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by RobertService
Tue May 01, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Acer battery won't charge
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Acer battery won't charge

When asking for help, always give complete details.
by RobertService
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?
Replies: 60
Views: 2544

Re: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?

"There is no problem so complicated that you can't find a very simple answer to it if you look at it right." --Douglas Adams,‭ ‬ The Salmon of Doubt What is there about... "...There is no sense wasting more words on this--there is only one answer, one conclusion: this problem belongs to Linux MINT; ...
by RobertService
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint
Replies: 27
Views: 1228

Re: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint

"...However, I've also read that some people have had issues running Linux on it [Lenovo T440], particularly with the trackpad....and that didn't solve the problem entirely...Can anyone comment on their experience with a T440 and Linux Mint?..." Suggestions-- (1) Perhaps it's time to be very specifi...
by RobertService
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Tor anyone?
Replies: 26
Views: 4441

Re: Tor anyone?

There's an elegantly simple way to use your computer to send sensitive messages-- type the message, print it out, drop it in a plain envelope with plain, ordinary postage , and mail it. USPS is the most secure message transmission scheme you can find. Anywhere. At any cost. There's only one problem:...
by RobertService
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint
Replies: 27
Views: 1228

Re: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint

@ MurphCID-- Nothing contrarian about it; you're to be commended. HP makes outstanding hardware and always has; no question about that. HP seems--in the recent past--to have been at somewhat of a loss as to how to handle Microsoft's Secure Boot/UEFI Firmware nonsense; and have, as most other OEMs, r...
by RobertService
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint
Replies: 27
Views: 1228

Re: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint

...and don't forget: there's a 'search bar' at the top of the page, just waiting for you to type in something like "best laptop for mint", or something...
by RobertService
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint
Replies: 27
Views: 1228

Re: 14'' laptop for Linux Mint

I went through same process you're going through now, but 2½ years ago. I came to the conclusion that the absolute best, no-hassle choice would be the Lenovo T420--refurbished by a MAR: Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, which offered--again--a no-hassle return policy. Bought one; upgraded RAM from 4...
by RobertService
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?
Replies: 60
Views: 2544

Re: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?

One can only hope that Clement Lefebvre reads more into this disturbing turn of events on DistroWatch than Mark Shuttleworth did when Ubuntu lost its first-place ranking...permanently, and decreasing ever since.
by RobertService
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?
Replies: 60
Views: 2544

Re: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?

This is the first time in a very long time that Mint has not been in first place , on DistroWatch. If Linux Mint officials do NOT address the problems outlined in this post and continue to ignore the issue, this "update problem" could well turn into the nail which lost the war ("For want of a nail.....
by RobertService
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?
Replies: 60
Views: 2544

Re: What is Mint's current "official" recommendation about updates?

There are two major 'take-away' s from this post-- 1) I thought (as a newbie) that questions like this were to be asked by newbies, and would be answered--with authority--by the moderators who, after all, should have an inside track (I thought) to the 'higher-ups' at Mint. This topic indicates that ...
by RobertService
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Making battery last longer? Underclocking cpu?
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: Making battery last longer? Underclocking cpu?

Speaking of Powertop, there's a gentleman named Hans de Goede of Red Hat who's investigating the OOB (out-of-box) power reductions capabilities of (to?)the Red Hat distribution, Fedora. He has, with not much effort, been able to generate reductions of about 30%. Mr. de Goede is quick to point out th...
by RobertService
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Making battery last longer? Underclocking cpu?
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: Making battery last longer? Underclocking cpu?

"...you have to be a bit careful about where you do get that Battery. - I've had mixed results when obtaining some Batteries from eBay in recent times. most of them, fail rapidly, and usually within 72 hours." Amazon holds all its suppliers to very high standards; I've never had a problem with a bat...
by RobertService
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <SOLVED> Linux Mint LTS versions.
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: <SOLVED> Linux Mint LTS versions.

Thanks to everyone for your help--RS.

Warmest regards...
by RobertService
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint won't run both cores; only uses one processor
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Mint won't run both cores; only uses one processor

Would suggest LM 17.3 Xfce--absolutely nothing later, or 'heavier'--as your best Mint choice, along with 2 GB of RAM, which your machine supports. You should end up with a very serviceable laptop.
by RobertService
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Making battery last longer? Underclocking cpu?
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: Making battery last longer? Underclocking cpu?

1. SERIOUSLY consider getting a new battery; specs for this machine are 5-6 hours of battery life without a SSD. It seems as though your battery is approaching its end-of-life (laptop batteries have a useful life of 300-500 charge/discharge cycles). 2. Turn off Bluetooth ; B-T chews up a lot of batt...
by RobertService
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <SOLVED> Linux Mint LTS versions.
Replies: 6
Views: 251

<SOLVED> Linux Mint LTS versions.

Which of the current Linux Mint versions are considered to be LTS versions; and what, exactly, does that mean for each?
by RobertService
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Newbie wants a FAST machine : )
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Newbie wants a FAST machine : )

You should check out this topic: "Do Lenovo ThinkPads run well with Linux Mint?", in the Other Topics section.
by RobertService
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What tasks aren't suiteable for Virtual Machines
Replies: 12
Views: 457

Re: What tasks aren't suiteable for Virtual Machines

So, with all the negatives listed here, can someone please give a good, solid engineering and computer-science-related reason why anyone would want to use a virtual machine? An example detailing how the use of a VM makes you more productive in your day-to-day work would be the most convincing and co...
by RobertService
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: How to install Linux on a computer with a processor with unlocked cores (AMD Phenom II x4 B45)?
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: How to install Linux on a computer with a processor with unlocked cores (AMD Phenom II x4 B45)?

It needs to be understood that the handling of a processor is one of the very lowest-level functions of an operating system's kernel; and furthermore, that there obviously are major differences of the most basic kind between the kernels of Linux and Windows. It also needs to be understood that "...u...
by RobertService
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Can browsing the web during installation cause issues later?
Replies: 9
Views: 224

Re: Can browsing the web during installation cause issues later?

As jglen490 (above) said, "...while it's theoretically possible..."
As Charlie Chan--the famous Chinese detective--said, "Theory [is] like dirt on eyeglasses...obscures facts."

DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE WHILE YOU'RE INSTALLING THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

Now reinstall the OS.

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