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by I2k4
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Wifi driver Linux Mint
Replies: 11
Views: 184

Re: Wifi driver Linux Mint

I had wifi problems with a USB adapter using a Realtek chipset, and found the solution here: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/reserve-7 Note the first step is to identify the specific chipset using lsusb And then follow the protocol for it, precisely. The fixes are very different f...
by I2k4
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Long Term Support
Replies: 15
Views: 419

Re: Long Term Support

I started with Ubuntu 10.04, and after decades of Windows was seriously disappointed to learn that while "LTS" applied to OS updates, at that time third-party software support dried up after about 18 months and at two years everything but the core OS was out of date. I'm not sure if it's clear so: ...
by I2k4
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Long Term Support
Replies: 15
Views: 419

Re: Long Term Support

... 1) Why is there a difference? 2) Is it safe to use Linux Mint 18.3 Xfce not only in 2018 and January - April 2019, but also in 2020 and January - April 2021? I started with Ubuntu 10.04, and after decades of Windows was seriously disappointed to learn that while "LTS" applied to OS updates, at ...
by I2k4
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: 32 or 64 bit
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: 32 or 64 bit

How can I tell if my hardware can run 64 bit OS. Or, if I have 32 bit hardware?= platform. What command do I need to run. Thank you! I went for a long time thinking a couple of PCs with 32bit Windows wouldn't run 64bit Mint, but have been concerned about end of life for 32bit Linux (including some ...
by I2k4
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Are BitLocker drives ANY problem?
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Are BitLocker drives ANY problem?

Hello! I have recently started SimRacing which is requiring me to use Windows (not there yet Linux) So in Windows 10 I am really tempted to turn on BitLock on all the drives to just get everything secured. Would that create ANY problems with my Linux Mint Usage? What about especially the SSD where ...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Getting rid of Windows
Replies: 14
Views: 438

Re: Getting rid of Windows

Know thyself, is the philosopher's wisdom. While I'm primarily using Mint, I keep Windows on board via dual boots and use cross-platform software where possible. Mainline Linux software like LibreOffice, GIMP, photo and video editors, VLC media player, etc. all have excellent Linux as well as Window...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Upgrade from 17 to 18 (or 19)
Replies: 14
Views: 1550

Re: Upgrade from 17 to 18 (or 19)

I'm still on M17.3 32bit Cinnamon and XFCE, and plan to stay with it so long as the OS is supported and the third-party software I rely on is still current, or there's some unexpected breakdown. I installed M17 when first released and took that through all the point releases, which have been flawles...
by I2k4
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Deciding which LM version to get
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Deciding which LM version to get

I always recommend that users who have never run Linux on a particular PC create a persistent live USB and thoroughly pre-test the distros, versions of those distros, and desktop environments (Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE) they're interested in. If running Windows, the live USB can easily be created (minima...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: On-Line banking
Replies: 45
Views: 1977

Re: On-Line banking

sigh.............. I read these stories about not doing any transactions online, and I have always used a password manager, and do EVERYTHING ONLINE and have done so since the sun first circled the internet. I have never once, had a problem doing so. my only problems have been having a credit card ...
by I2k4
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: can not turn off screen saver
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: can not turn off screen saver

Generally I prefer to manually suspend and don't like automated power management or screensaver/locker. I disable power management in Cinnamon with a panel applet, right-click Panel / Add Applets / install "Inhibit Applet" - you can then left-click the panel applet to disable power management and/or...
by I2k4
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Do I need to upgrade Linux (from 17.3 Rosa)?
Replies: 18
Views: 599

Re: Do I need to upgrade Linux (from 17.3 Rosa)?

My Dell 1520 has run 32bit M17.x through to M17.3 today with no problems, though admittedly lightly used bedroom media and light browser and LibreOffice use. I'm planning to keep it so for the LTS life of the install, so long as third party software stays current, and so far so good. I had been upda...
by I2k4
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: My PC overheats
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: My PC overheats

First off, I wouldn't automatically trust any of this measurement software as far as I can physically throw it. Nearly all measurements of anything and everything differ between Windows and Linux for who knows what reason, probably because they are measuring different internal components and may or ...
by I2k4
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: media player SOLVED
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: media player

Yes. When I click on it to download it asks me for a password for authenticity but we didn't put one in so I don't know how to get past that or even to set up a password. Hubby and I are learning but as you can see we are not computer savvy. Thanks! Mary Given this statement, I have a hard time wit...
by I2k4
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Browser recommendation, please
Replies: 19
Views: 685

Re: Browser recommendation, please

Firefox should be running fairly speedily since the update to "Quantum", though that disabled some very good extensions. FF is my default, used with a one-click cache cleaner that speeds it up when clogged. I also use an ad blocker. Chrome / Chromium : I keep a nonsense Gmail identity and have neve...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Xfce – BETA Release
Replies: 24
Views: 2614

Re: Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Xfce – BETA Release

While my original "comment" on Mint's blog is "awaiting moderation" (for what purpose, i might add, being a forum member in good standing) , I'd like to repeat in this forum my following (early!) observations re. xfce.46's beta: Testing xfce (64-bit) on 7y.o. Dell Inspiron desktop with realtek wifi...
by I2k4
Tue May 29, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Firefox V.S. Chrome
Replies: 12
Views: 537

Re: Firefox V.S. Chrome

I still like Firefox, even though the recent Quantum update killed some extensions I had used while boosting load speed. Because I use and admire Google's online services without wanting to give evil Snoople my "real me" credit card identity, I have always kept Chrome / Chromium under a nonsense Gma...
by I2k4
Sat May 19, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: <SOLVED> Will a Linux "Live" USB Drive Wear Out? If so, When?
Replies: 21
Views: 690

Re: Will a Linux "Live" USB Drive Wear Out? If so, When?

Google is your friend for learning about mechanical wear on storage hardware, including thumb drives. Seems beside the point for any particular installation of Mint - since Ubuntu 10.04 and then Mint 15.x I always pretested Mint and occasionally other Linux with a persistent live install before cons...
by I2k4
Mon May 14, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Level 3 Update [Solved]
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Level 3 Update

Depending on your internet connection and hardware, installing several too large packages or packages at too many levels at once, can gum up. My normal routine which has never borked, is: Level 1 - install and reboot the PC - often Level 1 updates will change the lower level lists. Level 2 and 3 - U...
by I2k4
Sat May 12, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to install LibreOffice 6.0? [SOLVED]
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: How to install LibreOffice 6.0?

I agree that installing the PPA seems to work better on Mint / Ubuntu, but my recollection is that unless the old version is purged you end up with two installs. The full sequence I've used is: sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo ...
by I2k4
Thu May 10, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mouse highlight? + neagtive colour?
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Mouse highlight? + neagtive colour?

Others may have advice about mouse location. One of my few long-standing disappointments with Mint, while the rest of default theming has gradually improved, are the default preinstalled 1990s-era mouse pointers. Where there is decent choice of various other theme elements, users need to go searchin...

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