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by Petermint
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Every account its own Timeshift?
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: Every account its own Timeshift?

Timeshift is for the system and needs to run from just one user, usually whoever runs Update Manager.
Backintime is the equivalent for user data and needs to run for each user as it backs up only what the user can access..
by Petermint
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Very slow operation
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Very slow operation

Slow computers often have disks with Covid. The disks have errors and retry, retry, retry......................... This is the point where you upgrade to SSD. SSD runs so fast, the programs finish before you start them. :shock: Was Windows always slow? If it slowed down over the last 3 months, it is...
by Petermint
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Slow going (SOLVED)
Replies: 12
Views: 306

Re: Slow going

"84 year old man" Is the media paper tape? :D The Pix application is installed by default in LM20 and plays some video. Video depends on a "codec" and some of them are proprietary. During the LM install, you might have noticed a question about an option media install. That is a bunch of proprietary ...
by Petermint
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Kernels 5.4 and 4.15
Replies: 11
Views: 273

Re: Kernels 5.4 and 4.15

5.4 is needed for some new hardware.
4.15 is need for some old hardware. If your computer still uses paper tape, you probably need the old kernel. :D
After a user finds what works for their hardware, they can delete the other one.
by Petermint
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Solved] Automatic daily backup of data
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Automatic daily backup of data

Backintime is Timeshift for your user data. * External partition must be Ext4 to have only one copy of unchanged files. * You can create more than one profile. I use a profile for each backup disk. * A second backup disk is good for those occasions when lightning strikes while you are backing up to ...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI

I had to run dual boot for Microsoft application. Would not work in Wine or in VM. Had to use Window 10. They supplied Windows and all the software. Everything was incompatible within the Microsoft software unless you used exactly the same matching releases. Windows 10 created am extra partition for...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI

OK, dual boot with Windows 10. W10 creates about 5 partitions by itself. There is a documentary about using Windows 10. They show people who persisted too long with W10. It is called "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". :x
by Petermint
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI

Hello Pierre, Nice name. :D Years ago, one of my workstation installs ended up with LVM without me asking for it. There were all sorts of painful limitations until I could rebuild. Having it off by default is good. LVM hybrid looks like a nice feature for servers and might work for workstations but ...
by Petermint
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI
Replies: 8
Views: 203

LVM, illogical partitions, and UEFI

Some Linux installations add LVM as an extra layer of complexity that bites people when they want to change a configuration. Across hundreds of computers, I have never found a use for LVM and have had to rebuild dozens of systems to remove LVM when LVM caused problems. Surely LVM should be off by de...
by Petermint
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Manual fan controll in Linux Mint
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: Manual fan controll in Linux Mint

There are posts on reducing CPU usage which would reduce heat and fan usage, helping your CPU to run cooler without risking manual fan overrides.. 8) As an example in Cinnamon, you can switch off effects to reduce CPU usage. This will also extend battery life, reduce your power bill, and help save t...
by Petermint
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: JCDSee
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: JCDSee

Picture size or file size? Anyone following this thread for their own use might be confused by the options mentioned. Picture size is changing the number of pixels. You might select the important bit in the middle, copy, and paste as a new image. You might resize to reduce the number of pixels witho...
by Petermint
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: JCDSee
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: JCDSee

Pix has a limited range of similar functions. I use Pix to find images then open them in Gimp because I know how to use Gimp. Features: https://github.com/linuxmint/pix * Pix is an image editor + Change image hue, saturation, lightness, contrast and adjust colors. + Scale and rotate images. + Save i...
by Petermint
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Timeshift and System Updates
Replies: 19
Views: 501

Re: Timeshift and System Updates

Some devices, printers, etc, are plugged into my computers only a few times a year. I keep snapshots after each major update because they use only a tiny fraction of my backup disk. The snapshots go back to the last time I used each device. I also create a snapshot before and after things like insta...
by Petermint
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Linux compatible wireless keyboards ?
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Linux compatible wireless keyboards ?

When you connect, run the command dmesg to show any system level errors. Lots of USB devices product weird errors in the background. Run command lsusb to find the device USB ID. Add the result here. There may be errors listed against that chip id. For some USB errors, you can switch off USB features...
by Petermint
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Archive Manager error when adding or deleting files in zip
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Archive Manager error when adding or deleting files in zip

Size. If a file or the archive reach 4GB, you have switch to Zip64 or another archive format. The application could be confused about encryption. Make a parallel test without encryption. When a file add fails, test with a new archive of the whole directory. This will tell us if there is a problem wi...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: SOLVED! What type of RAM does my laptop have?
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: SOLVED! What type of RAM does my laptop have?

I would then have to solder in a socket for the new memory and change the case to fit it. Not worth it. I will buy a new machine soon and get 16 GB.
by Petermint
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: SOLVED! What type of RAM does my laptop have?
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: SOLVED! What type of RAM does my laptop have?

Identify your machine. Someone might have experience with the same machine. You can search for Web pages showing you how to replace the memory. Most include info on what you need and some include info on limitations. My laptop has two banks that accept 4 GB each. Unfortunately the manufacturer solde...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Best Hard Drive Type for Backups?
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Best Hard Drive Type for Backups?

Up to 5 TB, 2.5" drives are fine. Over that, 3.5" drives are the only choice. In Australia, Toshiba drives are often the cheapest of the reliable brands. Toshiba 3.5" drives give you 7200 rpm at 5400 rpm prices. You will use a USB 3 interface. Many USB 3 enclosures have USB 2.5 interface chips that ...
by Petermint
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Easy software for printing photo
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Easy software for printing photo

72 year old female One of my best computer students was 96 and a mere male. For people reading this thread and looking at alternatives, there are questions to ask including how many photographs. For large numbers of images in Windows, Irfranview and ACDSee are popular choices I used back when there...
by Petermint
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Easy software for printing photo
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Easy software for printing photo

zoom to the area I want to be printed out touch up saturation/brightness/gamma. When you get into that area, most of the basic software either does not do it or does it in a difficult way. I use Gimp for that type of work because the choices and controls are better. For most of the software listed ...

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