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by Petermint
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint 19.1 hangs every second day
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Linux Mint 19.1 hangs every second day

Are there messages in syslog from just before the failure? It can be applications breaking Linux. In my most used machine, Nemo can lock up on some USB faults. Nemo sometimes locks up Cinnamon. Cinnamon sometimes locks up Linux.

Without keyboard access, I have to resort to the big red power button.
by Petermint
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: more than 50 services? Is it normal?
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: more than 50 services? Is it normal?

A more useful approach on many computers is to look at what the services are using. Start Administration -> System Monitor. Loot at processes. You can sort by CPU usage and memory usage. Anything using zero CPU and only a few KB of memory is not going to slow down processing. In the trivial list, yo...
by Petermint
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Need advise on which backup solution to use
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Need advise on which backup solution to use

A relevant discussion: viewtopic.php?t=267705

I use Timeshift for everything after studying the Timeshift settings. I also keep a separate rsync backup running because I had that cycle set up before Timeshift appeared. Two types of backup to two sets of external disks.
by Petermint
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: USB recognition (solved)
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: USB recognition

There are also USB "2.5" chips that are incomplete USB 3 chips. There are several posts about them. Look for error messages in the system log to see if the OS starts to recognise the drive then fails. If there is no message in syslog, it is a hardware failure. A message in syslog indicates the wirin...
by Petermint
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: RAM full - mint gets frozen
Replies: 28
Views: 483

Re: RAM full - mint gets frozen

Based on my experience of operating systems, Windows slows down a long way before it is full but Linux slows down at the last minute, often too late. Linux can easily get in a state where the operating system does not have the space to perform whatever work is needed to avoid a crash. Some applicati...
by Petermint
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Making back up [SOLVED]
Replies: 18
Views: 312

Re: Making back up

You can use Timeshift for everything. There are posts in other topics. You can change the timeshift config to include all files. You can use multiple external disks in rotation. I have several disks. Timeshift recognises the different disks. In Settings, Location, you can select one disk when severa...
by Petermint
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] How dangerous is it to update software on my own?
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: [SOLVED] How dangerous is it to update software on my own?

One way to get the latest versions of software is to use a PPA. If anyone chooses to use a PPA, there are two things to check. A PPA might be supported by the software developers or it might not. I use a PPA only if recommended by the software developers. The same for using different repositories an...
by Petermint
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Learning about Cache
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: (Solved)Learning about Cache

When you walk around your files on disk, you will find other types of "cache" Deleted files go to the trash directory which is a type of cache of old files. You need to empty that occasionally. The file lists have thumbnail images that are generated once then cached on disk. You can clear that out o...
by Petermint
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts
Replies: 43
Views: 784

Re: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts

Seagate have a 60 TB SSD, enough for ? distros. :D

I do no collect distros but sometimes the best distros fail to work with a given network or graphics chip. A new kernel might drop support for a chip. Do you lock one of the distros to prevent updates that might make all the distros useless?
by Petermint
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts
Replies: 43
Views: 784

Re: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts

320 GB! You could fit 32 distros. If you have a separate swap partition, could every distro use the same partition?
by Petermint
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts
Replies: 43
Views: 784

Re: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts

Using gparted to change a partition size is manual allocation. Backup. You could boot gparted on a USB drive then shrink your 100GB partition to 32 GB. Boot back to your OS then test the space is enough when running applications. It should work because your swap partition is separate. Either way, it...
by Petermint
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts
Replies: 43
Views: 784

Re: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts

You have a good case for a dual boot. With a desktop computer, I would swap to another disk at the BIOS time and boot from there so that it works completely from the other disk. Notebooks are limited in that regard. A dual boot is the next step. I know Linux Mint and several other distributions fit ...
by Petermint
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts
Replies: 43
Views: 784

Re: Triple booting Linux. How to do it? Pros and cons? Do's and don'ts

Try solving the ACPI problem so you can boot live distros. That will give you the most flexibility.
If it is a USB stick problem, test with an external USB disk as they often have better controller chips.
by Petermint
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Why are my download speeds limited?
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Why are my download speeds limited?

The download speed could also be limited by the write speed of the storage device.
by Petermint
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Fonts are absolutely dreadful - Instant eye fatigue.
Replies: 32
Views: 995

Re: Fonts are absolutely dreadful - Instant eye fatigue.

One of the differences in fonts that can make a slight change in font size excellent or rubbish is the font hints built into the font definition. A font might have hints to change shape when down at 16px then again when down to 10px. A more modern font might have hints at 16px, 14px, 13px, 12px, 11p...
by Petermint
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file [solved]
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file

Thank you for the reinstall line. Much easier to follow compared to the 2012 posts. Unfortunately it did not change anything. I did find another solution. The code uses an opendir for every directory and leaves them open until the code finishes with them. I changed the code to close the directories ...
by Petermint
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file [solved]
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file [solved]

Fontconfig error: Cannot load default config file Linux Mint 19.1 with all updates. Running a GTK based program that works with small amounts of data then fails with this error message for large amounts of data. The data listed on the screen is mostly directory and file names. That is the only data...
by Petermint
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Libre Office setting question
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Libre Office setting question

Open a file in OpenOffice. Look at the directory. Next to example.odt is #example.odt. The save to whatever saves to the # file. not the original. Edit the file. Make a change to the text. Reboot. When you reboot, the # file will still be there and LibreOffice will ask if you want to recover the cha...
by Petermint
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [SOLVED] fstrim slow on one SSD and fast on another
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: fstrim slow on one SSD and fast on another

Trim time depends on the brand of controller used in the SSD, the brand and configuration of the flash memory, and the amount of disk space changed. The OS disk would have lots of changes which means lots of space ready for trim. I rarely use Kingston products because they can change from one batch ...
by Petermint
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: fresh external hard drive (raid1) setup problem
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: fresh external hard drive (raid1) setup problem

The last display suggests the box is presenting both RAID1 and the raw disks. You might need to experiment with the settings. Hardware RAID can be slow and can create recovery problems, mainly the question of what do you do if the box breaks. Will you have a backup somewhere else? You might find a b...

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