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by steveplatz
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: XFCE
Topic: Nadia XFCE and Dropbox - I'm a bit puzzled...
Replies: 5
Views: 2870

Re: Nadia XFCE and Dropbox - How to connect

Subsequent installs have shown that only the following is necessary. Using your user name, insert the following: /home/YourUserName/.dropbox-dist/.dropboxd into "Menu > Settings > Session & Startup > Application Autostart" to autostart Dropbox at boot time. You can run the same comman...
by steveplatz
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: Mate Desktop Environment - GNOME2 fork
Replies: 398
Views: 168481

Re: Mate Desktop Environment - GNOME2 fork

I found a solution to the resize arrows on the panel: Add this to your ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file. Create the the file if you don't have one (I didn't have one in my Linux Mint 12 MATE, so I created it). style "default-style" { GtkWindow::resize-grip-height = 0 GtkWindow::resize-grip-width = 0 } c...
by steveplatz
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: No sound through speakers, ONLY through headphones
Replies: 1
Views: 2279

No sound through speakers, ONLY through headphones

I'm trying to understand if this is a hardware or software issue, yesterday I had sound through my laptop (Lenovo Ideapad U260) speakers and today I only have sound through my headphones. I am using Mint 12 with Cinnamon, but the issue persists with other desktops. As far as I know, I haven't made a...
by steveplatz
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Power management issues

Here's an update for anyone who finds this thread useful. After fully discharging my battery, it now seems that I can charge it to 100%, which will give my particular set-up about 3 hours unplugged. However, if after charging to 100% I go unplugged for only a short while, I cannot charge past the ch...
by steveplatz
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint 12 Battery life and question on Perl/Python
Replies: 6
Views: 1271

Re: Mint 12 Battery life and question on Perl/Python

Yes to all of your "does Mint 12 have this" questions, gcc version 4.6.1. Battery life is another issue, depending on your platform, you may like to look here.
by steveplatz
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

Yes, my issues are really with the 80% charge limit, but general power management advice is also appreciated, thank you. The ThinkWiki site mentions the following about Tp smapi The ThinkPad SL series and IdeaPad series have firmware that is completely different from other ThinkPad models. Neither t...
by steveplatz
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

If the changes you make while booting don't work or even your system crashes, there's nothing to worry since these changes are non-permanent (only editing /etc/default/grub is permanent). Thanks for your advice, ej64. I haven't yet noticed any improvement after making changes to grub - is there som...
by steveplatz
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

If it's a sandy bridge with hd graphics it's dead shure you are affected by the 2 power regressions that were introduced by changing the allowed CPU/GPU/chipset power states due to bug reports. My processor is a 1.33GHz Intel Core i5 U470, which is Nehalem. Would you still recommend the changes to ...
by steveplatz
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

Some have reported that 3.2 does a better job with power management. I'm downloading the daily of Ubuntu 12.04 with that kernal now to do some experiments with a live session on a USB stick. If I can't notice improvement, I will certainly revert to an older OS.
by steveplatz
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

ddaann wrote:I had similar problems and switched back to Mint 11 to wait it out.


Has that increased your battery performance? I will certainly install an older kernal if that is my best option.
by steveplatz
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

It sounds like the energy management software locked your battery charging. The only thing to do is to re-install windows and the energy management software (hope you did a backup of the Software partition your laptop probably came with) and uncheck the energy management feature. I very unfortunate...
by steveplatz
Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

Are you sure that using Ubuntu/Linux Mint with power regression issues has not already damaged your battery, reducing its capacity down to 80%? Such damage is one of the issues caused. That is also plausible, of course. I guess I didn't want to assume that power regression issues could damage a two...
by steveplatz
Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Others
Topic: How to make Notify-osd icons smaller??
Replies: 3
Views: 1227

Re: How to make Notify-osd icons smaller??

I don't think the notification icon used in the default theme is from notify-osd because the icons in that directory /usr/share/notify-osd/icons/gnome/scalable/status are all scalable .svg files, not like the fuzzy bitmap that you and I are seeing. I am trying to fix this issue, as well. The display...
by steveplatz
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo U260 battery only charges 80% with 64bit "Lisa"

I just stumbled across a bug report that gave some information of possible use here. I have heard about a battery care function that will apparently limit the maximum battery charge. When I look at /proc/acpi/battery/BAT1/info I see the following present: yes design capacity: 39960 mWh last full cap...
by steveplatz
Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Re: Lenovo U260 battery only charges 80% with 64bit "Lisa"

Updating to a newer kernel 'may' fix the issue.


What are the disadvantages to updating to a newer kernel, if any?
by steveplatz
Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?
Replies: 28
Views: 14720

Lenovo Energy Management software effecting Linux?

I have a Lenovo U260 that is only a month old. The first OS I used on it after immediately wiping Windows was 32bit Ubuntu 10.10, mostly because that was what I had been using for some time on my last machine. Eventually I decided to re-install Ubuntu, this time with 64bit 11.10. After doing this, I...

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