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[SOLVED] How to fix breaking/cracking audio on MSI X320 or similar Poulsbo chipset based laptops on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Though this fix was tested on an MSI X320 running Ubuntu 14.04, it should work fine on most other Poulsbo based devices. Please let me know your device make, model, if it did / did not work for you.

Just run this command in Terminal:

sudo echo "options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1" >> /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

Then restart for the settings to apply.

[SOLVED] How to fix the non-stop flow of mmc/mmc2 "Controller never released inhibit bit(s)" errors while booting Ubuntu Linux / LinuxMint on a Poulsbo chipset based laptop/desktop - tested on a MSI X320 laptop running Ubuntu 14.04

NOTE: Though this was originally tested on an MSI X320 laptop running fresh Ubuntu 14.04, it should work fine for other Ubuntu/LinuxMint versions as well.

If you used this fix on some other model/make, please let me know the result, and your laptop model/make using the Comments box below. Thanks!

Step 1:

First, run the following commands in Terminal to add the necessary blacklist lines:

How to upgrade Skype for Linux from version 4.2 to 4.3 without losing any of your old chat log / history

Skype for Linux, when updated to 4.3, from 4.2, brings up a big problem to many of the users who heavily rely on their Skype chat histories for a reason.
And since Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu) has included the update in its repositories, this problem is kind of unavoidable if you want to keep you up-to-date.
And with the now-Microsoft-owned Skype developers threatening that they would soon make the old Skype useless, you are in very much need of this fix to your existing Skype data files.

How to install Oracle Java 8 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty / LinuxMint 17 Qiana, and how to prepare Eclipse 4.3 Kepler for Java 8

Both Ubuntu and Linux Mint have OpenJDK in their repositories, and that should work fine for most stuff.
But when you are into serious development, especially to install the Eclipse IDE, you need Oracle Java.

To install Oracle Java 8 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty / LinuxMint 17 Qiana, use the following commands in Terminal:

How to install Eclipse 4.3 Kepler or Eclipse 4.2 Juno and pre-requisite Oracle Java 7 on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring / Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS / Linux Mint 15 Olivia (the recommended method)

Eclipse is one of the most widely used free and open-source IDEs out there in the professional Software Development industry.
Still, both Ubuntu 13.04 Raring (as well as the LST Ubuntu 12.04.x) and Linux Mint 15 Olivia has a seemingly very old version of Eclipse in their repositories.
Here is a how-to on installing the latest and greatest version of Eclipse 4.3 Kepler (this whould also work for Eclipse 4.2 Juno) on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring / Ubuntu 12.04 Precise / Linux Mint 15 Olivia:

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