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by Petermint
Thu Jun 06, 2024 6:29 pm
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: Amending my partitions
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Amending my partitions

NTFS alterations are best left to Windows. Some time ago, Microsoft changed NTFS in a way that makes it more complicated. There is a new Linux NTFS driver in development. Until then, use Windows to change NTFS partitions.
by Petermint
Wed Jun 05, 2024 9:30 pm
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: Failed Mint Install. Trying to reinstall Win 11
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: Failed Mint Install. Trying to reinstall Win 11

USB to Ethernet adapters
USB cable from smartphone. Tethering.
by Petermint
Mon Jun 03, 2024 2:23 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: Failed Mint Install. Trying to reinstall Win 11
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: Failed Mint Install. Trying to reinstall Win 11

On two machines, I had to download and compile WiFi chip drivers. Both times the chips were about 3 ~ 6 months old. Both chip drivers were included in Linux after one or two years.
by Petermint
Thu May 30, 2024 3:50 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: New user, need advice from experiences
Replies: 13
Views: 395

Re: New user, need advice from experiences

1.36 TiB used: 84.6 GiB (6.1%) Whoa! 6.1% used. Time for an upgrade. :D You could run anything on that machine. Well, maybe not the Chrome web browser. :shock: Pick one thing. Learn it. Pick something else. Repeat. What do you want to do next? Genealogy? Geology? Geometry? Graphics? Games? Gemology...
by Petermint
Thu May 30, 2024 1:16 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: What happens to files while switching to mint?
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: What happens to files while switching to mint?

Windows can handle FAT and NTFS. Linux can handle FAT, NTFS, and Ext4 with Ext4 the best long term choice but you can mix them any way you like. Windows on newer machines has something called fastboot which leaves NTFS partitions open. You have to shut down Windows properly to use a Windows NTFS par...
by Petermint
Mon May 27, 2024 4:06 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: [Solved] It seems that /var is taking up space, but Disk Analyzer does not see it...
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: It seems that /var is taking up space, but Disk Analyzer does not see it...

Did you click the down arrow to expand the var section?

Disk Usage Analyser is baobab. If it is not showing something, use the following command.
sudo baobab
by Petermint
Mon May 27, 2024 4:01 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: How to fix laggy OS on 4K?
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: How to fix laggy OS on 4K?

You have not listed your hardware or GUI. I use Cinnamon and switch off effects to reduce some forms of lag. You get similar problems with Nvidia hardware when not properly configured for the chip in your machine.
by Petermint
Mon May 27, 2024 3:57 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: should I update to kernal 6.5
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: should I update to kernal 6.5

You could list your hardware as suggested for diagnosing problems. There might be a reason to use a new kernel for your hardware if it is new or odd. I use the latest to make Nvidia work. The latest generations of intel have slow and fast cores which are handled properly only in the latest kernels.
by Petermint
Fri May 17, 2024 5:13 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: HDD activity light sometimes get stuck on [SOLVED]
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: HDD activity light sometimes get stuck on

Cloning it with that read error rate would take 319 days. :cry: Start again. You do not have to throw out the old one. You could use it as a place mat for a very small glass of espresso. That is one disadvantage of SSDs. Old 3.5" disks were big and heavy enough to hold doors open. Even a dead 2...
by Petermint
Tue May 14, 2024 4:32 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: HDD activity light sometimes get stuck on [SOLVED]
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: HDD activity light sometimes get stuck on

what does sync do? Sync tells the OS to commit the disk cache to disk and not return to the user until everything is written. Could be gigabytes in the cache and 20 or 60 or 90 seconds of writing to really slow devices or devices that are overheating. If sync does not return, open another terminal ...
by Petermint
Fri May 10, 2024 5:16 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: HDD activity light sometimes get stuck on [SOLVED]
Replies: 18
Views: 459

Re: HDD activity light sometimes get stuck on

First thought. Memory used up and locked into continuous paging. What do you see for memory and CPU in System Monitor?

Plus use the command dmesg to show any errors occurring at the time.
by Petermint
Fri May 10, 2024 5:12 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Is there a way to search index files on a windows formatted drive?
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Is there a way to search index files on a windows formatted drive?

the search doesn't work How are you searching? I search with Cinnamon's file manager, Nemo, and do not get the problem with default mounting of partitions. How are the Windows partitions set up? When you day "top", do you mean drive c:? What is shown in Nemo? I dual booted for years witho...
by Petermint
Thu May 02, 2024 7:38 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: What are the practical limitations of my encryption options?
Replies: 15
Views: 438

Re: What are the practical limitations of my encryption options?

So 8K mentioned above probably refers to the password length SHA allows keys up to 512 bit keys. PGP up to 4096 bit keys. Only computation speed limits key length and computation speed is only important when you are encrypting gigabytes, not when you encrypt a few hundred bytes of login settings. Y...
by Petermint
Thu May 02, 2024 3:51 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: What are the practical limitations of my encryption options?
Replies: 15
Views: 438

Re: What are the practical limitations of my encryption options?

If you store logins in your computer, they can access whatever you log into. Unless something encrypts the logins. For very small amounts of data, like a login file, you can have heavy duty encryption that is too slow for use across a whole drive. Instead of 256 bit encryption, you can have 8K bit. ...
by Petermint
Tue Apr 30, 2024 10:07 pm
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: What are the practical limitations of my encryption options?
Replies: 15
Views: 438

Re: What are the practical limitations of my encryption options?

There are lots of posts about problems with full disk encryption and the suggestions are almost always home directory encryption or just encrypting a folder. With full disk encryption, you need good backup. What happens when your computer breaks and you move the disk to a new computer? Will it work ...
by Petermint
Sun Apr 21, 2024 2:00 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: Best practice for upgrading Linux Mint
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Best practice for upgrading Linux Mint

Scripts are good after you learn some basics. You could set up a script for a Web server or a file server or ... Using tee, you can copy the output to a log file. See the progress in action and record a log with all the detail for future reference. I have scripts to turn a Raspberry Pi into whatever...
by Petermint
Sat Apr 20, 2024 8:59 pm
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: how much space does timeshift really need?
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: how much space does timeshift really need?

Disk usage analyzer shows what uses the most space. To include root usage, you can run the command sudo baobab . Baobab shows actual usage, the space used in Ext4, not the space shown by File Manager. My Timeshift snapshots show as 17.6 GB, 4.5 GB, then 2.0 GB. Most of the space in 4.5 GB is from ke...
by Petermint
Fri Apr 19, 2024 3:07 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: Best practice for upgrading Linux Mint
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Best practice for upgrading Linux Mint

New machine. Fresh install. Version change, like 20 to 21, fresh install. A spring clean every year is good. A fresh install every new version is the spring clean you forgot. :D I use a separate home directory to make the new install easier. Which means I do not really spring clean my home directory...
by Petermint
Fri Apr 19, 2024 3:03 am
Forum: Beginner Questions
Topic: how much space does timeshift really need?
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: how much space does timeshift really need?

Is the partition Ext4? There is space saving magic in Ext4. Is Timeshift running the default settings? If not, what are your settings? Changes to settings can make Timeshift include the previous timeshift data which multiplies space usage. Are you running the default settings? You only need a manual...
by Petermint
Mon Apr 01, 2024 11:02 pm
Forum: Programming & Development
Topic: Python 3 editor that works?
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: Python 3 editor that works?

Thonny works better than Geany based on a quick test with my simple beginners code. I cannot use it for the other languages but as a raw beginner, the easy to use factor is a winner. If my prowess at Python was compared to cooking, I am still learning to add water to the pot in preparation for the b...

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