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fTPM/PSP NV corrupted or structure changed

Posted 01-25-2023 at 09:25 AM by beachboy2
Updated 01-26-2023 at 02:20 AM by beachboy2

Upon starting my Linux Mint 21 PC, I was greeted with this message:

New CPU installed. fTPM/PSP NV corrupted or fTPM/PSP NV structure changed.

Press Y to reset fTPM. If you have Bitlocker or encryption enabled, the system will not boot without a recovery key.

Press N to keep previous fTPM record and continue system boot. fTPM will NOT enable in new CPU, you can swap back to the old CPU to recover TPM related keys and data

fTPM stands for...
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Ryzen shine, again! (Ryzen 5 5600G)

Posted 07-28-2022 at 02:26 PM by beachboy2
Updated 07-30-2022 at 06:30 AM by beachboy2

My earlier blog featured the Ryzen 5 3400G:

The Ryzen 5 5600G is a cheaper and more powerful alternative to the Intel i5-11400 which also has integrated graphics.

For Linux users there are 2 main points to consider before using the Ryzen 5600G:

1. BIOS version on motherboard
2. Linux kernel version

Surprisingly, the Realtek LAN controller was not a problem (see below)....
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Install a Linux distro in VirtualBox

Posted 04-06-2022 at 05:26 AM by beachboy2
Updated 04-06-2022 at 07:30 AM by beachboy2

I am assuming that you have already installed VirtualBox and that your CPU supports virtualization, using either Intel VT-x or AMD-V (SVM) which has been enabled in the BIOS.

The ISO file for the Linux distro (e.g. MX Linux) to be installed in VirtualBox has been downloaded to the userís Downloads directory.

Open VirtualBox and click on New.

1. Enter a descriptive name into the Name box (e.g. MX Linux).
2. Select Linux as the Type.
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One way to prepare for sudden SSD failure

Posted 07-01-2020 at 10:55 AM by beachboy2
Updated 07-03-2020 at 04:10 AM by beachboy2

Why SSDs die a sudden death:

There are several ways to prepare for sudden SSD failure.

Here I am using Grsync to manually backup the home folder (/home/fred) regularly to a second drive (/media/drive2).

However, one essential refinement must be added to the usual Grsync backup procedure before the drive...
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Contemplating building a new Linux PC? Itís time to Ryzen shine!

Posted 05-19-2020 at 09:46 AM by beachboy2
Updated 08-31-2020 at 12:31 PM by beachboy2

I am not a gamer and I usually use Intel processors, but since I had read such a lot of rave reviews about AMDís Ryzen CPUs, I decided to give one a go.
I already had a spare Antec case with 2 fans, a Seasonic 430w PSU and an Intel SSD, so all I thought I needed (see below) was the CPU, RAM and a motherboard.

I chose the much-in-demand Ryzen 5 3400G with onboard Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics. Had I been a gamer I would have gone for a Ryzen 5 3600(X) or above, plus a separate...
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