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by I2k4
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint live-usb!
Replies: 16
Views: 225

Re: Linux Mint live-usb!

I'm writing this from a test 64bit M19 made on Windows 7 with a 16GB thumb drive and 7GB of perstence, using this software which I've preferred for nearly a decade, with good system performance while it lasts, (Note that Windows 8-10 causes some issues with UEFI that I'm not personally familiar with...
by I2k4
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Usb wifi ac adapters plug n play?
Replies: 14
Views: 244

Re: Usb wifi ac adapters plug n play?

I hope you'll report back here if you have success with an 11ac USB dongle - there was a lengthy thread a few years ago that basically struck out on finding one compatible with anything up to M17.x. If M19 is better at supporting 11ac I'd be in the market for it. (My experience with a driver "worka...
by I2k4
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Usb wifi ac adapters plug n play?
Replies: 14
Views: 244

Re: Usb wifi ac adapters plug n play?

I hope you'll report back here if you have success with an 11ac USB dongle - there was a lengthy thread a few years ago that basically struck out on finding one compatible with anything up to M17.x. If M19 is better at supporting 11ac I'd be in the market for it. (My experience with a driver "workar...
by I2k4
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Firefox V.S. Chrome
Replies: 19
Views: 1192

Re: Firefox V.S. Chrome

I don't have a commercial ("real me" aka credit card) relationship with Google and for years have siloed anything to do with the real me within Firefox, since Chrome and to lesser extent Chromium both siphon everything done on the browser into Greater Google data mine. But Chrome integrates really w...
by I2k4
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Firefox issues - latest update (62.0.3)
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Firefox issues - latest update (62.03)

The update hasn't caused a problem on either my M17.3 hard drive installs or thumb drive testers, which total five updates. Given the described behavior I'd be included to completely uninstall Firefox and reinstall it fresh - hopefully you've set up a Firefox ID that preserves and auto-syncs setting...
by I2k4
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I wonder - stay with Windows - switch to Linux Mint?
Replies: 35
Views: 873

Re: I wonder - stay with Windows - switch to Linux Mint?

I always recommend creating a Persistent Live USB install of any Linux and running that long enough to get familiar with the choices available (distributions and desktop environments) and how any switch affects a personal use case. Building a new system means it would be possible to tailor hardware ...
by I2k4
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Optimal Power Management Settings
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: Optimal Power Management Settings

... Is there a way to tell in Mint how much watts the laptop is using? And is there a big difference in electricity between suspend and hibernate? Why not use the power management settings in Mint and set suspend to 1 minute, instead of "dconf-editor"? Is it achieving something different? A quick g...
by I2k4
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Optimal Power Management Settings
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: Optimal Power Management Settings

I'd say the biggest laptop concern is battery wear and damage. Having a nice ten year old Dell laptop in the bedroom as a media player and casual use PC, it's plugged in 24/7. I've removed the battery entirely, and only cycle a charge to it once or twice a year and then store it again at about 40% c...
by I2k4
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Dual Boot / Grub not showing up
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Dual Boot / Grub not showing up

It sounds like you have a working install of Boot Repair. If the simple Recommended doesn't work, there are some more complicated things to try (scroll down) but be careful not to risk your functioning Windows boot: https://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/ I don't have any personal experienc...
by I2k4
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED] Installing Mint on an ancient pre-historic laptop???
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: [SOLVED] Installing Mint on an ancient pre-historic laptop???

Good luck. I'll just share my experience with a little Atom netbook running 1GB RAM and a 1.6GHz processor - I wouldn't run a recent Mint except with XFCE desktop environment. That DE runs about the same RAM as XP, about half the RAM of Cinnamon that is nearly the same as Windows 7. Moreover, the mi...
by I2k4
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Firefox Home Page
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: Firefox Home Page

On my M18.3 Cinnamon, FF 61.01 the Preferences screen is different - below GENERAL there is a HOME icon (little house), and that's where the home page settings are . (I'm pretty sure the same FF version will be the same, regardless of the Mint version or Desktop Environment.) BTW, since I run FF on ...
by I2k4
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Dual Boot / Grub not showing up
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Dual Boot / Grub not showing up

Used to be a common problem but not recently. I always recommend trying Boot Repair's one-click before deciding it's serious: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair Since you apparently can't boot into your regular install of Mint, I'd suggest using a thumb drive install of Mint, boot that an...
by I2k4
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: 2nd Monitor Display Resolution
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: 2nd Monitor Display Resolution

For a troublesome Samsung monitor I've created a separate text file named .xprofile Note the "." dot prefix and no extension. (There is already a ".profile" file but I leave it alone, it remains as is.) You may have to change .xprofile settings in the file manager to be sure it's executable, but I h...
by I2k4
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: how to boot to windows after linux mint installation in windows
Replies: 7
Views: 225

Re: how to boot to windows after linux mint installation in windows

I've been dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu / Mint for about a decade. Rarely these days but it was common in the old days for GRUB boot loader to fail to recognize Windows after Linux was installed and the Boot-Repair "Recommended Repair" one-click always fixed it on my systems. I'd suggest install...
by I2k4
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Understanding Linux Mint Versions [SOLVED]
Replies: 34
Views: 593

Re: Understanding Linux Mint Versions

Instead of "System Monitor" try "System Info" for more detail - in Mint Cinnamon for some (strange) reason it's under Preferences rather than Administration. Also shows up if you type "sys" in the Menu search box. Not sure about other Desktop Environments.
by I2k4
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Ext2 for USB flash drives [SOLVED]
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Ext2 for USB flash drives

Good day! ... P.S. I do not use Windows, so I do not need Windows compatible filesystem. I personally format storage drives as NTFS not only for Windows but Android devices with "On The Go" functionality - using good cross-platform ENCFS encryption (that is not state of the art, but good enough for...
by I2k4
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Monitor Calibration
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Monitor Calibration

I'm mildly curious to optimize the monitor with a Windows dual boot, and a little googling brings up the idea that color profiles might be imported into Ubuntu/Mint directly from the Windows side. I haven't any experience trying it: https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/color.html.en Would be i...
by I2k4
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How often to run BleachBit
Replies: 25
Views: 1128

Re: How often to run BleachBit

I'm with the long-term users who have never had a problem. While it's installed and used sometimes on full hard drive installations, it's especially good when running test versions on thumb drive installations, clearing a lot of space on small drives: for those i have the USER BB start on boot and r...
by I2k4
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Wifi driver Linux Mint
Replies: 11
Views: 572

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: 494

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: ...

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