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by Minux1
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: angel appointed to watch over idiots
Replies: 0
Views: 63

angel appointed to watch over idiots

I was trying in vain to set up a HP Inkjet 470 on my LM XFCE v19.2(64 bit) computer. Copied, pasted and executed some code I found online that resulted in the installation of a version of HPLIP (already contained in the online package repository) on my computer and the addition of a HP device manage...
by Minux1
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Printers & Scanners
Topic: configuring HP photosmart C4740 for Linux Mint 19.2 laptop computer
Replies: 25
Views: 456

Re: configuring HP photosmart C4740 for Linux Mint 19.2 laptop computer

Have a HP Inkjet H470 that I have yet to try and configure on my LM XFCE v19.2 (64 bit) computers. I'm looking at (and will be happy with) a USB cable connection as the printer isn't hardwired for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Don't know whether the installation will happen spontaneously (plug & play) like it...
by Minux1
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Cinnamon over XFCE; Worth it?
Replies: 26
Views: 1637

Re: Cinnamon over XFCE; Worth it?

"water seeks it's own level" XFCE or CINNAMON? From my own experience 2-4 GB RAM seems to be the domain of LM XFCE. 4 GB (with 64 bit O/S) and beyond then more bells & whistles DEs can be comfortably accommodated if that is desirable. I found that Cinnamon was kind of "draggy" on my less endowed co...
by Minux1
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: My elderly Acer Aspire One
Replies: 45
Views: 3576

Re: My elderly Acer Aspire One

I found RAM is the most critical criterion with the Acer Aspire One netbooks. Switching out HDDs in favour of SSD drives also makes a noticeable difference. If you slip much below 2GB (design max) with the AO532hs things start to get "sticky" especially with 64 bit. Having said that I have an Acer A...
by Minux1
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: My elderly Acer Aspire One
Replies: 45
Views: 3576

Re: My elderly Acer Aspire One

I can't imagine what distro wouldn't load on the subject netbook?? :mrgreen: Intel Clear Linux will not boot on my Aspire... a shame because it is lightning fast on our old circa 2006 Dell box, which has less RAM than the netbook but a beefier CPU. Try LM XFCE. Go with the 64 bit version as the AO5...
by Minux1
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?

I am running Turbo Tax on my Win7 Pro desktop PC, and so far, it has not failed to work. as of last year's taxes, I did them on my local PC, I just don't trust doing it 'online'. I want all of the documentation stored on my own HDD . Before critics yell at me that Win7 is out of date, go find someo...
by Minux1
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?

WINE is often not the panacea windows-linux bridge it is totted to be.
Sometimes WINE is like using a jar lid the right size but with the wrong threading.
It will fit but the result is loose, leaky, messy and the result far from ideal.
by Minux1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?

Friend of mine is running w10 Pro (64 bit) & LM Cinnamon (64 bit). Those w10 steamroller major updates can send GRUB and his whole dual boot system for a spin and then he has to go into disaster recovery mode. I won't dual boot anything with w10. Not interested in having a "I'm taking over" O/S run ...
by Minux1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?

To my knowledge, there isnt one that is totally linux suitable but i do know that some have had great success with the turbo tax "online" free version for non-professional usage...DAMIEN Kinda disappointing. :( Another Linux functionality "vacuum" that needs work. There should be at least 1 or 2 vi...
by Minux1
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

What's the best Linux income tax (Canadian) prep software?

I don't believe the old standby Inuit Turbotax supports Linux.
Can anybody recommend a good secure Linux based income tax preparation program?
I have been using Inuit Turbotax in the windows domain.
I'm not interested in the online or cloud based utilities. :?:
by Minux1
Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: My elderly Acer Aspire One
Replies: 45
Views: 3576

Re: My elderly Acer Aspire One

My two Acer 532h netbooks continue to function well with LM v19.2 64 bit. Not gamers by any stretch of the imagination but respectable speed. Those 10.1" screens are very clear. Quite usable in 2019 with SSD implants and maxed out RAM (2 GB). I suppose if I threw them into the metal box of the picku...
by Minux1
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: My elderly Acer Aspire One
Replies: 45
Views: 3576

Re: My elderly Acer Aspire One

I guess GIMP is as good as it gets for the “strictly Linux” crowd. Don’t see Adobe making a Linux dedicated Photoshop for our small “market share” anytime soon. And Photoshop though the matriarch of image processing programs is an unrepentant CPU cycle and RAM glutton more suitable for high end I7 W...
by Minux1
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

Still working up the courage to hit that ENTER key. :shock:
by Minux1
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

For my Acer AO532h netbook (quite old - pre EUFI) the v1.26 bios package downloaded from the Acer website has 2 components 1) windows (.exe), 2) pure DOS (FLASH.bat) & the actual flash (Nav50.fd) file. The windows and DOS methods are 2 separate entities. To avoid having to pan through DOS directorie...
by Minux1
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

Supplemental: I downloaded the ZIP file from the Hirens website on a windows PC and unzipped it and burned the ISO image in the folder to a DVD using an external Samsung optical drive and Nero 2018 as the image burning software. Even though the drive was an external USB DVD/CD drive I successfully b...
by Minux1
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

I have no outstanding reason to update the bios in any of my Linux computers. Beginners luck has manifested itself in spades and everything is currently working and working well. LM XFCE is the salvation of many legacy computers. I have 4 "Lazarus machines" running LM XFCE. It ain't broke so I'm not...
by Minux1
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

3. Install the free trial Windows 10, which is fully functional for 90 days (thus wiping your Linux) ; I updated my BIOS using the Hirens Boot CD which allows you to boot into Windows XP & make the changes there. No need to wipe Linux. Sounds like the most workable solution yet if there's a boot fr...
by Minux1
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

the local computer shop, for some 20$ or so, will use an SPI flasher to fix it... Good luck with that. Most computer shops around here will charge you $50 for "cleaning" your computer which consists of running a free copy of CCleaner on it. They are clueless about any machines other than cash regis...
by Minux1
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

I'll go out on a limb and say it would probably be good advice to anyone migrating from windows to Linux (without dual boot option) to update the bios of the subject PC BEFORE overwriting (deleting) the windows installation. :mrgreen: I still have the original 320 GB HDD with windows 10 that came o...
by Minux1
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?
Replies: 22
Views: 649

Re: Is there a safe method of flashing (updating) bios in Linux?

3. Install the free trial Windows 10, which is fully functional for 90 days (thus wiping your Linux) ; :shock: A bit like having to chainsaw your legs off to change your socks. In other words we get dragged back to windows like recalcitrant school kids to update the bios of most if not all brands o...

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