Desktop gets slower after connecting USB storage

My computer is unable to recognize any USB storage device, neither my pen-drive nor my cellphone. When I plug in one, the desktop environment becomes very slow. My USB mouse moves the pointer at a very, very slow speed. Moving windows across the screen and plank dock animations become too slow as well.

My Linux distribution is Linux Mint. I’ve even restore the system to a system snapshot when the PC were supposed to work fine.

I’m sorry if this is a duplicated question but I have read some related questions without getting any useful answer.

Bluetooth does not work in desktop – Undetected

My old laptop was dead and I extracted some useful components from it like the SSD, WiFi – Bluetooth combo chip.

The network chip is Qualcomm Atheros QCWB335, with Mini PCIe interface. So I bought Mini PCIe to PCIe converter from Amazon and installed on my desktop. I downloaded the driver from Acer Website (The dead laptop is an Acer device) and installed on my desktop. The WiFi started working and I am able to connect to the Internet thru WiFi. However the Bluetooth is not working. Bluetooth is not shown in the device manager.

I have tried adding device manually in device manager and nothing helped.


  1. The OS on the dead laptop and the desktop are same: Windows 8.1 x64.
  2. The Bluetooth was working fine on the laptop.
  3. Tried Driver installer software like IOBit Driver booster, didn’t worked.

Desktop Motherboard: MSI H110m Pro-VH Plus

What is the work around?

USB microphone on remote desktop doesn’t appear/record (but video does)

I have the following scenario:

  • an USB Microsoft LifeCam webcam with working audio/sound
  • Target Windows 10 PC where the webcam is plugged in (target/local)
  • Source Windows 10 PC from where I am remote desktop-ing (source/remote)

Now, the issue is the following: The webcam, which does appear in device manager, whichever way I connect to the remote computer, is not able to be used as recording device, unless I turn off entirely (both input and output) the audio redirection.

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So, we have these cases:

  1. Complete audio redirection:

    • Remote audio playback: Play on this computer
    • Remote audio recording: Record from this computer
    • Result: doesn’t use any of the remote’s input/output devices, but webcam video stream still works.
  2. Just audio playback redirection:

    • Remote audio playback: Play on this computer
    • Remote audio recording: Do not record
    • Result: no microphone/recording capability, but playing sounds from target PC on the local PC works; webcam video stream still works
    • I can only play sound from the remote PC, but I cannot do any kind of recording from the microphone:

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  1. No audio redirection:
    • Remote audio playback: Play on remote computer
    • Remote audio recording: Do not record
    • Result: uses just the remote audio streams, so nothing is able to be heard through the remote connection; webcam video stream still works
    • I can fully see all the recording devices, just like I’d be on the PC itself: enter image description here

So, my issue is with case #2, I want to hear the remote sounds through he remote connection, but the microphone should be the one that comes with the webcam, for some reason it’s not listed, even though the webcam itself still works in any of the cases.

Accessing Windows VMs on XenServer with Remote Desktop Connection

I’ve installed XenServer 7.6 on a dedicated server and connected to internet via static public IP address given by technical support where I bought the server from. Using XenCenter I have also installed Windows Server 2016 and Windows 7 as VMs. At first because i am newbie I had problems connecting Windows Server and Windows 7 on internet, but I fixed that using 2 other static public IP addresses given by the technical support and I set to those two VMs. Is there a way accessing VMs on internet without these IP addresses? Now, I have installed Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 and there I plan to install Windows Server 2012. Can I access that Windows Server 2012 using Remote Desktop Connection? I plan to do something like this: XenServer -> Windows Server 2016 -> Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 -> Windows Server 2012 (internet connection and remote desktop connection)

Ubuntu 19.04 and Gnome desktop icons

After upgrading from Ubuntu 18.10 to 19.04, Gnome has upgraded from 3.30.2 to 3.32.0. My handy desktop icons, links, and mounted volume icons are gone, the Desktop tweaks are gone to bring them back, and the Desktop shortcut is gone in the sidebar of Nautilus (Files). The actual files and Desktop are still there when you navigate under Home obviously, but this makes them so inconvenient to get to or use.

I found and installed the Gnome extension called Desktop Icons and that works…but not well. They’re difficult to size, sort, and arrange. And they used to be clickable on top of or through my Conky stuff. Now they are below Conky and I cannot click on them. So it really renders Conky unusable for me. I have to turn off Conky to use my desktop icons. I really want the old Gnome desktop back.

I realize it’s too late or extremely difficult to go back to Ubuntu 18.10 at this point. Can I stay on 19.04 and revert back to Gnome 3.30.2? If so, how?

How do I create a ribbon desktop application in C++ in Visual Studio?

I want to use Visual Studio and want to create a C++ Desktop Application with the Ribbon UI, but everywhere I look, I can’t find a solution that would help me get started or I must have missed something. I learned about the Windows Ribbon Framework but Microsoft Docs doesn’t exactly specify where it is or how to download it unless its part of some package I don’t know about but frankly I’m at a loss; it’s not obvious to me. Can anyone help me?

How to NOT require sign in every time a file is opened in office desktop from Sharepoint?

We have a conference room computer that is shared by everyone in the office. Whenever someone opens a powerpoint file in desktop mode, powerpoint asks the user to sign in every time. Then we end up with 2-3 people logged into powerpoint at the same time, when the next person goes to login powerpoint just freezes and we have to sign out all other users, re open the file, sign in and it works fine.

(I just used powerpoint as an example, this happens with all office applications)

I know there is a way for a user to sign into sharepoint and if they have a license that allows for desktop applications. The desktop application will not ask the user to sign in because the credentials are already in sharepoint. I have not figured out how to set this up properly. I would greatly appreciate any tips! Thanks for your time.

No desktop on 19.04

I have recently upgraded from 18.10 to 19.04, and the desktop is no longer available. The system boots to terminal. If I try sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop, I get a long list of dependency errors. 🙁 Any suggestions?