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by Mute Ant
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [SOLVED] Emergency mode, failed mount /home I can not recover my data
Replies: 10
Views: 222

Re: Emergency mode, failed mount /home I can not recover my data

The file-system ext4 is not totally stable. A recent change made the 'new' ext4 format slightly incompatible with the 'old' format and an old e2fsck can't check a new ext4. This does not happen with ext3. If you boot a Live Session of TAILS or Mint or gPartedLive you will almost certainly get an e2f...
by Mute Ant
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Make Desktop Icons Bigger (Solved - Sort Of)
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Make Desktop Icons Bigger

The slightly longer answer is that 'Large' is just a name for an icon set... the actual size on the display is determined by the icons in that set. If it's an SVG icon set you can change one number in the display-an-SVG binary and all the SVG icons will appear larger.
by Mute Ant
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Previously unknown errors with a fresh reinstall.
Replies: 11
Views: 239

Re: Previously unknown errors with a fresh reinstall.

"...this happens now under both 18.3 & 19..." New defect with more than one OS? Perhaps the common factor is a difficult-to-read hard drive? The accessory Disks can do a read-only benchmark for you.
by Mute Ant
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED]What can I do to increase battery life?
Replies: 8
Views: 168

Re: What can I do to increase battery life?

o Reduce the room brightness and reduce the screen brightness --> Less energy used to display something that looks normal. o Adjust the screen saver to 'suspend' the monitor earlier... after 5 minutes of inactivity instead of 20, for example. o If you are a casual computer user, the 'nolapic' boot o...
by Mute Ant
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to disable the home folder encryption?
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: How to disable the home folder encryption?

Encrypting the /home/$USER folder is done or not-done for each login account. If you make a new user, it will default to non-encrypted. Then you can copy the old-user data into the plain-text space of the new-user's account. Re-installing is often the fastest route to OS recovery... + You don't repe...
by Mute Ant
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I wonder - stay with Windows - switch to Linux Mint?
Replies: 35
Views: 875

Re: I wonder

A modern Linux desktop is almost completely point-and-click (front-end) on top of terminal commands, libraries and scripts (back-end). The terminal can be a very fast, concise description of what you want to do, but I doubt you will want to do anything that doesn't have a GUI version. Linux Mint dis...
by Mute Ant
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Version to fit small 2Gb USB - SOLVED
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Version to fit small 2Gb USB - SOLVED

Your signature is not part of the Q&A data and some people switch off the display as irrelevant.
by Mute Ant
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Lock a drive (solved)
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Lock a drive

"...I wish to lock C drive and E drive..." You need to explain exactly how you want a locked drive to behave. For example... o Completely invisible to the Linux OS. o Only mountable as read-only to any Linux user. o Only mountable read-write to a single specified Linux user. Just 'Locked' isn't enou...
by Mute Ant
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Why can't I download Mint? [SOLVED]
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Why can't I download Mint?

Switch to using the BitTorrent link. You don't need to... o Know where the data is coming from. Many peers combine to send you file-fragments. o Worry about a damaged download. BitTorrent has built-in resistance to fragments that don't match the original. o Fetch the file all-in-one-go. BitTorrent t...
by Mute Ant
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Change Administrator password
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Change Administrator password

The root user is how Linux manipulates files and devices, root == superuser == UID=0. Mint starts off with an 'impossible-to-type' root account password so that malware can't repeatedly guess at a password, there simply isn't one. The command sudo passwd root will remove that protection and set a pa...
by Mute Ant
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] can't write to usb stick
Replies: 11
Views: 194

Re: can't write to usb stick

Is it a genuine stick or a convincing fake?
https://www.novatech.co.uk/blog/ebay-fa ... sb-sticks/
Either way, a new stick you can't format is not what you paid for.
by Mute Ant
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't change password
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Can't change password

The command 'sudo passwd' changes the login password for the root account. You might try...
passwd
...instead if you want to alter an ordinary user's password when they are logged in, or the GUI panel 'Users and Groups'.
by Mute Ant
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Install full system to usb won't work [SOLVED]
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Install to usb won't create / partition Won't boot

Your gparted screen shot shows a ready-to-roll EFI installation of Mint without encryption... o sdb1 is for EFI boot and marked as such with flags 'BOOT' and 'ESP'. o sdb2 '5.84GiB' used is about right for an OS un-squashed from a 2GiB distribution file. o sdb3 '2.88GiB' is about right for a machine...
by Mute Ant
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Write-protected disk
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Write-protected disk

That's not a disk [+] it's an NTFS volume. Linux will refuse to write to NTFS if there's anything journaled or hibernated or if the file-system is 'inconsistent' (damaged). You have to... o Use a Windows-based OS to completely shut down the NTFS. ...OR... o Give up on NTFS and upload-reformat-downlo...
by Mute Ant
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Boot is too slow
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: Boot is too slow

Mint starting in 60 seconds is not extraordinary for a disk drive. Other users have reported much faster boots using an SSD. I don't know, I never tried.
by Mute Ant
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Write-protected disk
Replies: 8
Views: 230

Re: Write-protected disk

A standard disk drive is quite difficult to set to Write Protect. It involves a password stored on the drive, unlocked by the BIOS before your OS starts. If this is a possibility, the drive came from an old laptop computer for example, you can clear all the data on the drive with a Secure Erase usin...
by Mute Ant
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Add new User [Solved]
Replies: 11
Views: 231

Re: Add new User

The back-end commands are common to all Mints and many other Linuxes... sudo adduser mute ### Add user 'mute' to the list of login names and make a default home-folder /home/mute/ sudo adduser mute sudo ### Add user 'mute' to the group 'sudo' to make mute an administrator. sudo deluser mute sudo ###...
by Mute Ant
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: how change the user and root password in linux mint 19?
Replies: 15
Views: 362

Re: how change the user and root password in linux mint 19?

Root can change any login password without needing the original, but only the original password can unlock the $HOME folder data that makes logging in worth while. Rupert Says: "Data stored in an encrypted volume will only be accessible with the original password." Plain-text backup files are always...
by Mute Ant
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: how change the user and root password in linux mint 19?
Replies: 15
Views: 362

Re: how change the user and root password in linux mint 19?

Sometimes a user has encryption to hide their data when they are logged out. The gross case is an Encrypted Home Folder, but there are others, like when Firefox offers to save your forum password, or Caja offers to remember the password for a LUKS USB stick. A simple guideline will help you avoid lo...
by Mute Ant
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Ext2 for USB flash drives [SOLVED]
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Ext2 for USB flash drives

"...can an ext2 filesystem safely be used on a USB flash drive..." Yes. [-] You don't get the benefits of 'journalling' introduced with ext3. [-] You don't get the benefits of 'extents' introduced with ext4. ...but that's okay... [+] The flash controller 'journals' into its own workspace. If data ge...

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