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Hi from Wales

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:53 am
by tattyjacket
Hi,
I've recently been given an old HP 530 laptop. Although it is old, it actually looks awfully new with not a scratch or mark on it. After a bit of a struggle it is up and running using Mint 19.2
Now, it works but I'm seriously thinking of upgrading the memory to 2Gb.

I've had some past experience of Ubuntu but became a sort of lapsed Linux user. I've a feeling though that this might be the way forwards for me now.

Quick question. Is there a way to change the screen on my laptop. Mine looks a bit washed out, as though the contrast needs adjusting....or am I expecting too much from this machine?

Phil

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:34 am
by nielo
You'll find instructions on how to change an LCD on that model here:

http://www.laptopinventory.com/LaptopIn ... es/530/LCD

Best of luck!

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:02 am
by tattyjacket
Thanks Nielo

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:14 pm
by WharfRat
Hello Phil Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:38 am
by kc1di
Hello tattyjacket,
Welcome to the Linux Mint Forums, and enjoy :)

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:11 am
by meToo
tattyjacket wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:53 am

Quick question. Is there a way to change the screen on my laptop. Mine looks a bit washed out, as though the contrast needs adjusting....or am I expecting too much from this machine?

Phil
Hi Phil,

I'm not at my linux machine so working from memory .............. look up xgamma, it may be in the repository.
It is terminal command like:
xgamma -gamma 0.7 (where the latter value can be < or > 1)
or,
xgamma -rgamma (for red)
xgamma -ggamma (for green)
xgamma -bgamma (for blue)

Again relying on memory, I think the defaults are all 1.

It can be automated with a script as a startup program. Works a treat to brighten my washed out screen!

If you post your request in a support forum and this answer works for you, then it can be moved to the correct forum.

Mike.

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:09 pm
by murray
Welcome Phil!

Which part of Wales are you from? I've visited Wales a couple of times on past visits to the UK and the one thing I remember the most are the fabulously long place names that are totally unpronounceable to me! :lol:

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:55 am
by tattyjacket
From Cardiff,

There is a little railway line called The Heart of Wales line that runs from Swansea right through the middle of Wales.
It is a joy to stand on the station platform as they announce the train....about thirty stations all with the sort of names that you mention.....most starting with Llan. It is like listening to poetry.

Phil

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:02 am
by wallyUSA
What about "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch"? Now that's a mouthfull!

I visited in '97 while on searching for ancestors.

Welcome to the forum!

Wally

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:21 pm
by murray
tattyjacket wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:55 am
From Cardiff
I've been to Cardiff once, just for a day trip while we were staying with family in Gloucester. We visited Cardiff Castle (I really enjoy visiting castles when I'm in the UK) and a Dr Who exhibition that was on there. I've also been to north Wales where we visited Conwy and Caernarfon (more castles!) I love the Welsh accent. :D

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:43 pm
by lsemmens
Welcome, tatty, I'm glad your name doesn't reflect some of those Welsh names, my fingers would be in knots for days just trying to type them!

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:47 pm
by phd21
Hi Phil (tattyjacket),

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!

I would max out the system memory (ram) to whatever it can take and if it does not have an SSDrive get one of those as well.

It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.

from another Phil

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:51 am
by jimallyn
Welcome aboard, tattyjacket!

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:59 am
by tattyjacket
philip@Aspire:~$ inxi -Fxzd
System:
Host: Aspire Kernel: 4.15.0-20-generic i686 bits: 32 compiler: gcc
v: 7.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.9 Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa
base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine:
Type: Other-vm? System: Acer product: AOA110 v: 1 serial: <filter>
Mobo: Acer model: N/A serial: <filter> BIOS: Acer v: 0.3309
date: 10/06/2008
Battery:
ID-1: BAT1 charge: 61.4 Wh condition: 61.4/56.2 Wh (109%)
model: SIMPLO UM08A71 status: Full
CPU:
Topology: Single Core model: Intel Atom N270 bits: 32 type: MT
arch: Bonnell rev: 2 L2 cache: 512 KiB
flags: nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 bogomips: 6383
Speed: 1151 MHz min/max: 800/1600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1151 2: 1139
Graphics:
Device-1: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics
vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: intel
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1024x600~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 v: 1.4 Mesa 18.2.2
direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio
vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
bus ID: 00:1b.0
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-20-generic
Network:
Device-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Acer Incorporated ALI RTL810xE driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI
port: 3000 bus ID: 02:00.0
IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Foxconn driver: ath5k v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 03:00.0
IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 15.03 GiB used: 12.20 GiB (81.2%)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: P-SSD1800 size: 15.03 GiB
Message: No Optical or Floppy data was found.
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 14.73 GiB used: 12.20 GiB (82.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 57.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
Processes: 169 Uptime: 1h 12m Memory: 985.4 MiB used: 640.9 MiB (65.0%)
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.3.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.19
inxi: 3.0.27
philip@Aspire:~$

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:02 am
by tattyjacket
philip@Aspire:~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 064e:d101 Suyin Corp. Acer CrystalEye Webcam
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 045e:0745 Microsoft Corp. Nano Transceiver v1.0 for Bluetooth
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 046d:c534 Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
philip@Aspire:~$ ^C
philip@Aspire:~$

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:17 pm
by tattyjacket
On the topic of Welsh place names..........they do actually make fantastic internet passwords.

Phil

Re: Hi from Wales

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:32 pm
by cliffcoggin
I winder how many residents of LlanfairPG have tried it.