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by Anton32828
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [SOLVED] Advice or resource for the latest SSD configuration rules?
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: Advice or resource for the latest SSD configuration rules?

Thanks LanceM and KadaitchaMan! This puts my mind at ease. I’ve already verified TRIM. I’ll check the other suggestions. It’s a PNY 240 GB. $30 on sale at Best Buy. For what I want it’s plenty. I’m working through the book, “The Linux Command Line.” The Windows half of the box is running a data back...
by Anton32828
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [SOLVED] Advice or resource for the latest SSD configuration rules?
Replies: 7
Views: 296

[SOLVED] Advice or resource for the latest SSD configuration rules?

I’ve just installed Mint on an inexpensive PNY SDD, to replace an old 5400-rpm laptop drive. The internet is full of advice on how to configure SDD for maximum life-span. One bit of advice is to allow 20% or more unallocated space to help the SDD cycle through an even distribution of write “sectors....
by Anton32828
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Why is the default swap size equal to RAM?
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Why is the default swap size equal to RAM?

Which version of Mint - the default behaviour for versions after 19.x is to create small swap file - no swap partition at all. Having a swap file or partition equal or greater to RAM is all about hibernation. Hibernation is disabled by default in Mint 19.x and later. Sorry, my mistake. I was playin...
by Anton32828
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Why is the default swap size equal to RAM?
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Why is the default swap size equal to RAM?

For many years, the advice for installing Linux was to create a swap partition that was 2x the size of your RAM. I never fully understood this, but I did it because the gurus said to do it. I’ve done two Linux Mint installations in the last week on old laptops that I’m re-purposing. I did another on...
by Anton32828
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option

AndyMH wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:15 pm
If grub is giving you the option of booting win, there is no need to go into BIOS to boot it.
Yep, it’s good to go. My main reason for keeping the Windows boot record un-disturbed is for convenience in resetting the PC if I sell it or hand it down. Thanks AndyMH!
by Anton32828
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I'm going to try Linux Mint, looking for any help :)
Replies: 20
Views: 777

Re: I'm going to try Linux Mint, looking for any help :)

Hello PCMan07, Your situation sounds like mine from years ago when I built my Windows 7 desktop. The best thing you have going for you is that you built the PC yourself, so you really know your machine. Also, I just turned an old Windows 8 laptop into dual-boot Windows 10 / Linux Mint machine, so I ...
by Anton32828
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Is this the best way to fresh install windows 10 + mint?
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Is this the best way to fresh install windows 10 + mint?

I just did this. The main issue is your boot loader (you may know this already). The Windows 10 installer over-writes all other boot partitions. So, you have to install it first, then install Linux. Linux installs the Gnu boot utility (GRUB), which is happy to let you choose between Linux and other ...
by Anton32828
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option

Thanks all for your help. I tried burning a DVD using a USB DVD drive. Once the ISO image DVD was loaded, my BIOS showed it as a boot option --- which was not there previously. I could not install using the DVD unfortunately; I suspect a bad "disk burn" session since the drive and media ar...
by Anton32828
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option

The current boot mode is UEFI. Windows 10 is disk "C." My current VM is disk "D." I'd like to keep the Windows boot manager as-is on C, and make all changes to disk "D". Ideal case: (1) Install GRUB as the boot sector for disk "D" (2) Change BIOS to boot "...
by Anton32828
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option
Replies: 8
Views: 277

[SOLVED] Installation advice needed for Mini PC with no USB Boot option

Hello all, As a “lockdown” project, I bought a cheap mini-PC to play around with Linux after several years away. It is a nice little package: 8gb ram, 128gb ssd, Celeron quad core (hey, I said it was cheap), Windows 10 Pro, and space for an extra hard drive. But, in a situation I’’ve never seen befo...
by Anton32828
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: Problem with NTFS HDD
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Problem with NTFS HDD

Thanks for your help! I suspected the drive might be dead, but hoped for a way to save the drive. It's been years since I've last dealt with hardware-level or partition-level drive issues. Nice to have confirmation of my hunch. The good thing is that I know this particular drive doesn't have anythin...
by Anton32828
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: Problem with NTFS HDD
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Problem with NTFS HDD

Update; Here is the lsusb and parted output. I think what I'm seeing is a drive with a corrupted partition table. Can anyone comment / help? This may also be a problem for the OP. Thanks in advance for your help. lsusb command displays the drive on Bus 3 device 3: Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c52b Lo...
by Anton32828
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: Problem with NTFS HDD
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Problem with NTFS HDD

I'm following this topic because I have a similar problem: An external hard drive (possibly damaged) won't mount when using a USB e-sata adapter. I pulled it from an older computer that was dual-booting Ubuntu (old version) and Windows 7 before I recycled the PC. I thought I could use Linux to exami...

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