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#31
General Discussion / Re: Connection issues
November 13, 2015, 12:47:43 PM
Quote from: Melissa on November 07, 2015, 10:30:41 PM
Quote from: donwatson on November 07, 2015, 04:49:54 PM
::)Cheez ::) If you guys have these problems what chance do us lesser mortals have  ;)

Indeed!  ???

I am with Talk Talk; usually the speed is ok, well it's better on my netbook as this laptop needs more RAM, but lately web pages have been taking longer than usual to load up. I think the internet providers are all much of a muchness.
But...they should be like lightning in 2015- not the case a lot of the time.

+1 !

We were BT for 40 years, until this summer, when their intractable muppetts would not talk to us about spiraling costs - £35 a month for 3.5Mbs, when just about everyone else would sell us this for £20 !!!

That, and the fact that IMHO, the "customer service" was rubbish, and we moved to Talk Talk.

Big mistake initially, as somehow the switchover caused an external fault. TT's call centre were useless - ended up joining the online community forum, which got it sorted - took a painful tedious week, but got it sorted.

Having spoken to a few folk about this, it does seem as though, as someone else said above, they are all ok, until the service falls over.

I feel for anyone in this position, especially if they are disabled, as I am, as the "operatives in india" will still have you doing all sorts of swap outs and changes, when you have proved to them, repeatedly, that the fault is external, and thus their contractual responsibility.

I also feel for anyone who givers their time freely to the online community, helping people out of the goodness of their heart, just because they can - anyone who does this is a star, Mark included.
#32
Linux Support / Re: New Laptop Advice please!
October 17, 2015, 12:45:14 PM
Quote from: Sim on September 17, 2015, 07:51:33 PM
I have found this:-

https://districtelectricals.co.uk/samsung-np700g7c-s02uk-i7-core-gaming-laptop-with-windows-8.html

seems to have a proper keyboard. I know its dear,, but the spec, if linux compatible, will be pretty future proof !!

Any opinions ? ( apart from the obvious windross Tax nonsense!!)

( off to peruse the HCL's.... )

Edit: seems UEFI was a major issue - found one report on the peppermint forum of a guy running P6 without issues... mmmm.....

And another on notebook review (historic) running Mint13.....

TIA

Well, with thanks to everyone for their help in this, we actually bought the Samsung. I am typing this on it now - it was expensive, but, it should hopefully be completely future proof; the keyboard is also pretty good - certainly as good as the old HP. I put Peppermint 6 on it without any real issue - the only bugbear is the known issue of certain kernels not recognising Android devices - I will boot the older Kernel when I get that far.... but of course that means i will have to reboot the thing, which is hardly ever necessary under Linux!!

I also upgraded one of the HDD's to an SSD, and set up the partitions to give the OS its own.

I love P6 - it is so customizable, and of course on this monster is very fast, and with the SSD, even more so - resume from suspend is essentially instant = fantastic. IIRC, cold boot is less than 10 secs !! Try that with M$ rubbish !!

I might add a different video player, and I might add an additional file manager - some of the stuff I do would benefit from more information on screen than the default provides, but I love the screen layout, and the ease with which things can be added - when I get round to it, I am gonna put P6 on my desktop too - its currently running Ubuntu 14.04LTS, which, IMHO, is inferior.

ATB

(edited for spelling!!)
#33
Can your phone not reject texts and calls from numbers in a reject list ?

And... keep up the good work signing "them" up for such useful stuff too !!
#34
Quote from: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on October 03, 2015, 09:09:29 PM
Reading some stuff online seems to suggest Samsung phones sometimes work, replugging them sometimes makes it connect sometimes it doesn't .. so I guess replugging it was what did it.

Have you tried that on the installed version?

Oh yeah, I have.... repeatedly  ::) - it ignores me, every time  :o seem a big strange that replugging it worked - even tried different leads, but that didn't work either - on the other machine, any lead works - I tried them all (four).

In the meantime, I'm going to borrow a card reader off a mate and see if that works - our current one can't cope with large micro SD... if his works, i will just buy one!

I'll have a look at imgur - i just thought it might help getting the image up.. thanks for moving it though :)
#35
Well, I tried this again, and initially got the same error as installed P6  :-[  :'( - so I unplugged the phone, and plugged it in again.... and it worked  :) - I took a screen shot to prove it too!!! ( which I have attached - sorry. Mark, feel free to do whatever you want with this file - I don't think there is anything contentious on display !?!)

as you can see... P6 recognised all the files on the 32Gb card in the phone, and was also able to copy them to a partition in the PC. :)

I also ran the command requested, and inxi too, in an attempt to put this in some sort of context....

[email protected] ~ $ uname -a
Linux peppermint 3.16.0-46-generic #62~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Tue Aug 11 16:27:16 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[email protected] ~ $ inxi
CPU~Quad core Intel Core i7-4790 CPU (-HT-MCP-) clocked at Min:800.015Mhz Max:4101.750Mhz Kernel~3.16.0-46-generic x86_64 Up~17 min Mem~403.7/11904.1MB HDD~2123.4GB(1.2% used) Procs~197 Client~Shell inxi~1.9.17 
[email protected] ~ $

Hope all that helps - I will leave the machine up for a while if you want anything other info ( although its hardly a chore to boot it from USB !) :)

(click image to enlarge)
#36
Quote from: chemicalfan on October 02, 2015, 12:34:43 PM
Official bug is here - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libmtp/+bug/1263355
Unfixed at present :(

Thanks for the reply.. have edited the original post for greater accuracy.

I am going to try running P6 from USB on another machine..... and report back.
#37
As the thread title, but the really weird part, is that when I booted from a USB stick, to see if it would work with the phone, it did !!, and now having installed it, it does not.

What actually happens is that the directory structure appears in file manager, but if one tries to copy, then the process either hangs, or eventually generates an error message with "unable to get object handles"

The actual error message is:- "Sorry, could not display all the contents of "Card": libmtp error:  could not get object handles."

I suspect that I have done something silly, but would be grateful of some help !!

Output from uname -a ; and dmseg |tail -n 40 - which I think might help folk understand....

[email protected] ~ $ uname -a
Linux sim-flaptop 3.16.0-50-generic #66~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Sep 10 17:05:00 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[email protected] ~ $ dmesg | tail -n 40
[ 9373.066063] cfg80211:   (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9373.066067] cfg80211:   (2457000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9373.066070] cfg80211:   (2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9373.066073] cfg80211:   (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9373.066075] cfg80211:   (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9401.649987] wlan0: authenticate with 58:7f:66:b1:52:80
[ 9401.653549] wlan0: send auth to 58:7f:66:b1:52:80 (try 1/3)
[ 9401.683468] wlan0: send auth to 58:7f:66:b1:52:80 (try 2/3)
[ 9401.690662] wlan0: authenticated
[ 9401.691001] wlan0: waiting for beacon from 58:7f:66:b1:52:80
[ 9405.433975] wlan0: authenticate with 58:7f:66:b1:52:84
[ 9405.438254] wlan0: direct probe to 58:7f:66:b1:52:84 (try 1/3)
[ 9405.639460] wlan0: direct probe to 58:7f:66:b1:52:84 (try 2/3)
[ 9405.843632] wlan0: direct probe to 58:7f:66:b1:52:84 (try 3/3)
[ 9406.047806] wlan0: authentication with 58:7f:66:b1:52:84 timed out
[ 9409.751889] wlan0: authenticate with 58:7f:66:b1:52:80
[ 9409.755968] wlan0: send auth to 58:7f:66:b1:52:80 (try 1/3)
[ 9409.758316] wlan0: authenticated
[ 9409.758980] wlan0: associate with 58:7f:66:b1:52:80 (try 1/3)
[ 9409.764665] wlan0: RX AssocResp from 58:7f:66:b1:52:80 (capab=0x411 status=0 aid=1)
[ 9409.777918] wlan0: associated
[ 9409.778006] cfg80211: Calling CRDA for country: GB
[ 9409.782101] cfg80211: Regulatory domain changed to country: GB
[ 9409.782107] cfg80211:  DFS Master region: unset
[ 9409.782109] cfg80211:   (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp), (dfs_cac_time)
[ 9409.782114] cfg80211:   (2402000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (N/A, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9409.782117] cfg80211:   (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (N/A, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
[ 9409.782120] cfg80211:   (5250000 KHz - 5330000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (N/A, 2000 mBm), (0 s)
[ 9409.782123] cfg80211:   (5490000 KHz - 5710000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (N/A, 2700 mBm), (0 s)
[ 9409.782126] cfg80211:   (57240000 KHz - 65880000 KHz @ 2160000 KHz), (N/A, 4000 mBm), (N/A)
[10830.539509] usb 3-2: new high-speed USB device number 3 using xhci_hcd
[10830.668290] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=04e8, idProduct=6860
[10830.668294] usb 3-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[10830.668296] usb 3-2: Product: SAMSUNG_Android
[10830.668298] usb 3-2: Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
[10830.668300] usb 3-2: SerialNumber: 07fe8be3
[10830.675987] cdc_acm 3-2:1.1: This device cannot do calls on its own. It is not a modem.
[10830.676026] cdc_acm 3-2:1.1: ttyACM0: USB ACM device
[10830.676219] usbcore: registered new interface driver cdc_acm
[10830.676220] cdc_acm: USB Abstract Control Model driver for USB modems and ISDN adapters

Phone is a samsung S4 Mini Duos GT-I9192, running android 4.2.2

TIA
Sim
#38
Quote from: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 25, 2015, 06:37:58 PM
First time with Peppermint 6 ?

Yep! ;D ..... But you may recall that I tried Peppermint a while ago on the old HP, and we had some completely bonkers graphics corruption - it was about the time of that :-X :-X :-X mess called unity  ::) - and I went back to 10:04 - which I would probably still be running if the HP were still "with us" :-\

Really like the way P6 works tho - finding it really good to use. Thanks very much for it - tis loverly :)

---

Managed to set up my symlinks last night, to keep the OS partition nice and tidy... its all coming together really nicely  :)

( and reformatted the 2nd  HDD, which had some weird windross corruption written to it !!! )

Set the BIOS up in CSM mode - should I have set it up is UEFI mode ? - stayed away as Samsung appear to have used version 1.8 of the UEFI code - which can cause buffer overflow and trash the motherboard (!!!) = DOH !!
#39
Hi Mark, yep sure does. thanks!! very pleased with the customisation options :)
#40
Linux Support / Peppermint 6 on Samsung np700g7c laptop
September 25, 2015, 01:59:12 PM
Well, following my other thread on the choice of laptops, we finally took the expensive plunge of getting a NP700.  :o

And.... since I can't get on with unity, ::)  I have just installed P6 on it,  :) having replaced one of the HDD's with an SSD*.

was an easy install, which i will detail once I finished tweaking, but it  all appears to work properly ( for now !! )

* had to buy a new SSD, as the "old" out of the old HP has some evolution data on it that I couldn't migrate to the current version of evo, so I took the decision to run this SSD on an old machine ( when I get round to it ), and then put it in the laptop to replace the current second HDD.

gonna get my printers installed in a bit,and then restore most of my data to this ssd... (yawn)......

(Yes, it has definitely cost too much, but if we look after it, it should last as long as the old HP did.... here's hoping anyway!)
#41
News and Events / Re: AVG follows Win10 spyware lead
September 25, 2015, 09:53:57 AM
Quote from: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 24, 2015, 01:15:53 PM
AVG free antivirus is now going to be following Microsofts lead in "info gathering" .. I personally call it spying.


And I agree with you  :)

Just another reason for, at the very least, keeping windross off the internet ::)

( not using it at all being the best option  ;D)
#42
Another vote for the Samsung Pro series SSD's here - got two, and the performance increase is astonishing - cold boots are sub 10secs, and wake from suspend is more or less instantaneous. Also fitted one to a pals old HP laptop, with impressive results.

Having dropped a laptop recently (!), I can also attest to their shock resistance. The SSD survived, unscathed - the mobo was a slightly different story  :-\
#43
Linux Support / Re: New Laptop Advice please!
September 18, 2015, 04:39:07 PM
Quote from: chemicalfan on September 18, 2015, 04:06:41 PM
How much RAM does the core 2 machine have? The Core 2 Duo isn't a bad chip even nowadays, certainly more capable that an Atom or E class AMD chip

Most have 4Gb - there are some with only 3.  What you thinking? Upgrade it ??

Agreed re the C2D - old G70 had one, and it was Ok..
#44
Linux Support / Re: New Laptop Advice please!
September 18, 2015, 03:28:16 PM
Quote from: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 18, 2015, 01:04:58 PM
UEFI and Secureboot is no longer a problem:
http://peppermintos.com/2015/09/peppermint-6-respin-with-uefi-support-released/

Mint also now supports UEFI/Secureboot as do *most* recent distros.

Thanks.

I downloaded the re-spin a few days ago, booted it on this desktop ( Zoostorm i7 with SSD). .... it runs very well. Particularly like the DE, and the customisation options - very nice - thanks for that too!! ( also that it could "see" my S4 "out of the box" - which Ubuntu 14:04 can't  :o )

The HP's on the bay of e had sold out by the time we got that far.... but there are a few dell inspirons on there ATM... so the question is £920 for a new i7 Sammy, or £200 for a "refurb" Core 2 Duo Dell 1720 ???  - I know they are not really comparable - but the keyboard is the issue - both have one !! ( I.E. NOT a chiclet  :-X thing ) shame there isn't anything in the middle ! :-\
#45
Linux Support / Re: New Laptop Advice please!
September 17, 2015, 07:51:33 PM
I have found this:-

https://districtelectricals.co.uk/samsung-np700g7c-s02uk-i7-core-gaming-laptop-with-windows-8.html

seems to have a proper keyboard. I know its dear,, but the spec, if linux compatible, will be pretty future proof !!

Any opinions ? ( apart from the obvious windross Tax nonsense!!)

( off to peruse the HCL's.... )

Edit: seems UEFI was a major issue - found one report on the peppermint forum of a guy running P6 without issues... mmmm.....

And another on notebook review (historic) running Mint13.....

TIA