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by Mark Phelps
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] How to list all user-installed Linux programs
Replies: 8
Views: 314

Re: How to list all user-installed Linux programs

To see all the packages installed through any of the "apt"-derivatives, enter the following in a command window: apt-cache pkgnames

Stuff you installed from Source will NOT be listed because that didn't use any of the apt-based commands or tools.
by Mark Phelps
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: windows 8 and Mint 18.1 install missing BCD
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: windows 8 and Mint 18.1 install missing BCD

I know it's a "roundabout" way of solving the Windows-not-boot problem -- but I know it works as I have used it repeatedly, myself. You need to download and install the FREE version of Macrium Reflect on a working Windows PC. This is a backup/recovery tool -- but it also comes with the gre...
by Mark Phelps
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Move Windows to external HD
Replies: 14
Views: 426

Re: Move Windows to external HD

Standard w10 pro disk will not boot from USB, needs SATA connection and laptops don't have external SATA ports. The closest you can get to "external" is by replacing your CDROM with a 2nd hard disk caddy. Depends on what you mean by "standard" and by "disk". I have con...
by Mark Phelps
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Windows 10 password through Linux Live USB
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Windows 10 password through Linux Live USB

Hi all, I'm a Linux newbie. Have been using dual booting Mint with the pre-installed Windows 10 for the past couple of months. All was fine until one fine day my friend remarked that he could bypass my Windows 10 password prompt simply by changing BIOS boot priority and live booting almost any Linu...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Grub error after deleting Linux Mint partitions using Windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Grub error after deleting Linux Mint partitions using Windows 10

On some laptops, you have to press the Esc key or Volume Up button, to get to the utilities menu, from where you can then select a USB stick for booting.
by Mark Phelps
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Are laptops a problem with Linux and power [SOLVED]
Replies: 13
Views: 400

Re: Are laptops a problem with Linux and power [SOLVED]

In terms of your thread title, the answers to both issues are generally YES ... First off, all too often, laptop OEMs use specialized hardware, often for which no Linux drivers are available. Switchable graphics (the use of two different video chips) was, for a long time, a serious issue, but the ad...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Move Windows to external HD
Replies: 14
Views: 426

Re: Move Windows to external HD

Understand two consequences of what you plan to do: 1) Performance -- Win10 is going to CRAWL when run on a USB stick, so be prepared for this 2) You can't "move" it to the USB stick, you have to do a fresh install The Windows To Go approach was designed by MS to be used by IT folks so the...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Wine problem
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Wine problem

@daret makes a very good point ...

The WineHQ rating for Photoshop CS is Gold ONLY in Mint 17.

In more recent Linux versions, it's rating is either Garbage or Silver -- neither of which is good enough to rely on it's use on a daily basis.
by Mark Phelps
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: using Mint 18.2 to fix Win10
Replies: 16
Views: 475

Re: using Mint 18.2 to fix Win10

^ good advice above. That Windows fake hibernation mode seems designed to prevent people from using Linux? MS designed this to speed up reboot on Win10 systems; it has nothing whatsoever to do with running a Linux OS on the same PC. The SAME problem happens if you dual-boot more than one Windows OS...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: Unable to mount Hardrive.
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Unable to mount Hardrive.

But how can I excess my File system like I used to excess on my 'Windows 8' . Is there any alternate file manager app to this where I can get back my old style of accessing files ? If you're looking for something with a look and feel similar to Windows Explorer, then I highly recommend you look int...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Cloning a hard drive with a dual boot
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Cloning a hard drive with a dual boot

Clonezilla can be difficult to use because it requires that you select the Destination first, then the source -- which is the reverse of other cloning solutions. IF you have trouble with it, there is a Windows solution that is a lot easier to use and works -- Macrium Reflect. What I recommend is the...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: using Mint 18.2 to fix Win10
Replies: 16
Views: 475

Re: using Mint 18.2 to fix Win10

Most likely, you will NOT be able to read the Win10 filesystem booted from Linux media. Why? Because Win10 comes with a new form of hibernation enabled BY DEFAULT! This means, even when Windows is not running, the filesystem it uses remains mounted. And THAT will prevent any Linux distro from mounti...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: I'm new to linux please help.
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: I'm new to linux please help.

OK, so basically, NONE of the drivers available from the HP website will work! Why? Because they are Windows drivers, and those do not work in Linux. Which is one major reason we advise folks to try the Live Distro approach (booting from USB stick or DVD) to see how well your Distro finds and instal...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Out with the New In with the Old
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Out with the New In with the Old

Most folks (including me) keep Windows around for one or both of these reasons: (1) critical application that only runs in Windows, (2) driver/firmware updates that only run in Windows. If neither of these is the case for you, then you don't need to keep Windows around. But ... just in case you migh...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: DisplayLink performance issues
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: DisplayLink performance issues

Sorry if this is not much help ... but I am using a DisplayLink driver for one of my panels and noticed that the performance is very different, depending on whether I'm in Ubuntu or in Mint. In the previous Ubuntu version (16.x) the performance was LAGGING, so bad, I had to disable the panel using t...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: How to reinstall Win7 without destroying the grub menu
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: How to reinstall Win7 without destroying the grub menu

Actually, installing or reinstalling Windows does not actually touch the GRUB menu in any way ... That's because the code for the GRUB menu is contained in your Linux filesystem and Windows can't mess with that. What is DOES is change the MBR to point to the Windows boot loader partitions by default...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is it possible to *completely replace* windows with linux
Replies: 11
Views: 500

Re: Is it possible to *completely replace* windows with linux

Unfortunately, your question is worded in such a way that two very different interpretations of it are being answered ... 1) Is is possible to replace or remove the Windows components (i.e. partitions) from my disk drive such that it only contains Linux componets? Answer -- yes -- and several folks ...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: No useable alternatives to MS Office?
Replies: 32
Views: 1033

Re: No useable alternatives to MS Office?

I would suggest trying WPS Office to see if it handles the documents any better. It has long been consider the MOST compatible of all the Open Office suites, so if it does not handle the documents proper, then you are stuck using MS Office. Also, while converting YOUR documents to open formats might...
by Mark Phelps
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to share files between Mint and Windows?
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: How to share files between Mint and Windows?

I see Fast Startup being re-enabled routinely -- so I go into Power Options after each major update and re-Disable Fast Startup.
by Mark Phelps
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: External Hard Drive won't mount
Replies: 8
Views: 1044

Re: External Hard Drive won't mount

I have the same issue I can use clonzilla and clone to USB external drive, but mint OS does not see it in the same external hd dock?? how can I fix this?? By the "same issue", do you mean a Windows formatted disk that you can NOT real in Linux? IF so, read the threads about having to fix ...

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