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by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 - no system startup screen [SOLVED, mostly]
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Mint 9 - no system startup screen, etc.

Vincent - Eureka. I AM able to get to the BIOS. It was late last night, and instead of pressing the "Access IBM" button to "bypass normal startup options," I pressed the power button (repeatedly). If you aren't smiling... Anyway, I will keep the thread and not delete it, since Mint 9 should show the...
by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 install erased my /home [SOLVED]
Replies: 8
Views: 732

Re: Mint 9 install erased my /home directory contents

Vincent - Again, deeply grateful for the help - looks like there's light at the end of the tunnel. I'll very likely find a way to back up the home folder in the old partition, then reinstall using the whole disk. P.S. Just for the record, Gparted shows there's no original home partition - so I did l...
by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 - no system startup screen [SOLVED, mostly]
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Mint 9 - no system startup screen, etc.

Vincent - I'm deeply grateful for your replies, here and on my other question (re partitioning). Thanks. What I'm seeing is that when I either reboot or start cold, there is no screen that gives me the option to press F2 for BIOS options. I wonder if it's a Grub problem. ? Anyways, I will probably r...
by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 1:23 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 install erased my /home [SOLVED]
Replies: 8
Views: 732

Re: Mint 9 install erased my /home directory contents

Thanks for the reply. I did not specifically mark /home to be used in the new partition table. I assumed if I left it alone, the installer would, too. Ugh. "A learning experience." Here's the output of sudo fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinde...
by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 install erased my /home [SOLVED]
Replies: 8
Views: 732

Mint 9 install erased my /home [SOLVED]

Not sure if Mint 9 formatted my /home directory on install, even though I didn't tell it to, or if it simply overwrote the contents. But, obviously, if this happened it's a biggie. I am thoroughly willing to concede that after editing the partitions manually and not telling the installer to format /...
by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 doesn't find USB drives
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Re: Mint 9 doesn't find USB drives

http://www.webupd8.org/2010/05/fix-usb-devices-automount-not-working.html anything related to the fixes many Ubuntu 10.04 users are having to use? Unfortunately, neither solution suggested in the article works: the terminal command produces an error, and Mint 9 doesn't let me enter the BIOS. This i...
by runbei
Tue May 18, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 - no system startup screen [SOLVED, mostly]
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Mint 9 - no system startup screen [SOLVED, mostly]

A (very) bad thing happened when I installed Mint 9: No system startup screen - i.e., no possibility of pressing F2 to boot into BIOS setup. This is particularly critical since Mint 9 inherits the Ubuntu bug where the system doesn't see USB drives - in my case, an external USB hard drive and a USB s...
by runbei
Mon May 17, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 9 doesn't find USB drives
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Mint 9 doesn't find USB drives

Installed Mint 9 and it doesn't find a USB hub with attached external hard drive and flash drive. Mint 8 found 'em fine. Any way to fix this?
by runbei
Mon May 17, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Mint 9 - restore Firefox 3.6.3 Bookmark Toolbar items?
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Mint 9 - restore Firefox 3.6.3 Bookmark Toolbar items?

Installed Mint 9 and everything is daisies. However, in Firefox 3.6.3 I would like to restore my Bookmarks Toolbar, which was loaded with folders and links. Anybody know how to do this? I kept my Home partition, of course.
by runbei
Mon May 17, 2010 12:34 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: The Different between Linux Mint and Ubuntu
Replies: 9
Views: 1653

Re: The Different between Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Mint has the best overall "feel" of all the major distros. Fedora feels really ragged - a lab specimen. OpenSUSE feels like it was designed by engineers, not end-user GUI-aware folks (thank you, Clem & team). Scientific Linux is wonderful but not as well supported. Ubuntu consistently has more bugs,...
by runbei
Mon May 17, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?
Replies: 385
Views: 50707

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

Trickle-down bugs inherited from Ubuntu - that's tops on my list. Specifically, Mint 8 didn't work with Virtualbox on my Thinkpad T43, and I never could fix this - major disappointment and the principal reason I'd be happy if Mint switched to a Debian base - more stability? Any other gripes are rela...
by runbei
Fri May 14, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Thunderbird updates fail
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Thunderbird updates fail

Thanks. Alas, that's one of many options that didn't work. ??
by runbei
Fri May 14, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Thunderbird updates fail
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Thunderbird updates fail

Anybody else getting this message when trying to update Thunderbird to 3.06:
Could not apply changes!
Fix broken packages first.
I've researched this here and there and haven't found a solution that works. ??
by runbei
Fri May 14, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Could this be malware?
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Could this be malware?

Firefox 3.5.8 and 3.6.5 recently started automatically trying to open a new tab with the URL http://wpad.com. This happens without any action on my part, seemingly at random intervals. If Firefox is closed, something causes it to open and try to display the wpad URL. If I block wpad.com with the Blo...
by runbei
Mon May 10, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Debian as Base
Replies: 166
Views: 21338

Re: Debian as Base

Do Ubuntu's bugs carry over to Mint? They surely do. Mint 7 ran Virtualbox (with WinXP Pro) nicely on my ThinkPad T43, but trying to run Mint 8 and Virtualbox was a nightmare - never could get it to work properly. It seems to have been due to bugs passed down from Ubuntu, and not a fault of the cur...
by runbei
Mon May 10, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Question About LTS Vs. Normal Cycle Releases
Replies: 11
Views: 2838

Re: Question About LTS Vs. Normal Cycle Releases

Here's my strategy re LTS vs. other releases. Having used LM for two years, I'll upgrade to the LTS for at least one urgent reason. I'm hoping LM9 will play well with Virtualbox, which LM8 had trouble doing, but LM7 did very well, at least on my workaday computer (ThinkPad T43). Six months later, I'...
by runbei
Sun May 09, 2010 12:22 am
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Linux Mint 9 "Isadora" RC released!
Replies: 224
Views: 73083

Re: Linux Mint 9 "Isadora" RC released!

Great to know the latest LM and Virtualbox versions work together - so far. That's a big issue for me. I've used Mint full-time for two years but was gravely discommoded when VB never worked well under Mint 8. Hm, wouldn't the Mint developers have more fun if they switched Mint to a Debian base - th...
by runbei
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Debian as Base
Replies: 166
Views: 21338

Re: Debian as Base

Debian and Ubuntu Debian is "the rock upon which Ubuntu is built".... Sponsored by Canonical, the Ubuntu project attempts to work with Debian to address the issues that keep many users from using Debian. Ubuntu provides a system based on Debian with frequent time-based releases, corporate accountab...
by runbei
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?
Replies: 385
Views: 50707

Re: What are you most dissatisfied with in Linux Mint?

1. I STILL can't get Mint 8 to display a full Grub menu at startup, despite following instructions for editing various Grub options. I'm not dual booting, but I would like to see the Grub menu at startup to choose options. 2. Suspend works fine, but Restart hangs. I'm on a ThinkPad T43. 3. The usual...
by runbei
Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: Non-technical Questions
Topic: Debian as Base
Replies: 166
Views: 21338

Re: Debian as Base

I like LInux and Mint in particular because there are fewer options I like Linux because it has more options.... Well, I agree with you, if you're talking about options for customizing the OS. But Windows has vastly more end-user software, and that's what I was thinking of. Either way, Linux feels ...

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