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General Help & Advice / Re: Lost network icon & internet access
« on: July 21, 2019, 08:27:16 am »
Have you tried booting the earlier kernel ?
Yes, it did not work. I reinstalled Mint.

General Discussion / Re: AntiX installed on HD does not boot
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:05:22 pm »
Can you install fdisk in antix, then post the output from
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sudo fdisk -l
otherwise you're going to have to give me text you see when trying to install Xubuntu/Peppermint
Sorry for the late reply, Mark, but i have been busy trying to sort this out. I wiped antiX off the eMMC drive, then tried to install Mint and MX, to no avail: Mint failed to install, MX installed but failed to boot.
I reinstalled antiX because after all the "acrobatics" I went through I have come to the conclusion that only antiX is accepted by the computer. I know that does not sound right, but there is something on the drive.
Anyway, I'll try to live with the scrolling issue.
Many thanks for your help.

General Discussion / Re: AntiX installed on HD does not boot
« on: June 29, 2019, 12:51:44 pm »
@Mark just to provide some more info:
before wiping the antiX partitions I tried to install Xubuntu. That process gets stuck fairly quickly with some text on a black screen and the Xubuntu logo flashing. Same thing with Peppermint.

I also tried Mint in the compatibility mode. That goes fine, until I get to the set-up page for the various partitions. When I clicked on the Create button a message popped up saying the installer crashed.

After reinstalling antiX unsuccessfully, I tied the other OS'es again, with the same result.

Am I snookered for good, with antiX unusable installed and no possibility to install another OS? In other words, is my delightful little computer ripe for the dustbin?

If not, please tell me how to resolve this. Another OS, newbie friendly, would be better. To use the car analogy: I don't want to have to be a mechanic to drive the car.

General Discussion / Re: AntiX installed on HD does not boot
« on: June 29, 2019, 05:17:52 am »
  Thanks for responding Mark.

Can you boot to the LiveUSB and post the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
Command not found

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/dev/mmcblk0p1: LABEL="rootantiX17.4.1" UUID="fad90831-3633-4516-88dc-3cb7b52169df" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="37aaa7ca-01"
/dev/mmcblk0p2: LABEL="swapantiX" UUID="9d20812f-e4e8-4d97-8071-5da6a9723a73" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="37aaa7ca-02"
/dev/sda1: UUID="2019-03-28-16-05-31-00" LABEL="antiXlive" TYPE="iso9660" PTUUID="692e3b92" PTTYPE="dos" PARTUUID="692e3b92-01"
/dev/sda2: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="antiX-uefi" UUID="FB65-2BBB" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="692e3b92-02"

This might also be of interest:
partition file         syst.   mount point                  label                    size         used      unused   flags
/dev/mmcblk0p1  ext4   /media/rootantiX17.4.1 rootantiX17.4.1   27.09GB 3.38GB  23.71GB  -
/dev/mmcblk0p2  swap  -                                    swapantiX           2GB         0           2GB         -
/dev/mmcblk0p3  ext4   /media/bios-grub           bios-grub            2MB         1.06MB 958KB      -
unallocated                   unallocated                    - -                       30GB         ---          ---            -
Sorry this does not lign up in the rendered version. What is remarkable is that the partitions are recognised, yet the unallocated space is still shown as 30GB (eMMC size is 32GB), and both "used" and "unused" for unallocated are shown as zero (3 dashes). How that happened I have no idea.

General Discussion / AntiX installed on HD does not boot
« on: June 28, 2019, 12:16:54 pm »
I had AntiX installed but ran into an annoying scrollbar issue. Could not fix it. Tried to install another OS, but booting from live USB stick did not work. Could not uninstall AntiX, not even with GParted from its own live USB stick. Managed to uninstall with GParted on an AntiX live USB stick.

But, with the antiX live USB GParted recognised the current antiX partitions, so I proceeded to delete them. That seemed to have gone well, but ….

I tried to reinstall antiX (BIOS settings: secure boot – off, Legacy booting on), and marked it for Auto-install, it threw up a message that /sda1 in still in use. So Iset it to custom install, and set the root to the eMMC drive, boot in root, /home in root, swap separate. It asked if everything was allowed to be overwritten, which I confirmed.
The installation completed and at the end asked me if I wanted to reboot (if so, take out the installation medium). Having confirmed that, it rebooted but then got stuck on a black screen with some text, and the message that no bootable device was detected, and to please insert the disc? Huh?

I am completely confused now, don’t understand what I did wrong, and am frustrated with all this. I probably did some things wrong, so I accept my stupidity for that, but is there anything to correct this and get the computer to boot correctly into antiX, hopefully without my earlier issues of trackpad/scrollbar sensitivity. In fact, as things stand now I would like to install a hassle free OS.

My computer is a 64-bit Lenovo Yoga with a 32 GB eMMC and 2 GB of memory.

I have VC 1.23 installed in Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE 64-bit.

When I start my computer, launch VC, suspend the computer, then de-suspend it, VC is dismounted if the suspension lasted several hours. If it is a short suspension it does not happen.
What could cause this?

General Help & Advice / [SOLVED] Lost network icon & internet access
« on: April 25, 2019, 05:23:11 pm »
After a 4.18 kernel upgrade yesterday I lost the network icon as well as internet access, WiFi is gone.
When I connect the ethernet cable it does not get detected either. I had installed GParted but funnily enough it does not launch anymore.
I have Mint 19.1 XFCE is dual boot with Windows. Before the problem I could see all the Windows files (NTFS), now I can't anymore; a USB stick is not detected.
Some other things that have disappeared and that I am discovering bit by bit:
* Synaptic
* Rubbish bin

I tried
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sudo service network-manager stop
rm /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state
service network-manager restart

No result.
I cannot believe I have to do a fresh reinstallation. The computer is working fine in that I have access to my files and can use them. When I use the live USB stick the network is visible & works fine, Wifi included.
Any suggestions?

Here is a print-out of inxi -Fxz:
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Lenovo-G510 Kernel: 4.18.0-17-generic x86_64 bits: 64 
  compiler: gcc v: 7.3.0 Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
  Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20238 v: Lenovo G510 serial: <filter>
  Mobo: LENOVO model: INVALID v: 31900003Std serial: <filter> UEFI: LENOVO
  v: 79CN46WW(V3.05) date: 12/23/2013
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 13.2 Wh condition: 22.5/40.4 Wh (56%)
  model: LENOVO PABAS0241231 status: Discharging
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-4700MQ bits: 64 type: MT MCP
  arch: Haswell rev: 3 L2 cache: 6144 KiB
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 38310
  Speed: 1093 MHz min/max: 800/3400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1092 2: 1097
  3: 1098 4: 1097 5: 1098 6: 1093 7: 1097 8: 1098
  Device-1: Intel 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics vendor: Lenovo
  driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0
  Device-2: AMD Mars [Radeon HD 8670A/8670M/8750M] vendor: Lenovo
  driver: radeon v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: ati,modesetting,radeon
  unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile v: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.8
  direct render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio
  vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:03.0
  Device-2: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.18.0-17-generic
  Device-1: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43142 802.11b/g/n vendor: Lenovo
  driver: wl v: kernel port: 4000 bus ID: 08:00.0
  IF: wlp8s0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8172 Fast Ethernet vendor: Lenovo
  driver: alx v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 09:00.0
  IF: enp9s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 23.81 GiB (2.6%)
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
  size: 931.51 GiB
  ID-1: / size: 27.38 GiB used: 16.19 GiB (59.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda9
  ID-2: /home size: 18.21 GiB used: 6.58 GiB (36.1%) fs: ext4
  dev: /dev/sda10
  System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: radeon temp: 25 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 304 Uptime: 1h 52m Memory: 5.73 GiB used: 2.00 GiB (35.0%)
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.3.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.19
  inxi: 3.0.27

I have a VeraCrypt encrypted container on my Windows C-drive. I only boot to Linux now, but am still able to open the encrypted container. Sometimes all the folders and files in that container get locked when I do something, though I have not been able to establish what. I used to shut down then boot up again.

So I right-click on the container and click unmount, then click on another directory (e.g. Documents, and when once again I click on that encrypted volume all locks are gone as if by magic. In other words, the container did not really unmount. It might be worth your while trying this because it avoids have to close down and boot up.

General Discussion / Re: Address Book in Thunderbird
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:37:29 am »
When you copy the Windows T/bird profile over to the Linux T/bird folder, you should also edit the profiles.ini file in Linux and change the path to point to the new profile name, otherwise it will still open the original profile folder.
You will find the profiles.ini file in the .thunderbird folder (note the dot before the name) in your home directory. The profiles.ini file can be edited by double clicking on it, which will open it in a text editor. After amending that file, make sure to save it: CTRL+S.
This is a very simple operation, you would have to do the same in Windows if you were to tell T/bird to open a new profile each time T/bird is launched.

General Help & Advice / Re: Booting Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE slow
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:59:21 am »
Mark, any idea?

General Discussion / Re: Choosing type of linux
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:54:31 pm »
My 9 years old Laptop is Compaq 610 .
  I want to very fast browse & download from internet.
 Which kind of linux will I choose ? Kindly inform me .
A bit late, but if you are still experimenting you could also try antiX.

General Discussion / Timeshift GUI does not detect snapshot
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:43:38 pm »
I made an initial snapshot with TS on a 31 GB USB stick. Thunar confirms it's there, the TS GUI says in the borttom right hand corner there is 21 GB free available, but the snapshot is not shown in the GUI. Therefore I could not restore it if I needed to.
What's more, if I click on create it starts creating another initial snapshot.
Any suggestions?

General Help & Advice / Re: Booting Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE slow
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:22:45 am »
A few months ago, before I installed Mint, when I would mount the encrypted drive (Q) I got this message:
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‘ Warning: Thefilesystem on the volume mounted as 'Q:' was not cleanly
; dismounted and thus may contain errors. Using a corrupted filesystem
can cause data loss or data corruption.
Note: Before you physically remove or switch off a device (such as a
USB flash drive or an external hard drive) where a mounted VeraCrypt
volume resides, you should always dismount the VeraCrypt volume in
VeraCrypt first.
Do you want Windows to attempt to detect and fix errors (if any) on the
When I 1st saw that message I ran "scannow", which did not find any problems so I did not take any further action. The encrypted volume functioned fine.

Anyway, I did what you said: booted into Windows, mounted the encrypted volume, ran CHKDSK, then dismounted the encrypted, shut down, booted into Mint, which did not show an improvement in boot time. The result from CHKDSK was as follows:
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Windows has scanned the file system and found
No further action is required.

 831458303 KB total disk space.
 229841640 KB in 235510 files.
    162200 KB in 50736 indexes.
         0 KB in bad sectors.
   1434559 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 600019904 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
 207864575 total allocation units on disk.
 150004976 allocation units available on disk.
As before, no problems were encountered, so I did not take any further action.

General Help & Advice / Re: Booting Linux Mint 19.1 XFCE slow
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:55:56 pm »
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peter@peter-Lenovo-G510:~$ sudo dmsetup info /dev/dm-0
[sudo] password for peter:         
Name:              veracrypt1
State:             ACTIVE
Read Ahead:        256
Tables present:    LIVE
Open count:        1
Event number:      0
Major, minor:      253, 0
Number of targets: 1
Let me give an explanation too.
You have probably heard of VeraCrypt, the successor to TrueCrypt. On my Windows NTFS drive I have a VC container. When I installed Mint, I was flabbergasted to see that Mint detected ALL the Windows files - system files and personal files - and that I could access them. I could mount the VC container like before, which pleased me no end because that way I did not have to move any of my personal files, they could stay in place and be shared between Mint and Windows. I mount the VC container manually every day after booting my computer to Mint.

The only oddity I have found is that sometimes - I have not yet identified what causes it - all the folders and files in VC are locked and inaccessible. In the right hand column of the file explorer I right-click on the VC container and unmount it. Except it does not really unmount, because when I right-click to mount it, it says it is already mounted, but all the folders and files are back to normal, i.e. unlocked and accessible and usable.

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