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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..

General Help & Advice / A virus in Linux? [solved]
« on: December 04, 2016, 08:23:18 pm »
I'm having a problem with Yahoo in Ubuntu 14.04. Basically it's seized up, but the worrying part is that is says "transferring data from", which appears to be a virus.

Only Yahoo sems to be affected so far, but it's the same story on a laptop and a desktop, both running 14.04.

Any ideas please?

Ubuntu / Solved: Re: Flash problems revisited
« on: September 02, 2016, 08:53:56 pm »
Hello Folks,

The channel 4 site is now working in FF, which is very convenient as SneakyTommy's link and the difference between chrome and chromium were making my head hurt..

Looks like a C4 problem..  fingers crossed.

Thanks all. I'll mark this solved.


Ubuntu / Re: Flash problems revisited
« on: August 31, 2016, 12:30:50 am »
Thanks Guys,

Will look into these solutions and report back..


Ubuntu / Re: Flash problems revisited
« on: August 19, 2016, 09:08:16 pm »
I tend to avoid all things google..

Something about giant corporations sticking their noses into every aspect of my life seems to irritate me.

Ubuntu / Flash problems revisited (solved)
« on: August 10, 2016, 11:15:05 pm »
Hello folks,

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and Flash is working fine in Firefox - except on the channel 4 site.

It says I need to install or upgrade Adobe Flash Player.

However, when I run sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer, I get the following

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
flashplugin-installer is already the newest version.
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 43 not to upgrade.

What is WRONG with Flash (or me)?

Thanks for any suggestions..


..I've just bought a pack of socks from a major supermarket chain, with a little penguin motif..

Very tasteful they are too. Drive the ladies mad, I shouldn't wonder.


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Wi-Fi adapters [Solved]
« on: June 29, 2016, 09:35:37 pm »
With a little help...

I was just assuming it worked in XP because I got the 'found new hardware' message. It was you who pointed out the need to verify it. Elementary oversight on my part. Credit where it's due.



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