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Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: Today at 12:05:50 pm »
In my ignorance I thought that all keyboards had multi-key rollover - certainly the many that I have used all did - but it seems not, so worth checking.  The Jelly Comb keyboard that I mentioned is fine with multi-key use (Ctrl+Alt+T  etc). 


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: Yesterday at 06:07:55 pm »

I checked quite thoroughly when buying my CPU and found that the Ryzen 5 2600 does not have on-board graphics - hence the graphics card.  Have a look at and elsewhere.  As far as I can tell, the "X" variant of this CPU is the same in that respect. 

I've heard, as you mention, that one should steer clear of Nvidia cards, but can only say that my experience with Linux/Nvidia has been fine so far!

You are right about the environmental issues surrounding batteries.  I always use rechargeable ones, but I take your point. 


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: Yesterday at 01:34:58 pm »
I actually bought the Ryzen 5 2600 rather than the Ryzen 5 2600X.  I don't think there is any practical difference but you might like to look at
This CPU does not come with built-in graphics so you will need a separate graphics card.  I bought the Nvidia Geforce GT710 - not that I know anything about graphics boards - but it works very well.  CPUs with built-in graphics tend to prevent you using one of the two m.2 SSD slots on the motherboard, though I can't remember why.

Don't bother about the PS2 business - I suggest you buy a wireless mouse/keyboard combination that uses a USB dongle.  I bought a Jelly Comb K041 Ultra-Thin 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard/mouse because it had the same layout as one I am familiar with.  It is a joy to use and I recommend it.  There is one on eBay today for ~£17 - bargain:  Jelly Comb's website is

I haven't built a PC for over a decade and everything seems to have changed...
Don't tell me about it!  When building this PC I discovered that all the connectors have changed since I last built one and I had to buy a new PSU, and the front audio block had the wrong connectors, too. 

Do let us know how you get on.

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 16, 2021, 01:18:36 pm »
Hi Mike.

The motherboard is the first one:
And yes; that's the processor -
I built up a PC to MP's specs using these components and was very pleased with the result.  The cooler is silent! but the flashing LEDs on the board are for boy-racers. 


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 06, 2021, 10:30:42 pm »
In 'Power Management', 'General' tab, 'Laptop Lid' section, 'When laptop lid is closed:' is on 'Switch off display' on both batt and plugged.  In the 'System' tab, 'System power saving' section, batt and plugged are 'Suspend', inactive: never.  Is this what you were referring to?
Yes; that's what I meant.  You might be able to change the behaviour using one of those controls.

Also, as aside, the numlock keeps turning on.  How do I get it to stay off on boot up?
You might find an option in the BIOS to toggle the auto numlock.  If not then you could try using a Fn key command.  I found the following from
Most laptops have a Fn key you can press in conjunction with other keys to turn off the NumLock feature. But the precise way to disable NumLock varies depending on your laptop model. The Number Lock indicator will light up when the NumLock is enabled and will be unlit whenever the NumLock is disabled. Here are the most common keyboard shortcuts to enable/disable NumLock:

Fn + F11 (Acer, Toshiba, Samsung)
Shift + Num Lock
Fn + Num Lock (Sony, Gateway)
Fn + F11 + Scroll lock
Fn + F8 (HP)
Ctrl + F11
Fn + Shift + Num Lock
Fn + F4 (Dell)
Fn + Nmlk (Lenovo, ASUS)

After pressing the keyboard shortcuts to enable the NumLock, press the shortcuts again and it will disable NumLock."

Fn+F11 works on my Lenovo Thinkpad as well as Fn + Nmlk


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 04, 2021, 10:06:52 pm »
Have you tried altering the power settings so that it doesn't go into hibernate or sleep  mode when you close the lid?


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 03, 2021, 08:58:26 pm »
I'm not familiar with Lite but as it's based on Ubuntu you will probably be able to change to "auto login" by going to System-Settings/Details/Users (or the equivalent path in Linux Lite) and entering your password to unlock the switch. 
Let us know how you get on. 


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 03, 2021, 11:40:24 am »
Hi Matt.

1. How do I stop the p/w request from appearing when I've closed the lid for a time? (This is on mains as well as battery.)
Have you set your PC to ask for a password at boot time?  If so then that might be the reason for requesting a pswd when you raise the lid after a while. 
As for item 2:  I can't help you with that - sorry. 


Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 30, 2021, 03:40:37 pm »
Hi TC,

Almost there.  This what you ought to do.....

Delete everything on your USB (by highlighting all the files and using Shift+Delete - that's important) then use Unetbootin to create a live USB like this:
Click the Radio Button "Diskimage" and search for your ISO file on the hard drive.
Click on the "Drive" window down-arrow and select your USB stick.
Click on "OK" and await your new live USB! 


Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 24, 2021, 05:39:55 pm »
Do I now need to delete completely all the live installs on my USB stick before going back into Unetbootin to hopefully download onto it a live bootable distro which is smaller and more manageable for an older machine with limited memory and processor speed?
You can do, but if you intend to install one of the live OSs on a newer machine you might as well keep them and buy a new USB for trying out a lighter version of Linux. 
1, Could I, alternatively, keep the live version on the stick to use whenever I wanted to on other, bigger machines? It's a PNY 64GB 3.1 usb stick.
As above, really.
2, Could anyone recommend a suitable distro which would give me the option of surfing the 'net, writing e-mails, playing DVDs, writing documents on a word processor package which I could store on my Toshiba Equium L300-146?
All versions of Linux offer these functions, it's just a question of finding a light version (light on required resources) that you like.  Other Members will offer suggestions that they favour, but you can do a web search for a list.  Here's one site that looks at ten small Linux systems: and there are plenty more that offer their own views.
Antix is one that crops up here occasionally, and I like Kubuntu.  There's also Linux Lite and Lubuntu. 
3, How do I convert stored files on a Linux operating system to be transferable to a Windows system?
No need for any conversions.  From Windows version 10, Windows will read Open Document files favoured by Linux, so all your Linux-created office files should be OK on Windows, and all other file types (photos, music, videos, PDFs etc) are readable by all common operating systems. 


Linux Support / Re: Can't do a manual fsck on root system
« on: September 21, 2021, 09:47:00 pm »
Many thanks Sezo - that worked perfectly. 


Linux Support / Can't do a manual fsck on root system [SOLVED]
« on: September 21, 2021, 04:15:19 pm »
Lenovo B50-10 running Ubuntu 18.04

A mate sent me his Lenovo laptop to fix as it wouldn't boot and indicated a manual fsck was necessary. 
It boots straight into the GRUB screen (without pressing the Shift key).  I selected "Advanced options for Ubuntu" and then selected "Recovery Mode" expecting to see another screen with a recovery mode menu so I could choose manual fsck, but it did an auto-fsck on /dev/sda2 and outputted two pages of stuff, exiting with Code 4 (which is just "File system errors left uncorrected"). 

Then followed the advice to run a manual fsck without the -a or -p options, finishing with "File system check of root file system failed.  Requires a manual fsck."

That it is performing fsck automatically at boot is making things difficult so I checked that the boot order is USB first then booted with an Ubuntu 20.04 USB in place with a view to running fsck from that - but this was ignored and it went into the usual routine. 

I found the GRUB command line screen (typing c at one point) but none of the commands I could think of were recognised. 

Any ideas, anyone? 

EDIT 1:  Discovered that Legacy Boot was not enabled!  I can now boot from a USB and will be able to back up files before messing with the system.

Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 19, 2021, 10:13:16 pm »
Have a look at (eg Croatia and Czech layouts). 
If the latter does not help, try as a search term "linux mint change keyboard layout" and you'll find some more links.


Many thanks for posting this news, Matilda.  Although beyond my price range at present, the concept is long overdue and to be welcomed. 


Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 19, 2021, 02:19:38 pm »
I don't have a Mint computer working, but I would be very surprised if the on-screen keyboard didn't have a complete alphabet. 

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