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Messages - Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Linux on Acer
« on: Yesterday at 10:39:02 pm »
It's more about how manufacturers implement UEFI on some modern PC's .. most work, some are awkward but can be made to work if you know the correct UEFI settings, and a handful won't work at all or require a UEFI firmware update ::)

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Peppermint / Re: live USB or dual boot ?
« on: Yesterday at 10:35:20 pm »
See your other topic :)

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Peppermint / Re: Booting from extenal Hard drive.
« on: Yesterday at 10:33:42 pm »
As long as the PC's BIOS supports booting from USB then:-

a) YES the external HDD will work (and be bootable) with Linux

b) NO you don't need a different HDD enclosure (they're all standard as long as they don't contain some weird kind of Windows only encryption).

c) You **should** be able to simply move the HDD from internal to an external USB enclosure and it should just boot .. the caveats are:-

i) if Peppermint was installed in non-UEFI mode and you attach it to a UEFI PC you'll have to switch the BIOS to "Legacy" mode
or
ii) If Peppermint was installed in UEFI mode it will not boot on a Legacy BIOS (non-UEFI) PC

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General Discussion / Re: Linux Mint
« on: Yesterday at 10:26:19 pm »
That's a hard question to answer, what suited me may not suit everyone else .. I just learned by jumping in at the deep end and researching questions asked on this forum. I'm not a "book learner".

There are plenty of online resources though ;)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update issues
« on: Yesterday at 10:22:53 pm »
You're most welcome :)

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General Discussion / Re: Linux Mint
« on: Yesterday at 01:07:49 am »
Hi HeatOfLisboa67, and welcome to the forum :)

Any questions in particular ?

Or maybe you're after some useful resources ? .. maybe see here:
https://itsfoss.com/learn-linux-for-free/

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: 16.04 MATE fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:53:23 pm »
I take it you are (one of) the developer(s)?

Who me ? .. good gracious no .. well okay a little bit, you got me :)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update issues
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:25:00 pm »
Okay, open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:
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cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d
then
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sudo rm -v jockey.list
then
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sudo rm -v jockey.list.save
then
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sudo rm -v jockey.list.distUpgrade
then
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cd /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d
then
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sudo rm -v jockey-drivers.gpg
then
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sudo rm -v jockey-drivers.gpg~
now do you still get errors from:
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sudo apt-get update

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: 16.04 MATE fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:54:05 pm »
If you're using Ubuntu 16.04 it will have EXACTLY the same drivers as Mint 18 .. so theoretically there should be no difference as far as wireless goes.

I say "theoretically" because I've seen differences before where there should be non .. eg. Wireless not working in say Mint 18 but working perfectly in Peppermint on the same hardware .. this shouldn't happen because they both use the same kernel, and yet occasionally it does.

This is the world of computing .. weird s**t happens sometimes ;)

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I should probably put Lubuntu or something elso really lightweight...

Maybe try Peppermint 7 ;)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update issues
« on: February 16, 2017, 12:38:10 am »
What's the output from:
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cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jockey.list

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General Help & Advice / Re: [Solved] Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 15, 2017, 09:57:37 am »
Ok very odd, Windows must have forgotten to overwrite the master boot record .. who cares if it's working eh :)

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Peppermint / Re: live USB or dual boot ?
« on: February 14, 2017, 12:34:06 pm »
Okay you can have 2 types of LiveUSB

1) A LiveUSB where everything is forgotten when you reboot .. think of it like an unwritable CDROM .. so if you create a text file on the desktop, or enter your wireless key, or browse the web, when you next reboot too the LiveUSB the text file will NOT be on the desktop, you will need to re-enter your wireless key, and the browser will have no memory of where you've been or any addons you installed.

This is great for security, and okay for a simple installation media, but pretty useless if you want to save files or install apps and not have to redo them next boot.

2) A LiveUSB "with persistence" .. this type of LiveUSB remembers your changes, so the file would still be on the desktop, your wireless key wouldn't need re-entering, the browser would remember your history/etc. and any installed apps will still be installed.

Now bear in mind that all these "changes" are saved to something called a "persistence file" that is layered on top of the normal (unwritable) Live image amd you get what a "persistence file" is.

Also bear in mind that the file system used for LiveUSB's is FAT32 so there's a limit to the size of a persistence file .. simply because FAT32 doesn't allow files larger than 4GB

So if you want your LiveUSB to remember changes, include a persistence file of "up to" 4GB.

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Can you boot the LiveCD/LiveUSB and post the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
and
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sudo blkid

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: 16.04 MATE fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« on: February 14, 2017, 01:24:44 am »
You could try, but you're gonna get the same driver ;)

If you can give me a couple of days I'll see what I can dig up, just stupid busy ATM .. meanwhile have you got a USB wireless adapter you can use ?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Update issues
« on: February 14, 2017, 01:20:52 am »
What's the output from:
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ls -al /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d
and
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ls -al /etc/apt/sources.list.d

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