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by Mute Ant
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Occasional startup and USB issues
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: Occasional startup and USB issues

You might try setting the hard drive to be the only device that the BIOS is allowed to look at during boot. My BIOS defaults to... BOOT ORDER: Floppy: Optical: Removable: Hard drive ...which is okay up to the 'removable' step. Any USB store that has an MBR but no actual boot code freezes the machine...
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Mv command giving unexpected error
Replies: 10
Views: 117

Re: Mv command giving unexpected error

That was just a practice. You wait until you get file names that end with spaces...
touch "weasel.mp3" "weasel.mp3 " "weasel.mp3 " ; ls -1
weasel.mp3
weasel.mp3
weasel.mp3
...argh argh argh.
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Instruction of interpretation of hard drive self test stats
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Instruction of interpretation of hard drive self test stats

The SMART statistics are presented so that a perfect drive scores 100% for all the parameters. If the drive starts to develop weaknesses, like sectors that stop being recordable, the raw "Fault" count goes up and the 100% comes down a little bit... the drive is not perfect any more. Eventually a sco...
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Mv command giving unexpected error
Replies: 10
Views: 117

Re: Mv command giving unexpected error

I bet one of the names that matches... *unsorted* ...starts with... -N ...and the mv command sees it as options in the middle of the list. Avoiding names that start with '-' becomes a habit. They invented -- for this case, to signal NoMoreOptions... touch -Nobbly ### Fails with touch: invalid option...
by Mute Ant
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't Shutdown or Restart
Replies: 13
Views: 203

Re: Can't Shutdown or Restart

Failure to Shutdown or Restart might be because your antique BIOS simply doesn't implement the ACPI calls. The noacpi boot option puts the kernel in charge, not the BIOS. This bug "MP-BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC" does not work well with the newer Ubuntu-based distributions... speci...
by Mute Ant
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Edit File Properties to remove tags or details
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Edit File Properties to remove tags or details

I suspect the term you are missing in your searches is metadata There's lots of pages about it, Windows and Linux... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata_removal_tool The program in Windows that shows you the metadata and allows you to edit it is not really the OS, it's the Windows 10 File Manager...
by Mute Ant
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: make linux my boot loader os
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: make linux my boot loader os

When you update-grub it is the kernel of the running OS that is put first in the list. So if you want Mint to be first, boot Mint, then update-grub.
by Mute Ant
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Meltdown and 32-bit systems
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Meltdown and 32-bit systems

You will not hear it first from Mint? Try... https://www.kernel.org/ ... for the Big School news about what's being fixed and how Linux must change. I don't think there's a lot the kernel can do about how a CPU works. There's a lot they can do with the shared memory map... Linus is often quite refre...
by Mute Ant
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: ntfsclone for SSDs? <SOLVED>
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: ntfsclone for SSDs?

Yes, internally an SSD moves data around, so next week a file might be in a different chip. From outside the SSD, though, that is invisible. You just read and write the /dev/sdX node the same way that you would with a magnetic drive.
by Mute Ant
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Unicorn HDD
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Unicorn HDD

An MBR partition table is limited to 32-bit unsigned integers to describe... o The position of the first sector of a partition. o The number of sectors in a partition. A drive like yours has sectors 4096 bytes in length, so MBR is good for one-or-more partitions in a 16TiB space. A BIOS or boot-load...
by Mute Ant
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: reboot command does not work
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: reboot command does not work

A 'polite' reboot from the GUI or a console will try to close files, unmount volumes, etc etc etc. If that is not possible the OS will just 'sit on its hands' to avoid damaging something it can't handle automatically. It can be as simple as a USB printer that won't 'off' because it's 'busy'. If you ...
by Mute Ant
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [Solved] Problem With Full Disk Encryption Using System, Swap & Home Partitions
Replies: 13
Views: 271

Re: Problem With Full Disk Encryption Using System, Swap & Home Partitions

"sudo mount /dev/mapper/sda5_crypt" -----> "can't find in /etc/fstab" possibly because you are not telling it where to mount it. I solved this to my own satisfaction (no LVM) to make private+persistent live-session USB sticks. Encrypted copies of system folders are mounted on-top-of a plain-text run...
by Mute Ant
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: linux mint 17.3 lts 2019 out of date hardware
Replies: 13
Views: 269

Re: linux mint 17.3 lts 2019 out of date hardware

"Without wanting to approach you..." I wouldn't want to, either. Let's engrish!
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by Mute Ant
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: slingplayer
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: slingplayer

"How do i make SlingPlayer [version?] work in Wine [version?] under Mint [version?]. It might never work with the particular versions that you are using... https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=14848 ...the 'Show all tests' button on that page suggests it has been occasionall...
by Mute Ant
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: linux mint 17.3 lts 2019 out of date hardware
Replies: 13
Views: 269

Re: linux mint 17.3 lts 2019 out of date hardware

Puppy loads itself into RAM and the boot-medium is then removable. Once it has started. It's always fast. I prefer the gparted-live ISO. It's a bit bigger than a Puppy but based on Debian, so all the bits are where I expect to find them. It will boot off a CD 'toram' on a 512MiB machine. Right now I...
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Solved]Right click securely erase file
Replies: 12
Views: 171

Re: [Solved]Right click securely erase file

"encrypting the file and then deleting it would probably be best" No. There is no method available to any OS that can stop the drive preserving the original and using new blocks to store the replacement. A good OS file system will do that deliberately; old-version and new-version exist on the store ...
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Solved]Right click securely erase file
Replies: 12
Views: 171

Re: [Solved]Right click securely erase file

"securely wipe/shred files" You can't. Both the OS and the drive firmware aim to preserve the original version until the new copy is written. There's long posts about this elsewhere, so I won't go through the whole discussion again, just the important conclusion... If you have unencrypted data that ...
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Root Password Danger ?
Replies: 14
Views: 233

Re: Root Password Danger ?

"I changed root password as a standard user!" That turns out not to be the case, you were root when it happened... whoami -----> mute passwd root -----> passwd: You may not view or modify password information for root. sudo whoami -----> root sudo passwd root -----> What you did. Every 'nix system h...
by Mute Ant
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] Cannot Rename or Delete Camera Card's Files
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Cannot Rename or Delete Camera Card's Files

I guess the card is a FAT file-system of some sort, in which case ownership and permissions are not adjustable. They are specified when the file-system is mounted and stay that way. I can think of... o The camera card write protect tab is set to 'protect' [doh]. o The switch in the card-reader is fl...
by Mute Ant
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: formatting a DVD
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: formatting a DVD

There is DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM. The only DVD medium you can actually format is DVD-RAM. The RW ones can be wiped (blanked) for re-use. The R ones are writable only once. Plain "DVD" is read-only. What type of disk are you trying to format? Does the optical drive have that typ...

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