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Peppermint / Re: Booting from extenal Hard drive.
« Last Post by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 21, 2017, 11:19:23 pm »
CSM (Compatibility Support Module) emulates "Legacy BIOS" .. basically it's the same thing (kinda), but you'll still need to access the boot device selection screen and choose the USB drive as the boot device.
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General Discussion / Re: I want to use Linux so very VERY much
« Last Post by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 21, 2017, 11:15:19 pm »
Peppermint is Lubuntu based .. not trying to "push" Peppermint, just sayin ;)
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General Discussion / Re: Realtime help
« Last Post by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 21, 2017, 11:13:49 pm »
We don't use Twitter or IRC/ICQ

But you can change your forum settings to email you notifications when you receive a personal messages.
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Peppermint / Re: Booting from extenal Hard drive.
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on February 21, 2017, 07:57:51 pm »
My windows 10 (remaining) lap top won't boot from the extenal HDD. It will not even display it as a drive in Win file explorer.

I tried switching off UEFI in the BIOS & have scared the bejesus out of myself when i ended up not being able to boot from anything or regain access to the BIOS to undo what I'd done.

F12 on start up gave me a boot menu that no longer had system set up as an option. It wanted to start from a USB as a 1st option (where I'd set it) but i had no usable stick, I tried highlighting 2nd option of HDD (to boot to WIN 10) & pressed enter - got the same message asking for a bootable medium (as i got for USB option). I'm only here now becuase i remebered that F2 was also supposed give some sort of BIOS access (previous didn't allow any changes but boot sequence) but now gave me Sytems set up options. I undid previous changes & regained Win 10. I'm reluctant to mess about in there now.

Switching off UEFI didn't repalce with 'Legacy' but something else - forgot write it down just too relieved to be able to undo the change.

I don't know if the Dell was UEFI or not, it's dead now so i can't find out.

If the Dell was 'legacy' would Win still show it as a drive in file explorer? Ohterwise it's porbably the external case.

update: Just been brave & gone back to BiOS. I can no longer get to the system set up via F12 as i used to but F2 now does the same job. To access UEFI i have to first turn off 'secure boot' in the security tab. then go to 'advanced' tab & select the 'system configuration' sub-menu. Turning off 'boot mode [UEFI]' gives 'boot mode [CSM boot]' and also generates another catagory 'SATA controller mode [AHCI]' - no sign of 'legacy'.

Still haven't tried to boot from the external HDD & won't until know more about what's going on with this UEFi / legacy thing.
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General Discussion / Re: I want to use Linux so very VERY much
« Last Post by beerem on February 21, 2017, 04:43:19 pm »
I always go the the website
www.distrowatch.com
to find what is out there
The last time I built Linux on an old laptop, I used Lubuntu (32bit)

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General Discussion / Realtime help
« Last Post by beerem on February 21, 2017, 04:18:42 pm »
Having just logged into this forum.
I have discovered a personal message asking for help.
I was very happy to help but... it was dated 2011 :-[
Shame on me. :'(

Is there some recommended IRQ or tweet or something you guys could share?

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General Discussion / Re: Linux Mint
« Last Post by beerem on February 21, 2017, 04:13:02 pm »
One tip is to open a terminal and use;
man
e.g.
man man
man ls
man -k bash

I learnt by purchasing the book;
Essential System Administration
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General Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Automatic Update Nightmare
« Last Post by beerem on February 21, 2017, 04:04:15 pm »
I too have a Dell Inspiron.

One thing I would like to add is that Windows 10 does lock the drive into a state which cannot be read from Linux.

To unlock the NTFS Windows partition you must hold the shift key down when exiting Windows.

(having used Linux for years now I find Windows TOO frustrating and have abandoned it completely)
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General Help & Advice / Re: Linux on Acer
« Last Post by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 20, 2017, 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 ?
« Last Post by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 20, 2017, 10:35:20 pm »
See your other topic :)
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