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Having been in the market for Guitar Gear this past summer, I have to give a strong endorsement to the Chicago Music Exchange for their quality of customer service, product selection, and prices.
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Boot Issue on ChromeBox w/ LinuxMint 17 --> Assistance Needed

During the boot process, there is long pause, along with the following error message:  usb 1-4: string descriptor 0 malformed (err = -61), defaulting to 0x0409 
the system does continue and works normally. While I have seen this issue with past installations, the LONG DELAY in the boot sequence is new. Any ideas or suggestions on how to solve this and/or speed up the boot process? Many Thanks!!
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+Felix Lin glad to hear it's sorted now
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I have created a "Linux Guide for the Everyday User" based on a lot of the research I completed over the past year since switching to Linux full-time for daily use.  I have included many links to the same sites/guides that helped me along the way. While it is very much a work in progress, I hope to solicit input from fellow Linux enthusiast to add to and enhance the guide over time. Please drop by and take a look!
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I have created a "Linux Guide for the Everyday User" based on a lot of the research I completed over the past year since switching to Linux full-time for daily use.  I have included many links to the same sites/guides that helped me along the way. While it is very much a work in progress, I hope to solicit input from fellow Linux enthusiast to add to and enhance the guide over time. Please drop by and take a look!
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Issue/Assistant Needed:

In a clean install of both Ubuntu 14.04 and MintLinux 16, my CPU usage for one core (on a two core cpu) hovers around 70% all the time ... while the second core is around 5 ~ 7%. When I run the TOP command, I do not see anything out of the ordinary except for the fact that system seems to take around 35% of the cpu. The graphical system resource monitor shows the demand but again, I do not see any particular service that is consuming the resources. I have tried updating the kernel w/o issue but the problem persist. Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions?
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as a comparison, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on an older Duo Core 2 w/ integrated GPU and it was using around 5% cpu
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Compiled a new guide for the new Asus Chromebox based on all of the information I collected thanks to communities like this and the efforts of individuals like John Lewis. Just trying to help others ..  please feel free to provide feedback (always a dangerous thing to say.) 
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Thanks ... a second set of eyes always helps! Title fixed.
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Boot Issue on ChromeBox w/ LinuxMint 17 --> Assistance Needed

During the boot process, there is long pause, along with the following error message:  usb 1-4: string descriptor 0 malformed (err = -61), defaulting to 0x0409 
the system does continue and works normally. While I have seen this issue with past installations, the LONG DELAY in the boot sequence is new. Any ideas or suggestions on how to solve this and/or speed up the boot process? Many Thanks!!
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I do have USB3 ports.
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I have created a "Linux Guide for the Everyday User" based on a lot of the research I completed over the past year since switching to Linux full-time for daily use.  I have included many links to the same sites/guides that helped me along the way. While it is very much a work in progress, I hope to solicit input from fellow Linux enthusiast to add to and enhance the guide over time. Please drop by and take a look!
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I have created a "Linux Guide for the Everyday User" based on a lot of the research I completed over the past year since switching to Linux full-time for daily use.  I have included many links to the same sites/guides that helped me along the way. While it is very much a work in progress, I hope to solicit input from fellow Linux enthusiast to add to and enhance the guide over time. Please drop by and take a look!
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Bookmarked. Thank you
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Issue/Assistance needed:

On the same hardware platform I performed two separate/clean installs of Ubuntu 14.04 and MintLinux 16. On both, my CPU usage for one core (on a two core cpu) hovers around 70% all the time ... while the second core is around 5 ~ 7%. When I run the TOP command, I do not see anything out of the ordinary except for the fact that system seems to take around 35% of the cpu. The graphical system resource monitor shows the demand but again, I do not see any particular service that is consuming the resources. I have tried updating the kernel w/o issue but the problem persist. Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? I even switched to MATE 1.8 desktop but it makes no difference. It is a Haswell Celeron processor w/ 8GB of RAM ... so it should be good to go.
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Ubuntu 12.04 did not have the issue if I remember correctly. I would think however that this isn't an issue with a new OS being compatible with older hardware ... but certainly, it does maybe point to some module or service that is not sitting well with CPUs. Is there some tool that I can use to better narrow down what is consuming so much time or resources from that one CPU?
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Issue/Question: High CPU Usage

Description: Clean install of LinuxMint on ASUS ChromeBox (upgraded with 120GB SSD & 8GB or RAM) . Everything appears to be working but system monitor reports one CPU always around 68% load and the other CPU around 2% load. I have already updated to Kernel 3.14.1 and installed the Intel Linux Drivers.  When running the mpstat command, it shows that %sys is running around 64.04 on 1st cpu  and 4.2 on 2nd CPU. The top command doesn't really echo these findings ... (or maybe I am not reading it right.) Regardless, there doesn't seem to be an easily identifiable culprit as to what the cause is.

On a normal-full installation of Ubuntu using the Chrubuntu script, I was averaging around 20% CPU load in idle  (no apps running). This was until it updated to 14.04 yesterday and the loads jumped again. This is what compelled me to try a clean install.

I am almost positive that there is some mod, driver install, custom setting that was done on the Chrubuntu script that allowed for better compatibility with the hardware ... or something to that effect. 

Any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions?
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I simply put my machine into suspend a lot. Of course, this doesn't solve the problem, but at least it halts all cpu-hog processes and prevents the excess heat generated by nailing a dual core cpu in a small laptop. I have not spent much time trying to find the source of the problem, but by observing the cpu fan, I can tell when the cpu is maxed out. There is no direct correlation with "netbook" kinds of tasks like email and browsing and the cpu max-out syndrome I experience on my machine. Something is running in the background, but I have not found it.     
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Question: Is it possible to "unset" the bios flags -- in case you wanted to go back to booting to default instead of legacy? Is it a matter of just re-running the script? Many thanks in advance -- apologies if this was already answered, I did look before asking.
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Even with the flags set you can still boot ChromeOS by using CTRL D.
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