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by Petermint
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?

All the free new versions of Microsoft programs will convert all the files to new versions that are not backwards compatible. In 30 days, the new versions will require an expensive purchase. I warned the user and deleted everything I could delete. Next month will be interesting. I would sneak in a d...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?

I have to get the user off Publisher and onto Scribus first. The problem with users is that they wait for you to blink then do something evil. While your eyelid is flicking down, the close Scribus, open Publisher then complain to technical support (you) that all the files are broken because they wil...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Three things that take most time
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: Three things that take most time

Start Preferences -> Disks. Select the top right bit and look for the S.M.A.R.T. data display. check for read and write errors in the display. Random file system errors can be a failing disk or other component. The old Ext3 file system used to fail with bad shutdowns but Ext4 has journaling, just li...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?

LibreOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird working with the user's profile. Still no way to stop the user opening m$alware. The move was from Windows 7. In Windows 7, you just copy the user's directory to disk. In Windows 10 Home whatever, you cannot display the user's directory the same. The user's appl...
by Petermint
Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?

I used the install without Internet access trick to go straight into the local login. Took a while to find that option. I just spent over an hour deleting junkware, bloatware, and the worst part, the MSware. Most of the MSware cannot be deleted. You have to disable the application access options the...
by Petermint
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Windows 10 new install - Are all versions of Windows 10 so intrusive?

I helped start up a low cost PC. Windows 10 home something. There were whole pages of abuse. Microsoft and Acer asking for your details. Microsoft asking for permission to abuse your privacy on an ongoing basis. (They did not use the term "abuse".) Microsoft really went downhill after XP. Vista was ...
by Petermint
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Three things that take most time
Replies: 11
Views: 361

Re: Three things that take most time

Are there any error messages in syslog during the setup? Run the dmesg command at startup. Also open Disks and look st the SMART data for your disks. Some errors will produce strange delays but not make anything fail. A failing disk can waste a lot of time retrying then rewriting the data to a spare...
by Petermint
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Extreme Lag and Blocking when ram reaches 80%
Replies: 20
Views: 453

Re: Extreme Lag and Blocking when ram reaches 80%

Which application is using the ram? If there are several applications using the ram, the system can swap out applications that are not active. When it is one giant application, the application can be jumping back and forth all over memory, constantly dragging pages back into memory. I had to increas...
by Petermint
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: (SOLVED)Linux Mint Swap File vs Swap Partition
Replies: 25
Views: 658

Re: Linux Mint Swap File vs Swap Partition

surfing net with a few tabs open That would be a few megabytes of memory with a good Web browser but would be a few gigabytes with Chrome opening every link in the background. And then there are 4K videos. My average use is 1.6 GB but the peak use reaches 12 GB, the reason I had to increase my page...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Buying New Laptop – Video Editing
Replies: 20
Views: 446

Re: Buying New Laptop – Video Editing

I’ve also read that heat reduction of the CPU is important. How might I ascertain if a certain laptop includes good heat reduction? Most notebooks are good when there is clear access to the vents. Some computers move up when the screen is open. Some need to sit on a ramp or similar structure when o...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: Suggestions for a 64-bit laptop for Linux Mint?

Batteries last between 1000 and 3000 charges. Once per day, that is between 3 years and 9 years. The fans fill up with junk. If you can replace the battery and clean out the fan, everything should work. New chips take between 6 months and a year to get a reliable driver. Any popular notebook over a ...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Simple 'Format' killed my SD card
Replies: 20
Views: 341

Re: Simple 'Format' killed my SD card

Flash memory and magnetic disks have "spare sectors" to reallocate regular sectors when there is a write error. Cheap cards, sometimes with a fake brand on the front, have few or no spare sectors. Write errors crash the card/disk. Cheap & fake cards can be cards rejected by the major manufacturers b...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Extreme Lag and Blocking when ram reaches 80%
Replies: 20
Views: 453

Re: Extreme Lag and Blocking when ram reaches 80%

8 GB is double the worst case I see in Linux outside of Simplescan and Google Chrome. Chrome eats memory when it opens multiple pages in the background. Instead of waiting for the lockup at 80%, look at resource usage a couple of minutes after startup. You can use the System Monitor under Admin to s...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Photo Manipulation
Replies: 9
Views: 228

Re: Photo Manipulation

Pix sounds interesting and mentions adding comments to images. How does it stores the comments? Can you search on words in comments? I currently use Darktable because Darktable adds all comments, keywords, and edits to separate sidecar files instead of damaging the original image. The Darktable main...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: How to block adult content
Replies: 26
Views: 891

Re: How to block adult content

Add NoScript or equivalent. That blocks the Javascript in bad content/adverts that redirects you to bad sites. You avoid all sorts of scams, the people after your money or your likes or your vote.
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Best backup utility for Mint 19.2?
Replies: 26
Views: 884

Re: Best backup utility for Mint 19.2?

Partition backups are always slow because they backup everything every time. Rsync backups overwrite old files which creates a problem when you want an older version of a file but have not added a version number to the file name. Snapshot style backups use a special feature of Ext4 to store complete...
by Petermint
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: (SOLVED)Linux Mint Swap File vs Swap Partition
Replies: 25
Views: 658

Re: Linux Mint Swap File vs Swap Partition

With 4 GB of memory and Microsoft applications in a dual boot, swap was used because Windows actively swaps out stuff that is not used. Linux tends to leave stuff in memory until memory is full then swaps. When you hit swap in Linux, it can be a real slowdown on a magnetic disk. I now have a fast SS...
by Petermint
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint/WIN 10 dual boot
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Mint/WIN 10 dual boot

Linux can read and write all the Windows file formats, FAT, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS. Windows cannot access Linux Ext4. Anything you want to share has to be on NTFS or FAT. NTFS is similar to Ext4 in many ways except permissions. Anything on NTFS can be seen by anyone logged into your Linux.
by Petermint
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Restoring BackUp to a Smaller Drive
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: Restoring BackUp to a Smaller Drive

Would you happen to have a link to an article or two discussing this? I found discussions of the issue when researching a JMicron related problem. My issue turned out to be a USB 3 port problem that failed immediately with the JMicron chip but only occasionally with better chips. I did not keep the...

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