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by I2k4
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Clean install or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 259

Re: Clean install or not?

I throw in with fresh installing Mint version upgrades, but installing point release updates to those versions over top. I went through all M17.x point releases seamlessly and with good third party software support in repositories (except for backporting LibreOffice) for four years - entirely skippe...
by I2k4
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Building a Linux based desktop pc for photo editing
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Building a Linux based desktop pc for photo editing

I'll leave you to others on hardware, but strongly suggest that, as a current Adobe user with a working Mac, you try out the multi-platform post-processing and image organization alternatives that will work on your current system before leaping into the unknown. Read up on what it might mean for wor...
by I2k4
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Android 6.0 file transfer broken
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Android 6.0 file transfer broken

Can't help with your WLAN transfer issues, expecially between different operating systems. which are famously hard in Linux. For years I've used cloud sync between PC and Android for local storage transfers, Currently using Mega storage - encrypted 50GB free, and reasonable for more with an excellen...
by I2k4
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Dual boot Linuxmint and Windows on HP?
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: Dual boot Linuxmint and HP?

I wouldn't recommend installing a dual boot before thoroughly and harmlessly pre-testing both Mint (and any other) distro, and the desktop environments you're interested in, by way of a persistent live USB - not optical media. You'll want to make yourself familiar with how Mint is configured, how it...
by I2k4
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: DNS leaking when using VPN on Mint 18.2 onwards
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: DNS leaking when using VPN on Mint 18.2 onwards

Have you seen this? Came out recently - I wasn't aware of the setting previously but am using the CloudFlare default for the time being. Very fast, can't say how it would work with a VPN: https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-enable-dns-over-https-doh-in-firefox/ Not my strong suit, but would be inte...
by I2k4
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What size do I need for swap?
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: What size do I need for swap?

I'm asking because I'm using the Reaper DAW (digital audio workstation) and just in the last couple of days, my CPU has been jumping to 300%. Been using Reaper for about a year now with no problems and this just started. Dale On information given, I'd have to throw in with advice that CPU max isn't...
by I2k4
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What size do I need for swap?
Replies: 11
Views: 317

Re: What size do I need for swap?

Cinnamon has a very good little taskbar applet called Multi-core System Monitor with a live Disk I/O readout, along with CPU and Memory. (I think the required gir1.2-gtop-2.0 package is currently preinstalled in Mint, but can be found if there's an error flag.) https://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/...
by I2k4
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Help With File Management
Replies: 46
Views: 1107

Re: Help With File Management

Have to say there are many PC users who have problems with Windows that are incomprehensible to me, and I'm always sceptical of those who then claim it's solved by any Linux. The one PC operating system that seems to have generally got the "challenged" end-user's back is Apple's OSX. My daughter is ...
by I2k4
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What if wireless mouse and wireless keyboard aren't comparable with Linux?
Replies: 10
Views: 277

Re: What if wireless mouse and wireless keyboard aren't comparable with Linux?

I'm currently using a Logitech MK300 keyboard with a Win 7 / Mint 19.1 Cinnamon dual boot. There has never been a recognition problem - the Mint system and regular system settings are all compatible - and there is no need to install any special drivers or configuration software from Logitech or else...
by I2k4
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Never used Linux before
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Never used Linux before

If you had the install done professionally, it seems the shop has an obligation to redo it for you, and make sure it's done right this time - it could change the login or reinstall the operating system. Otherwise, I agree with the advice to reinstall Mint entirely from a live USB, setting up with yo...
by I2k4
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: why don't questions get any help?
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: why don't questions get any help?

I always try out new versions of Mint (rarely anything else) using Persistent Live USB. Above comment shows how to make one using Linux, if you want to make one using Windows this is what I use: https://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ Generally, I use a 16GB USB thumb dr...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Cinnamon
Topic: Program window can't be shrunk, my fonts are big so can't fit on screen
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Program window can't be shrunk, my fonts are big so can't fit on screen

There is a font size toggle in Preferences / Accessibility in Cinnamon. It seems to just about double font size but is just off / on. I don't use the software you're having trouble with so can't try, but you can reduce the system font size you've chosen to a more compatible level, and then toggle on...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Web browsers seem to crash and slow Linux Mint 18.3
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: Web browsers seem to crash and slow Linux Mint 18.3

I've had the rare message and browser stall in FF. I use this ClearCache extension (there are several similar) and an ad blocker, seems to work - no harm no foul: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/clearcache/?src=search You do have a pretty weak system for running both Cinnamon and Fire...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Problems opening/closing LibreOffice Writer/Calc docs
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Problems opening/closing LibreOffice Writer/Calc docs

Really can't assist with reconstructing your experience. A couple of years ago when I was running Mint 17.x to end of life, and wanted to install a new version of LO not in that repo, I used this sequence to purge the repository version: sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice* sudo apt-get clean su...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Screen goes off (black) until I suspend and resume the system, how can I run a command to reboot screen without suspend?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Screen goes off (black) until I suspend and resume the system, how can I run a command to reboot screen without susp

Glad it works. From the video, it really looks like a design problem with the little cable, surprising any software fix works. Good luck.
by I2k4
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] USB3.1 & higher on a Thinkpad T440p
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: USB3.1 & higher on a Thinkpad T440p

Link to usb3.2 article https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/26/usb-3-2-coming-to-desktop-pcs/ I only learned recently that the blithering fools who decide USB naming conventions "renamed" ordinary USB 3.0 as "USB 3.1 Generation 1" and then the faster specification "USB 3.1, Generation 2" - not always l...
by I2k4
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Screen goes off (black) until I suspend and resume the system, how can I run a command to reboot screen without suspend?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Screen goes off (black) until I suspend and resume the system, how can I run a command to reboot screen without susp

I use this on a bedroom laptop to toggle the screen without suspending, in order to play audio with the screen off: Super-Z Toggle Screen Off sh -c 'sleep 0.3 && xset dpms force off' The same key (set whatever you like) combination both darkens and relights the screen, without suspending - just test...
by I2k4
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Screen goes off (black) until I suspend and resume the system, how can I run a command to reboot screen without suspend?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Screen goes off (black) until I suspend and resume the system, how can I run a command to reboot screen without susp

The Screen Saver is certainly one dimmer, on by default - there are also several Power Manager settings that might be set to turn off / lock the screen. You don't mention the Desktop Environment: in Cinnamon there is a handy taskbar applet called "Inhibit" that can toggle power management off so not...
by I2k4
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: preserving live CD sessions
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: preserving live CD sessions

Very wise to thoroughly test out various Linux distributions and desktop environments over some time and on all your PC's internals and peripheral attachments. I always use Live USB, with "Persistence". Live CDs are a) much slower and less "realistic" regarding actual performance on your system, and...
by I2k4
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: (SOLVED) Windows and Linux-
Replies: 19
Views: 550

Re: Windows and Linux

This may be the incorrect area for this topic so apologies if so. Running dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint. Using Mint the past year 99% of the time. Last week switched to Windows for an hour and left the room. Came back an hour later and immediately knew the operating system I was running by the...

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