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by ralplpcr
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Should i install TLP for my linux mint 18.2 laptop
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Should i install TLP for my linux mint 18.2 laptop

I've got it on mine, and it seems to work fairly well. It's not quite as effective as the highly customized Windowz power management schemes that are fine-tuned for a particular laptop, but it's a noticeable over not having it installed. ie - This laptop can run on battery for 3 hrs under Windows 7....
by ralplpcr
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint Box Mini Pro
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: Mint Box Mini Pro

You should understand that the Mint Box is produced by a separate company. While the Linux Mint team does receive publicity & a percentage from each one that is sold, it's not actually built by Linux Mint. If you go to the Fit-PC page (the people that actually build the box), you'll see a link o...
by ralplpcr
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] NTFS Partition to EXT4
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: NTFS Partition to EXT4

First, it should be pointed out that you can't just "convert" an NTFS drive to EXT4 without fully formatting it. If you've got any data on that drive that you wish to save, you'll need to copy it elsewhere or it will be forever lost. Second, you mentioned that you have a dual-boot system. ...
by ralplpcr
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to have unlisted users?
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: How to have unlisted users?

What do you mean by "the greeter screen"? Are you talking about the login screen that appears when you first sign into your account? If so, then the "Login Theme" that Karlchen linked above is the place to go. If the themes there don't cut it for you, then you can Google "Li...
by ralplpcr
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to have unlisted users?
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: How to have unlisted users?

I'm a bit late to the party, but here's my $0.02 anyways... What you're asking is possible to do. It is *not* possible through a nice & easy GUI in Mint, however - - you'll need to get your hands dirty by editing a couple of configuration files manually. It's not difficult, though. :) For the pu...
by ralplpcr
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Comskip/PlexComskip?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Comskip/PlexComskip?

The only "drawback" to using Plex is that it's not free to use the DVR function. It's only available if you use the "Plexpass" option, which is roughly $5/mo, or you can pay yearly/lifetime. Since I already had a Plexpass, it made sense for me to try it out. I'm not so worried ab...
by ralplpcr
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Comskip/PlexComskip?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Comskip/PlexComskip?

I've finally gotten the post processing command to work now. The issue turned out to be two-fold: one of permissions, and the format of the command. It took a lot of trial & error, but it seems that PLEX stores it's recordings in a hidden temp directory while the DVR is active, and will automati...
by ralplpcr
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Comskip/PlexComskip?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Comskip/PlexComskip?

Just an update - have not yet gotten it to work as a PostProcessing script. I'm not entirely clear as to how it should be called, or what privileges/user is active when Plex finishes the recording. It's working well when I run it from the terminal, just not from within Plex. Still not perfect on the...
by ralplpcr
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Comskip/PlexComskip?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Comskip/PlexComskip?

I did try tweaking the .ini file, and I think I've gotten it pretty good. I was able to do a 1 hr clip, and other than a 2 second frozen scene after a transition, it did successfully remove the commercials. :) As far as automation goes, I've got a bash file that I'm putting together which should do ...
by ralplpcr
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Comskip/PlexComskip?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Comskip/PlexComskip?

Thanks ugly - - I've sort of got it working, though not entirely how I want. As a test, I took a 10 min video clip that contained 5 commercials about 1:30 in. After adjusting my paths, I ran the PlexComskip.py and it went to work. It stripped out 3 of the 5 commercials, so it was a partial success? ...
by ralplpcr
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Comskip/PlexComskip?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Comskip/PlexComskip?

Not sure if this belongs here or in the software forum, but I'll give this one a shot? I've got a Plex media server set up with the beta DVR function enabled. While it seems to work pretty well, there are 2 big issues I've been trying to figure out: 1. The recorded file size is huge . It outputs int...
by ralplpcr
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Windows 10 password through Linux Live USB
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Windows 10 password through Linux Live USB

.... no Linux distro will be able to access your Windows filesystem because Linux will be denied permission to mount it -- since it is already mounted in Windows..... If, by this, you mean that you could use a Linux boot disk/USB to recover your Windows files -- WRONG -- for the same reason I menti...
by ralplpcr
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Windows 10 password through Linux Live USB
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: Windows 10 password through Linux Live USB

So I assume your question is "Can I do something to prevent a live Linux distro from accessing my Windows 10 partition?" Short answer - no. But you can make it rather difficult. As mentioned, a power-on password in the BIOs can be bypassed. But if your system supports it, you can use a har...
by ralplpcr
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Cannot watch Netflix
Replies: 20
Views: 484

Re: Cannot watch Netflix

I just checked my Netflix on a virtual Cinnamon 18.2, and it did work correctly. I can think of 3 possibilities that may be causing you trouble: 1. Do you have the correct Firefox Plugins installed & activated? You can check this by going to about:addons in the address bar where you'd normally e...
by ralplpcr
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installed 18.2 Cinnamon.. now it's MATE!!! What happened?
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: Installed 18.2 Cinnamon.. now it's MATE!!! What happened?

As of Mint 18.2 Cinnamon uses mate-panel as a fallback when it crashes. This should be fairly easy to check. Simply press CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE . This should restart the Cinnamon session, and you can very easily determine if it was a Cinnamon crash that's falling back to a Mate-like environment. Alter...
by ralplpcr
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: LM 18.2: How to reset everything to factory setting.
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: LM 18.2: How to reset everything to factory setting.

That all depends on what you may have installed in those few months. To my knowledge, Mint doesn't come with any type of "hidden recovery partition" that does it all automatically for you? Method 1:Boot up with a Live session (DVD/USB), format your drive, and install from scratch. (Probabl...
by ralplpcr
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: My computer is acting very slow, and struggling to play 1080p videos from file or stream
Replies: 20
Views: 665

Re: My computer is acting very slow, and struggling to play 1080p videos from file or stream

.... I've never done a defrag on this computer. Defragmenting your drive really isn't a necessity on Linux filesystems. Their structure prevents the type of fragmentation that affects NTFS partitions, and while it's possible to have some, its impact should be minimal. I do notice that you're using ...
by ralplpcr
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: MP3 to CDA Conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: MP3 to CDA Conversion

The age of the CD Player shouldn't matter - what matters is whether it supports the CD-R format. (Nearly all of them produced in the last 20 years should) You didn't mention your DE or version of Mint. The instructions and applications available to do this are many, and will differ depending on your...
by ralplpcr
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installing a windows browser in Linux Mint
Replies: 28
Views: 587

Re: Installing a windows browser in Linux Mint

You *can* run IE in PlayonLinux... but only up to version 8. I'm also not sure why you would want to do this..... but it can be done. I suppose if you must have IE for some specific compatibility, but I'd avoid this if at all possible. IE 9-11 & Edge don't work. At least not that I've ever seen ...
by ralplpcr
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Preserving battery life by limiting charging
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: Preserving battery life by limiting charging

What kind of laptop do you have? There are several power management applications you can install that can help. Most of them take an opposite approach, though - - don't enable charging of the battery until it drops BELOW a certain threshold - effectively running the laptop off of the battery to help...

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