open a new window. On the top left of the screen, click on the "Your Account" heading.
  5. Your account name should be listed at the top of the page. Look for and click the link that says "Sign in with a local account instead".
  6. Enter your password on the proceeding page and click Next.
  7. Enter your new user name, password, and password hint, and click Next.
  8. On the proceeding page, click "Sign out and finish" and you will be taken to the login screen where you can login using your local account.

All of this can be reversed if needed -- the only difference is that in Step 4 you would click on a link that says "Sign in with a Microsoft account instead". It's also worth noting that you can assign your Microsoft Account login to any local account at any time.

 March 28th, 2016 / 9:27pm  Allllllrighty now... We followed the above instructions and now we can sign on like we used to. Another step closer in the replacement.


  Dakotah-i7 Dual Boot

Now to setup a Dual Boot with Linux. The 'old' MainMama was running openSuSE 12.3. I did all I could to get and keep that running. I liked the machine and will be sorry to see it go. BUT it just got to slow. This machine I am setting up now was only a dream -only- two years ago. That is how fast things have gotten -AND- how fast things are changing. The Lord through Daniel 12:4 predicted great knowledge increase in the end times, which we are in, and knowledge is increasing greatly. Both of God's purposes and of things of man. The transistor was created in 1947. But that is another story... which you can think about and research.

 openSuSE 13.2  

(Yep! copied this from the other i7.) Now then, the following two items are found in the BIOS. There are many ways to get there -but- I have found the simplest and most straight forward way to be tapping the F10 key at PowerUp -OR- at a ReBoot/ReStart. In their descriptions they say at PowerUp -but- I had/have a problem. I setup two systems with 1 Display, 1 Keyboard and 1 Mouse. With Power Off it switches to the other machine. So rather than take everything apart and set it up again with its own stuff... I just tried the ReStart. And it worked!!
Well, I am replacing the 'old' MainMama with this 'new' MainMama and we are sharing the 3 items again/still.
Refer: IOGEAR 2-Port USB DVI-D Cable KVM with Audio and Mic GCS932UB (Black)

A KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch is a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computers from a single keyboard, video display monitor and mouse. KVM switches are often found in data centers where multiple servers are placed in a single rack.

The following were things I experienced while learning on both systems. Could get into Windows and then NOT be offered openSuSE -OR- get into openSuSE and NOT be offered Windows!! It is 'little' things like these that make life interesting.

 April 7th, 2016 / 5:45am  A fix for the Linux side, courtesty of  Malcolm Lewis  
Is the windows boot manager present in the output from (as root user):
    Boot0000* Windows Boot Manager

Or are there entries like;
    Boot0006* Internal Hard Disk or Solid State Disk

Either way, you can re-create via;
    efibootmgr -c -L "Windows Boot manager" -l "\\EFI\\Microsoft\\Boot\\bootmgfw.efi"

So far it is looking good. Still need to install Java and all the other Android stuff -but- can Dual Boot with Windows 10. This is an opensuse-secure boot with UEFI. All I did was turn OFF the fastboot. Everything else is straight from the factory.
    Well, that's a lie!! I did have to mess with the boot order. This is accessed via tapping F10 at StartUp or ReStart. opensuse-secure boot becomes one in the list. I had to move it to the top.
-AND- we have a problem here... on my Windows 8 machine when I changed this it stayed. On this Windows 10 it doesn't. As soon as I re-boot back into Windows 10, it changes the boot order back to Windows 10!!
      Default 'Cluster Size' is 4k(4096 bytes) for 'Drive Sizes' up to 16TB(BIG number!)

 April 15, 2016 /10:54pm  Well, there is a little more involved in order to make it permanent.

  • Click on 'Start' then 'Power'
  • Whilst holding the 'Shift key', click on 'ReStart'
  • In the 'Choose an option' screen, pick 'Troubleshoot'
  • In the 'Troubleshoot' screen pick 'Advance Options'
  • In the 'Advanced Options' screen pick 'Startup Setting'
  • Items that can be changed are listed with a 'ReStart' button.
  • Unfortunately, none of them dealt with the boot order!!!

Change the default operating system for startup (multiboot)

If you have more than one operating system installed on your computer, you can choose which one starts when you turn on your computer. More than one operating system installed on a computer is often called a multiboot configuration.

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

  2. Click Advanced System Settings. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

  4. Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to use when you turn on or restart your computer.


  • To be able to choose which operating system to use when you turn on your computer, make sure the Time to display list of operating systems check box is selected, and then click the number of seconds that you want the list of available operating systems displayed before the default operating system starts automatically.


  Linux Install

 Copied from the 500-277c page   The times and dates in this will be a little mixed and possibly confusing. As far as I am concerned the two machines are essentially the same. The main differences are; the newest one will have more storage, both volatile and permanent. The newest one also has a Graphics card and a newer i7. I consider those differences minor, even though they are major, but minor for this section. The procedure and steps should be relatively the same.
 April 7th, 2016 / 7:50am  We are going 'back' to openSuSE ver 13.2. Don't need -or- want another version of VMware. All I want it for is to be able to run Windows inside my Linux so I can use my Homesite to write these WebPages!!

Well, this was started this in October(2014) the day I ordered the previous new PC. As mentioned above I wanted to obtain as much info as possible before it arrived. I was also correct above... UEFI is going to be a bitch. Or maybe not. The complaints were from a couple of years ago. We'll see. I'll contact my friends over on SuSE. I think they are still friends. Haven't been on there much during this past year.

Now then, since the new PC arrived, I have decided NOT to wait for the SuSE November release. They have a Release Candidate that should be good to try. So that is what I'm doing. Now this is sorta split between here and the NewStartOver Web Page. Good or bad that is the way it is. I just wormed my way thru all the stuff to be able to boot off of the openSuSE DVD. At this time I am installing it -and- I am not happy. They are dictating the Partition sizes and will NOT let you change them!!

 October 25th, 2014 / 10:50pm   Oct 26th, 2014 / 7:11am  
Those two dates were the ones where I went round and round to get a Linux installation on my previous new machine. IF you want to read it, jump over there.  My HP 500-277c  

 April 3rd, 2016 / 11:02am  The stuff concerning Windows 8 has been cut out and dropped. It appears that Microsoft is doing the same. So we are going to concentrate on setting up the newest openSuSE and Windows 10. Now with that said, there probably will still be mentions of previous systems. The procedures just don't change that much from version to version.(note above says we went back to openSuSE 13.2)

  1. Allllllrighty now... the FIRST thing to do is get a copy of openSuSE and create an install DVD.
  2. Turn off fast Boot
    <Wkey>-I .. Control Panel .. System .. Power & Sleep .. Additional Power Settings ..
    Choose what the power buttons do .. Change settings that are currently unavailable .. UN-check "Turn on fast startup" .. Yea or nea on Hibernate ..
    Click on "Save Changes"
    -BUT- IF that doesn't work .. go into the BIOS via tapping the F10 key at PowerUp or Restart. Go to Security and then down to Secure Boot Configuration. Make the appropriate changes.
  3. Now then, you can turn OFF Secure mode and STILL have EFI. Using the F10 and the same menu, make the change IF you think it is necessary. I have marked it in Yellow/Gold for a 'maybe'. Leaving it in its default mode for now.

     Secure Boot Configuration  

    1. Legacy Support       Disable
    2. Secure Boot            Enable <-- This one takes some thinking and trial and error.
      • Key Management
        • Clear Secure Boot Keys       Don't clear
        • Key Ownership                   HP keys
    3. Fast Boot                       Disable

  4. Now then, IF things come to the worst... Turn OFF Secure Boot and Turn on Legacy Boot.
    As you should have seen in the above adventures, this is also accessed via the F10 key at PowerUp or a Restart.
  5. Try to enjoy it now.

 October 28th, 2014 / 7:50am  Finally, finally!!! A fix!! The following describes the latest procedure:

  1. AFTER a FULL Recovery. NEW setup/install.
  2. Disable Fast Start(see above). Even though it only says "Enable" -or- "Disable" it doesn't mean perform, it means the 'state' of the selection. ie; Enable means Enabled... Disable means Disabled.
  3. Enter into Win10 Disk Management and Reduce size of C: drive.
    459.58GB for Windows and 451.79GB for Linux.
    Formated 2nd HDD to three drives: F:769GB, G:885.58GB, and H:976.56GB
    So now both Hard Drives are now recognized by the System.
  4. Normally hitting F12, or holding it down, as the computer starts up from OFF will allow you to choose to Boot from the DVD drive. Also if you are in Windows 10 holding the shift key while clicking on RESTART will take you to a window where you can choose the DVD Drive to boot from.
    courtesy of:  https://discuss.howtogeek.com/users/xhi  
  5. So we Re-Boot----
  6. First screen is choices .. we pick Installation.
  7. Loads Kernel Initializes RAM disc.
  8. Some system operations ...
  9. License agreement and Language/Keyboard. Next.
  10. Network settings... because 'old' is still in the Net we will make this one cause that is what MS picked for Windows 10. Hostname is Dakotah-i7
  11. Then it did some initializing...and presented us with some 'Installation Options':
    Add online Repositories before installation... checked this one
    Include add-on products from separate media... left un-checked. Next.
    ...and it spent a few moments initializing.
  12. Next is the Partitioning. Which we are going to edit. Their suggested partitioning has got to be a joke! We clicked on 'Edit Proposal Settings' and selected 'Ext4' for both Home and root. We clicked on the "Expert Partitioner". It presented things like we have seen them before... It was ok.
    The Swap(sda7), root(sda8) and home(sda9) partitions are set.
  13. Set the time zone.
  14. Software to install was picked.
  15. Install the Leap 42.1 System... hmmmm... looks like someone spent some time on improving the info displayed when you select to see the Details.
  16. Used to have verbiage here about trying to UpGrade to openSuSE 13.2 right after installing openSuSE 13.1 and what a failure it was. Now I have jumped all the way up to Leap 42.1 which was moved into whilst I was away taking care of my new puppy.
  17. Alllllrighty now... The new system has installed -AND- I have Windows 10 and openSuSE Linux on my new machine!! Things have improved in BOTH worlds. Both the Windows UpDate/UpGrade and the Linux Dual Boot install. The most difficult part about this was figuring out how I wanted to do it.
  18. Well, I bragged to soon. I could NOT use the Internet NOR could I get into YAST2. Needed root's password -and- I do not remember setting up one!
    Well, well sports fans... it uses 'my' personal password to get into root!! I don't remember setting up either password!! -BUT- whilst I was installing this I kept getting interrupted by my dog. He is only 1 year and 1 month old. Still needs lots of attention and today was more than usual.
  19. Well now, things are NOT looking good. I could not reboot into Windows 10. After searching the Web and looking for an answer I found that I had to DISABLE Secure Boot. This theoretically is only a temporary fix -but- for now I can get into both systems.
      filepath: /ACPI(a0341d0,0)/PCI(2,1f)/Sata(0,ffff,0)
      /HD(2,190800,82000, ea..., 2,2)/File(\EFI\Microsoft\Boot)/File(bootmgfw.efi)
      error: Not supported image.
    Refer:  Leap 42.1 - Windows 10  

More Verbiage was here concerning the difficulties with the 13.x versions. However, the following statement still applies:
-BUT- it appears that using Windows Computer Manager - Disk Management was the answer.

 April 11th, 2016 /4:08pm  Here we are... going to re-install this mess. I did not do things right and it is to difficult to make changes after the fact. I'm sure it can be done -but- not by me. I think I have things correct now with my HDD's and things will come out better. Could not leave over half of the 2nd HDD un-allocated. The the drive assignment don't come out correctly. So we gots Windows fixed and now we will correct Linux with our install. The Win drive letters in our 'old' system were under a 'windows' dir for mounting; C:, D: and L:. I will pay closer attention to the setup this time. The following is a copy of the messages I was getting when I tried to access these Windows drives:

An error occurred while accessing 'Windows', the system responded: The requested operation has failed: Error mounting /dev/sda4 at /run/media/ctaylor/Windows: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2, nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=100,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sda4" "/run/media/ctaylor/Windows"' exited with non-zero exit status 14: Windows is hibernated, refused to mount. Failed to mount '/dev/sda4': Operation not permitted The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully (no hibernation or fast restarting), or mount the volume read-only with the 'ro' mount option.

Didn't realize it till now -but- I gots the same problem on my previous HP i7-1. I will have to pay attention to what I do on the new one so's I can fix the previous one.
Ok to begin with we needed to have mount points for the drives. We gave them all a /windows with their letter following. ie; /windows/F and gave them Fstab Options of mountable by user.
On HP i7-1... Have a Windows partition with a /windows/C mount point with Fstab Options of;
    Read only and Mountable by User.
Annndd... we can click on it in Dolphin and see the contents of the drive.
On HP i7-2... Have a Windows -- and I was gona say that we could not read it -but- when I switched back over to it -- I could see all the dirs and files at the top level on the C: drive. Sometimes it takes some time before you see the proper results.


  Android, Phone and Camera

Well, things get interesting. I have a Linux System. Actually a LinWin System. Linux is what I am in most of the time... well maybe. I also have VMware installed. Inside VMware is Windows 10. Now inside VMware Wndows 10 I am running Homesite, my main HTML editor.

So, what's the point. My Linux doesn't interface properly with my  Android Smartphone . I wanted to copy/transfer some files from my PC to my Phone. In Linux I can NOT write to the SD Card on the phone. However, from Windows 10 inside VMware inside my Linux System I can copy/transfer to the phone!! Further investigation has found this to be a general problem with Linux Systems.



  VMware Install

Well now, this 'may' be a challenge -and- 'may' cost me some more money. All I have is my Version 10 of VMware.
Vmware installed April 21st, 2016 / 4:48am

 April 21st, 2016 /11:35pm  Long time..!! I work part time at McDonalds, visit with my wife, take care of and walk my dog, service other peoples computers -and- research some of this BEFORE I use it. Over this past week I was working on 7 different computers... in addition to trying to set this up. So the days and times can, and do, drastically jump. Oh, and unfortunately, I had to squeeze a little sleep in there.

  1. Launch VMware Workstation 10.
  2. With this 'Latest version' -- It seems Patches are NOT needed... it just works!! At least we got the initial screen. We had trouble with version 10.0.0-1295980.
  3. Of the choices we are choosing "Create a New Virtual Machine".
  4. We'll do a 'Typical'.
  5. For the OS we chose "Install the OS later".
  6. For the Guest that will be installed we chose "Windows 7".


  Email and Browser

 Win  Email will eventually be setup on this machine, the HP i7-2, -but- in the interim it will be set up on the 'other HP i7-1', Tipper-i7. This machine, Dakotah-i7, will become my new "Main Moma".

 Win April 2nd, 2016  Was using Firefox and tried a search from the search box on the Firefox home page instead of using Google. I immediately got a warning concerning one of the addons. It just so happened to be an HP one. HP SimplePass. This warning was from Avast. I let Avast remove the addon... for now, till I can check it out.

 Lin April 9th, 2016/4:59am 


  Back Panel Connections

    Figure : Kaili2 back I/O ports
    Kaili2 back I/O ports
  1. Optical S/PDIF-out port
  2. LAN
  3. USB 2.0: 2
  4. HDMI
  5. USB 3.0: 2
  6. DVI
  7. Audio: center/subwoofer
  8. Audio: rear speaker out
  9. Audio: side speaker out
  10. Audio: Line in
  11. Audio: Line out
  12. Audio: Microphone



  Omnikey Keyboard

I decided to try to get my Omnikey Keyboard going again. It doesn't have the correct connections to hook up to my newest PC's -but- there is a repair place that claims to have some stuff that might work. Gonna try it IF the stuff isn't to expensive. Course the reason I got the Ominikey in the first place was because of Carple Tunnel Syndrom. It is starting to come back. I have two of them, one I purchased and the other was purchased for me by American Express when I worked there. I was allowed to take it with me when I left.

The thing I need is a USB cable -and- possibly a converter to go from a PS2 connector to a USB connector. I must have a USB plugin because of my PC's -and- my "Dual" connection. As stated previously, I am operating two computers from on Keyboard and one mouse. Need to see if this can work. -BUT- first got to get the USB cable or adapter.

 February 14th, 2018  Ok as you have probably noticed I spread things outover time. Sometimes over days and weeks. I was informed that it is a necessary cautious setup. Well, I have a strange setup. IF you have read any of my other pages you will know that I have two(2) computers using the same keyboard, mouse and screen. This 'magic' is performed via an IOGEAR KVM Switch, mentioned below. Now then, I have the great fortiune of having three computers. Two Desktops and one Laptop. I am writing this on the Laptop so that I can document my setup of the other two.

  1. First we shut the two Desktops down.
  2. The IOGEAR KVM has two ports and I am only using one of them. My current keyboard and mouse are HP wireless. They are only using one of the ports. There is enough room on the IOGEAR Switch to allow me to plug in the adapter without a USB extender and it doesn't block the other port.
    The PS2/USB adapter is plugged in.
  3. Firing up the "Main Momma" and it comes up in Linux Grub. I am selecting Windows 10 mode. It is on the HP KB and working. Letting it set and do all its UpDate checking. Haven't been in here for a few days and the start up is taking a long time. 5:20pm
  4. Now to fire up the other one... 5:40pm... it is also taking a long time. Letting it do its checking.
  5. Hmmmmm... On the second one I got a USB device is setup and ready to go. On the first one I did not. Going to shut them down and try again.
  6. OK -- 6:00pm looked at second one and the message was gone. Perhaps it was on the first one but gone by the time I checked. Need to spend more time in Windows I guess. Well, I do, only in Linux via VMware. Second machine has no disk activity but first one does. Will wait till both have none or at least only a flash once in a while.
    Hmmmmmm... 6:15pm and drive is still active. Gota get in Windows more often...
    Wellll... 6:30pm and still going. Guess the second one was/is more up to date than the first one. Think I had it up in Windows more than the first one. So we will play with the dog and watch a movie, then check it.
  7. Well... it is now 8:35pm and the first machine is still updating!! Guess this keyboard change will wait till tomorrow.
  8. Well it is 3:06am... I came in to the computers and foung the "Main Momma" had shut itself down!! Interesting. It finished the UpDates and then turned itself off! But as usual at power up it will check itself -and- see if there are any UpDates. So we will go make our coffee and come back. 3:13am Oh and by the way, the second machine did not shut itself off nor did the Laptop.
  9. 3:31am... Well this is NOT good. I just sat down at the computers again and was texting on my phone and the "Maim Momma" shut itself down!! Hmmmmmm.... will fire it up again and this time stay on it for 15+ minutes to see what is happening here.
  10. 4:11am... Just switched back to my 'Other' PC so I can let the 'Main' one just sit to see if it will shut itself down again. I see by reports on the Web that there were problems with ReStarts on this UpDate -but- mine is turning off! Also it seemed to be with AMD processors and I have an Intel i7 chip.
    4:30am... still but going to walk the dog.
    5:40am... back from the walk -and- the "Main Momma" has shut itself down!!!!
    6:00am... Fired up the main PC... operating on and watching it.
    Now this is interesting. I was looking at info on the Web with Firefox and left the page showing whilst I switched to the 'Other' PC After the Power-On boot-up that was what was showing on my screen.
    Ah...ok... In the Windows UpDate section of settings, it is claiming that
       "Some updates didn't finish downloading. We'll keep trying."
       Error code: (0x80246007)
    I clicked on "Retry"
    It is Initializing, Downloading and Preparing to Install... a number of times. 6:49am
    I am getting tired and bored sitting here watching -but- everytime I leave this thing to do it on its own.. it fails. So we sit.
    7:03am got a 'Pick a time' - 'Remind Me' - 'Restar Now'. I chose Restart Now.
    7;09AM Got the HP symbol, then the 'Working on Updates' claiming PC will restart several times, with a 'Don't turn off PC. This will take a while.'
    7:21am first Restart...7:22am back to the 'Working on Updates' 33%.
    7:31am second Restart...7:33am back to the 'Working on Updates' 75%
    7:39am Finally the start up screen.
    7:41am signed on and got 'We got some UpDates'!!!! And it did them.
    7:43am Got the desktop with explorer running, and the usual OneDrive sign on which I never do.
    Closed out both and continued... just letting it sit.
    7:52am... did a bad thing. Got a bowl of cereal and came back and tapped on the shift key. So the wait starts again...
    7:56am... just got a welcome to your MicrosoftStore. I did nothing but watch.
    8:04amish... screen blanked while I was over with my dog. I just hit the Shift key and it cameback.
    8:51am... Well I left it to go watch TV for a little and when I come back... IT HAS SHUT ITSELF DOWN!!!
  11. Next day Friday 3:25am... Fired up the "Main Momma"...Let it sit and then closed OneDrive...did not sign on to.
    3:40am...still going...signed on to Internet via Firefox. Searcing for answers via the problem child itself. Want to see IF it shuts down whilst it is being used. Did a Google Search for only the past month and found that there are tons of problems with this last UpDate concerning power. Restarts, Shutdowns, Won't Shutdown, stuck in Getting Ready and lots more.
    3:51am... went into UpDates and had it check. There were some and it installed them. One was a security UpDate and the other was a Reliability Improvement. Hopefully the fix I need.
    4:00am... letting it sit with a Google Search Page result showing in Firefox. In a half hour or less I must walk the dog.
    4:09am... Screen saver blanked the screen but I tapped the shift key and brought it back.
    4:20am... Screen blanked again and this time I left it. Must walk the dog anyway and we will see if it is on when we get back.
    5:47am... Back from the dog walk and it shut itself down whilst I was gone!! I gotta get ready for work and then go.
  12. Next day Saturday 11:39am... Once again fired up the "Main Momma". Ok now, When I signed on to the desktop I got the Firefox Google Search results page that I was viewing before I left to walk the dog. This may be a hibernate if not being used setting that I did NOT set! Ok, no finger pointing until further checks are made. Was it Microsoft or HP???
    12:10pm... Allllllrighty now. In the settings, power & sleep, it was set for 20 minutes. That is probably the amount of time that it was sitting unused. It says "go to sleep" but it appears that is being interpreted as "power off"!! I changed it to "Never". So now we will wait for 20 minutes and see. I had to look at the settings wording while I was typing this so it will be a few minutes after 12:30pm that the on or off happens.
    12:26pm... Ok I stepped away for a few and when I got back the Display was blanked out -but- the PC was still on.
    12:40pm... Still on and I haven't touched it. This is tuff just sitting and watching, waiting for something to happen.
    12:44pm... Can't just sit, must test. Changed the "go to sleep" to 5 min. Moved the mouse around until my laptop clock said 12:44. Now waiting again.
    12:49pm... screen blanked and the PC light bar started flashing. Then it went off and then came back fully on with some disk activity.
    12:52pm... screen still blank but PC light bar still on. No apparent activity.
    12:56pm... PC just shut down!!
    13:02pm... Just fired up the PC again. So we have power again. And the "Windows Settings" is diplayed on screen. So it just went into a "Power Off" situation. That is the intpretation of this sleep!!
    13:08pm... changing it to never. I want to get this Keyboard setup and I need to know that the machine is on. Thank you.
  13. 13:09pm Saturday... Have had the PS2/USB adapter plugged in this whole time... without the keyboard. Need to fire up the other PC again and then shut it down and then switch to Linux mode and back and finally hook up the Omnikey.
    Well, well... how about that. I wasn't paying attention and the "other" PC fired up in Linux mode. -BUT- it is taking a long, long time and not getting to the desktop.
    13:26pm... well shit!!! Got my two terminal windows, the light bulb background and no desktop icons. Technically no desktop. going to ReBoot... isn't that the way we fix these things???!!
    Ctl-Alt-Del then select Reboot. (as it turns out I could have done a '/sbin/shutdown -r now')
    13:32pm... ok got my Linux desktop this time!!
  14. 13:33pm... Pushed the IOGEAR button to switch back to "Main Momma" and it is still running... in Windows 10.
    This just shouldn't be this difficult and frustrating. Did not expect a simple keyboard change to be this involved.
    13:37pm... Taking a break.
  15. 14:04pm... I'm back and all the machines are on.
  16. * * * The thing I don't like about Windows 10 is... you almost constantly don't know the state of your machine because of the constant insistant UpDates!!! * * *
  17. 15:20pm... I have been switching between Win 10 and Linux on the 2nd PC with "Main Momma" sitting there in Windows 10 mode. --and-- the PS2/USB adapeter plugged into the IOGEAR switch. Not all has been clean... especially after a Windows Update, which is almost every boot. When I go back to Linux mode, I sometimes have to do a Reboot of Linux in order to get to my Linux Desktop.
    Leaving the "Other" machine in Linux Mode and gona start switching between Linux and Win 10 on the "Main Momma".
  18. 15:31pm... "Main Momma" in Win 10 going to Linux... and what do I get as it is ReBooting??? "Working on updates!!" --And it ReBooted into Windows with more "Working on updates".
    I must Restart and then tap,tap F10 to get into the BIOS to change the boot order. Doesn't do this on the other machine anymore.
    Oh shit... we are gonna have to go thru a bunch of Windows Updates at the shutdown and restarts.
  19. 15:49pm... Ok, got my Linux desktop on "Main Momma". Going to restart in Windows 10.
    15:53pm... At Windows 10 desktop. Brought up a copy of Windows Explorer and then Firefox. Ging back to Linux.
    16:04pm... "Main Momma" is in Linux mode and I am taking Dakotah for his walk.
  20. 17:58pm... Back from walk and all machines are up. Course "Main Momma" was/is in Linux mode.
    Now we need to operate in Windows, inside VMware, inside Linux.
    In VMware it usually says that two devices can't use the same thing. Well, this KB connection is going to have to work. It works with the "Normal" keyboards that come with the systems and plug into USB ports. This may be my downfall on using the Omnikey. Ok, gotta go over to the other machine and into Linux, then VMware and then Windows.
    We have an "ActionStar HID Keyboard Device"
  21. 18:36pm... well here we go again. Windows 10 in the VMware of the "Other" machine is NOT Up-to-date. Two out of 4 of my Windows 10 were not Up-to-date. The Windows 10 inside VMware of Linux on the "Main Momma" is the most heaviest used. That is why it is Up-to-date. The bootable Windows 10 on the "Other" machine is the second heaviest used. I have it booted up in Windows a lot for testing purposes. The "Main Momma" is mostly in Linux -but- it is my "LinWin" machine cause I have both going a lot in order to use Homesite, TopStyle4 and some other stuff that I just can't get away from.
  22. 19:38pm... Both machines are shutdown. Going to hook up the Omnikey to the IOGEAR switch and then fire up the "Main Momma".

Refer:  Northgate Keyboard Repair
 IOGEAR 2-Port USB DVI-D Cable KVM with Audio and Mic GCS932UB (Black)


  E-Bay Ad

I grabbed the ad cause I wanted to refresh myself on what it claimed that it had and why I purchased this one.   Like all the other pages on this site, this one is mainly for my info... cause I have developed a memory defficiency. Now then, one of the reasons was for the WiFi and BlueTooth.   It, the ad, was last updated on Feb 18th to say that I purchased it on the 17th... more or less.

HP ENVY 700-530qe Desktop i7-4790 3.6GHz 16GB 1TB DVDRW 2GB R7 240 WiFi BT W8.1P
Last updated on  Feb 18, 2016 06:23:06 PST  View all revisions

Item specifics

Condition: Manufacturer refurbished : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been professionally restored to working order by a manufacturer or manufacturer-approved vendor. This means the product has been inspected, cleaned, and repaired to meet manufacturer specifications and is in excellent condition. This item may or may not be in the original packaging. See the seller's listing for full details. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: "Eligible For Windows 10 Free Upgrade From Microsoft! HP Refurbished, Sealed from HP. 90 Day (USA Only) Warranty."
Brand: HP Processor Speed: 3.60GHz
Product Line: Envy Graphics Processing Type: Dedicated Graphics
Model: Envy Desktop Memory: 16GB   I added 16GB
MPN: ENVY 700 Hard Drive Capacity: 1TB   I added 2TB
Operating System: Windows 8   UpDated to Windows 10 Operating System Edition: Professional   Win 10 UpDated to Pro
Screen Size: None Bundled Items: Wired Keyboard and Mouse, Power Cable, DVI-VGA Dongle, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Card installed
Processor Type: Intel Core i7 4th Gen. UPC: Does not apply