Dell XPS, Windows 8.1 and DisplayLink D3100 Docking Station

So I am now the happy owner of a new Dell XPS 15 running Windows 8.1, along with a D3100 docking station.

Now, the problem is, the drivers provided by Dell with the D3100 docking station (DisplayLink) refuse to install. I get the license agreement windows and click on OK, nothing happens and the folder for the DisplayLink software isn’t even created  as it should under C:\Program Files\DisplayLink Core Software\.

I tried every single version of the Dell drivers supporting Windows 8.1 and a lot of the drivers provided by DisplayLink themselves, trying to boot into Safe Mode to install, running the DisplayLink uninstaller and trying again… All without any luck until I came across this post entry on the DisplayLink forums – http://www.displaylink.org/forum/showthread.php?p=77416

And I finally got the DisplayLink software and drivers to install by running the 7.4M2 driver from the DisplayLink website in Windows 7 compatibility mode (otherwise it still doesn’t work) and I have at least an image on my stand alone monitor when I plug in the docking station! I haven’t gone through any further set-up of the extended display of of yet but will update this post when I do.

Virtualbox/Ubuntu 14.04 Hypervisor

Quick notes on setting up Virtualbox on a Ubuntu 14.04 install to manage remotely (like an hypervisor) using phpvirtualbox.

Take note of the Grub installation issue (happens to me every time on VM install) – http://superuser.com/questions/176050/ubuntu-server-installed-from-usb-puts-grub-on-the-usb-drive-instead-of-the-hard
And cherry on the cake, a handy script to start your VMs at boot automatically – http://techblog.glendaleacademy.org/virtualbox/creating-an-auto-start-stop-script-for-virtualbox

Tiny Core Linux 5.X and mounting Samba drives

I was fighting for a while to mount a network drive on my Tiny Core Linux box running v5.4 with the following error

mount error(13): Permission denied
Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)

The command I was trying was:

sudo mount -t cifs //192.168.1.103/share /mnt/popcorn -o username=$USER,password=$PASSWORD

After a lot of googling, it turns out that as per http://office-supply-liberation.blogspot.ie/2014/01/asus-ac66r-wireless-router-mounting.html, I need to add another option! Weird, since Tiny Core Linux 4.X mounts the exact same drive without requiring the option.

So the command that works is:

sudo mount -t cifs //192.168.1.103/share /mnt/popcorn -o username=$USER,password=$PASSWORD,sec=ntlmv2