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by Aging Technogeek
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Running two HDDs
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Running two HDDs

Running two hard drives is not difficult, I do it all the time. There are two ways to handle Grub. 1. When you install an OS to the second drive, using manual partitioning (you must use it to install to the second drive) select /dev/sda for the Grub install point. This will install the Grub for the ...
by Aging Technogeek
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Two Questions ????
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Two Questions ????

1. It's perfectly okay to run Linux and Windows side by side. It is called dual booting and is probably the most common installation method for first time Linux users. 2. Six months ago, I would have said Mint Main Edition, but with the new Gnome 3 desktop, the Mint 12 Main Edition is no longer so c...
by Aging Technogeek
Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: How to always have the latest release of Firefox.
Replies: 13
Views: 20864

Re: How to always have the latest release of Firefox.

In Preferences (EDIT=>Preferences) in the "Content" tab, there is an option to choose the language you want to use. Under "Languages". click Choose. In the box that opens, Click "Select Language to add", and then click "ADD". Now select the language you added from the list in the window and click "M...
by Aging Technogeek
Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:46 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Associate a key to dual boot and reduce time
Replies: 17
Views: 1880

Re: Associate a key to dual boot and reduce time

Most of what you want can be accomplished by editing the file /etc/default/grub as root. Open a terminal and enter sudo gedit /etc/default/grub To change the time out, change the number in this line "GRUB TIMEOUT=*" To change the default boot from Mint to Windows, edit this line "GRUB DEFAULT = 0". ...
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Delete Windows Vista on a dual boot laptop
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Delete Windows Vista on a dual boot laptop

What are the specifications for the computer you are using? Depending on the computer's specs, it may take two or three minutes or more to get to the desktop. If your system will boot from a USB flash drive, it is a much faster method. You can download a stand-alone version of Gparted, burn it to a ...
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Delete Windows Vista on a dual boot laptop
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Delete Windows Vista on a dual boot laptop

You should be able to do it from the live CD installer. When you say "nothing happened" what exactly did not happen?
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Delete Windows Vista on a dual boot laptop
Replies: 9
Views: 1160

Re: Delete Windows Vista on a dual boot laptop

I assume Vista is on the first partition. If this is the case it can be a little dodgy trying to expand Mint to the left to take in the Vista partition. (Also very time consuming since Gparted will save all the Mint files, expand the partition and rewrite the files to the beginning of the expanded p...
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Linux on old laptop?
Replies: 9
Views: 1754

Re: Linux on old laptop?

You could try Mint 9 LXDE. The release announcement says it will load with 192 MB of ram and I know it does not take that much to run the apps you want as long as you do not try to do too much at once. Another option is Puppy Linux http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm . ...
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I deleted MyDocuments folder by accident - any advice!
Replies: 4
Views: 1054

Re: I deleted MyDocuments folder by accident - any advice!

It will take something like Testdisk to recover deleted files. In Linux there are two methods of removing files. Delete - removes all directory entries for the file. Gives no option to reinstall file once deleted. Move to trash - As it says, it moves the file to the trash bin where it is held until ...
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: root 100%; edit partitioning
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: root 100%; edit partitioning

Try

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sudo apt-get clean
This will clear /var/cache/apt/archives of the copies of all installed programs. If this has never been done since the OS was installed, you could see several hundred Megabytes of space freed up.
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: grub and dual boot
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: grub and dual boot

There is a very easy way to tell which Mint installation is controlling Grub. Just boot the computer and let Grub time out. It will boot the OS that is controlling it unless you have manually changed the default. In other words, When you installed XFCE, it installed Grub to the mbr with XFCE as the ...
by Aging Technogeek
Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:36 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Adding another HDD...
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Adding another HDD...

You may have a little difficulty getting onto the Microsoft Support and Driver site with a Linux OS.
by Aging Technogeek
Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Adding another HDD...
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: Addint another HDD...

It may work eventually, if you can find all of the drivers you will need. XP, unlike Linux or Windows 7, does not include a large selection of drivers. You will need to search the Microsoft support site and probably the manufacturers' support sites for the HDD and the computer to find what you will ...
by Aging Technogeek
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installation trubble!
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Installation trubble!

You are a victim of the small screen syndrome. The "Continue" button is off screen at the bottom.

To reach the button, press and hold the "ALT" key, grab the page by clicking and holding the left mouse button, and drag the page up until you can see the button.
by Aging Technogeek
Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: The Gnome Devs Have Gone Insane
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: The Gnome Devs Have Gone Insane

Maybe the fact that it is APRIL 1 has something to do with it.



Moved topic to Open Chat as more appropriate location.
by Aging Technogeek
Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Hard Drive Format
Replies: 8
Views: 20846

Re: Hard Drive Format

Boot the Mint live DVD to the desktop. Open Gparted (Menu=>Other=>Gparted). There will be a graphical representation of your hard drive at the top of the page and a partition table below it. In the partition table, click on the drive, then go to the "Device" menu at the top left and select "Create N...
by Aging Technogeek
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Hard Drive Format
Replies: 8
Views: 20846

Re: Hard Drive Format

DBAN (Derik's Boot and Nuke) is an excellent disk erasing application, even if it is a little slow. It normally uses a three pass overwrite. Two passes writing random characters and one pass writing all 0s. On a large drive, even on a fast computer it can take 3-5 hours to completely erase the drive...
by Aging Technogeek
Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:13 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Hard Drive Format
Replies: 8
Views: 20846

Re: Hard Drive Format

Almost any Linux distro will install to a blank hard drive with no problems. With a Windows system repair disk, pretty much the only options available for formatting will be the fat32 or ntfs since these are the only ones Windows recognizes. Linux will read from and write to almost any file system, ...
by Aging Technogeek
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What are the specs of your oldest Linux machine?
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: What are the specs of your oldest Linux machine?

Mint 9 LXDE running on a Dell Inspiron 8100 (from about 2001)

Intel Pentium III

1.2 GHz clock

512 MB ddr1 PC-2100

40 GB HDD

Stripped down version of LXDE used just mostly as internet browser. Runs well. Fairly quick compared to Windows XP that was installed when I got the unit.
by Aging Technogeek
Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Dual Boot OR Clean install
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Dual Boot OR Clean install

Cinnamon is a new desktop environment being developed by Clem Lefebvre (the creator of Mint) and others. It aims to give the look of Gnome 2 using Gnome 3 technology. It will probably replace Gnome 3 as the Mint Main Edition desktop in a future Mint version (if not Mint 13, then maybe in Mint 14). I...

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