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Peppermint / Peppermint 6 - unable to boot
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:16:18 pm »
It is me again seeking help.
I have a 3 Acer Aspire One computers - all with Peppermint 6 - and I am very happy.

Yesterday one was shot-down when we had a power cut.
On trying to bring it up again I encountered problems and now this is what happens when I try :

on switching on i get the screen  "Acer empowering people"  and it then goes to screen which says

Intel Unid etc and detailas about patents and below is this message:

"Realtec PCI Express Fast Internet Controller series V1.15 (090224)
PXE -E61 : Media test failure, check cable
No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key.

I have done CTRL ALT DELETE which takes me back to the
"ACER empowering people" screen  and pressed F12
which took me to the "Boot Screen" and there is now
only one choice :

1. NEtwork Boot : Legacy PC1 DEVICE.

I could re-install Peppermint 6 but do not want to loose all my files.

Is there a trick ?  Can any of the other of my ACER ASpire One s be of assistance ?

I have a memory stick with



Kevin Woodward

Peppermint / Skype needs to be upgraded
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:27:38 am »
Dear All,

I have an Acer Aspire One and have had Peppermint 6 OS (32 Bit) since it was launched.

My only problem is that Skype now needs upgrading and I am told this cannot be done
because of the 32 Bit system.

What are my options ?   

Peppermint 6 OS - 64 Bit

or a more up to date Peppermint system ( 7 or above ? )

Looking through Forum - I received this reply to my query in July 2017

"Well you're out of luck then, the new Skype is 64bit ONLY I'm afraid.

That said, the new Skype Client for Linux is only a wrapper for their web client .. so if you're running Peppermint you could always just make an ICE SSB that points to it gives you everything the new Skype Client for Linux app does except the tray icons"

Does this still apply and if so please help me I am not literate enough to know to "make an ICE SSB etc"

Thanks in anticipation for your help,


Kevin Woodward

General Help & Advice / Updating Skype
« on: July 01, 2017, 08:52:44 pm »
I am running Peppermint 6 on my Acer Aspire one.
Today I have been advised that the Skype 4.3 is out of date from today.
I was told to run
Did so and tried 64.DEP and 64.REM
but I do not know what to do next.
Can anyone help, please ?

Peppermint / Unable to get past "password" stage when logging on
« on: November 14, 2016, 08:25:32 am »
I have happily used Peppermint 6 on my 4 Acer Aspire One for a year.

The battery is dead so I use the mains and recently we had a power cut when I was using my computer
and since then, when I log on and get to the "password" stage it keeps returning me to the password screen.
I must mention that it does not say "incorrect password".

Is there a trick to get me in ?

Thank you, in anticipation for your assistance.

Kevin Woodward

General Discussion / loss of menu choices
« on: August 14, 2016, 09:39:45 pm »
I have happily used Peppermint 6 on my 4 Acer Aspire one's all of this year.

I have encountered a small problem on one of them recently and am sue that it is something stupid
that I have done.

The menu on the left hand side when I startup has now been reduced to the following :

Software Manager
File Manager

Please could someone help me get all the other choices back.

Many thanks,

Kevin Woodward

Peppermint / Re-installing Peppermint 6 on Acer Aspire one
« on: February 13, 2016, 06:09:02 pm »
Dear Sir,
You helped me install Peppermint 6 on my Acer aspire one more that a year ago and all has gone well until recently (A few error messages mentioned space problems) so I decided to start all over again and re-install the OS. 
Initially, I used the "try Peppermint 6" choice but when I had an error message I decided to download the OS and over-write what was on my system.

In both cases, after starting to copy files, the following error message was shown :

"the installer encountered an error copying files to hard disk.
(Errno 28 no space left on device)
This is due to there being insufficient disk space for the install to complete on the target partition."

I look to you for guidance - again !!
Thank you,
Best wishes,
Kevin Woodward

Peppermint / Software Updater
« on: April 13, 2015, 05:47:33 am »
I am happily using Peppermint 3 OS on my Acer Aspire One and update the software whenever advised.
Today when doing so this message appeared :

Not Enough Free Disk Space
The upgrade needs a total of 422 M free space on disk '/'. Please free at least an additional 4 704 k of disk space on '/'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.

Not being to clever on computers I wonder if someone  could give me a simple explanation of what I have to do.

General Discussion / Peppermint 3 stuck update
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:40:53 am »
HI Mark,
I am struggling to post a message and could only do it sending this to you

I have an Acer Aspire One and happily updated to Peppermint 3 OS 6 months ago.
I have been installing updates regularly since then.
Yesterday I encountered a problem:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

I am out of my depth.
Would someone please tell me what to do.
Thank you.

General Help & Advice / acer aspire one - linux - Firefox
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:38:36 pm »
More than a year ago - using your instructions - I upgraded my AA1 to version 7 of Firefox.
Thanks to you all went very well since then.
For the past few months I there have been messages to say that I need to upgrade Firefox
but I have not upgraded.
Today when I logged on, the opening screen had changed slightly - all the choices ( Browser,
Messenger etc) had gone back to the original ones and new ones like Skype had disappeared.
In the background (behind) was a small black mouse and the letters XFCE.
Has this change been caused by me or is it a result of me not upgrading ?
Thank you for your help.
Kevin Woodward

Linux Tips & Tricks / Acer Aspire One with Linpus Lite Linux
« on: March 30, 2013, 07:20:42 am »
Using your instructions I upgraded my Firefox from version 2 to 7.0.1 and all has been fine for a year.

Thank you for your help.

I upgraded because Hotmail advised me to.

Now Hotmail has recently changed to Outlook and it is advising me to upgrade Firefox.

Kindly advise me what I have to do.

Thank you.

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