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by I2k4
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Wireless
Topic: weak wifi signal issue solved?
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: weak wifi signal issue solved?

My wi-fi was not terrible but had trouble with over-buffering on demanding video streams like Bloomberg TV. This helps: http://www.ubuntu-unleashed.com/2008/05/howto-tweak-your-internet-connection.html Also, with Atheros wi-fi adapters, be very sure the "power saving" or "power manage...
by I2k4
Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Potential New User with Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Potential New User with Questions

Since you're still running XP, just create a "Persistent" Live USB on a 4 to 8GB thumb drive for any version you are interested in. I like XFCE because it's lighter on older equipment than Cinnamon or Mate - different desktop environments have hardware compatibility differences with hardwa...
by I2k4
Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Problem setting time
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Problem setting time

You probably should add specific details about the version and desktop you are running to get more informed advice. I'm only familiar with the Raring version of XFCE. One thing I'll suggest, never figured out why it isn't done by default, is to be sure "NTP" the internet sync service is in...
by I2k4
Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Moving from Win XP: Linux 13 or 15 for new install/new user?
Replies: 49
Views: 4019

Re: Moving from Win XP: Linux 13 or 15 for new install/new u

Can't say I've read all the other replies, but my two cents: you are right to be concerned about the biggest disappointment for an XP user who can live without Windows software, which will be the short support cycle for the Linux OS. Linux users seem to think nothing of reinstalling the OS and recon...
by I2k4
Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Privacy and Security
Replies: 18
Views: 3331

Re: Privacy and Security

It's an interesting little thread you've got going here. My thought is you've got a few choices: 1. Learn to run Mint from a fully encrypted HDD, which I've never done but may be complicated as you say 2. Take the suggestion to run Mint from a "non-persistent" Live media install which will...
by I2k4
Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 15 and Windows 7 Dual boot: Will not boot into Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 1567

Re: Mint 15 and Windows 7 Dual boot: Will not boot into Wind

I had good success with this tool, after fouling up my W7/Lubuntu dual boot about a year ago:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1769482

May be what you've already tried, but the "recommended repair" button fixed mine. (Can't recall the problem, but it was my fault.)
by I2k4
Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Want to try linux
Replies: 7
Views: 780

Re: Want to try linux

I'd suggest you experiment a bit with Persistent Live USB. "Persistent" allows you to install and remove and save settings between boots, getting a really good feel for what it can do, without committing to it. You pull out the thumb drive and boot Windows when you want it. You can run any...
by I2k4
Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Synaptic PM Tweak: restore "Mark All Upgrades" button
Replies: 1
Views: 725

Synaptic PM Tweak: restore "Mark All Upgrades" button

I've missed this in Mint, much prefer using Synaptic. I'm posting this to remind myself, but others might be interested. Just tried using the terminal commands (not the file editing method) and it works: tuxtweaks.com/2013/07/restore-synaptic-mark-all-upgrades-linux-mint/ In case the URL is changed,...
by I2k4
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Xfce
Topic: XFCE System slowdown and lag
Replies: 17
Views: 7207

Re: XFCE System slowdown and lag

You seem to me to be having much too much trouble. I've been running Mint 15 XFCE RC on a little netbook with half your specs for a month, on a thumb drive via Persistent Live USB, and it's quite snappy even that way. (I won't install a 9 month supported version on my hard drive.) I'd suggest trying...
by I2k4
Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Trouble installing GIMP plugin
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: Trouble installing GIMP plugin

Glad it worked. I've been using it right along instead of the fancy stuff. If the Mint Developers are monitoring, maybe they'll have a look at why the other methods didn't work.
by I2k4
Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Trouble installing GIMP plugin
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: Trouble installing GIMP plugin

I've never liked the software manager, slow and dicey. Not sure why the terminal command didn't work, but I recommend using Synaptic Package Manager to search for and install packages. I'm using Mint 15 XFCE but believe Synaptic PM is pre-installed on other desktops, if not install it via software m...
by I2k4
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Linux Installation for new user
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: Linux Installation for new user

I've been testing various Mint and Ubuntu installs against the day next year that XP support is terminated, using persistent live USB . I'd suggest, first, do that: without the trouble or risk of a hard drive install, it's a configurable system that will feel out hardware and peripheral compatibilit...
by I2k4
Wed May 15, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: GIMP 2.8
Replies: 60
Views: 17769

Re: GIMP 2.8

If you installed Mint Cinnamon a year ago your repositories are out of date and you're bottom feeding for fancy terminal commands to do what Long Term Support, LTS not El BS, ought to supply. XP is a 13 year old OS, but every uipdate and third party application is right there - can't say the same fo...
by I2k4
Wed May 08, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What are your top tips for a Newbie?
Replies: 646
Views: 326630

Re: What are your top tips for a Newbie?

Hi I'm thinking of trying Mint for the first time, and have no experience of using any Linux distros. What are your top tips for me BEFORE my DVD arrives? Possible topics: Installation Connecting to the Internet Problem Solving Please note that technical instructions will need to be pretty basic. T...
by I2k4
Tue May 07, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: GIMP 2.8
Replies: 60
Views: 17769

Re: GIMP 2.8

So as a side-note, Gimp 2.8 was included in the Mint repos and installs default with all dists of Mint 14. Works great. Thanks guys. Sorry, but Mint 13 is an "LTS" meaning "Long Term Support" iteration and users who have it installed need to twist themselves into pretzels to get...
by I2k4
Thu May 02, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Xfce
Topic: edit menu on xfce
Replies: 3
Views: 1664

Re: edit menu on xfce

Agree that Alacarte is worth a try.
by I2k4
Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Brand new to linux - need some help
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: Brand new to linux - need some help

Is there any older linux version I could use that would be better? All I need it to do is fricking connect to the internet and download a couple programs haha. Im only looking to linux as it a free alternative to purchasing XP or Win7 (which I highly doubt will work on it anyways) and it is more ea...
by I2k4
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Brand new to linux - need some help
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: Brand new to linux - need some help

You only have 500MB of RAM? I think you're likely to have trouble with any recent version of Mint. Try a PERSISTENT LIVE USB install as an experiment, with a 4GB USB drive set 2GB of "Persistence" - here is an installer you can run from XP: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-instal...
by I2k4
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Using 'obsolete' distros
Replies: 23
Views: 5862

Re: Using 'obsolete' distros

I've decided to stick with Lubuntu 10.10 on my Acer netbook because the resource demands of all the later Ubuntu versions are essentially the same as Windows 7 and that's not what I want Linux for on this weakling machine. As you say, system updates ended a year ago. My experience with software is t...
by I2k4
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Solved]Will Mint 14 XFCE work on my netbook?
Replies: 16
Views: 2959

Re: Will Mint 14 XFCE work on my netbook?

I've been dual booting Windows 7 with something similar to Mint 11 XFCE (namely Lubuntu 10.10) on an Acer netbook with same specs for about two years. I use Linux mainly for secure internet browsing away from home, and enjoy it. I'm not willing to "move up" to later versions on the netbook...

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