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by Petermint
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Fastest single thread processor in a notebook
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Fastest single thread processor in a notebook

I looked at Ryzen notebooks. Based on current models, the prices may be lower but the maximum single thread speed is lower. Some of the Intel based ultrabooks are dropping in price, including the ones with high single thread speeds. What is not improving is the range of SSD. A decent size SSD is sti...
by Petermint
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: clarification, swapfile swappartition HDD and SSD on installation
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: clarification, swapfile swappartition HDD and SSD on installation

The swap file in my system rarely receives a write. It sits at zero most of the time. Of the 4 GB memory, the max usage in Linux Mint Cinnamon often sits below 2 GB. I do not use Google Chrome. Most of the applications i use will also run on Windows. Most use less memory than the Windows equivalents...
by Petermint
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Books on how to move over from Windows 10 to Linux Mint?
Replies: 20
Views: 278

Re: Books on how to move over from Windows 10 to Linux Mint?

Using the live boot option should show up any problems with hardware. They are usually graphics or Wifi chips. They usually occur on brand new machines and disappear after 6 ~ 12 months when the Linux chip support catches up. You can switch to the latest software on Windows before the conversion or ...
by Petermint
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Slow copying to USB stick?
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

If you are copying through Nemo, there are some improvements in Nemo in LM 19.2. How do you perform the copy?
by Petermint
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: clarification, swapfile swappartition HDD and SSD on installation
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: clarification, swapfile swappartition HDD and SSD on installation

The system can use a swap file in an existing partition without you creating a swap partition. You can easily change the size of the swap file without reallocating partitions. You might find it easier to remove all the swap partitions and use swap files. My machine is a clean install of LM 19 with d...
by Petermint
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Fastest single thread processor in a notebook
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Fastest single thread processor in a notebook

The most time consuming applications in Linux Mint are all single thread. My SSD is fast enough to feed several threads. For my next notebook, I am looking for the maximum single thread speed processor. The i7 8565U looks like the best bet with a "turbo" speed of 4.6 GHz and a single thread rating o...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Mitigating accidental deletion of files and folders
Replies: 12
Views: 310

Re: Mitigating accidental deletion of files and folders

Optical disk storage depends on the brand and the technology. There are plenty of disk brands that rotted in just a couple of years when the metal layer separated or corroded. Good SD cards and SSDs survive almost forever if they are only read. Like metal optical disks (the write once type), the sto...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Best Distro For Old Computers
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Best Distro For Old Computers

Linux works in 2GB. Google Chrome needs 200GB. If an old computer has a dedicated graphics chip, every Linux GUI works. Without dedicated GPU, you need Xfce with all options switched off. SSDs are always a good upgrade. Ask anyone who has bumped a PC off a desk. A magnetic disk is the first thing to...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: ...to dual boot or not to dual boot
Replies: 10
Views: 177

Re: ...to dual boot or not to dual boot

Installing Linux along side Window as dual boot is the easiest way to run both on one machine. Trying to install Windows later, in a virtual machine or any other configuration, is difficult. I tested several virtual machine options under Linux and none ran the required applications with the required...
by Petermint
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Wine or something else?
Replies: 17
Views: 344

Re: Wine or something else?

Dual boot or full on Linux with Wine? I tested Wine for some applications. One release of an application will run then the next fails! When you have Windows installed, it is easy to convert to dual boot while you work out which applications will work on Linux. If you delete Windows, install Linux as...
by Petermint
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?

I might upgrade before transferring from this machine to the next.
by Petermint
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?
Replies: 4
Views: 220

kernels 4.15, 4.18, 5.0?

LM 19.2 lists kernels 4.15, 4.18, and 5.0. The support times do not worry me. Is there any advantage of 4.18 or 5.0 if you do not have a specific problem? A search lists them only for specific problems and hardware, except for something labelled "fixes for EXT4". Worrying! I will most likely buy new...
by Petermint
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Drive space and Linux query.
Replies: 14
Views: 495

Re: Drive space and Linux query.

Fslint Janitor is another useful program. It can find duplicate files. Those documents, pictures, and images you copied to three different places over the years.
by Petermint
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Grsync - has anyone used it on Linux and Windows?
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Grsync - has anyone used it on Linux and Windows?

I use rsync to backup user data from Linux to an external disk. Grync looks like it could be good for simple backups anyone could run. Grsync is also listed as working on Windows. Has anyone used Grsync on Windows? I would do the installation. The user would then run the backup for their user data. ...
by Petermint
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Themes, Icons, & Wallpaper
Topic: How do you change a colour in the default theme?
Replies: 0
Views: 227

How do you change a colour in the default theme?

LM 19.2 promises a small number of contrast improvements. I want to make similar changes but to increase the contrast further for viewing outdoors. The main problem is the grey icons on a grey background. The background should be lighter and the icons darker, far more than the 19.2 change. Can you c...
by Petermint
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: CAD recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 660

Re: CAD recommendations

Some of the specialised tools have a use.Yesterday I switched from paper to Sweet Home 3D to work out dimensions for a house. A draftsperson will draw the final plans.
by Petermint
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Are most Linux Distros easily broken? Your advice please.
Replies: 42
Views: 1677

Re: Are most Linux Distros easily broken? Your advice please.

Carpenter to the apprentice.
"You hold the other end of the hammer."

Or the fatal one for the carpenter holding a nail:
"When I nod my head, you hit it with the hammer."
by Petermint
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: CAD recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 660

Re: CAD recommendations

LibreCAD:
LibreCAD started as a project to build CAM capabilities into the community version of QCad for use with a Mechmate CNC router.
by Petermint
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: CAD recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 660

Re: CAD recommendations

What you want to draw? 2D? LibreCAD 3D? FreeCAD Machines? Buildings? Electrical circuits? https://petermoulding.com/cad_-_computer_aided_design_-_free I wanted to draw a 2D layout with the option for a 3D "lightray" evaluation later. The 3D stuff was too complicated for the initial drawing and the e...
by Petermint
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: random shutdown
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: random shutdown

Sudden shutdown. Takes a while to work again. Probably hardware overheating. After the cool down time, everything works again.

Remove case. Vacuum the dust out of the fans. Make sure they rotate. You can touch things to find out if they are hot.

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