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by pbear
Mon May 21, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: how much space do I really need for Mint partition
Replies: 10
Views: 1750

Re: how much space do I really need for Mint partition

Gparted still shows 19.44GB being used. I can't figure this out. I haven't installed any programs of any size. Timeshift would do this. Copies all the system files (including apps), thus doubling the amount of space used. If that's the issue and you want to continue using Timeshift but also want to...
by pbear
Fri May 18, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

Please don't take this the wrong way, but I've made my contribution. Maybe others want to help with the questions, but mostly you need to work this out yourself. I will mention, for an explanation of the unformatted tiny partition at the beginning of a GPT device booting in BIOS, take a look at the ...
by pbear
Thu May 17, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

Congratulation. FYI, I was editing my prior post while you posted this, so take a look. Yes, apps are installed to root. That's also where Timeshift snapshots are saved. And there's no backup advantage I can think of keeping root small. What that is mainly going to do is cause you to run out of spac...
by pbear
Thu May 17, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Mint 18.3 very sluggish?
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Mint 18.3 very sluggish?

Further to Jerry's suggestion, the great thing about MultiBoot is that you can have up to 4 GB of persistent storage for each system on the drive. This means you can save settings and even install an app or two (e.g., Chrome, if that's an important benchmark for you). Be aware persistent systems are...
by pbear
Thu May 17, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

Full install to USB hard drive in BIOS, using GPT partition table : First, if you haven't already, copy off the HDD anything you want to keep, as you're going to format it cleanly. Second, boot a live session. I assume you're using a USB flash drive. No problem if you're using a DVD, but you'll hav...
by pbear
Thu May 17, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

So, with the above in mind, what do you recommend? Yes, you can do full install to the 1 TB external hard drive, giving 250 GB to Mint and retaining the rest for other purposes. I'd use a GPT table, as that gives you up to 128 primary partitions. As michael says, and explained in the linked tutoria...
by pbear
Wed May 16, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

What did you do wrong? Blunt answer, attempt an ambitious installation without understanding what you're doing. Before you do anything else, fix your Windows bootloader. This lifehacker article should help. Next, make a proper image backup of your Windows system, so you have the ability to restore t...
by pbear
Wed May 16, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

So, if I just shrink a partition and set aside some free space, say 30gb - will that be enough for Linux Mint, a handful of programs, while relying on my existing Windows partitions for my own data? And what options should I choose in the installer for Linux Mint to make use of this and set itself ...
by pbear
Wed May 16, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: File system corrupted for no obvious reason
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: Programs not Running Right

Don't think I've seen a similar report previously, so no idea what might be causing the problem. Run fsck again, of course. After reboot, let sit for fifteen minutes doing literally nothing - don't even touch the keyboard or mouse. If still running without error, try the following tasks, in this ord...
by pbear
Wed May 16, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions [SOLVED]
Replies: 28
Views: 503

Re: Just installed, can't boot. Tried to set up own partitions

A separate home partition has advantages, of course, but is inappropriate (IMHO) on a small system. I'd say anything less than 100 GB, actually, and certainly anything in the 20 to 32 GB range. Especially in those latter cases, separate home necessarily leaves root at risk for filling up. Besides, r...
by pbear
Wed May 16, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Can't get to grub to choose OS on boot
Replies: 15
Views: 308

Re: Can't get to grub to choose OS on boot

Sounds like fabien85's suspicion might be correct, i.e., you have a mismatch of installations, though I have no idea how that happens. Hopefully he will have more insights. In the meantime, let's see whether you can confirm the UEFI/BIOS state of the Windows install. If you could post a screenshot o...
by pbear
Tue May 15, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: File system corrupted for no obvious reason
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: Programs not Running Right

My bad. I copy-and-pasted the command incorrectly, leaving out sudo. Try again with sudo fsck -yv /dev/sda1.

By the way, in a live session, sudo commands go straight through without having to enter a password.
by pbear
Tue May 15, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Merging unallocated space to linux partition
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Merging unallocated space to linux partition

... it's a very tedious procedure. sometimes I'd wonder if it was actually better to do a re-installation, instead. I'd like to reiterate this point. I just went through a similar drill as a learning exercise.* In the end, I concluded it would have been easier to have done the reinstall. This is ev...
by pbear
Mon May 14, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: File system corrupted for no obvious reason
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: Programs not Running Right

Could be a couple things. Happily, the most likely is also the easiest to fix. What you want to try first is fsck (file system check). For this you need a live USB or DVD. The one you used for installation would be great but any live ISO will work. Main thing is you run fsck from "outside" the syste...
by pbear
Mon May 14, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Dual boot install of Mint xfce 18.3 with Win 8.1
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Dual boot install of Mint xfce 18.3 with Win 8.1

You're missing the point. That you can hear the drive is a red flag, regardless of age. Also, rather odd for an 8.1 laptop to be new, as 10 has been standard for almost three years. Anyhoo, sorry to have wasted your time. Won't happen again.
by pbear
Mon May 14, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Dual boot install of Mint xfce 18.3 with Win 8.1
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Dual boot install of Mint xfce 18.3 with Win 8.1

... when Mint boots there's a lot of audible hard disk activity ... Frankly, I'd be more worried about that. Suggests a drive about to fail. Have you checked the SMART data? Key stuff available in Disks , more with smartmontools . Also, does the machine eventually settle down and stop spinning the ...
by pbear
Mon May 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Can't get to grub to choose OS on boot
Replies: 15
Views: 308

Re: Can't get to grub to choose OS on boot

This is a common problem.* Try sudo update-grub. Reboot and report back. Good luck.

* For some obscure reason, the installer often fails to detect the Windows OS when configuring Grub.
by pbear
Mon May 14, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Reboot wipes Linux Mint Cinnamon back to default settings
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Re: Reboot wipes Linux Mint Cinnamon back to default settings

My suspicion also. Hey eted , welcome to the Forums. Have you installed Mint or are you running it from the ISO (the file you downloaded)? The latter would cause your symptoms because nothing you do in a "live session" (as it's called) survives shutdown. The live session is meant for testing and ins...
by pbear
Sun May 13, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Reinstallation frazzlement
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Reinstallation frazzlement

Congratulations on a successful resolution. Please edit the thread title in the first post to reflect that (see here ), so folks don't waste time wading through the thread only to discover it has become moot. As regards you're next "go" at installation, take a look at this tutorial , which specifica...
by pbear
Sun May 13, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Reinstallation frazzlement
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Reinstallation frazzlement

To revert a dual install, see How-To Geek , lifehacker and It’s FOSS . Notice the steps vary slightly depending on whether the computer uses BIOS or UEFI . Indeed, yours is probably the latter, unless you got to Win10 by upgrade from Win7. And, yeah, in future, it's a good idea to create a clean sys...

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