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Hi All, I am in need of help (again).
I have a Brother MFC-J6930DW A3 Wireless Scanner/Copier/Printer that seems to have fallen out with my Linux computer running Peppermint 8 (I think, can't really remember).
I was printing today using my WIN10 computer but when I went to this Linux machine later to print it wouldn't print.
The error message was 'Could not start printer'
                                      'Please check your printer configuration'

I am at a loss and don't want to start fiddling with buttons etc. Is there anyone who could guide me as to how to get my set up working again or will I need to transfer files from my Linux machine to the Win 10 machine to get them printed ??
Hope someone can help.
Don W
Linux Support / peppermint won't boot (SOLVED)
July 28, 2021, 10:51:08 AM
Hi All,
A long time since I posted here and all because I had a perfectly usable laptop and and a version of Peppermint installed. I have came through the various updates of Peppermint ( I don't know which version I have now as I can't log in ) but it all worked until about 4 days ago.
When trying to log in I would experience minor issues and I did various things and got logged in eventually. Yesterday I had a major issue and following some prompts ended at the GNU GRUB version 2.04 screen, from that I chose 'Advanced Options for Peppermint GNU Linux', at the top of the next screen was
Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 4.15.0-151-generic
Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 4.15.0-151-generic (recovery mode)
I choose the second option and finally got logged in again.
This morning I am having the same problem logging in but now nothing seems to work.
I have scrolled down to Peppermint GNU/Linux, with Linux 4.15.0-34-generic and pressed Enter but the screen fills with messages like 'couldn't get size', couldn't get UEFI db list, /dev/sda2/ contains a file system with errors, the root filesystem on /dev/sda2/ requires a manual fsck, and ends with (initrams) with the flashing cursor. I have left it there at the moment and went to my windross machine and sent this help request hoping you can help.
The laptop is rather old now and I may be better cleaning it up and installing the latest peppermint but I need access to passwords etc. before I do that unless I can install a new version and hope I can save passwords etc. ??
take care and stay safe
Don W
Hi Mark,
When I recently went to run DraftSight it said my trial had expired and to log in and get an update. I tried this but have not been able to get it installed and running to date. I was then told that the FREE version would be unavailable from the end of December so I thought it a waste of time to install for a couple of months as I didn't intend purchasing it.
I also have bricscadV17 listed in the Graphics table and it doesn't work either, when I click on it nothing happens.
I have installed LibreCad and it works ok.
Can you help me get rid of DraftSight and bricscad ??
Thanks again
Don W
Linux Support / Need more help with Epson-355 printer
August 07, 2019, 10:57:57 AM
Hi Mark,
I am back again with this printer.
I carried out your original instructions and the printer prints ok.
But the scanner doesn't work, when I try to scan from the printer/scanner to the computer it produces an error :-

Communication error. Check the connection.

I have been ignoring this for a while now and have just the the Windows computer and the Brother printer to do my scanning but it is beginning to irk me that I purchased this NEW printer/scanner and I have failed to get it working to my satisfaction.
I believe the manufacturer spends more on research finding ways to stop the use alien printing ink cartridges than they do on making a useful printer that can be used/set up by idiots like me.
Rant ober, hope you can help.

Don W
Linux Support / lightburn
June 17, 2019, 08:06:30 PM
Hi Mark,
I would like to install lightburn on my linux computer, it comes with the following info.

Linux Installation
1. Open a terminal and run the following command:
sudo adduser $USER dialout && sudo adduser $USER tty
2. IMPORTANT! Log out and log back in (this refreshes the permissions we just added)
3. Download the Linux 64-bit version
4. Extract the folder wherever you want Lightburn to exist
5. Double click AppRun inside your Lightburn folder

Is this ok to install ?? I don't like to install anything and then come back here to get un-install advice when it doesn't work, or should I just try and see what happens ??

Don W
General Discussion / peppermintos.com
May 27, 2019, 10:40:07 AM
Hi Mark,
Is there a problem at peppermint hq ??
I can't seem to connect to their site ??

thanks Don W
General Discussion / notice
April 06, 2019, 11:45:28 AM
I have a notice on my screen about Cookies and I can't get rid of it. What do I do ??
Don W
Linux Support / Help needed with dual booting
December 16, 2018, 09:17:46 PM
I really need to dual boot in this machine. I have some programmes that will only run in Windows. Can I install Windows beside Peppermint or will I need to wipe the HD, install Windows and the install Peppermint alongside ???

Don W
Hi ,
I need help to run a Windows programme that will NOT be ported to Linux.
I have tried Wine, Winetricks , Play on Linux, VB etc. but none of them seem to work as I want.
I realise that this problem is not really a Unix problem as such so I can only hope for general advice in this matter.
I am thinking the only way to get this programme to run is by dual booting and using Windows to run this programme. I have a 64 bit January 2014 Windows 7 disc (with Service Pack 1) and hoping this would be OK for the Windows side ??
Any thoughts ??

Don W
General Discussion / external HD (SOLVED)
September 17, 2018, 09:32:04 PM
Hi All,
I am thinking of purchasing a Seagate 1TB hard drive to be used as a backup.
Will this be ok to use on my Linux system.
Linux Support / Startup help needed (SOLVED)
September 16, 2018, 12:18:42 PM
My computer running Linux started this morning with a strange message and I have no idea what is happening now.
At the moment when I start up it comes up with the onscreen message

/dev/sda2 contains a file system with errors, check forced.
/dev/sda2: Inodes that were part of a corrupted orphan linked list found.

       (i.e., without -a or -p options)
fsck exited with status code 4
The root filesystem on  /dev/sda2 requires a manual fsck

BusyBox v1.22.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.22.0-15ubuntu1) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

Any help please on what to do next ??
I have installed a new printer and am having problems with it and would like this startup problem sorted before I can get back to using my Linux computer.

take care
Don W
I had to purchase a new printer today and it is an Epson XP-355. I have setup the printer with ink etc and it works. I have installed it on my Windows 10 machine as the drivers are for Windows and it is working well.
My problem is I want it working on this Linux computer in Peppermint and I need help to do this.
I have the drivers (I think) from the Epson site, epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.6.22-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb and epson-printer-utility-1.0.2-1lsb3.2.x86_64.rpm.
Are these the correct drivers and how do I install them ?? Can anyone help please ??

take care
Don W
EDIT I have got the printer working with this computer via USB. I have downloaded the Linux drivers but don't know the best way to install them. When I print from the computer I have horizontal banding across my colour pictures I may get rid of this by using the correct drivers. Can anyone help with installing the drivers. ??
Hi Mark,
I have an Acer Aspire 5732Z that dual boots Windows 10 and Peppermint 8. I want to remove the Peppermint 8 and leave the Win 10 setup for my grandson.
Is there an easy way to remove Peppermint 8 ??

Don W
EDIT This is very cheeky I think as it is really a Windows problem ??
Linux Support / removing a programme (Solved)
April 11, 2018, 02:52:35 PM
Hi All,
I would like to get rid of the accounts programme 'Manager'.
When I run [email protected] ~ $ dpkg -l | grep Manager

I get this

[email protected] ~ $ dpkg -l | grep Manager
ii  efibootmgr                                                  0.12-4                                       amd64        Interact with the EFI Boot Manager
ii  libnm0:amd64                                                1.2.6-0ubuntu0.16.04.2                       amd64        GObject-based client library for NetworkManager
ii  libxdmcp6:amd64                                             1:1.1.2-1.1                                  amd64        X11 Display Manager Control Protocol library
ii  libxdmcp6:i386                                              1:1.1.2-1.1                                  i386         X11 Display Manager Control Protocol library
ii  lightdm                                                     1.18.3-0ubuntu1.1                            amd64        Display Manager
ii  mintinstall                                                 7.6.4+peppermint4                            all          Software Manager
ii  mintupdate                                                  4.6.7+peppermint1                            all          Update Manager
ii  peppermint-settings-panel                                   0.0.7                                        all          Peppermint Settings Panel Manager
ii  wmctrl                                                      1.07-7                                       amd64        control an EWMH/NetWM compatible X Window Manager

What is the safest way to delete this programme ??

Don W

I have almost completed an install of virtualbox. When I get to this it throws an error as follows

[email protected] ~ $ sudo apt install build-essential linux-headers-generic dkms virtualbox-4.3
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
build-essential is already the newest version (12.1ubuntu2).
build-essential set to manually installed.
dkms is already the newest version (
linux-headers-generic is already the newest version (
linux-headers-generic set to manually installed.
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies.
virtualbox-4.3 : Depends: libvpx1 (>= 1.0.0) but it is not installable
                  Recommends: libsdl-ttf2.0-0 but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
[email protected] ~ $

How can I sort this out ??

Don W

Hi Mark,
Is there an easy way to get rid of Peppermint 8 from my dualboot Pep 7 and Pep 8 system ??

Don W
Hi Mark ,
I added this post to another that I had made but I thought it better to start a new thread.
I was told this is how to get the T2 laser engraving software to work in Linux.
I don't seem to be getting anywhere with it and would like to know if you can have a look ?
I really need simple (really simple) instructions as I would dearly love to run on my Linux computer, at present I am running on a Win 10 computer and I am sure I am breaking out in spots and boils  ;)
I have purchased the software to run on the Windows machine but I will purchase another copy if it will run in Peppermint.
Can you help ??

Don W

Where do I get the latest Wine package ? I had a look at Synaptic but am confused and I had a look using the Software Manager but the the reviews said it was ages out of date??
I want to run a Windows programme and have setup a Virtual Box. It doesn't work very well, screen size is driving me up the wall and the response time is chronic.
Someone has ported the programme to Linux OS and I have the instructions but it will be a last resort.
I was hoping to try Wine, any help ??
Linux Support / where has .usr\share gone
March 02, 2018, 11:24:12 PM
I am looking for the usr/share/inkscape/extensions file but can't find the usr folder to get started what have I done wrong ??
Linux Support / Need help installing CAMotics (SOLVED)
February 03, 2018, 08:59:21 PM
Hi Mark,
I have been trying to install the CAMotics pack but have not had much success . Can you help please ??

Don W