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My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Wed May 30, 2012 12:40 pm

Please help me to fix these Linux Mint 13 aka Maya annoyances, I use the 64-bit Mate version. BOLD means latest, newest found :evil:

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(1) Netspeed Applet crashes when running in muliti instances, ie twice onto panel (adding needs several attempts/on reboot it crashes except for one On another box (32-bit) it seems to be working fine ooh well (edit Feb08,13)
(2) NumLock at LoginScreen auto activation doesnt work (old workaround under LM 11 not either)
(3) ATI 4570 graphics card - Special drivers needed? .... If using flgrx better use "older" of the 2 choices given!? ** SEE POST 7

(4) Asking too many times for admin rights approval (i.e. after opening Software Mgr the first install needs elevated rights - fine, but the 2nd right after???)
(5) Compiz/hot corner for desktop switching not working
(6) NO linux mint mate dropbox icon overlays http://db.tt/7z4Gwwd8 UPDATE: ONLY partially solved :roll: **

(7) Can t change default file manager from "caja" to "Nautilus"
(8) UMTS signal strength bar NOT shown https://dl.dropbox.com/u/14695906/Signal%20strength%20not%20shown.png
(9) Confusing choices given when removing/changing sd-cards ***

(11) Software Manager hangs when using search function despite using "SSD"
(12) fprint-demo setup/use


*** FIXED *** :!:
(01) HowTo connect to UMTS modem and local ftp server at the same time http://goo.gl/cJpdS
(02) HowTo use gOpenVPN
(03) Sound not working
(04) HowTo mount/use floppy USB drive http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14695906/Howto%20floppy%2010.10
(05) Bluetooth now working (not perfectly, but ..) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14695906/bluetooth

(06) ACER 57xx series: ON/Off touchpad button not proberly working http://goo.gl/mC1BP
(07) SSD tweaks needed - Swap Space is being used! (working on it --- SEE Answer Post 2)
(08) Auto Wlan device start cant be stopped with previous working Ubuntu tweak http://db.tt/nel6HgvW
(09) NO linux mint mate dropbox icon overlays http://db.tt/7z4Gwwd8 UPDATE: ONLY partially solved :roll: **
(10) Using file cleaners like bleachbit ok to use on SSDs? --- SEE Answer Post 4

(11) Installing "Multisystem" (an USB stick multiple OS program of french origin) http://db.tt/rEBhl023
(12) Installing "VMWare player 4.03 or Workstation 8.0x" http://db.tt/RZpOCvSa
(13) Installing nmap 6.0 problem solved http://goo.gl/7qsfe
(14) Mouseclick via touchpad not working http://db.tt/66VsJUyY
(15) Skype Multiinstances ---> SEE below

(16) Updating to GIMP 2.8 http://db.tt/fwiZo51T
(17) dnscrypt stopped working? http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=107096 or as download http://tinyurl.com/bo23o5s
(18) Adding transmission blocklist http://goo.gl/IQWrE

(19) Ubuntu tweak now officially supports LM13 Mate http://ubuntu-tweak.com/
(20) Update to caja 1.4 went through without problem http://goo.gl/eQN4W

Thank you! - Perhaps my annoyances have some public interest ;) I will try to update this page as I go along :roll:

NOTE on dropbox problem:
** no overlay when going directly to folder "Dropbox" under MATE using caja (default file manager!), opening thru left click on running "dropbox app" uses Nautius, hence works with latter :(


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On a personal note I can tell that I am now happier after having used Linux Mint MATE 64-bit for a couple of days, let's see in a ***
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby xenopeek on Wed May 30, 2012 5:45 pm

tommyb. wrote:(4) SSD tweaks needed - Swap Space is being used!

See my SSD tweaks here: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=79503#p461796

As for disabling swap; if you have enough memory (at least 2 GiB, but perhaps 4 GiB, depending on what you use the computer for), and don't need to hibernate, yes you can disable swap. To do so, edit your /etc/fstab file and remove the line for the swap partition (post contents of your /etc/fstab file if in doubt). Afterwards, boot from the Linux Mint installation CD/DVD/USB and start GParted. Use that to remove the swap partition, and then increase the size of another partition to re-use the disk space that became available.
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Wed May 30, 2012 7:42 pm

Vincent Vermeulen wrote:
tommyb. wrote:(4) SSD tweaks needed - Swap Space is being used!

See my SSD tweaks here: viewtopic.php?f=90&t=79503#p461796

As for disabling swap; if you have enough memory (at least 2 GiB, but perhaps 4 GiB, depending on what you use the computer for), and don't need to hibernate, yes you can disable swap. To do so, edit your /etc/fstab file and remove the line for the swap partition (post contents of your /etc/fstab file if in doubt). Afterwards, boot from the Linux Mint installation CD/DVD/USB and start GParted. Use that to remove the swap partition, and then increase the size of another partition to re-use the disk space that became available.


THANK YOU! Very nice and easy to follow tutorial....Only thing I wonder, why isnt it all done when MATE is being installed? Linux Mint doesnt see an SSD automatically yet :?

Is using a file/disk cleaner like "bleachbit" OK to use on an SSD?
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby xenopeek on Thu May 31, 2012 12:29 pm

I think a SSD doesn't distinguish itself from a normal HDD in the computer. It is just a ATA storage device. Unless you start storing all model names I think there is no way to know if it is a SSD or a HDD?

For example, have a look at the output of:
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sudo lshw -C disk

The "product" field may have SSD as part of the product's name, but no other field says "this is an SSD"...

Bleachbit is fine for use on SSDs.
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Thu May 31, 2012 1:00 pm

Vincent Vermeulen wrote:I think a SSD doesn't distinguish itself from a normal HDD in the computer. It is just a ATA storage device. Unless you start storing all model names I think there is no way to know if it is a SSD or a HDD?

For example, have a look at the output of:
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sudo lshw -C disk

The "product" field may have SSD as part of the product's name, but no other field says "this is an SSD"...
>>> Yes, indeed, it says "ATA Disk" among some other information. But how come that Windoow 7 recognizes an SSD (because it changes config, ie defrag excludes SSDs, alignment is set correctly, superfetch deactivated ,,,)

Bleachbit is fine for use on SSDs.

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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby xenopeek on Thu May 31, 2012 1:15 pm

Windows 7 probably has the product identifiers in a list, as manufacturers register their products with them.
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:10 am

Just a couple of interesting commands for "your" SSD:

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sudo hdparm -t /dev/sda

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sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=testfile bs=512k count=256
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:28 pm

FYI: **

I installed the offered (older NOT the updated one) FGLRX driver on my ATI 4570 machine (Mint Menu -> ALL -> ADDITONAL DRIVERS). They seem to work, box seems quieter (actually I dont hear any fan noise from graphics card). The updated version that s being offered I dont use (I had problems with it under ATI 4570).
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Only drawback I see is that "plymouth" graphics is baack to older uglier font size (like before under LM 10) :lol:
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If anyone knows how to double check how well these drivers work OR has any suggestions pls do so :) - thank you!

EDIT: ATI help site I found http://mrrichard.hubpages.com/hub/2-Ways-to-Install-FGLRX-in-Ubuntu-1110-Oneric
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:14 pm

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I guess this has been addressed since long time ago like the USB-floppy issue, but never really solved (from what I gathered).
Specifically when removing an SD-card from SD-card slot 2 choices are given under Nautilus/caja:
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a) Eject AND b) safely remove
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I find it a bit confusing, that utilizing b) safely remove NOT only removes the sd-card BUT also disconnects the sd drive :(
More cumbersome it seems no reuse of that device until REBOOT???
This procedure stands in contrast when using an USB stick, where using "safely remove" is perfectly working :roll:
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Skype multiple instances

Postby tommyb. on Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:09 am

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Perhaps someone else likes to run Skype in multiple instances :idea: . Here is a solution that works on my box:
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http://www.webupd8.org/2012/06/skype-40 ... e-for.html
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Just use this command:
skype --dbpath /tmp/xskype
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Actually, you can run as many Skype instances as you need - just set new database for each new instance, e.g.:
skype --dbpath /tmp/xskype1
skype --dbpath /tmp/xskype2


PS: In case of wanting to install Skype 4.0 --- Most people seem to recommend purging old skype first. I did that and installed Skype 4.0 thereafter .... Result: working fine :)
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:29 pm

Does someone know how to fix these annoying hickups when starting "LMs Software Manager" and here typing into search box? And this happens on an SSD :oops:

I always like "ubuntu-tweak" as a quick "customizer" tool, ie removal of older linux-image kernels etc.. If, which version can/should I use on my LM 64-bit Mate box? I m confused about which version because of all these "changes" with UNITY. I dont wanna do a trial-error install :)

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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:17 am

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Strange ... dnscrypt stopped working today? :shock: No more domain name solution, hence no connect? I was using it as 127.0.0.2 DNS proxy (v 0.10) successfully for a few days. Reverting back to old 0.094 version solved it as temp measure.
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Anybody else having an issue too?
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:33 pm

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I dont know why, but with certain procedures I always have problems with :oops: . To help me I write my own little how-to_s. Specifically with transmission and their blocklist, which needs to be added manually since v.???.
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In case s.o. needs help --> under public dropbox folder "transmission" http://goo.gl/IQWrE :roll:
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Re: My Linux Mint 13 Mate Annoyances ...

Postby tommyb. on Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:29 pm

I just discovered that MATE was updated to version 1.4 (by reading thru Mints' sponsor listing)... . Strange that I didnt get it through the "Update Manager" icon procedure. Is this "normal"? I mean I have been getting other updates regularly, even did a "Kernel Image" update marked as 4 and 5.
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I am right now installing MATE 1.4 onto my box (LM 13 MATE 64-bit). I followed the instructions from here*, except last step I did through the "Update Manager" (yes updates show as "2").
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Lets see, if my box restarts after boot :lol:
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Seems to work :) ... except networkspeed applet still buggy with multi-instances, coverthumbnailer not working properly, dropbox overlay icon neither
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