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by Mute Ant
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: HELP PLEASE! Mint 19 install killed my computer [SOLVED]
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: HELP PLEASE! Mint 19 install killed my computer

Booting a Live Session USB or DVD of the installed OS is your number-one Linux panic-station. Live Session takes over before any 'broken' system gets a chance to start, even without a hard-drive fitted. From there you can access the tools and help to repair things while they are inert, or rescue any...
by Mute Ant
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: No GUI
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: No GUI

It looks like my trick is obsolete :( the / mount point won't check on my machine either. You can use command lsblk to determine the device mounted over the / mount point and check that instead. Or boot a Live Session and check everything from the outside with application gparted (preferred).
by Mute Ant
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [SOLVED] How much maximum memory can my laptop have?
Replies: 11
Views: 226

Re: How much maximum memory can my laptop have?

Physically, the maximum RAM is limited by how many of the 128 possible wires actually run between the CPU and the RAM. Which machine you have matters. Theoretically, the machine is irrelevant. A 64-bit address-bus and a 64-bit data bus can access ((2^64)*8) bytes ... slightly less than 148 million m...
by Mute Ant
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Keep getting error message "E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages."
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Keep getting error message "E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages."

If you leave Mint to choose it's own repositories you don't get the error, so it counts as an own-goal. I imagine Debian, Ubuntu and so on have machine-checks so that every package in their repository can be installed from their repository. Flatpak is one way of avoiding OS contamination by 'foreign...
by Mute Ant
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Keep getting error message "E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages."
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Keep getting error message "E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages."

It's an Engrish error message that doesn't say what it means. It is better put... "If that package was installed it would be broken, so it hasn't been installed. Make the dependencies available then try to install it again." sudo apt-get install virtualbox-qt ### Some packages could not be installed...
by Mute Ant
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Freezing when booting and installing from live cd
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: Freezing when booting and installing from live cd

There's a few non-technical gaps you could fill in... o Are you using a DVD or a USB? A CD is far too small for a Mint. o How did you get your copy of Mint? o Did you burn a Mint ISO yourself? How? o What Make and Model of machine are you booting? o Does Check Integrity (in the Mint boot menu) conf...
by Mute Ant
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: NTFS partition files get corrupted after W10 boot!
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: NTFS partition files get corrupted after W10 boot!

It might be symptoms of a normal Your-Drive-Is-Failing fault. o Accessory Disks can help by showing the SMART report. o Any sectors Reallocated are an orange-alert. The drive is not as good as when it was manufactured. This is normal for an SSD, bad in a magnetic drive. o Any sectors Pending Realloc...
by Mute Ant
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Cannot boot Live from USB?
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Cannot boot Live from USB?

It's a how-to, not a support question. You can't move it, but adding [solved] to the title would help, I think.
by Mute Ant
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Blind installation for AIO PC
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Blind installation for AIO PC

"I want to..." You can't get there from here. Mint has a GUI installer, GUI installation needs a working screen. A machine without a screen is called 'headless' and there are certainly ways of remote-logging-in to a headless machine and exporting the display data, or installing to a drive in another...
by Mute Ant
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Question on dd
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Question on dd

The 'bs' block size parameter to 'dd' can be omitted. The final physical write-down-the-wires will go through Linux, buffered from RAM, using whatever block size the driver-binary chooses. With command 'dd', the 'of' destination only needs to be big enough to hold all the 'if' source. Any existing f...
by Mute Ant
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Upgrading without dvd or usb
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Upgrading without dvd or usb

Impossible Edit the .list files in /etc/apt to use newer repositories and then dist-upgrade Mint10 into Mint18. The apt system gets 'stuck' needing to replace components that simply aren't available any more, or needing packages that Mint10 never had. You can't upgrade Mint's version of the Control...
by Mute Ant
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: what app will burn ISO's to USB in Elementary Loki?
Replies: 8
Views: 135

Re: what app will burn ISO's to USB in Elementary Loki?

With root privilege... cp linuxmint.iso /dev/sdX ### Write a file into a block device. cmp linuxmint.iso /dev/sdX ### Verify the written data matches the original. fdisk /dev/sdX ### Allocate the unused storage as a partition... /dev/sdX4 mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX4 ### Format that partition. mount -o loop ...
by Mute Ant
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't mount iso
Replies: 15
Views: 255

Re: Can't mount iso

"... I tried it on both of them, the one on my main drive gives an error..." Do the md5sum digests of the two versions match each other, or is one not all there?
by Mute Ant
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Blind installation for AIO PC
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Blind installation for AIO PC

No screen? Pull the RAM and the Drive. Recycle the residue. Ebay a duplicate.
https://xkcd.com/722/
by Mute Ant
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Persistence is not working for my live USB of Mint 19 [SOLVED]
Replies: 12
Views: 556

Re: Persistence is not working for my live USB of Mint 19 [SOLVED]

Both Peppermint8 (Ubuntu-Live) and BL-Helium (Debian-Live) honour the live-session boot argument... username=mute ...which starts the GUI with a live user 'mute' instead of 'mint' or 'peppermint' or 'user'. You can't have a Live Session User with a login name 'Aries' though, only lower-case letters ...
by Mute Ant
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint Live USB with Persistent Partition: how?
Replies: 57
Views: 1244

Re: Linux Mint Live USB with Persistent Partition: how?

Euw I only remember a pull-down selector at the bottom of one of the screens.
by Mute Ant
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Mint Live USB with Persistent Partition: how?
Replies: 57
Views: 1244

Re: Linux Mint Live USB with Persistent Partition: how?

FULL INSTALL: Pretty much 'that's it' yes. It's just another drive as far as the Linux is concerned. o Along the Something Else route you need to specify that the boot-loader GRUB should go to the same store that's going to hold the OS. o If you stick with MBR booting an XFCE or MATE 32-bit there's...
by Mute Ant
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Mounting Partitions
Topic: undetected usb
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: undetected usb

If a removable drive has a recognised file-system, your file manager can mount it. That's what you try first, to avoid permissions problems with NTFS and VFAT pretending to belong to user root. Manually mounting it, you can let Linux guess the type... sudo mount /dev/sdb1 $HOME/Public ...or get the ...
by Mute Ant
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: No GUI
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: No GUI

You get that sequence when an ext4 file-system is damaged and Linux can't repair it without human instructions, or at least human permission to do whatever is required. You might lose a few recent changes if you were copying or moving data. Written-and-closed files, like the OS, usually survive unle...
by Mute Ant
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Password issue, and encrypted home folder
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Password issue, and encrypted home folder

Changing passwords is futile when the data is encrypted, it just stops it being unlocked automatically during login... Data stored in an encrypted volume will only be accessible with the original password. Without this key, all the data will remain scrambled beyond hope of recovery. In old-speak "No...

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