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Linux

Ubuntu

Issuing “apt-get update” or “apt-get upgrade” commands resulted in the following error:

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

I couldn’t locate any running processes which would be locking these files so went ahead and removed the lock files via:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock
sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock
sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock

And then repeated the commands successfully.

 

Categories
Microsoft

Intel Network ProSet Fails to Uninstall

I recently struggled to upgrade my Intel(R) Network Connections driver installation from v22.4.10 (unsupported in Windows 10 1703) due to a corrupted uninstaller.

Symptoms:

When attempting to install the latest supported driver (v22.6.6.0) the installer attempts to call any currently installed versions’ uninstaller and then fails with error 1703.

Resolution:

After much reading up I came across this post from days gone by referring the the last nuclear approach of MZIZAP https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ronalg/2012/06/07/troubleshooting-msi-uninstall-issuesintel-pro-network-connections-1713/ .
That led me to search for modern alternatives which led me to the Windows 10 Helper utility https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17588/fix-problems-that-block-programs-from-being-installed-or-removed

Launching that and first running it to repair the uninstaller and then again to forcibly remove it did the trick, I was then able to install the latest version.

 

I hope this helps someone else.

Categories
Hardware

Linx Tablet Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Upgrade

Backup Process, pre-upgrade

Use a powered USB hub to connect the Linx OTG, USB (8GB) Pen drive, Large USB drive, keyboard and mouse

  1. Backup the images via “File History” > “System Image” to the large disk within Win8.1
  2. Install Macrium Reflect Free
  3. Create Macrium rescue USB drive and then boot into it (power off then hold power+vol up to get to boot mgr) to test it works
  4. Reboot to Win8.1
  5. Create backup images of the partitions using Macrium to the large USB drive

Upgrading:

  1. Download all Windows updates to obtain the free upgrade to Windows 7 option
  2. Export all drivers to the large backup disk (in my case the e:\ drive) using PowerShell
    NOTE: I didn’t actually need these, it’s good to backup though!

    Export-WindowsDriver –Online -Destination e:\export-drivers
  3. Download the drivers from the linx site http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/page.php?p=windows-10-command-centre—drivers&sid=ad908ed3eafdbd149ed7c8018a56e3af  (you will need an account to do so, which is free)
    NOTE: I didn’t actually need these, it’s good to backup though!
  4. Run Windows Updates to get the upgrade (24 hours left at time of writing this oops!). I would guess it’s possible to create a bootable installation USB from licensed media in the future and will re-visit this guide when I do that.
  5. Let Windows manage the installation, I had to install an external Micro SD Card to house the downloaded data.

Thanks to the following posts (login maybe required):

http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1281

http://www.linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1190&start=40