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Ubuntu / Re: Using "mpack" to send files [SOLVED]
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:21:26 pm »
I was a bit embarrassed about that as I ought to have persevered before launching a post.  On the other hand these difficulties I've had seem to be common, judging by the number of posts in other forums, so if my solutions are useful to others then I don't feel so daft. 

Ubuntu / Using "mpack" to send files [SOLVED]
« on: July 25, 2019, 08:52:44 pm »
I use mpack on my T500 laptop, after a lot of initial difficulty, and now want to use it on an ASUSTeK P6-P5G41E running Ubuntu 18.04 in gnome-flashback.

The command format is mpack -s "<subject line>"  -a <file path>  <email address>   which works fine on my T500 but on the Asus the error message is "execv: No such file or directory"  although the specified file-path is valid. 

Any ideas would be welcome.
[EDIT]  It turns out that the Mail Transfer Agent "sendmail" was not installed by default.  Installing it removes the error message but the email is still not sent.
[EDIT2] Remembered that I need to set up a ssmtp.conf file in /etc/ssmtp so copied the file from my T500 and edited it for the owner of the Asus.  Still no joy.
[EDIT 3] It turns out that SSMTP was not installed despite Thunderbird working well.  Installing it makes mpack work OK. 

Install sendmail
Install SSMTP
Create a file /etc/ssmtp/ssmtp.conf
  See the second link below.

Useful links:

Thank you Mark.  That's good for my ego but I can't claim any skill here as I ought to have acknowledged the solution at
Just shows that if one keeps searching for long enough the answers are usually out there somewhere.  Or more usually, here.

Internet Connectivity / Re: No wireless with Mint 18
« on: July 24, 2019, 06:11:21 pm »
That worked perfectly!   
Very many thanks, Mark.   :)

Ubuntu / Ubuntu 18: Lost icons in top right of Classic View [SOLVED]
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:00:33 pm »
ASUSTeK P6-P5G41E running Ubuntu 18.04 in gnome-flashback

I thought I was removing just one icon from the top right panel but they all disappeared! 
I've done this before (sorry!) but can't remember how to recover them, and my web search wasn't helpful.

I would be grateful for advice.

[EDIT] Tried dconf reset -f /org/gnome/gnome-panel/ without success.

[EDIT 2] Tried:
sudo apt-get update
killall gnome-panel
sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-panel gnome-applets
sudo apt-get -f install

...after this, ALL the top panels disappeared but a reboot restored them.  Success!

Internet Connectivity / No wireless with Mint 18 [SOLVED!]
« on: July 23, 2019, 09:13:21 am »
I have installed Mint 18 on a friend’s Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop.  Unfortunately, the built-in wifi doesn’t work with this installation although a USB wifi dongle works well (so I know that the network is set up correctly) as does Ethernet. 

Wifi enabled in BIOS and the network info entered. 
Keyboard Fn F2 to toggle wifi has no effect.
Here is some output that might help diagnosis:

harry@dell1501 ~ $ rfkill list all
harry@dell1501 ~ $ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.
eth0      no wireless extensions.
harry@dell1501 ~ $ lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
   Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:0007]
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
   Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
   Kernel modules: ssb, wl

08:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
   Subsystem: Dell BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [1028:01f5]
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
   Memory at c0300000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: b44
   Kernel modules: b44

harry@dell1501 ~ $ inxi -Fxn
System:    Host: dell1501 Kernel: 4.4.0-145-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.0.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah
Machine:   System: Dell product: Inspiron 1501
           Mobo: Dell model: 0UW744 Bios: Dell v: 2.3.0 date: 03/15/2006
CPU:       Dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-50 (-MCP-) cache: 512 KB
           flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 3192
           clock speeds: max: 1600 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS482M [Mobility Radeon Xpress 200] bus-ID: 01:05.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x800@60.96hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS480 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-145-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN driver: b43-pci-bridge bus-ID: 05:00.0
           IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX driver: b44 v: 2.0 bus-ID: 08:00.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:19:b9:5d:ec:8c
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (9.0% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54168 size: 80.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 73G used: 5.9G (9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 0.94GB used: 0.15GB (16%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 161 Uptime: 3:09 Memory: 354.1/870.2MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35

I’ve installed  b43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-installer
I am guessing that the installer installs the b43-fwcutter but I don’t know how to use it.
I did find an example of the use of b43-fwcutter:    b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
but I’m not confident about just copying this as it might not be appropriate for this machine. 
Can anyone advise me on the the best way forward?

Thank you

Hardware Compatibility / Re: usb wireless adapter for Ubuntu18.04
« on: July 18, 2019, 09:32:49 pm »
Funny you should mention that:  I bought an extra one as one of my friends lost hers after removing it so I could take her PC for repairs!

Hardware Compatibility / Re: usb wireless adapter for Ubuntu18.04
« on: July 18, 2019, 11:10:02 am »
This little device is excellent;  having a very low profile and good range.  Best of all, and as required, it is just "plug & play" - no need for the supplied driver CD. 
The price is very reasonable indeed and half the price of a replacement for my old, and very large, Belkin.  Time will tell if it has a long life or will burn out with the effort, but so far it looks good.  I shall order a spare.
Thanks, Mark.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: usb wireless adapter for Ubuntu18.04
« on: July 13, 2019, 08:06:27 am »
Many thanks, Mark.  The write-up looks good and I have ordered one and shall report the results. 

Hardware Compatibility / usb wireless adapter for Ubuntu18.04
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:36:46 pm »
I am preparing an ASUSTeK P6-P5G41E desktop running Ubuntu 18.04 to give to a friend.  Having fitted a 256GB SSD (thanks, Mark) it's working much faster I want now to find a suitable USB wireless dongle for it. 
I bought one from Amazon that mentioned Linux suitability but Ubuntu 18 ignored it.  So I tried to install the accompanying drivers from the CD but the PC refused to extract the files, telling me that I didn't have sufficient privileges!  So I sent it back. 
I have a very old Belkin 802.11g adapter so tried that and it connected immediately - which makes it a valuable item that I want to keep! 

Bizarrely, I can actually still buy the Belkin 802.11g from Amazon, which I might do, but a more modern one that works out of the box would be better. 
I see lots of questions on the forums about getting dongles to work with Ubuntu 18 and would be grateful for advice from anyone on a device that will work on U18 without having to install anything. 


Ubuntu / Re: Network manager icon missing in Ubuntu 18.04
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:53:28 pm »
Perfect!  And it remains even when the terminal is closed.
You're a star! 

Ubuntu / Network manager icon missing in Ubuntu 18.04
« on: July 11, 2019, 01:24:16 pm »
ASUSTeK P6-P5G41E running Ubuntu 18.04

This machine doesn’t have a wireless card so before donating it I bought a USB wireless adapter (Bonest USB 3.0 ) as it mentioned Linux in the blurb.  I ignored the installation disk and plugged it in with no response from the system, which surprised me.  Indeed, the network manager told me that no dongle was detected.
Next I tried installing the Linux software from the disk but the extract command resulted in a message that I didn’t have sufficient privileges to do the extraction.  So I abandoned that to return the dongle to Amazon. 
At this point I noticed that the wireless manager icon had disappeared from the tray at top right.  Hmm!  I plugged in a very old, spare USB wireless adapter which connected me immediately, but still no icon. 
Looking on-line for possible solutions, I tried the following with no success:

keith@asus:~$ sudo service network-manager stop
keith@asus:~$ sudo rm /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state
keith@asus:~$ sudo service network-manager start

keith@asus:~$ killall unity-panel-service
unity-panel-service: no process found

keith@asus:~$ sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete
   Reading package lists... Done
   Building dependency tree       
   Reading state information... Done
   indicator-applet-complete is already the newest version (12.10.2+17.10.20170425-   0ubuntu1).
   indicator-applet-complete set to manually installed.
   0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.

keith@asus:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall network-manager network-manager-gnome

Not having the icon is no real problem as I can always get to the network manager via the menus but it’s a nuisance if I am giving the machine to a friend and I would be grateful for advice.

General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:00:53 pm »
I'm all for safe - after all, youv'e seen how I can screw up!

My thanks once more, Mark.

General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:51:05 pm »
....and is that easy to do, or have just used the best method?

General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:10:16 pm »
Wonderful!  That worked a treat. 
Just for interest:  Is there a way of formatting a disk so it can be used as a system disk  i.e. with boot sector etc, without swapping discs. 

Very many thank, Mark.

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