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by Dot_mdb
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What type of computer or device do you primarily use?
Replies: 34
Views: 1296

Re: What type of computer or device do you primarily use?

I've also learned that computers stay much cleaner when they are not on the floor especially if you have pets that shed. The trick to keeping dust and hair out of your machines is to have a positive air pressure inside the case. Simply having more fans sucking air in than fans sucking out is enough...
by Dot_mdb
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Your experience with cheap SSDs
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Your experience with cheap SSDs

I am interesting in hearing about experience with inexpensive solid state drives. I currently have 6 SSDs. I have owned two Crucial MX500 drives the longest but these are not in the category that I am interested in. My other four drives are the inexpensive variety. They are 3 Crucial BX500, 120GB an...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon
Replies: 68
Views: 1671

Re: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon

Right, but the thing is, GRUB is able to see and boot OSses that live on different physical disks. There is no need to make the choice from BIOS. Giving you that choice is GRUB's job. Moem is correct. I had a dual boot system that relied on Grub to supply a boot menu and if I didn't intercede it bo...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon
Replies: 68
Views: 1671

Re: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon

Interested to hear from others who dual boot Mint and Windows 7. What if anything did you have to do to get the two OS's to play nicely together? Do you get a choice of OS (via BIOS) on bootup? I chose 'Install Alongside Windows 7' in the installer's options. That was all. This may be easier than y...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: What type of computer or device do you primarily use?
Replies: 34
Views: 1296

Re: What type of computer or device do you primarily use?

My main machine is a custom built tower. It started with 4GB RAM and an i5 processor and dual monitors. It also had two WD Black hard drives. It was a Windows 8.1 machine for about a year until that started to drive me crazy and I went to dual boot with Mint Cinnamon 17.1 which was later upgraded to...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon
Replies: 68
Views: 1671

Re: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon

I've had three machines set up as dual boot machines. The first one was a dual boot Mint Cinnamon 17.3 and Windows 8.1. That worked OK but when it came time to upgrade to Windows 10, I was never able to do it. The second machine was an old HP laptop. That machine was a dual boot Mint Cinnamon 17.1 ...
by Dot_mdb
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon
Replies: 68
Views: 1671

Re: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon

Thanks for your input. We have dual booted Windows Vista and 7 for years with no consequence. Of course, we haven't used Vista for years, but in preparation for removing that OS in favor of Mint, I've been transferring the remaining needed files out of Vista and it still works as expected. I will b...
by Dot_mdb
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon
Replies: 68
Views: 1671

Re: Looking for guidance replacing MS Vista 64-bit with the newest Mint Cinnamon

I am late to this thread but I wanted to throw this in. I don't particularly like dual booting Linux and Windows but I do have one machine set up that way. One rule that I follow is to create an image of the current set-up before you start the dual boot install. Going back if you ever have to is not...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: MATE
Topic: 2 skype icons in try/panel
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: 2 skype icons in try/panel

Same with Mint 19.1 Mate.

Bill
by Dot_mdb
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?
Replies: 148
Views: 6215

Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

>> I was feeling that the OS was making me obey it, not the other way round.<<

+1. Good post. My feelings also.

Bill
by Dot_mdb
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Best wishes to all forum members and to Clem and the people who bring us Linux Mint.

Bill
by Dot_mdb
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What Book can I get to learn the basics of linux/mint?
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: What Book can I get to learn the basics of linux/mint?

Reading is fine, but in my opinion the fastest way to learn practical operation of a Linux desktop is to just do it. At the beginning you will struggle and curse but the internet search engine is your friend. One struggle at a time you learn what you need to learn to have your desktop do what you wa...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mouse long left click to rename
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Mouse long left click to rename

>>The one feature that I miss from Windows is: one left click to highlight a file or folder name, and then rename. Linux's method is much too slow for bulk jobs. is there a way to adjust?<< There is a similar feature in Cinnamon. With Nemo running click Edit>Preferences. Choose the Behavior tab. Thi...
by Dot_mdb
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Best Mint Edition for older laptops..?
Replies: 23
Views: 1208

Re: Best Mint Edition for older laptops..?

I have a Dell e1505, a similar model to yours, that I am pretty sure came with 32 bit XP. When I got it the 1GB of memory was bad so I bought 2GB of used memory on eBay. I installed Mint Xfce 32 bit and I am very happy with the performance. I've had around 15 tabs open in a browser as well as other ...
by Dot_mdb
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint?
Replies: 148
Views: 6215

Re: Why did you decide to install Linux Mint??

I had run Windows 8.1 on a new machine for about a year. I got to the point where I couldn't stand the annoyances of the operating system. When turning on the machine there was the inevitable wait with the balls going round and round. When the desktop finally appeared the hard drive would continue t...
by Dot_mdb
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: The most frustrating thing about Mint
Replies: 41
Views: 1467

Re: The most frustrating think about Mint

>>I'm not a real newbie (about 10 months now on Mint)<< I switched from Windows to Linux over 3.5 years ago. I still consider myself a newbie. When I decided to leave Windows I realized there was going to be a learning curve and it was going to be frustrating. That is the way it is with anything new...
by Dot_mdb
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Mint on a laptop?
Replies: 13
Views: 412

Re: Mint on a laptop?

If I wanted to buy a laptop today I would prefer to get one with an SSD. I would buy one with a HDD only if it was cheap enough to make it worthwhile to swap the drive out and put in an SSD. eMMC is usually for cheaper laptops and you lose a lot of flexibility and performance. Pay a little more and ...
by Dot_mdb
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Grub Boot Loader
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Grub Boot Loader

Even if the drive wears out in a year it still may be a viable method of running an operating system. The drive is easily moved from machine to machine and that is a big advantage and enough to make the expense of replacing it in a year worthwhile. But an SSD can be used in a similar way with a much...
by Dot_mdb
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Grub Boot Loader
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Grub Boot Loader

I've been running Linux Mint off of a 64GB Sandisk USB3 drive for a long time and many hours. I have not run into any problems yet but this is just an experiment. I suspect that these USB flash drives might be using better technology than in the past. One thing you can do is buy something like a Cru...
by Dot_mdb
Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Question about multiple monitors vs one larger display size monitor
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Question about multiple monitors vs one larger display size monitor

>>Where do you find 15-19" used monitors? I go to thrift stores and sometimes find them -- but rarely. They seem to get grabbed up pretty fast.<< Yes, they are getting hard to find and some are the 4:3 which is OK for my purposes. I am well known in my community and also known as a computer person. ...

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