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by Petermint
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Will Linux Mint eventually support Arm?
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: Will Linux Mint eventually support Arm?

The Raspbian version of Linux is excellent and available for X86 under the name Pixel. It is LMDE based, the main reason I would not use Pixel anywhere I can use LM. Anything heavier than LMDE is too slow on most ARM chips. To keep the power usage low, the graphics chips are too weak for the range o...
by Petermint
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is the lowest cost useful Linux Mint notebook with Wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: What is the lowest cost useful Linux Mint notebook with Wifi

A refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad
I looked at local suppliers of one year old refurbished computers with an as new guarantee, one year. Compared to the original retail price, they look like a big saving. Compared to the current models that are on sale, the refurbished models are slightly more expensive.
by Petermint
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is the lowest cost useful Linux Mint notebook with Wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: What is the lowest cost useful Linux Mint notebook with Wifi

If it's a laptop, just run up a live USB installation.
I asked about that in one shop and they threw me out. Thought I was going to hack their network.
by Petermint
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: What is the lowest cost useful Linux Mint notebook with Wifi
Replies: 8
Views: 248

What is the lowest cost useful Linux Mint notebook with Wifi

Often I am recommending Raspberry Pi machines and similar for home automation. They have Wifi. Solar systems have Wifi. For example: https://petermoulding.com/solar_power_is_almost_the_default_power_for_australia The user then needs a notebook to read all the data and show on a decent size screen. O...
by Petermint
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Signal messenger standalone version [SOLVED]
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Signal messenger standalone version [SOLVED]

Signal is a replacement for Whatsapp now that Whatsapp is owned by Facebook. I am about to install Signal instead of Whatsapp and as a replacement for Skype when I can talk people away from the dark side.
by Petermint
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Timeshift failed to backup system
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: Timeshift failed to backup system

My backups up to 2011 include all the database files. My clean install of LM 18 included all the database files. My rsync backups from 2017 and 2018 include the mysql directories but no data files. What changed? The problem is rsync/MariaDB/MySQL and Timeshift does nothing to warn you about the prob...
by Petermint
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Timeshift failed to backup system
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Timeshift failed to backup system

I tried to restore missing system files from last week but Timeshift did not back them up. Timeshift ignored the MySQL files. There should be a big warning about that and any other ignored files. I will dump all my TImeshift backups and go back to rsync.
by Petermint
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Cinnamon constantly crashes after update to kernel 4.15.0-24
Replies: 51
Views: 3927

Re: Cinnamon constantly crashes after update to kernel 4.15.0-24

There is a note in another thread about new ISOs using the new kernel and fixing only one or two of the known problems. The main problem fixed is the one where you have to install offline to stop automatic updates during installation. There are other problems are waiting on other fixes.
by Petermint
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Removed Flatpak, boot fixed
Replies: 0
Views: 60

Removed Flatpak, boot fixed

Clean install of LM 19 Cinnamon. The boot process goes to a black screen until I hit Ctrl-C a couple of times. The latest log shows 88 seconds with nothing happening. There are no error messages. I noticed Flatpack was started. I do not use Flatpak. I deleted Flatpak. LM 19 now boots normally, simil...
by Petermint
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: [solved] Video files no longer playing
Replies: 5
Views: 1281

Re: [solved] Video files no longer playing

I tested mint-meta-codecs and ubuntu-restricted-extras to make MPEG-2 playable. ubuntu-restricted-extras used only 35 MB and made the videos work. mint-meta-codecs wanted to install 135 MB including adobe-flashplugin. People should test ubuntu-restricted-extras first. Ban Flash!
by Petermint
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: What Are the 5 Green/White Dots During Startup?
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Re: What Are the 5 Green/White Dots During Startup?

This raises the question of how you work out progress when the install freezes. Can you go back to the old Linux command line display?
by Petermint
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <FIXED> Installing Linux Mint 19 from ISO, please read, EFI installs only
Replies: 87
Views: 8550

Re: Installing Linux Mint 19 from ISO, please read

The real problem is that it shouldn't be standard procedure. You should not have to do it but it helps separate out the iso software problems from the problems caused by updates, especially when the iso is a few weeks old. Network timeouts also screw up installs. My first attempt with a spare USB 2...
by Petermint
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <FIXED> Installing Linux Mint 19 from ISO, please read, EFI installs only
Replies: 87
Views: 8550

Re: Installing Linux Mint 19 from ISO, please read

I started again with a USB 3 stick. LM 19 clean installed worked for me with network disconnected. Applied all updates after install finished. Selected the wipe disk option. Oops, forgot about the dual boot to Windows. :-) Only incompatibility is Firefox which seems to use a different password file....
by Petermint
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: I made a mistake with timeshift and i lose everything /home
Replies: 14
Views: 356

Re: I made a mistake with timeshift and i lose everything /home

File recovery programs vary but many are aimed at the FAT file system where files are marked as deleted by changing one character in the file name. You need a recovery program designed for your file system. When a file is "recovered", it might be missing segments. You start an install. The partition...
by Petermint
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <FIXED> Installing Linux Mint 19 from ISO, please read, EFI installs only
Replies: 87
Views: 8550

Re: Installing Linux Mint 19 from ISO, please read

My attempt at testing LM 19 from a USB stick locked up after one of the five dots turned green. I guess I will not proceed to the install step.

Does the USB stick boot record messages/logs the same as Linux on a disk?
by Petermint
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: What Are the 5 Green/White Dots During Startup?
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Re: What Are the 5 Green/White Dots During Startup?

LM 19 has the same five dots. when testing LM 19 from a USB stick, the process stopped after the first dot turned green. I was hoping that would indicate point X.
by Petermint
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Timeshift and required file systems?
Replies: 56
Views: 1871

Re: Timeshift and required file systems?

Encryption is tricky. If you use an application with built in password storage, the restore can fail because you lost the password file when your hard disk crashed. Check what is required for a restore before committing to a backup. There are options to encrypt an external disk, or a partition on an...
by Petermint
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Timeshift and required file systems?
Replies: 56
Views: 1871

Re: Timeshift and required file systems?

If you cannot review the source code, you can look at the generated rsync command and the operations log. I used rsync then switched to Timeshift and compared what Timeshift does to what native rsync does. The only requirement with Timeshift was to edit the list of excluded files and directories, so...
by Petermint
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Cinnamon constantly crashes after update to kernel 4.15.0-24
Replies: 51
Views: 3927

Re: Cinnamon constantly crashes after update to kernel 4.15.0-24

I was hit by the same update and had to revert to 4.13.0-45. The graphics are plain Intel. Nothing else. The update also killed wireless access.

Lucky I had Windows handy to browse the Web. :twisted:
by Petermint
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Linux promotion foiled by DVD drive
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: Linux promotion foiled by DVD drive

I opened a video DVD with no problems. Must be the file system. Will leave the disk until I need another disk from the same source, which could be a long time.

Might be nano technology by then. Drives made secure by the simple fact that they are so small, nobody can find them. :D

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