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by owend
Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint 18 64bit Cinnamon slow boot and shutdown
Replies: 5
Views: 744

Re: Linux Mint 18 64bit Cinnamon slow boot and shutdown

I did a fresh install of 18.1 Cinnamon last week after 17.3 for the last year or so; start-up has as always been fast so I can't help there, but shutdown, usually about 10 seconds, was randomly up to a couple of minutes with the mint logo (dots changing) on a black screen. I looked at several simila...
by owend
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Cinnamon crashes, I have a working desktop (SOLVED)
Replies: 12
Views: 1227

Re: Cinnamon crashes, I have a working desktop (SOLVED)

A bit late posting, but I had the same problem after an update yesterday (5 November); it wouldn't even let me shut down, I had to power-off. I tried several suggested solutions with no success, and eventually solved it by by going to Software Manager and selecting install Cinnamon. It didn't want t...
by owend
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: *SOLVED* Desktop unstable: Linux Mint 17.3
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: *SOLVED* Desktop unstable: Linux Mint 17.3

FWIW, my safety strategy: I back up regularly on a removable medium, either NAS or, increasingly, USB stick since they're getting economically viable and they're fast (my new build has USB3!). The removable media are kept outside the house so a burglary, fire etc should leave them safe. For day-to-d...
by owend
Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: *SOLVED* Desktop unstable: Linux Mint 17.3
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: *SOLVED* Desktop unstable: Linux Mint 17.3

I've used Mint for years, currently on 17.3. The last few days it's been crashing and freezing randomly, sometimes twice in ten minutes; eventually I couldn't boot it at all. This all started after an update (not to blame, I don't think) and then when I was using Firefox (45.0). I think something in...
by owend
Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: I'm having trouble getting my laptop to recognize that a bootable USB stick exists.
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: I'm having trouble getting my laptop to recognize that a bootable USB stick exists.

Did you select "Make bootable USB stick", not simply copy the iso file to the stick (right-click on the iso file)?
by owend
Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: I can't change the boot order in Grub2

I tried all sorts then gave up! I did a fresh install of 17.3 on top of where 17.1 was (having done copious backups :D ) .sda1 used to have no entry for the Mount Point, and now its says /boot/efi, so the lack of an EFI directory is explained. The previous 17.3 also boots when selected, although I d...
by owend
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: I can't change the boot order in Grub2

As requested: In 17.1: owen@owen ~ $ [ -d /sys/firmware/efi ] && echo "Currently in EFI mode" || echo "Currently in Legacy mode" Currently in EFI mode owen@owen ~ $ In 17.3: owen@owen-Z97M-D3H ~ $ [ -d /sys/firmware/efi ] && echo "Currently in EFI mode" ...
by owend
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: I can't change the boot order in Grub2

How do I do that? I tried /dev/sda1 (where my boot partition is):

owen@owen-Z97M-D3H ~ $ sudo grub-install /dev/sda1
[sudo] password for owen:
Installing for x86_64-efi platform.
grub-install.real: error: cannot find EFI directory.
owen@owen-Z97M-D3H ~ $
by owend
Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: I can't change the boot order in Grub2

I've reinstalled grub-efi-amd64 and run efibootmgr: owen@owen-Z97M-D3H ~ $ sudo efibootmgr BootCurrent: 0009 Timeout: 1 seconds BootOrder: 0009,0003,0005,0000,0006,0008 Boot0000* ubuntu Boot0003* Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB Boot0005* WDC WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 Boot0006* HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH41N Boot0008 UEFI: ...
by owend
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2
Replies: 12
Views: 875

Re: I can't change the boot order in Grub2

Thanks for the quick replies, impressive! Cosmo: sorry, yes it's Cinnamon. I've tried your route several times and no change to the boot order. One of the oddities is that if I run update-grub it finds the kernel for 17.3 but no partition (it's on sda4), then finds and names 17.1: owen@owen-Z97M-D3H...
by owend
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: (Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2
Replies: 12
Views: 875

(Solved) I can't change the boot order in Grub2

I've been running Mint 17.1 as the solo OS on a new-build machine. I've just installed 17.3 as a second OS. Grub2 picks both up, but always with 17.1 as the first, default, OS. Both OSs work fine when selected. I want to put 17.3 as default and shorten the timeout from 10 to, say, 3 seconds but I ca...
by owend
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED random freeze between login and desktop Mint 17.1
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: random freeze between login screen and desktop Mint 17.1

Tested for a week, with 41 starts (!), no freeze at all, so the updated kernel seems to be the answer. Thanks again, Pjotr.

Owen
by owend
Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED random freeze between login and desktop Mint 17.1
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: random freeze between login screen and desktop Mint 17.1

Thanks for that, Pjotr. I've always been a bit cautious about playing with kernels, but I followed your clear instructions and I've updated it to 3.16.0.52-generic As you can see it starts perfectly and I can't see any problems so far, with a quick check. I'll go quiet for a few days and see if the ...
by owend
Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED random freeze between login and desktop Mint 17.1
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: random freeze between login screen and desktop Mint 17.1

As requested: owen@owen ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: owen Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: Gnome (Gtk 3.10.8) Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z97M-D3H version: x.x Bios: American Megatrends version: F6 date: 12/23/2014 CPU: Quad core Intel ...
by owend
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED random freeze between login and desktop Mint 17.1
Replies: 5
Views: 466

SOLVED random freeze between login and desktop Mint 17.1

I built a new computer in the Summer with a SSD as main disk and 8Gb of RAM, and installed Mint 17.1 which I was using with no problems on my old, slower, setup. The new setup is good, the boot and access times are much improved. The machine always opens as far as the login screen quickly and smooth...
by owend
Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:08 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: HDMI connection to (new) monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: HDMI connection to (new) monitor

Thanks for the comments, you're probably right about having to wait for a driver to load, although I'd have thought that a wired connection didn't need a driver? Might be wrong on that. I'd checked the BIOS and couldn't see anything to force output to HDMI; also there's an OSD which is accessible by...
by owend
Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: HDMI connection to (new) monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 524

HDMI connection to (new) monitor

I run Mint 13, and I've just upgraded my monitor. The new one (AOC) has an HDMI connector which is supposed to give better results than the old one's (Acer) VGA, although I can't see much difference so far which may be because the new screen is much clearer with either connection! My problem is that...
by owend
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: Installing KDE on top of Gnome
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: Installing KDE on top of Gnome

Preaching to the converted, I back up religiously! I tend to back up data only, then if I do have to reinstall I'll do a clean install and get the latest versions of programs, and only the ones I need - good incentive for a cleanup. Anyway, KDE installed perfectly even after the Mint KDE glitch; I e...
by owend
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: Installing KDE on top of Gnome
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: Installing KDE on top of Gnome

Hoser Rob, thanks for that. I realised that installing mint-kde would be, effectively, the same as installing standard kde (or as in your case xfce) in that I'd get an option of which DE to boot into. I've had different DEs on the same distro before with a choice at boot, I had a lot of fun a couple...
by owend
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: KDE
Topic: Installing KDE on top of Gnome
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: Installing KDE on top of Gnome

Thanks for advice, kc1di: I saved all my data in case and tried the synaptic>mint-meta-kde route. All went well until an error message: E: /var/cache/apt/archives/mint-info-kde_2012.05.02_amd64.deb: trying to overwrite '/etc/linuxmint/info', which is also in package mint-info-mate 2012.05.02 and the...

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