CHD Upgrade – Total Upgrade and Backup Package


Input any simple open source or free software installation requests here. This could include any Open Source (or free) software installations, browser installations, etc. **Note - complex software installations are available as well, and listed as an additional item in the more advanced CHD Upgrade packages. If you attempt to put a complex installation here, we will disregard the additional software request. This is ONLY for SIMPLE open source or free software installation requests.
Mac machines will require extra effort and are not GUARANTEED to be possible. This extra fee will be 50% refunded (in QORT by default) if it is determined that it is not possible.
Please input the make and model of the machine you will be sending us. **Note - Macbook machines will require additional work and therefore will have an additional cost, also note that not all Macbook machines will be guaranteed possible, we will attempt and let you know if it is not possible. If not possible the additional fee will be 50% refunded.
If you would like CHD to ship the machine BACK to a DIFFERENT address than the one you will be using to calculate return shipping costs, please post that address here. **Note - if this address is in a different country, additional payment may be required.
Select the amount of RAM you would like ATTEMPTED to install. **Note - certain machines may require TWO new RAM sticks in order to upgrade ram to selected amount, if this is the case you will be given options to decide how to proceed. Default will be to accomplish the goal listed, however, if that is not possible CHD will contact you and determine how to proceed.
Choose whether you would like an SSD REPLACEMENT of your existing drive, or if you would like an ADDITIONAL SSD added. *Note - By default we will use whichever SSD is BEST for your machine. Whether it is NVMe or SATA, m.2 or not. We only use the BEST QUALITY SSDs. **Note - not all machines will accept multiple INTERNAL drives. If your machine does NOT, by default we will include an EXTERNAL SSD matching the size.
If you have a more complex requirement for software installation, or would like a custom Virtual Machine installed with software installed inside of that, please mention that here. **Note - Data input into this field adds an additional fee.
Please choose which external SSD you would like included. We use only the best external SSDs available. External SSDs will be USB 3.0 and connect with either USB or USB-C connection.
Please select which option best suits your needs for the external HDD and Backup of existing machine data.
If you would like CHD to take a 'clone' of your existing machine's drive onto an .img file that can be used to image again to another drive, select that here. **Note - This is NOT the same thing as a 'backup' a 'clone' is an actual IMAGE of the drive that can be used to image to another drive at another date.
Choose this option if you would like CHD to 'virtualize' your existing machine. This will allow the existing machine to be run as a VM (Virtual Machine) - This also includes setting up the new Linux installation with support for VMs, and including the Virtual Clone of the original machine as a VM inside the new installation. **Note - If the size of the clone is TOO large for the internal drive(s) the clone image will be placed on the 4TB external drive. If the clone is too large for BOTH, we will contact you to suggest options. Also Note - This is a different option than both 'backup' and 'disk clone' above, as this will provide a working copy of the existing machine in virtual format, accessible inside the linux OS of the newly installed Linux OS of the upgraded machine. You will be able to boot a virtual clone of the old machine, inside the OS of the new one. Adding data to this field will increase overall price.
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CHD Total Upgrade and Backup package includes:

РClient-shipped computer will be accepted (laptops  or small desktops only) and inspected. Determination will be made as to whether the switch to Linux will work or not. If the machine is NOT able to be used, it will be returned with no modifications made.

– If machine is acceptable (the vast majority should be), the machine will be CUSTOM CONFIGURED with LINUX (most likely Ubuntu 22.04 or PoP!-OS some variant of Debian if Ubuntu is determined to be ‘heading the wrong direction’.) The machine will be configured exactly like the rebuilt laptops available from CHD.

Linux installation (Currently using Ubuntu 22.04, however, if Ubuntu keeps going in the direction they seem to be, will most likely be switching to another Debian-based Linux flavor. Potentially LMDE.)

Custom HARDWARE UPGRADE Options – select which upgrade options you would like during order checkout process.

Custom COMPLEX software installation options – This could be anything that is more complex to install such as a custom Virtual Machine Environment with a Windows VM and software inside of that, etc. (licenses for proprietary software not provided)

Additional 500GB to 2TB external backup SSD and 4TB external backup HDD

Options to backup files on existing machine prior to format/install of new OS – including options to include the backup on the provided backup HDD.

Linux Customization and software installations – including MULTIPLE DESKTOP ENVIRONMENTS – so that the user may choose whether they prefer one that is more similar to Mac, or one more similar to Windows.

  • Installation of Office software for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. (MS Office replacement.)
  • Software for media (VLC Media Player)
  • Chromium Browser (Firefox is also provided, others can be requested upon order placement.)
  • Customized Cinnamon Desktop, and Pantheon Desktop environments. (Other desktop environments may also be configured. Cinnamon = windows-like environment. Pantheon = Mac-like environemnt.)
  • Customized settings in each desktop environment for ease of use and similarity to the environments they are mimicking.
  • Thermal monitor on panel (to check the operating temperature of the machine.)
  • Qortal Software installation – The Qortal Core is installed and a custom launcher is created on desktop and in panel menu for ease of use. A ‘favorite’ is also created. The custom launcher will start the core no matter whether it is already started or not, so that no ‘repository in use’ errors should come up. The worst case scenario for the user if everything doesn’t work as it should be, would be to simply RESTART the machine, and WAIT 7 min for the ‘auto-fix-qortal’ script to check/fix the installation. (More details on the auto-fix-qortal script below.)
  • Qortal ‘automation scripts’ – These scripts will keep the Qortal Core UPDATED no matter what. If the core falls behind in version for any reason, the auto-fix script will UPDATE and FORCE BOOTSTRAP the machine, so that the Qortal Core is always updated and on the correct chain with NO USER INPUT REQUIRED.
  • Qortal UI installation and launcher setup – The Qortal UI will be installed with the AppImage version so that updates will take place with a pop-up message asking if the user would like to update, then doing so if they say YES. This is the simplest method to setup and make use of the Qortal UI on Linux, so that the UI stays updated as soon as a new version is released on the Qortal Git. Launchers are created and placed in the menu so that the Qortal UI is available just like any other installed application. A panel ‘pin’ is also completed, so that the Qortal UI is easily accessible.
  • Other software installations possible upon special request during order submission, or by reaching out to CHD team on Telegram/Discord/Email (Telegram/Discord preferred until Q-Chat db/protocol are live)**NOTE – Mac machines may or may not be possible, CHD is willing to ATTEMPT the process with Macbooks, but cannot GUARANTEE they will work as intended until more Mac machines have been attempted. At that point CHD will update this information and list the available models and years of Macbooks that are possible. If you are planning to have a Macbook taken care of by CHD, please note this information and that until we know for sure, it is basically an unknown whether Macbook machines will work or not, and we will do everything we can to make them work, and return them to you unmodified if it is determined that they will not work with this service. The choice is yours whether to have us attempt or not.


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