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Linux Support / Audacity experts here? Have a question
November 01, 2020, 08:56:39 PM
Hi guys, I've used Audacity  many times to convert mp4s with music to mp3s or mp3s to wav. but nothing else. I have some mp3s of 1930s music obviously recorded on shellac. Mostly the small pops and crackles I love and don't spoil the recording  but I've a few that have a lot of crackle and the vocals are not as clear as I'd like. I've read you can clean up the audio in Audacity but no idea how to do that. Do any of you know how to do this please?
Guys I have tons of mp3 music files that I wanted to play on a retro radio that plays MP3s. I bought it second hand off ebay but my data stick won't play on it. The data stick is not faulty- it plays perfectly on my netbook.

The seller told me her data stick worked on it fine.

It plays CDs fine and it also has a working radio.

Have you any idea why my data stick does not play on it?
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.

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.

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 / 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?

Linux Support / ASUS Netbook streams slow
March 15, 2020, 05:27:24 PM
Guys my Asus Netbook which runs on Peppermint 9, using Chrome browser streams very slow. It lags a lot watching BBC iplayer and Netflix. As far as I know this netbook has 4GB RAM, so I can't figure out why it does this as my Chromebook was faster and it only has 2GB RAM (sadly the Chromebook died 3 days ago).

I also have fibre Broadband and it worked fast on the Chromebook. Ok, this has an HD not an SSD like the Chromebook, but surely this wouldn't be the reason it lags?

Linux Support / Chromebook has died
March 15, 2020, 05:22:43 PM
Guys I got a problem. My Chromebook died 3 days ago- just keeps shutting itself off. Its battery is fully charged. I was just online looking at a website and it went off. I thought at first maybe I'd forgotten to charge the battery but then saw the cable was in, so I pressed the on button. It came on after a few attempts and the battery icon showed it was fully charged. I then thought maybe it'd run out of RAM and shut itself down. It has 2 GB RAM.

I was about to go into the cookies setting to check if any cookies needed clearing and it shut itself off again.

I pressed it back on and it lasted about 10 seconds and went off again.

I've tried a few times but it won't stay on.

What do you think the problem is?

Linux Support / Scanner not working- SOLVED!
October 08, 2019, 09:16:16 PM
Hey guys can't get my scanner to work on my netbook, Asus Peppermint latest version. It says unable to connect.
If you remember guys I bought a Dell monitor to plug into my Asus notebook that runs on the latest Peppermint distro. Last time I plugged it in it would immediately go live; that is the desktop comes on it with all the icons and I can use it ( go online, open files etc etc). Now the desktop comes on but with no icons. I just get my desktop itself but nothing else. It isn't live. The desktop is only live on the Asus notebook. I have tried doing the following:

Powering up the notebook, then plugging in the monitor/on

Powering up the notebook with the monitor already plugged in, switched on

Rebooting the notebook with the monitor plugged in/on

None of this works.

Something weird is going on with ITV player guys. It asks for me to tick some setting in my browser ( I use Chrome but also have Firefox on it) so it will stream. I did it in Chrome and it still said to tick that setting, so I tried it in Firefox, ticked the setting but it did the same thing as well. Yet it works on my Chromebook.

I had the netbook/notebook on all day yesterday as my Mum came for lunch and I thought she might wanna watch something , so set it up as I have the large Dell monitor for it now. She didn't, but I kept it running anyway for music, and decided to leave it on after she went, instead of using the Chromebook. I fancied watching that new period drama Sanditon, but ITV player has gone odd with this new setting.

I won't use the monitor/netbook that much for watching things ( it's more for me using it to do online tutoring and to do photo editing) but it's nice to have the option if I want to watch something on a bigger screen. BBC iplayer works on the netbook fine.

Hey guys I have had a notification that my Chromebook is on its last update and after that some applications may not work as well, and that it might not be "secure."

Here is the info on the Chrome page:

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/9367166?p=autoupdate&visit_id=637026186217831600-1577408495&rd=1 (https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/9367166?p=autoupdate&visit_id=637026186217831600-1577408495&rd=1)

I just did a search to see what I could do about this, to extend its life as I like using it as it's got an SSD drive and light and portable with long battery life.

The options are, continue using it ( until it has problems) and then:

* install a Linux distro
*install CloudReady

Of course another suggestion is to buy another Chromebook, but not only is this wasteful but I can't afford it.

This is the article:

https://www.howtogeek.com/403164/what-to-do-when-your-chromebook-reaches-the-end-of-its-life/ (https://www.howtogeek.com/403164/what-to-do-when-your-chromebook-reaches-the-end-of-its-life/)

I was wondering if you guys could advise me on the best OS update for it (  I don't plan to do  this  right away but for when I notice "security issues").

The Chromebook is an Asus C300.  The system specs are below:

Platform: Linux x86-64

Processor: Intel® Bay Trail-M Dual Core Celeron N2830 2.16 GHz ~ 2.41 GHz Processor

Memory: DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, 2 GB, up to 4 GB

Display : 13.3" 16:9 HD (1366x768)

Storage : 16GB eMMC  32GB

Networking :Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n  Built-in Bluetoothâ„¢ V4.0

Interface :
1 x COMBO audio jack
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x HDMI
1 x micro SDXC card reader
1 x Micro Sim card slot

CloudReady is described as being very like operating it as a Chromebook, but I'd need to use another computer if there isn't 8 GB of space on the Chromebook to write it onto a USB stick ( I think the Asus Peppermint netbook would have the space, would need to check). I like the idea of keeping it Chromebook like OS wise, but I'm not good at putting OS onto computers and wondering if a Linux distro would be easier to put onto it? Which Linux distro would be the best?

I'd welcome your advice. Many thanks.

Linux Support / External monitor for my Asus notebook
August 22, 2019, 04:27:37 PM
Hey guys I am looking to buy an external large monitor to plug into my Asus notebook that runs on Peppermint 9. I thought it'd be a cheaper option than spending months and months saving up for a bigger laptop and also the screen will be bigger ( I need a large screen to do online tutoring using video conferencing like Skype). The notebook is pretty cool, having a touch screen and has all the cool Linux features ( some which even my Chromebook won't do) so it seems daft to me to buy yet another laptop. I've already got 3! ( An old Dell notebook too running on Mint!). All it needs really is a bigger screen and one day I'll get an SSD drive put into it. A big monitor is the ideal solution.

I've seen this one and would like to buy it but was wondering if you'd mind having a look and letting me know if it'd work on my notebook?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-19-TFT-LCD-Flat-Screen-Computer-Monitor-Free-P-P/254259667027?hash=item3b330ea053:g:OHEAAOSwk8xc~l39 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-19-TFT-LCD-Flat-Screen-Computer-Monitor-Free-P-P/254259667027?hash=item3b330ea053:g:OHEAAOSwk8xc~l39)

I would be using an external speaker or on headphones.

Here is my Asus notebook:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/X102B-10-1-inch-Touchscreen-Laptop-Black/dp/B00FC55SVO (https://www.amazon.co.uk/X102B-10-1-inch-Touchscreen-Laptop-Black/dp/B00FC55SVO)


Hey guys can I change the colour of the background of Libre office writer from dark grey to white?
I don't find it that easy on the eye.
(Peppermint 9 distro).
Many thanks.
Linux Support / No flash
May 11, 2019, 11:12:50 PM
Hey guys I like to use ipiccy online for photo editing as it's easy, but the flash is disabled and I don't know how to enable it. What do I do? I have got Pinta but I'm finding it tricky and it keeps closing itself down.
Linux Support / Bluetooth speaker won't work
May 09, 2019, 07:17:14 PM
Hey guys for some reason I cannot get Bluetooth to work on my Peppermint notebook- there is an icon there but it just comes up with a weird dialogue box and says the "daemon" is not there.
I got a little netbook on Peppermint 9 and just can't figure out how to get to the network manager to connect it. Usually netbooks and laptops automatically have a box that pops up and starts searching for the wi fi. This does not happen.
Linux Support / HELP my Ubuntu notebook has crashed!
October 28, 2018, 08:35:21 PM
It's on a black screen with white writing/codes and I cannot get it to boot up! What can I do guys?
QuoteAfter Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside.

The e-mails of the celebrated programmer Linus Torvalds land like thunderbolts from on high onto public lists, full of invective, insults, and demeaning language. "Please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place," he wrote in one.

Torvalds has publicly posted thousands of scathing messages targeting programmers who submit what he deems flawed code to the Linux computer-operating-system kernel, which he brought to life more than twenty-five years ago and now administers as a collaborative, open-source project. Today, the Linux kernel is famous, running the enormous computers of Google, PayPal, Amazon, and eBay, and the two billion mobile phones using the Android operating system. Torvalds, though, retains final say over each precious line of code, just as he did when he first started working on the system as a graduate student at the University of Helsinki. For years, he has been known as Linux's "benevolent dictator for life."
More here:

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/after-years-of-abusive-e-mails-the-creator-of-linux-steps-aside (https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/after-years-of-abusive-e-mails-the-creator-of-linux-steps-aside)

Oh dear this is pretty damning and I hope it doesn't do harm to Linux's reputation. I'm no mad femo type but looks like women have not been well treated in the Linux working environment. I'm not PC mad and into "recruitment quotas" as much as some people are- the best person for the job is the one most skilled with decent behaviour- whatever their sex, ethnic group etc. If there are excellent women IT specialists then they should be given the same opportunities as blokes.
Watson runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise server 11!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Obm0DBvwI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Obm0DBvwI)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html)