Good evening, Joel.
In step number 3, First, How do I get into the partition in Mint? Would it be through GParted? and second, how do I "pick up" the archive file from the Windows partition and store it the Mint partition? and How do I do that "inside" my home folder?
Please, remember that when executing step 3 you will be logged on to your Mint 15.
This is important, because Mint can access Windows partitions, but the opposite is not true (needs some extra software on Windows)
GParted is not needed in this case, because the Mint filemanagers are able to mount / umount Windows partitions.
So launch your filemanager.
(Note: I will be using nemo, yours will be caja, but they should work in much the same way)
You will be accessing your Windows partition (drive C: in Windows language) from your Mint 15.
The Windows partition will be listed in the section Devices
. It will have a harddisk icon. In my case it its named "system". Yet, this need not be the case on your machine.
You can simply click on a device listed under Devices
and it will be mounted. The right panel of the filemanager will change and list the content of the newly mounted device. (see screenshot below.)
You should be able to tell from the content of the mounted device whether it is the Windows partition (drive) that you wanted to to mount.
If it is not, then click on the same device again and it will be umounted.
Go to the next device and click on it thus mounting it till you have found your Windows partition (drive). Keep it mounted.
Once this has been achieved we will copy the file wireless_script_xtd.zip
from the Windows download folder to the Mint home folder.
Navigation in the Mint filemanagers is pretty similar to navigation in Windows Explorer. So on the Windows filesystem (drive) navigate to the folder where you downloaded the file wireless_script_xtd.zip
In order to copy the file to your home folder on the Mint filesystem follow the steps illustrated in the screenshot below.
Once the file has been copied, inside the filemanager, lefthand panel click on "Home" under "My Computer". In the righthand panel you should be able to locate the copied file wireless_script_xtd.zip
Right click on its name and select "Extract here". This will extract the only file inside the archive, wireless_script_xtd.sh
, to the same folder, i.e. to your Mint home folder.
It should be visible inside the filemanager within a second.
do not forget umount the Windows 7 filesystem by clicking on the appropriate device in the section "Devices" in the filemanager - lefthand panel - again.
Step 3 completed.
In step 5, How can I tell when a code is destructive?
Well, you might go through the script line by line. For each command which is used you might run
- Code: Select all
in order to find out what the command will do. Proceeding like this will take some time, but in the end it should be clear that the script really does not change your system, but only queries system settings related to networking.
I put in step 5 in order to remind you and any other potential reader of this thread that running a script provided by some other user implies a certain risk. Therefore it is advisable to check the content of a script before running it.
In step 8, What's supposed to be camouflaged?
The script queries your system hardware and system configuration and logs details about it to a file for diagnostic purposes.
There are configuration details, however, which should never be made available to the public: e.g. the MAC addresses of your network cards and network devices.
MAC addresses are unique world wide. Knowing them would allow to identify you. This is not required to solve a technical problem. Therefore the script itself replaces all MAC addresses which it find by a placeholder (camouflaging the MAC address).
You might simply like to go through the logfile in order to check whether a confidential detail has been logged in detail.
In step 9, "Tranfer" the files back into the window's partition means using the copy and paste method? Or How is it done correctly?
Actually, this is the same procedure as explained for step 3, only the copy direction is reverted:
In step 3 a file was copied from the Windows filesystem to the Mint home folder.
In step 9 the file wireless_info.txt is copied from the Mint home folder to the Windows filesystem.
Hm, yes, as the Mint filemanagers are not too different from Windows Explorer, copy and paste is possible, much in the same way as in Windows Explorer. Drag and drop will work, too.
Final question: How does one upload text to pastebin.com?
Yes, you open the file wireless_info.txt in a text editor, mark everything with <ctrl>a, copy it to the clipboard and paste it on http://www.pastebin.com
into the textbox. You will see and understand once you have opened http://www.pastebin.com
Do not forget to post the resulting address which pastebin will put in your browser addressbar here. Else no-one will be able to find the uploaded text.