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Thank you for the reply Brian. I have been caught short so many times in courses, jobs and situations where maths (beyond simple sums) has been required so I try to prevent that embarrassing eventuality!

Programming language makes me rather nervous--- what is that lol.

I would never make it as a programmer!

I have used the terminal on my Linux computers many times but it's always been what fellas on here have posted in response to an enquiry I have had.

I would say my greatest achievement IT -wise was installing Peppermint on an old HP laptop several years ago, following instructions given in real time from Mark Greaves via this forum. It took us about 4 hours  (with lavatory and coffee breaks). I could only marvel at Mark's patience lol.

But it is a good one for a (general) job  interview question on situations on following instructions ha ha.

You fellas are doing well to get any computer to do much on 2 GB of RAM!

I've got a lil' netbook running on Peppermint 9. It does well but it's kind of slow loading web pages : the processors on these are not that great and it has an HD not an SSD.

I'm getting the computer shop I know to sort me out with a reconditioned laptop which will have 8GB RAM, plenty of memory, SSD drive and a good processor.

I've been using Chromebooks for my main laptop for the past 5 years or so, as I like the integrated way they work-but I bought an Asus flip one off Amazon, listed as used but like new. Worked fine then it died overnight- just wouldn't power up the next morning. Got it sent back, refund etc. I then bought a new one of the same model. It lasted 2 days and died overnight too! Blummin' weird.

So maybe summat is telling me to go back to Linux as my main laptop. I was mostly just using this netbook for scanning documents and images, and Audacity music file editing.

Really, I was just thinking of doing the Linux course to expand knowledge, not really expecting to get to the finish line and pass the exam. I expect my non tech brain to give out at a certain point! However, I recently got in touch with an old university friend who has a Phd in Archaeology and during a mention of computers and tablets etc he said I am better at tech/IT than him. I'm not sure what that says about me--maybe I'm on my netbook far too much and become a bit of  nerd ha ha.

When I receive my new Linux laptop ( should be in 1-2 weeks ) then I'll have a read of the course content.

I bookmarked the Linux course. However, I don't know if I would be able to do it as I'm HOPELESS at maths. I have dyscalculia. Do you need to be good at maths to do that course? Also what are the system requirements of a laptop to be able to do the course? I get the impression there are projects to do.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is this a new feature of Chrome? I use the Chrome browser. I have been unable to change it back to white.
Quote from: steve57 on March 09, 2022, 03:05:51 PM
In that case I'll have to leave it those that are more "expert" to make some suggestions, and I will be keeping a close eye on things in case anything useful to me comes up. One of my machines is also a netbook of same age, and similar spec by the looks of it. Not very fast are they? Which is one of the reasons mine doesn't get used much.

Thank you Steve. It is indeed slow! I was given it from a brother so I'm grateful for it of course. I was mostly using it when I wanted to scan documents and photos and sometimes to use Audacity, but my go to laptop was the Chromebook. Chromebooks run on a Linux kernal so I was still a Linux user of sorts! In my experience no other laptops are as fast as Chromebooks! I can't wait to get a new one. The one I have was a refurbed one and did me for a year. It was on its last update so I was going to replace it this year but I'd rather it hadn't fallen off the sofa before I could buy a brand new one. :(

My first foray into Linux was in 2011 when my mother took me to Cash Converters to buy me a laptop and we saw a little pink Dell netbook for £99.99. It happened to have Ubuntu on it. I didn't know what Linux was then but I'd heard of it. It looked easy to figure out (using the netbook). The assistant called a man from their basement who knew Linux and he summed it up for me. I told my mother that sounded good to me and she said if I thought I could understand how to use it she'd get me it. We saw other laptops but they were more expensive.

I knew of a local LUG group and went to a meeting and showed the guys it. One of them told me that Ubuntu distro version was out of date so he put Mint on it for me. That Dell netbook was fast despite it having a tiny SSD drive! Of course over time it became out of date due to the lack of disc space and only 1 GB of RAM. The hardware couldn't be updated.  No idea why this Asus netbook is so slow.
Quote from: steve57 on March 08, 2022, 06:38:11 PM
Just to clarify, is this something that's recently changed, that is has it suddenly become slower than what it was? Or has your netbook always been like that?

It's always been slow loading web pages.
System specs for you fellas, if you have any questions on that.

stem:    Host: ASUS-X102BA Kernel: 4.15.0-167-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.5.0
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: laptop System: ASUSTeK product: X102BA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: X102BA v: 1.0 serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: X102BA.212 date: 08/30/2013
Battery    BAT0: charge: 0.0 Wh 0.0% condition: 33.0/33.5 Wh (99%)
           model: ASUSTek X102-30 status: Charging
CPU:       Dual core AMD A4-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (-MCP-)
           arch: Jaguar rev.1 cache: 1024 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm) bmips: 3992
           clock speeds: max: 1000 MHz 1: 998 MHz 2: 998 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Kabini [Radeon HD 8180]
           bus-ID: 00:01.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: [email protected]
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD KABINI (DRM 2.50.0, 4.15.0-167-generic, LLVM 10.0.0)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 20.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] FCH Azalia Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
           Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Kabini HDMI/DP Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:01.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-167-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath9k bus-ID: 01:00.0
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCIE Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-3: Atmel usb-ID: 004-002
           IF: null-if-id state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (4.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: HGST_HTS545050A7 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 457G used: 22G (6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 71.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 71.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 4500
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic main restricted
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic-updates main restricted
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic universe
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic-updates universe
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic multiverse
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic-updates multiverse
           deb http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/) bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu (http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu) bionic partner
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) bionic-security main restricted
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) bionic-security universe
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) bionic-security multiverse
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
           deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ (http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/) stable main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/peppermint.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p9-release/ubuntu (http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p9-release/ubuntu) bionic main
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p9-respin/ubuntu (http://ppa.launchpad.net/peppermintos/p9-respin/ubuntu) bionic main
Info:      Processes: 189 Uptime: 1:33 Memory: 1509.9/3381.4MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.5.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56

Linux Support / How can I speed up web page loading?
March 08, 2022, 01:56:57 AM
Fellas, my Peppermint 9 netbook is so slow loading up web pages. It's driving me bonkers. I'm fed up seeing that wait box pop up. I have fibre broadband and updated Chrome. My Chromebook which sadly broke last week (my clumsy leg with the broken knee knocked it off the sofa and its screen cracked) was lightning fast loading up web pages, so it is not my internet connection.  I know an SSD drive is faster (which it had and which the netbook doesn't) but can there really be such a huge difference? The netbook takes twice as long to load up web pages! What can I do to speed things up? And yes I've cleared my cache. Not made it any faster. My smartphone and tablet (both running on Android) are faster as well!
Now my Chromebook is on its way out! It fell off the sofa and there is a slight crack in the screen, and whilst it works the touch screen keeps activating itself and enlarging the text to a huge size and wobbling about. It was on its last update so I was planning to get a brand new one in the summer ( should have the money then ) but it's an inconvenient time to be damaged!
So thank goodness for the little Asus netbook running on Peppermint 9!
Quote from: Keith on February 21, 2022, 09:21:56 AM
Sorry to hear that Matilda.  Better luck next time.


It's no big deal really. It was old and my bro meant well but I think it had a dodgy hardware. Ubuntu just wasn't working properly on it. Whilst I liked the bigger screen for videos, it was like a mirror ( so curtains had to be shut when it was sunny to see the screen otherwise it was like a mirror ), it was very heavy and it had to be plugged in because the battery was dead. It also took ages to boot up! It's on the kitchen floor under the table until I can get it to the recycling centre.
Linux Support / Re: How do I update Chrome on Peppermint?
February 21, 2022, 01:30:38 AM
It is also having trouble connecting to the internet on the netbook but it's all fine on the Chromebook- which is so weird! Why would this be? I often more than one device connected such as the Chromebook and my Android tablet, and I've got fibre, so a good connection.
Quote from: Keith on January 01, 2022, 09:42:56 AM
That looks good.
Just to tidy up first - use "autoremove" to dispose of code it no longer needs:sudo apt autoremoveNow enter these last two commands of post #10:sudo apt remove chromeandsudo apt install chromeand post the output. 

Re attachments: we trust established Members! You can attach images, too, but please reduce them first.

The macbook has died Keith, so thanks anyway. It's gone to the white screen of death, the useless piece of junk! I have started a new thread for how to update Chrome on my Peppermint netbook.
Linux Support / How do I update Chrome on Peppermint?
February 21, 2022, 01:21:52 AM
Guys my Peppermint netbook needs updating. I don't know how I do it-can you please tell me? I'm having to write this from my Chromebook because so many web pages won't load on it and I keep getting messages like "this site can't be reached."

I really need to get Chrome updated on there so I can post on my Wordpress blog. My Chromebook is on its last update ( I got it second hand a couple of years ago) so I can't write new posts using my Chromebook. It works for most things though.

I'm planning to  buy a brand new Chromebook soon as I have the money!

I am on Peppermint 9 I think on the netbook. Mark Greaves ( bless him ) put it on for me.

I tried the package manager but it wouldn't work.

I will try that over the weekend. I tend to mostly use the netbook for scanning, which I will be doing then. I would use it more if it were faster ( it hasn't got an SSD drive).
Thank you Keith. I don't understand all these commands you know! I just put them into the terminal. Well I did used to attach files but Mark Greaves told me not to do that. I think he said it would risk viruses on the board or something.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update
[sudo] password for avon:
Hit:1 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) focal InRelease
Hit:2 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) focal-updates InRelease
Hit:3 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) focal-backports InRelease
Hit:4 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu (http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu) focal-security InRelease
Hit:5 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb (http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb) stable InRelease
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
All packages are up-to-date.
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove it.
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
[email protected]:~$

I didn't do the last command because I don't know if the sudo upgrade has worked or not.
Quote from: Keith on December 30, 2021, 03:48:11 PM
HI Matilda.

Is this on your MacBook?


No, the Peppermint Netbook ( as I wrote in the title--  ;) ).
Usually there is a shield icon thing to enable updates- it gives notifications but does not work this time.