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by BG405
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: When did you come to Linux?
Replies: 171
Views: 9071

Re: When did you come to Linux?

I found this interesting in the Mandrake Linux got the same "Newbie distro" grief that Mint gets. Both came complete with loads of software, and ready to go. https://linux.slashdot.org/story/00/06/ ... 1-reviewed I tried visiting that but can not see the review itself; only the comments & other stu...
by BG405
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Mint Beta testers for the new inxi Perl release requested
Replies: 75
Views: 4247

Re: Mint Beta testers for the new inxi Perl release requested

These latest replies to this thread have reminded me of a possible improvement: if sudo is required e.g. for dmidecode, the script could maybe check for this & prompt for something like: Pasword required for memory (or other) details (y)   or Ignore this and generate report without the extra info (n)
by BG405
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: KDE
Topic: Preparing for Mint to drop the KDE distro
Replies: 265
Views: 21787

Re: Preparing for Mint to drop the KDE distro

It just failed to boot a few times and various things would crash or freeze up. About like most of the KDE distros. That is a bit surprising; I've not had any issues related to KDE on the various machines I have tested & installed it on. Runs like lightning compared to the other DEs I've tried on m...
by BG405
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: The joys of living in Rural Areas
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: The joys of living in Rural Areas

All the cell phone companies claim to have good 2G coverage here. They are all liars. Cell phone coverage in semi-rural areas really is quite poor for such a densely populated island; especially in the south where you'd expect pretty much blanket coverage. I always thought the networks should share...
by BG405
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: The joys of living in Rural Areas
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: The joys of living in Rural Areas

Great pictures (and thread in general); thanks for sharing! I'm afraid the view out of my back windows is of a rather overgrown mess .. shoulder is now just about up to cropping the pyracantha back a bit as it's competing with the Silver Birch .. brambles are invading too :oops: at least most of the...
by BG405
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Fans do not work at all
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Fans do not work at all

It may simply be that the fans need a good cleaning. They can get blocked up with dust, etc. and the heat sink as well. If so, take it for repair or do it yourself +1. These things can get blocked quite easily with dust, pet hair etc.. I shaved about 10-15°C off the average CPU temperature by clean...
by BG405
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [NO SOLUTION] PC unable to boot: No bootable devices found after kernel (or grub) update
Replies: 30
Views: 484

Re: [NO SOLUTION] PC unable to boot: No bootable devices found after kernel (or grub) update

There probably is a solution .. replacing the hard disk. If the system boots from the USB & the internal SATA controller is working OK, this should work. Maybe try an external hard drive (install to that) if you have a USB to SATA adaptor?
by BG405
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: System Information
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: System Information

Also you can use the command inxi -Fxzd > comp-info.txt (it will write output of the command inxi -Fxzd into text file comp-info.txt) This will put it in to whichever directory you are in (can be checked with pwd ). To make sure it goes in /home/username I'd do inxi -Fxzd > ~/comp-info.txt or anoth...
by BG405
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED]: BusyBox built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands (fsck doesn't work?)
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: [SOLVED]: BusyBox built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands (fsck doesn't work?)

The safe way I use:
Hold CTRL & ALT, then press SysRq followed by, with a few seconds between each:
R E I S U B
to reboot, or
R E I S U O
to power off.
by BG405
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Unable to login on virtual terminals: Entering username "auto-enters" blank passwords; gretty crashing
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Unable to login on virtual terminals: Entering username "auto-enters" blank passwords; gretty crashing

Very interesting .. and a very serious bug IMHO. Not being able to log in to a TTY would have made it rather more difficult for me to fix various issues including a borked DE. I wonder if chroot still works OK in these cases?

Could auto-login have anything to do with this?
by BG405
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Decryption of PS1 statement
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Decryption of PS1 statement

A bit of a late reply; was going to start a thread on this. Thanks for the info! Surprised I missed this thread before. Here's one of my custom PS1 settings: PS1='\[\033[01;31m\][\h\[\033[01;36m\] \W\[\033[01;31m\]]\$\[\033[00m\] ' PS1='\[\033[01;32m\][\u@\[\033[01;31m\]\h\[\033[01;37m\] \W\[\033[01...
by BG405
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Gday
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: Gday

Welcome! Bet it's a bit warmer there than it is here in Blighty .. :mrgreen:
by BG405
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Sleepless in Seattle
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Sleepless in Seattle

Welcome! Wish I'd started on Linux sooner but probably know more about fixing it than I do (or did) about Windows. I used to  butcher  diagnose & repair some of the worst Windows borkage, probably couldn't do it now but did fix one of my Mint systems on which loads of system components had been erro...
by BG405
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Testing on another partition and boot fix
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Testing on another partition and boot fix

The OS installed latest will always, as far as I know, take control of the bootloader by default. Maybe try installing the other OS without installing the bootloader e.g. with Mint, ubiquity -b from a Terminal to start the installer, then hopefully updating GRUB from your working Mint installation s...
by BG405
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Ethernet
Topic: Max Speed Ethernet internet Possible?
Replies: 24
Views: 540

Re: Max Speed Ethernet internet Possible?

Out of interest, you could try this (which I use exclusively; seems accurate enough): wget -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sivel/speedtest-cli/master/speedtest.py | python I sometimes run it a few times to get a rough average. Just checked & it gave me: Testing download speed....................
by BG405
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: New computer (my daughters old one)
Replies: 15
Views: 493

Re: New computer (my daughters old one)

For checking the battery condition, acpi -V is useful. It will show the design and remaining capacity. :wink: As for the WiFi card, I find the Atheros AR5B225 cards work well with Linux; others may suggest good alternatives. The one I mentioned can be found cheaply at least here in the UK.
by BG405
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Broken ISO on download page..?
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: Broken ISO on download page..?

Your CPU is not 64bits? My thoughts too. Apart from verifying the .ISO to make sure, it's worth opening a Terminal and posting the output of inxi -Fxz here. Usually, these days, the 64-bit version is the better choice. The inxi output will be a good guide as to whether this is the case for you. (No...
by BG405
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: (SOLVED) How can I schedule tasks? (Not yet solved) What are the commands needed for various tasks?
Replies: 36
Views: 720

Re: (SOLVED) How can I schedule tasks? (Not yet solved) What are the commands needed for various tasks?

Sorry for the delay, distractions as usual. There is apparently a way of mounting the NTFS partition with different apparent permissions, I need to look for the destructions for that; I read something about it ages back, on here somewhere I think. :wink: Hopefully this time I'll be back!
by BG405
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: 'Final stable' version?
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: 'Final stable' version?

I'm still loathe to waste an Windows Licence Key, that could be re-used, on that Laptop, so- we'll see what happens. Is the key tied to that machine? I felt that way too for a while but never got round to setting up a new Windows installation. One of the keys (an Anytime Upgrade key) has actually b...
by BG405
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Feral rescue cat
Replies: 20
Views: 529

Re: Feral rescue cat

OL I saw that most replies don't understand that a cat allows you to stay in the house only because you supply food :mrgreen: I'd add love to that statement. I'm always under the paw .. finding a comfortable position to place the keyboard is a bit of an issue. I get pounced on before I've had a cha...

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