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General Help & Advice / Re: [Solved] Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:15:38 am »
No. That's the odd part. It's an ageing Abit IP35 Pro motherboard...

General Help & Advice / Re: Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:14:49 am »
Hello again Mark,

Now, this is weird. Welcome, but weird.

I've just reinstalled Windows, fully expecting to have to restore GRUB, and hoping it wouldn't bite me on the backside with some mysterious error that would take up time I can't really spare..

However, the dual-boot still works. GRUB gives me the usual options as though nothing happened.

Thanks for your help, as usual. Next step is to upgrade Ubuntu...

I'll mark this solved now.


General Help & Advice / Re: Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 08, 2017, 12:22:02 am »
Thanks. Will do.

General Help & Advice / Re: Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 07, 2017, 11:59:16 pm »
Ok. I presume I do all that AFTER I've broken GRUB by reinstalling Windows?

On reflection, I'm not quite so confident. If it's ok with you Mark, I'll spend a couple of days backing up data and thinking about this. Then I'll reinstall Windows and come back here via another machine to ask your advice in realtime.

Anyway, the worst case scenario would be to reinstall Ubuntu after reinstalling Windows, which I believe would reinstall GRUB as well. It's about time I upgraded Ubuntu, so a fresh install wouldn't be such a bad thing...

Your help is much appreciated, as always.


General Help & Advice / Re: Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:57:29 pm »
OK. Am I right in thinking the part I will need is the link to the section "How to Repair, Restore, or Reinstall Grub 2 with a Ubuntu Live CD or USB"?

If so, I'm fairly confident I can work through it (famous last words - what could possibly go wrong!#?)...

General Help & Advice / Re: Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:17:56 pm »
Thanks Mark,

Not UEFI, needless to say..

I've got the live cd though. Would it be possible for you to tell me in advance what I'll need to do to reinstate GRUB, so that I can do it as soon as Windows is reinstalled? Could I just copy some file(s) before I start the reinstall, then copy them back afterwards? Obviously I'd have to do that in Windows, as Ubuntu won't be bootable afterwards. Or could I do it in Ubuntu, then use the live cd to copy back?


General Help & Advice / [Solved] Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:20:36 am »
Hello Folks,

One of our boxes is a dual-boot with Windows and Ubuntu. Windows needs reinstalling and the question is, will this confuse Grub and break the dual-boot?

Thanks for any feedback..

General Discussion / Re: More vandalism, than Linux..
« on: January 08, 2017, 11:06:53 pm »
Thank you arochester.

Job done.

I'd put a flat blade screwdriver everywhere BUT the oval hole, used force, twisted, cursed, etc, without success. I only gave up because the force was threatening to wreck the screwdriver.

So simple when you know how...

General Discussion / More vandalism, than Linux.. (solved)
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:11:09 pm »
Not suggesting that Linux is vandalism.  Just that what I want to do may be...

Long shot. Can anyone give me any pointers on dismantling an old Maxtor Onetouch (external USB drive).

Two screws allow removal of the plate on one end, but there's nothing under it to allow any further access.

General Help & Advice / Re: wireless printing problem
« on: December 25, 2016, 08:21:33 pm »
Hello Mark,

A quick look in 'printers' showed that no printers were installed. I went through the printer menus to find it's IP address for you (, then I tried adding a printer using that as the host under 'network printers'. It was found, and HPLIP was suggested as the default connection, which I accepted.

Job done! I'm printing again.

Thanks for the pointers. It was your request for the IP address which led me down that path..

Marking this solved now.

General Help & Advice / Re: wireless printing problem
« on: December 18, 2016, 09:16:35 pm »
Hello Mark,

As far as I remember, I just worked through the menu system on the printer, typed in our wifi network address, and it worked...

I think I used  Wi-Fi protected setup, push button setup, then pressed the WPS button on the router for three seconds.


I've downloaded HPLIP TOOLBOX, but still no luck. Although Printer Queue Control indicates that the printer is the default, is started, and is accepting jobs, the status of print jobs goes from 'printing' to 'on hold' without anything printing.

General Help & Advice / wireless printing problem (solved)
« on: December 11, 2016, 09:52:36 pm »
Hello folks,

I've been printing wirelessly for some time now (laptop running Ubuntu 14.04LTS, HP Envy 4502).

Since yesterday, nothing. Every job I send to the printer ends up 'held'. Releasing it doesn't help (CUPS 1.7.2). I just get a series of messages that FF has blocked a redirection, and when I finish clicking 'allow' I'm back to 'held'.

I've tried resetting the printer to factory defaults and starting again. I've gone through wireless setup on the printer (apparently successfully), I've tried Wi-Fi protected setup on the printer, which fails consistently. Still no prints. I've even tried banging my head on the desk, but that doesn't work either. Cheaper than drinking though..

Anyone got any ideas please? The original setup went very smoothly, I seem to remember.

General Help & Advice / Re: A virus in Linux?
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:40:43 pm »
OK thanks Mark,

I'll stick with FF and Chromium for now, then.

Your help much appreciated as always. I'll mark this solved now.


General Help & Advice / Re: A virus in Linux?
« on: December 06, 2016, 01:23:30 am »
OK thanks Mark,

Is there a browser you'd particularly recommend? As I said, FF has a couple of features I like, but otherwise it seems to be getting slow and saying "Well, this is embarrassing" a bit too often.

General Help & Advice / Re: A virus in Linux?
« on: December 05, 2016, 11:46:36 pm »
Thanks Mark,
As long as it's not a virus I think I'll do nothing. I've since discovered the problem doesn't exist in chromium, so I'll use that for Yahoo.

I'm still a bit baffled though. I thought these things couldn't sneak through in linux. I'm beginning to wonder about Firefox, although I like several of it's features enough to keep it in reserve..

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