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by Mark Phelps
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: (SOLVED) Is it still possible to install Wine to use Excel?
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Is it still possible to install Wine to use Excel?

Excel is installed as part of MS Office and, while I have not used Wine in a long time, from what I recall, the last MS Office version that worked well was Office 2010. So, even if you do get it installed, you're using a very old version. Also, the advanced features of Excel are not going to be avai...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can someone please guide me in installing Windows version of Calibre on my Linux Mint? [solved]
Replies: 46
Views: 880

Re: Can someone please guide me in installing Windows version of Calibre on my Linux Mint?

You can download a copy of Windows 10 in iso form at this link. I believe you will have some time to try it before you need a license. Long enough to see if it will work for your purposes. You can create an installable version of Windows 10 in a USB drive with the iso file. This is the official MS ...
by Mark Phelps
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 654

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

There is an alternative that sometimes works -- and while it does not require a working copy of Windows on the PC to be updated, it does use a Windows alternative that you can boot from external media and then generally, use the bin file from the BIOS update package to do the update. But, you will n...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: trying to install wine for the sole purpose of having internet explorer; need some guidance, steps
Replies: 13
Views: 388

Re: trying to install wine for the sole purpose of having internet explorer; need some guidance, steps

It's been a LONG while, but from what I recall, the last IE version that worked in Wine was version 7.

The current version in use today is version 11.

So, it's unlikely your hardware would work even if you got IE working because it will probably demand IE verion 9 or newer.
by Mark Phelps
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (UPDATED) issues replacing windows 10 with 19.2 Tina
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: (UPDATED) issues replacing windows 10 with 19.2 Tina

If no drivers were in use, none of your hardware would work -- so clearly, there are drivers installed already.

As to proprietary drivers, if none are listed, none are available -- which is to be expected these days.
by Mark Phelps
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Wine or something else?
Replies: 17
Views: 447

Re: Wine or something else?

Wine is basically a "hack" -- in which runtime routines that makes calls to a Windows OS are replaced with routine that make calls to a Linux OS. Sometimes it works, well -- some of the time, it barely works at all, and nearly half the time -- not at all. Some folks claim that the way THEY got away ...
by Mark Phelps
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: NEWB w/dual boot questions (windows folders - pics, music, etc)
Replies: 11
Views: 324

Re: NEWB w/dual boot questions (windows folders - pics, music, etc)

There are 29.8gb space on Drive C left. Slave drive (E) is NTFS Am I ok? Possibly NOT. If you create new partitions taking up the entire free space in the Windows OS partition, Windows will not run anymore -- as it requires some free space to work. So, I would keep at least 2GB out of the new parti...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Binning Windows 10
Replies: 15
Views: 590

Re: Binning Windows 10

My experiences with Win10 and battery drain is that you will ALWAYS run down the battery -- no matter what settings you have. The most common culprit is the new Win10 Hibernation setting known as Fast Startup -- NOT the same as Fast Boot -- which puts the laptop into a hybrid form of sleep when you ...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Installing program under WIne [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: Installing program under WIne

pantr wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:53 am
... I am not happy having to run WIndows under Linux, ...
You're NOT "running Windows under Linux". WINE stands for "WINE is Not an Emulator" -- meaning, it is NOT running Windows.

You're attempting to use a "hack" that will run SOME Windows apps -- it is NOT running the Windows OS.
by Mark Phelps
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Microsoft office
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: [SOLVED] Microsoft office

The Office versions that work well in Wine are REALLY OLD -- like Office 2010. Slightly newer versions can me made to work in limited ways, but only for very few components. Recent Office versions like 2019 and 365 don't work at all. Your best bet is really to look into alternatives -- Like LibreOff...
by Mark Phelps
Fri May 31, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Questions re: partitions for dual boot Win10
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Questions re: partitions for dual boot Win10

Admittedly, I haven't done this in a while -- but "install alongside" used to pretty much guarantee that your Windows install would then be corrupted, as the resizing done by the Linux utility corrupted the Windows filesystem. And when that happens, since you can't then reboot into Windows to repair...
by Mark Phelps
Wed May 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Partitioining of Hard Drive
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Partitioining of Hard Drive

Dear Concerns, i have a 160 gb hard drive in my pc. i want to use 60 gb linux mint installation and other software while 2nd partion 4 gb i want to use as a swap while remain all partition i want to use as a my personal data. But the problem is i am unable to edit my partition while i have chossen ...
by Mark Phelps
Mon May 20, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [Solved] Program that can copy data off an non-mountable Hard Drive?
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Program that can copy data off an non-mountable Hard Drive?

If the data recovery apps can't find file headers, they can't recover files -- simple as that. They are not capable of stitching together random collections of blocks and sectors to recreate files. And, as already mentioned, if trying to do data recovery from NTFS volume, Windows apps are your best ...
by Mark Phelps
Sat May 18, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint on HP DV6-6C50SE
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Mint on HP DV6-6C50SE

Needing to continue to use MS Office is a key reason NOT to switch to Linux! Of the MS Office versions, last one I read that worked well in Wine was 2010. I've read that some folks have been able to get 2013 working -- but that involved a lot of patching, and since I don't use MS Office in Linux, I ...
by Mark Phelps
Fri May 17, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Questions about specific things before installing?!
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Questions about specific things before installing?!

Unless I'm mistaken, the MSI Utilities Drivers would be strictly MS Windows stuff -- and since you need that for daily use, then switching to Linux will not work.
by Mark Phelps
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Boot to Windows without grub (Dual Boot Linux Mint)
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Boot to Windows without grub (Dual Boot Linux Mint)

The GRUB menu is what allows you to choose between Windows and Linux.

If you figure out a way to FORCE the boot directly into Windows, you will lose that choice.

Is that what you want?
by Mark Phelps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [Solved] Installing on preformatted disk?
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Re: Installing on preformatted disk?

An Extended Partition is not really a partition; instead, it is a container for one or more Logical partitions.

And yes, you can install on a Logical partition.
by Mark Phelps
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: shrinking win10
Replies: 31
Views: 802

Re: shrinking win10

There really isn't any way of RELIABLY disabling Windows Update in Win10 like there was in Win7. You can force the Metered Updates parm on, but still does not disable "critical" updates -- they come through anyway. Plus with the new 1903 release of Win10, it reserves 7GB (or so) of disk space for "u...
by Mark Phelps
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Question on Installing on Windows 7 System w/Ubuntu
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Question on Installing on Windows 7 System w/Ubuntu

Using the "install alongside ..." option with Win10 is nearly always a disaster -- as that uses Linux tools to shrink the Windows filesystem to make room and ends up corrupting the filesystem in the process. And since you have to boot into Windows to fix it, and Windows no longer boots, that makes i...
by Mark Phelps
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: how to mnt windows share on mint 19.01
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: how to mnt windows share on mint 19.01

Windows 10 automatically enables a new form of hibernation that prevents you from accessing its filesystem when you are not running it. That will prevent any Linux utility from mounting and opening the filesystem. This is known as Fast Startup (not to be confused with Fast Boot, which is different),...

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