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Linux Support / Re: Spell check not working
August 07, 2020, 05:26:01 PM
Yes I see it but when I click on the box it says the spelling is complete and does not check the document for errors.
Linux Support / Re: CD Ripping
August 07, 2020, 05:21:46 PM
Thanks Keith. I will be getting the CD/DVD drive next Friday. I'll let you know how I get on then!
Linux Support / Re: CD Ripping
July 29, 2020, 10:58:25 PM
Quote from: DavidMcCann on July 29, 2020, 04:51:17 PM
As that tutorial says, whatever disk burner you get with your distro should do the job. I have a thing called xfburn which starts by offering 4 options: blank disk, create data disk, create installation disk, and create audio disk. Simple!

Just had a quick look at the tutorial and then saved it to my Pocket. I  now remember using Brasero a few years ago on an earlier Peppermint distro with an old laptop. It worked fine.

I suppose I'd have to find it in the package manager?
Linux Support / Re: CD Ripping
July 29, 2020, 01:27:40 AM
Thanks guys. I used the wrong term- yes got lots of mp3s. I know how to convert them to wav. I didn't know that CDs should be wav; that's useful to know.

What programme should I use to put the files onto CDs once I get an external CD drive?
Linux Support / CD Ripping
July 27, 2020, 04:57:03 PM
Guys what programme would you recommend for CD ripping? I want to put mp3 music files off my netbook onto CDS. I bought a retro radio CD player ( that looks 1930s) to play old music on but I can't get  my data stick which has mp3s to play on it, but CDs work great on it.

I got it second hand off Ebay and the seller said the mp3 worked for her, so I dunno why it won't work for me.

But anyway CDs are probably better as having a data stick sticking out of the socket ruins the illusion of listening to an old wireless!

I'll have to get an external CD drive because my netbook hasn't got one.

I have Audacity on my netbook for music files, but don't know if it rips CDs as well.

Quote from: SeZo on July 21, 2020, 10:50:44 AM
I assume you are using LinuxMint.

If you are able to print the images yourselves, then you could try PhotoPrint:
https://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/photoprint (https://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/photoprint)

I have used that occasionally if I wanted multiple images on one page.
You can also export the image to TIFF or JPEG and send that to your printing company.

Thanks. I'm on Peppermint 9.
Linux Support / Re: Spell check not working
July 27, 2020, 04:50:41 PM
Thank you Keith. I'll look for that when I next type up a document and let you know if it worked or not.
Linux Support / Spell check not working
July 24, 2020, 05:44:10 PM
The spell check and grammar thing that would check and change spelling and grammar errors in Libre Office documents doesn't work. Can anyone help me get it working please?

You know what I mean: like when I was typing up on my Chromebook a line would come underneath to correct a spelling ( which you could right click to change) and it also had the function you could get it to check a whole document.

Quote from: Keith on June 09, 2020, 11:04:14 AM
Ah, yes - your requirements are rather special. 

Multiple images on one page;  did your photo-shop do that for you from separate images that you supplied, or did you have some software on your PC to create a compound image file? 
As for specifying the size:  you can reduce them yourself to a specific pixel x pixel size or a simple percentage using imagemagick.   I use it all the time to reduce most of my photos to save memory space.  Worth looking at. 
In the meantime I'll have a think about other on-line services. 


The local print shop did that for me yes. Sadly he shut down 2 years ago. But I found that Rymans does printing and been there since, for single images on one page. Thanks for the link to imagemagick. I'll look at that sometime.
Quote from: Keith on June 06, 2020, 09:35:43 AM
Hello Melissa.
Laser printers are not economical for occasional use - they are best for 100-pages-per-day use, like businesses.  And, as you say, they are expensive.  But they are excellent for printing large blocks of colour like the images you want to print.

Although I swear by HP printers for all the reasons I mentioned earlier, I am not too happy with their photo reproduction (on photo paper), although ordinary colour printing is fine.
Here's a refurbished one for £60: https://tinyurl.com/ybd7qbk8 (https://tinyurl.com/ybd7qbk8).  It has 1200x1200 pixels/inch scanning resolution which is fine your application.

The best all-round printer that I've owned has been Epson, especially if you want to print photographs on photo paper, although I have had one or two driver issues, and you do need to use it fairly regularly to prevent the jets blocking.  If you can stretch to £85 then this might be of interest: https://tinyurl.com/yb367hnt (https://tinyurl.com/yb367hnt)

Overall, for your application, laser would be the way to go as ink-jetting large areas is rarely a happy experience. 
Alternatively, since you are printing so few images,you could buy a printer/scanner and get the files photo-printed by, for example https://www.snapfish.co.uk/home (https://www.snapfish.co.uk/home).  They charge £1.69 for a 12"x8" photo and if you order several at once the post charge wouldn't be too bad.  I am sure that Boots uses this company for their on-line service and the quality is excellent. 

So my suggestion is the HP printer and the on-line photo printing service.
Good luck.


Thank you for your reply Keith. I had thought about printing sites, but the problem I had when looking at them was that they didn't seem very good for when I want multiple smallish images printed on one paper, and I don't want glossy photo paper but matte vintage style as I want to print Victorian- 1950s images.

All I could see from these sites is options for multiples of glossy photos and leaflets with little option to print images at particular sizes.

I really wish the print shop up the road to me had not closed down as he had awesome printers with  a range of matte card like papers and a computer that could size my images to what I wanted.

I've got a scanner already but it's an old one. Works fine though.

Thank you very much for the replies guys! Most of my printing purposes would be printing scans of vintage images from my collection of  old books ( some are from the 19th century) vintage magazines ( which are so  nice I don't want to cut up as one magazine  is from 1938!) which I would have scanned into my netbook and done editing on. They would be for art projects. Some would be in colour ( vintage colours) and some in sepia/monochrome.

Some print jobs would be of course documents/forms ( when the need arises).

I'm looking for a printer that would be cost effective, easy to use and do good quality images.

But since my day job will be part time ( staring that in a few weeks) I can't afford a top of the range printer, so would be looking to spend about £50-£70. I am a newbie at printers, having always gone to print shops before ( but as I mentioned they are all closed down round my area now), so I'm not very knowledgeable on prices and models etc.

I only know that laser printers do the best smudge free images. But they are expensive!

That's why I was thinking to look on Ebay from a top rated seller who re conditions/re sells them with a guarantee.

I got my monitor ( to plug into my netbook so I have a big screen) off Ebay from such a seller and it's great!

I'd probably be using the printer 2-3 times a week on average.

Linux Support / What printers work best on Linux?
May 26, 2020, 05:04:49 PM
Guys, I'm gonna save up for a second hand printer ( probably off Ebay) at some point to use on my Asus netbook, running on Peppermint 9. Could you please advise me which are compatible and easy to set up?

I've never had a home printer before, but need one as the local print shop closed down 2 years ago and the only other option is going to libraries ( which of course are closed right now). There isn't even a print shop in town any more!
Linux Support / Re: How do I update Chrome browser?
April 05, 2020, 12:06:51 PM
Rich- the message was coming from Chrome, but I could not see any more on my Chrome applications. I think that applies to Windows.

When I was getting this message I did not have any pending updates coming from Linux.

This morning I have ( on that shield icon at the bottom of my netbook ) so I have clicked on it to update. I did see Chrome included in it. Let's hope that updates it!
Linux Support / Re: How do I update Chrome browser?
April 05, 2020, 11:52:48 AM
[email protected] ~ $ wget -q -O - https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
[sudo] password for matildaw:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for matildaw:
[email protected] ~ $

Did that work Mad Penguin?
Linux Support / How do I update Chrome browser?
April 01, 2020, 10:48:27 PM
Guys my browser is Chrome on my netbook, distro Peppermint 9. I keep getting prompts from Chrome to update it, and I did click on the prompt tonight and it took me to a page to download a deb file which it says will update the browser without having to re install it.

I now have some folders in my download folders on my netbook ( 3 of them  )  and no idea what to do with them.

Anyone know what to do please?