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by Mark Phelps
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Grub recognizes non existing Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Grub recognizes non existing Windows

Ok, thanks for your fast reply. Is there a way to make windows not split those (I plan to reinstall Windows on this PC anyway)? Yes -- but it's complicated. When you install Windows 7 or newer on a blank drive, it automatically partitions the drive to include a System partition, in effect, its own ...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <Solved>Automount windows network share on Mint 18.3 xfce
Replies: 14
Views: 483

Re: Automount windows network share on Mint 18.3 xfce

Two things ... First, you said you need to share the Windows filesystem because you need to run some programs, but basically, Windows programs do not run in Linux. So, if that is the reason for sharing the filesystem, then you're wasting your time. Second, Windows 10 keeps it filesystem mounted even...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Grub recognizes non existing Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Grub recognizes non existing Windows

That's because os_prober, when looking for Windows OSs, looks for different file, and Win10 can sometimes split those files between two partitions, causing os_prober to "see" Windows in both partitions. To "fix" this, you have to go out of your way to manually combine all the files needed into a sin...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Outlook 2010 unvalid XML
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Outlook 2010 unvalid XML

Any time you try to run an MS app, you need to read it's information page in the WineHQ site. This is the page for Outlook: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=34 And, as you can see, most of the ratings are really poor -- and the only rating for Outlook 2010 is for the...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installing a windows program with W.I.N.E
Replies: 8
Views: 273

Re: Installing a windows program with W.I.N.E

Before trying to run any Windows apps or games in Wine, you need to check here to see if it has been tested: https://appdb.winehq.org/ Be sure to check both the version of the app and the version of Linux you are using -- as results vary by both. If the app/game is not listed, then most likely, it i...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't get Windows to run after running Linux Mint from bootable USB
Replies: 20
Views: 485

Re: Can't get Windows to run after running Linux Mint from bootable USB

... I went back to Linux and decided to mount and unmount the Windows disk from the Terminal. When I tried to mount the Windows disk (mount /dev/sda) I got the following message: mount: can't find /dev/sda in /etc/fstab. I tried mounting the partitions separately (mount /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2) but...
by Mark Phelps
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: wine
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: wine

In my experience, Wine doesn't run MOST Windows apps, only runs a few well, and those are mostly REALLY OLD versions. For example, I think the latest IE version that works in Wine is v7; so I know that v11 is not going to work. You can check with this link to see if the app you want to run has been ...
by Mark Phelps
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Am I using integrated graphics or Radeon card?
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Am I using integrated graphics or Radeon card?

How can I tell if I'm using the Intel integrated graphics or the Radeon card in my laptop? You have something known as Switchable Graphics in which the video processor being used is determined by the video demand --but this requires special video drivers to work, and those are generally ONLY availa...
by Mark Phelps
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Help with New Install from Win 7 MS Office et al
Replies: 18
Views: 346

Re: Help with New Install from Win 7 MS Office et al

Uh, one last question (hopefully) before I start . . . I live out in the country, no high speed, etc. so I have to use a Verizon USB 760 modem which installs the software when you plug it in. Is this going to work okay with MINT? Will I be able to get online to finish the setup? Most likely, that i...
by Mark Phelps
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: How to Get It To Boot from USB
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: How to Get It To Boot from USB

I would second pressing the Esc key -- as what you are trying to do is open the Boot Options menu, not boot into BIOS Setup. That can also often be entered by pressing the F9 key repeatedly (on some laptops). If you DO get a Boot Options menu, don't be surprised if the USB "drive" is not listed -- a...
by Mark Phelps
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Boot to wipe HD
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Boot to wipe HD

The term "wipe" refers to a process in which ones, and zeroes, or BOTH, are written to the drive to overwrite stuff that was previously there. It is this process that then prevents previous files, folders, and data from being retrieved using forensic software (regardless of the silliness you see on ...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: With which specs will a new pc last for the next 10 years?
Replies: 18
Views: 486

Re: With which specs will a new pc last for the next 10 years?

Any hardware you buy today is going to be sadly out of date, possibly bordering on obsolete, within 5 years, not 10. Spending a LOT of money is simply wasting it, as within 5 years, for the same money or less, you would be able to buy a new PC with twice the memory, twice nthe speed, twice the disk ...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: More installation and partitioning issues
Replies: 26
Views: 289

Re: More installation and partitioning issues

The simplest, and in my experience best, solution is to disconnect the HDD for the installation. Not only does this force the boot loader files onto the SSD, it also prevents them from getting written accidentally to the HDD. Then when you reconnect the HDD, just make sure you have the boot set to t...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Installing Win10 on a Linux Based system - Windows will not install on a newly created partition
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Installing Win10 on a Linux Based system - Windows will not install on a newly created partition

The basic fact is that although it is much easier, in a dual-boot situation, to install Windows first, then Linux. that is not mandatory! The problem is, with UEFI installs, that you have to modify the ESP in order to get Windows to boot, and I do not have the details on how to do that. It's not nea...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Need a ISO based Back Up System
Replies: 24
Views: 567

Re: Need a ISO based Back Up System

You can FORCE MR (using a cloning function) to do a sector-by-sector copy, but the default is just to copy the used space. And, once you have installed the FREE version on a Windows PC and created the Rescue Media, you can uninstall it -- as you can use the Rescue Media after that to do both backups...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Suggestion for installer: Do not preselect "Erase disk and install Linux Mint".
Replies: 6
Views: 198

Re: Suggestion for installer: Do not preselect "Erase disk and install Linux Mint".

Sorry ... but I disagree -- First, Something Else requires you to manually do partitioning -- and 99+% of folks out there don't even know what partitioning IS, let alone how to do it properly. Making that the default is going to frustrate LOTS of folks and turn the new ones away from using Linus. Se...
by Mark Phelps
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Linux & win apps (programs, games etc)
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Linux & win apps (programs, games etc)

Hi everybody, I'm new to Linux Mint and I was wondering about what is the best way to run win apps on Linux? Is it better to go just with Wine or through PlayoOnLinux and how? Which additional program components, and how, help with the running of such apps (winetricks etc.)? There is no accurate ge...
by Mark Phelps
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Where Are The Instructions To Install Mint On Windows 10?
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Where Are The Instructions To Install Mint On Windows 10?

Just make sure that whatever process you follow to install Mint, you do NOT use the Mint installer (or any other Linux tools) to shrink any Windows filesystem partitions in order to make room for Linux. Doing that will almost certainly corrupt the Windows filesystem, making it really hard to reboot ...
by Mark Phelps
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Can't install OneDrive-D
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Can't install OneDrive-D

OneDrive is a Microsoft feature -- and a LOT has changed in the 3 1/2 years since the thread you referenced was written. Win10- 10 came out in late 2015 and has gone through several major complete revisions since then, and along with this, MS keeps changing OneDrive, as well. If you're going to use ...
by Mark Phelps
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to recover wiped/deleted/lost files from external drive?
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: How to recover wiped/deleted/lost files from external drive?

My own experience has been -- Windows apps work best at recovery files from Windows filesystems; Linux apps, from Linux filesystems. Thus, in Windows, you need to do the following: 1) Download and install this utility on the PC: http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story/recover_data_in_3_steps_with_minit...

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