Quote of the Day: Be Positive

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

-Helen Keller


Poor Sound Quality on Ubuntu? Try PulseAudio Equalizer

If you have been having some problems with sound quality on Ubuntu then this software might help you. I have been having some issues with my new Ubuntu 14.04 installation and one of those was with the sound quality.

Music is a big part of my life. I listen to music all the time and like most music lovers it is difficult to ignore when you are listening to music and cannot hear it with good sound quality. That was what I experienced after installing Ubuntu 14.04. I immediately noticed a significant reduction in sound quality. I couldn’t find any issues with my sound card which works perfectly with windows. So I searched online for a solution and this one seems to work quite well.

PulseAudio Equalizer
PulseAudio Equalizer

The PulseAudio Equalizer worked for me and has been the best solution at the moment. If I find a better one I will surely update this post.

Enter the following into your terminal to install.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

Or you can check out the post on Web Upd8 for more details.

You can drop a comment and let me know what you think about it and if it worked for you.

How to solve Ubuntu Software Center getting stuck when installing software

Installing software on Ubuntu can be challenging for the newly initiated but is made easy through the use of the Ubuntu Software Center. This works much like an App Store or a Google Playstore making software installation easy for Ubuntu users. But from time to time you might face challenges with certain software like i did when installing Dropbox. For some reason I lost my internet connection for a few minutes and when I tried to continue it just wouldn’t work. The installation got stuck and wouldn’t continue even after closing the software center and reopening it. I found a solution that could help you and it did help me, just follow these simple instructions.

Open your terminal. You can do that by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T

Type the following command and hit enter.

sudo lsof /var/lib/dpkg/lock

You would be prompted to enter your password, enter your password and hit enter.

From there identify the PID(Process ID) of the process causing my dpkg to lock. Then enter the command below and hit enter.

sudo kill -TERM <PID>

Next, enter the command below and hit enter.

sudo dpkg –configure -a

Wait for the results and then enter the command below and hit enter.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Screenshot Terminal showing commands
Terminal showing commands

I hope this helped you. You can comment if it worked for you or if you faced any challenges.

VirtualBox Error in Ubuntu: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

After installing virtualbox on Ubuntu from the Ubuntu Software Center if you have a problem that pops up like the one in the image below then please follow the instructions below to resolve it.

“Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing

‘/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup’

as root. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.”


The error message asks you to simply install dkms

From your terminal enter the following commands

sudo apt-get install dkms

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

This should usually help resolve the issue, but if this fails just head on to the VirtualBox website and download the latest version Virtualbox 5.0 .

virtualbox site

This version should work since bug fixes would have been implemented. When you have downloaded virtual box. Double click or right-click it and select Open with Ubuntu Software Center.


This will open the package in the software center and you can install by clicking the install button.

This should resolve your issues and you can user virtualbox in Ubuntu with no issues.