Linux

What's the best Chromebox for $500?

Acer Chromebook

Episode 1706

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John is working from home and needs to get a  new computer. Would a Chromebox work? He already has a Chromebook, but it's too small for daily use. Leo says that you can get Chromebooks in just about any price and performance level. It just depends on how much John wants to spend and what he needs. John's budget is $500. Leo says that the ASUS Chromebox 3 is a good option starting at $300. It's an i3 processor and 4K graphics. But you can upgrade to an i7. But that's almost $1000. If you want a Chromebox, that's the brand Leo would go with. What about Linux? Can he buy a Linux machine?

How Do I Install Linux Without Secure Boot On PC?

Episode 1697

Ken from LA, CA

Ken has an old PC that he wants to boot Linux into. But he can't because he doesn't have secure boot on that machine. Leo says that at 12 years old, it wouldn't have secure boot built into it. So he'd have to have another option. Leo recommends downloading Rufus.ie, which will make a bootable USB key. Then install PopOS Linux using Rufus and run that from the USB on the old PC. 

Can I Boot Into Linux From a USB Key?

Episode 1697

Larry from Texas

Larry is trying to boot up Linux from his USB key. Leo says that you can go to xtraPC.com and get one for about $36. It's got Linux on a bootable USB. It won't work on every computer, but will on those models that enable USB booting. You just have to change the boot order in your BIOS settings to check the USB drive. But you can make your own. Go to System76.com/pop and download PopOS ISO file. They also have instructions on how to create your bootable USB.

Does PopOS work on a 32 bit computer?

Xubuntu

Episode 1692

Bob from New Jersey

Bob went to download PopOS and it says it will only run on a 64-bit system. His old PC is a 32-bit system. Options? Leo says unless it's really old, it may be 64 bit compatible, even if it had a 32 bit OS installed. Most Intel processors are 64 bit and it's still worth trying. Boot up from a USB key and see if it runs. You can run it without installing it. If everything works, then your good and can move to install it. So give that a go. If it doesn't, there are other Linux versions designed to work on 32-bit machines.

Why won't my Thinkpad work with PopOS?

Lenovo X1 Carbon

Episode 1692

Myron from Bernsville, MN

Myron has an OwlCam and his LTE is still working. Leo says that he couldn't get his to work because OwlCam has closed down their service. So if it's still working now, it'll likely stop working soon. Maybe after his subscription runs out for the month.

Myron has also installed PopOS on his Thinkpad and it won't work. Leo says to turn off secure boot in the BIOS/Setup. It's designed to make sure you've installed a legitimate copy of Windows. Select F1 during boot up. Go to the security tab. Disable Secure Boot. That should fix it.

How can I get into voiceover work?

popOS

Episode 1690

Naomi from Denver, CO

Naomi wants to know if it's worth paying a service to get her voiceover work. Leo says no, he recommends avoiding people who promise to get you work if you pay them. The exception would be taking a voiceover class. Voices.com is a great place to get started, as is VoiceBunny.com, voice123.com. You signup, upload a sample and then wait for an opportunity. It's those first few gigs that will be the hardest to get. But once you get them under your belt, you get more jobs. Leo also recommends being versatile with voices and put them on your reel.

Can I install Linux on a Chromebook?

Acer Chromebook

Episode 1688

Rich from Sonoma, CA

Rich has an original Google Chromebook that isn't supported anymore. Can he wipe it and install Linux? Leo says you can, but it's a bit tricky. There is a physical hardware switch you must enable to turn on developer mode. Once you do that, you can install Linux. Look up the model, plus Linux, and you should be able to find step by step instructions. Check out AboutChromebooks.com as well.

Why can't I install Windows 10 on my old laptop?

Windows 10

Episode 1688

Bob from Leonia, New Jersey

Bob upgraded most of his laptops to Windows 10. But he has one laptop that is running into trouble upgrading. He discovered that being an old HP 32 bit laptop, its ATI Video card isn't supported to make the switch. Leo says that there may be a separate motherboard graphics card built-in. You can try disabling the card in the BIOS and see if the motherboard card will work. But that may not work. Without drivers, you're kind of stuck.