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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 16, 2021, 06:55:17 pm »
Hi Matilda
Can you confirm you have the file I sent you in ~/Downloads ?

Yes I did in the above message, written on June 26th!

It's been sat there for a few days waiting for its instructions Mr. Emegra!

Linux Support / Re: Ads in Firefox vs Google Chrome
« on: July 05, 2021, 07:16:13 pm »
I think there's been a bit of confusion here between my OP and Melissa's reply. For one thing I haven't found Firefox to be particularly "slow and clunky". I had simply noticed that I was seeing more ads when I use Firefox than when I'm using Google Chrome, irrespective of the origin of the ads. Yes I know Firefox is a browser, although if I go into the settings it shows my default Search Engine as DuckDuckGo. So is Duck an engine or not? Possibly enough to confuse anyone?

Now this may be purely psychological, but knowing the reputation of Google regarding ads and trackers, I would have expected to see more ads when using Chrome, not less. I was just curious as to what may be behind it. And I merely mentioned the fact I was using DuckDuckGo with both on the off chance it had any bearing on the issue. If it doesn't, fair enough.

Over the weekend I will have a look at some of the suggestions made, and see how things go.


I'm glad you don't find Firefox slow and clunky, but I have found it so on both my Peppermint netbook and my Macbook running on Ubuntu. To explain: the engine itself loads up slowly when you launch it. when you type in something to search for it takes you straight to DuckDuck Go which yields far far less results than Google does.

I can't say I had problems with ads, but then I had enabled a Firefox ad blocker extension.

It was the slow clunkiness of it.

Google is fast fast fast! It also yields tons of useful search results, which being a writer doing research, I need. In fact the more I search for something (even if straight away the results are either not as much information as I want, or not quite right) it seems to go deeper and deeper and finds me obscure stuff I was looking for.

Google does have tons of ads by default, but if you use ad blockers then they barely show up!

DuckDuck Go is a search engine, but not a very good one. People tend to use it because it states that it gives the user anonymous searching, which is a good thing in some ways, but the trade off is a limited searchability.

You can also use a do not track me extension on Google.

Linux Support / Re: Ads in Firefox vs Google Chrome
« on: June 27, 2021, 04:32:15 pm »
Well, I've 3 computers: a netbook running on Peppermint; a MacBook Pro running on Ubuntu, and a Chromebook. The Chromebook is my main one I use and I have ad blockers on it, so I rarely see any ads.

I did have Firefox on the MacBook as my bro put that on when he sent me it as a birthday gift. I got rid of Firefox (as you can see from my recent posts) and installed Chrome as I found Firefox very clunky, slow and rather annoying when doing a web search, because, instead of going straight to a list of links, it refers you to Duck Duck Go which is not  a very good search engine when you compare it with Google. I know people are a bit iffy about Google, given that it has the monopoly, but, it is the most competent engine out there.

I have also got Firefox on the Peppermint netbook but I also have Chrome, so I never use it on there. It's even slower on the netbook than it is on the MacBook! I'll have to get rid of it as it tries to launch itself sometimes!

I didn't really notice the ads on Firefox but I used it very little. I did, however use it exclusively a few years ago when I had an old HP laptop running on Peppermint. Firefox used to be so much better. I had adblockers on it and never got ads

Personally, I'd recommend getting rid of Firefox on your Linux laptop and installing Chrome. It is much faster and has lots of ad blocker extensions, including one for YouTube.

Firefox does have ad blockers in the extensions though. Have you added any?

Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: June 26, 2021, 03:26:05 pm »
It's been sat there for a few days waiting for its instructions Mr. Emegra!

Linux Support / Re: MPV Media player doesn´t play my DVDs on Ubuntu
« on: June 22, 2021, 10:58:42 pm »
Thank you very much SeZo. I'll do that tomorrow!

Linux Support / MPV Media player doesn´t play my DVDs on Ubuntu
« on: June 20, 2021, 06:43:10 pm »
Guys MPV doesn´t play my DVDs from my plug in DVD drive on my Ubuntu MacBook. When I launch the icon a box comes up which says to drop files or a URL but there is nothing in it to do it with.

Done thanks!

Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: June 19, 2021, 01:52:09 pm »
Hi Melissa

I had the same scanner Melissa with the same issue,

Your scanner needs a firmware file, placed in /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/, I have this file if you private message me your email address I'll send it to you and then help you place it in the right path, if you're not comfortable giving me your email address we'll find another way to pass the file on to you


Thank you very much Graeme. I now remember that you had sent me firmware for my Peppermint netbook a couple of years ago. It works great on the netbook so I expect it'll do the trick for the Ubuntu MacBook too.

General Discussion / Re: Suggestion for this forum view set up
« on: June 17, 2021, 12:29:10 pm »
Guys it's nothing to do with my Chromebook. I've been on this forum since 2011 and had several laptops/netbooks and the set up of this forum is the same on each one. The problem is that to view a thread/post you have got a long rectangle box, not a square one which does not fit onto any screen! You need to make the message/post boxes square not rectangle.

Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: June 17, 2021, 12:24:23 pm »
Packard Bell Diamond 1200.

Linux Support / My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: June 16, 2021, 05:00:55 pm »
I plugged my old windows scanner into my MacBook running on Ubuntu and although the light on the scanner is on the Macbook says that it cannot connect to it.
There´s nothing wrong with the scanner as it works great on my Peppermint netbook. What could be the problem guys?

I did that but it said it is not installed. It still is though as I just went to the software and launched it!

General Discussion / Suggestion for this forum view set up
« on: June 15, 2021, 10:06:54 pm »
Guys I don´t know if there is some setting I need to do when viewing and posting on this forum, but the font size is tiny! And when I either zoom in with my touch screen Chromebook, or use the usual zoom on my MacBook it goes right over to the right so I cannot see what I am typing. I have to practically have my nose right up to the screen. Can you make it square and larger?

« on: June 15, 2021, 10:02:58 pm »
Guys, i can figure out how to uninstall Firefox off my MacBook that is running I also want to get rid of some games such as Suduko ( my bro installed all this). I am used to Peppermint distro.

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