Software Update to macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 stuck at “10 minutes remaining”

I had some trouble updating my Mac to macOS Big Sur 11.3.1. The update would remain stuck at “About 10 minutes remaining”, even after leaving it on all night.

The only way to get it to install correctly, was to reboot in Safe mode:

  • Shutdown your mac
  • Power it on again, and keep the Shift key pressed
  • Release when you get to the login screen

That fixed it for me. More info on Safe mode here.

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Screen rotation on the HP Elitebook 2740p

The HP Elitebook is one of the best devices I ever used, but it has some serious issues with the screen rotation of the tablet. If you turn the screen around to use the pc as a tablet, you should be able to change the orientation of the screen with the rotate button.

In some cases, the screen rotates automatically, sometimes it does not, and the rotate button does not always work as expected.

This is what solved the issue for me:

  • install the latest Intel HD video driver from the HP support site
  • install or reinstall the HP Quick Launch button drivers from the same site
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Belgian E-ID on mac

I finally got a new Belgian identity card. I immediately tried to get it to work on my Mac. This is what I needed to do:

– download the drivers for my smartcard reader (ACS – http://www.acs.com.hk/en/products/4/acr38-smart-card-reader)

– download the middleware for MacOs from the Belgian E-ID site. You don’t need it if you just want to use the e-id with Safari and Keychain, but it has a nice app that allows you to read the info on your card, and even change your pin.

I am able to view the data on my E-ID, but unfortunately, logging in to websites with the card does not work; on Taxonweb I get the message that Safari is not supported, logging in to Certipost just does not work. There is still some work to do…

It works with Windows Vista though … :–(

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