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General Help & Advice / Help with my Chromebook- has it malware?
« on: October 04, 2016, 01:45:21 pm »
GUYS! I noticed lately that my Chromebook keeps freezing and I have to press the shut down button and re start it. Secondly today, every time I try to use the internet- open a new tab, click on a website that a pop up internet page comes up called "PC Keeper"!

Here is the page:;bc35d5bd-55c2-426e-9fea-c8fd63674bb6;3c98d477-a0a8-4464-8d6a-cea2a6d87550

Now, I haven't downloaded anything dodgy to my Chromebook and I've got all my ad blockers on- so what is happening? What can I do???

General Help & Advice / Dell laptop -which distro?
« on: August 25, 2016, 11:27:48 am »
My mother gave me her old Dell Inspiron (Mini 1110) laptop as she got a new laptop. It runs on Windows 7 and the system specs are: 2.00 GB RAM, 64 bit, Intel ( R) CPU 743 1.30 GHZ.

I say "run" but nothing actually happens on it. When she told me it was slow she wasn't exaggerating!
It connected to my internet, but it won't load up Google or Firefox, in fact no applications on it load up except for the system specs on "computer."

It doesn't even recognise the mouse!

What do you think is wrong with it guys? And can this be solved so I can load a Linux distro on it?

I have Peppermint and a couple of others that a colleague gave me when he tried to load them onto the old laptop I used to have working on Peppermint 3.

General Help & Advice / PLEASE help me load Linux onto a Dell laptop
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:42:12 pm »
Hello guys; if you remember, my old Peppermint 3 laptop went to grub error and my colleague was overhauling it ( new HD, RAM etc). Well, I got it back today, and he'd got it working ok he said, and put Debian on it as he said it wouldn't accept Peppermint ( 6 I think) nor the latest Ubuntu. He said it was due its processor (AMD).

Well I've just switched it on and it said:

LILO 24.1 and a ton of dots appeared across the screen with all sorts of code, and then at the end:

bin/sh: can't access tty;job control turned off (init tramfs).

I have NO clue whatsoever what all that means. It didn't go to the Debian log on.

What's wrong with it?

He's in my voluntary place tomorrow so I'll take it in again, but just was wondering what you guys think about this old machine.

If my Chromebook had the drivers for a scanner and a disc drive it'd be perfect. For scanning I have to use my Mint netbook and CDS well, the old CD player. DVDS sit gathering dust in their box.

I would like to format my portable hard drives so I can use them on my Chromebook ( got tons of music on there) - I could load the files onto my netbook so I can format the HD, and then re load the files back on but I don't know if there's enough space on it as it's SSD is small- can anyone advise me with that too please? (Well actually I have 2 portable HDS, one is my general one with music, and the other one is my collection of a Tv series episodes I love).

Hi guys I have an early model digital Canon camera my friend gave me. it has one of those early big  memory cards in it ( do it won't fit in a card reader or my Chromebook's slot) and to load the photos onto a laptop/netbook it has a USB cable. I connected it to my Mint netbook but it wasn't recognised- nothing happened. I would need a driver wouldn't I?

Would it be possible that Linux would have one for it? It did for the old xp scanner my friend gave me the other year which Mark kindly found the driver for.

The make of the Canon camera is Powershot A10.

I found it online, but it says there are no driver for it.. :(

Which is a shame as it takes ace photos and is easy to use. My friend gave me a newer Fuji camera last week ( so I can use the slot on my Chromebook) but although the Canon is heavier on batteries I find it easier to use. I will have to spend ages reading the Fuji manual.

I suppose if it has no drivers I will have to give it to my Mum who has Windows.

General Help & Advice / My Chromebook system- some qs
« on: May 07, 2016, 09:53:17 pm »

Guys I just looked at my Chromebook system and forgive me for being a bit rubbish at understanding all this- but do I understand this correctly that it hasn't got much memory left? And if so, what can I do about that? I thought with all my files being online that they wouldn't take up any memory?

General Help & Advice / Ubuntu v Peppermint on my old laptop
« on: May 05, 2016, 12:12:52 pm »
Hello guys, was still waiting for the Linux guy to come and do my old HP laptop which had Peppermint 3 on it and not heard nowt, so had rang a computer shop to at least put in the new HD and RAM (thinking I'd had to install a Linux distro myself with lots of help from folks here)- well I was lucky as the man said he could even install Linux on it all for £20! Great deal! I thought, then mentioned it to my colleague where I volunteer who said he can do all that for nothing! He mentioned putting Ubuntu on it also ( I think he has a few distro boot CDs) and I said I didn't much care which distro I have as long as it all works.

Questions: is Ubuntu as compatible with Firefox as Peppermint? I want Firefox, and as for the drivers for my scanner would that be different to the one I have for my Mint netbook?

I'm still having fun with the Chromebook by the way- it is very fast and easy to use. The only downsides are no drivers for my scanner and CD drawer.

General Help & Advice / Mint netbook a bit slow
« on: February 29, 2016, 08:49:25 pm »
My Mint netbook used to be lightning fast but it is slower now ( though I think anything would seem slower in comparison to the Chromebook!)

It used to load real quick when I turned it on, now it takes awhile and also loading up webpages  is slow.

What might be causing this?

General Help & Advice / Scanning possible on my Chromebook?
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:08:45 am »
Is there a way to get my scanner working on my chromebook? Until the LUG guy can come and fix my old Peppermint laptop I've been using my Mint netbook to scan, which works great, it's just got a small screen and means having 2 computers on at once and plugging in the data stick to the netbook, then the Chromebook ( to edit the pics etc).

General Help & Advice / Files on portable HD lost names- SOLVED
« on: February 25, 2016, 10:53:52 am »
Files on my portable HD (vids) have lost their names and they won't let me rename them- no idea why and what to do- can yo guys help me rename them please?

See screen grab.

General Help & Advice / Scanner won't work on my Mint Netbook-SOLVED.
« on: February 23, 2016, 09:31:04 pm »
Guys, my scanner won't work on my Mint netbook. There is a tool on there under graphics called Simple Scan, which I think was the one I was using on my Peppermint laptop.
As you know, that is dead for now until the LUG guy comes and sorts it out.

My scanner won't work on my Chromebook and I really need to scan in some of my art work. What can I do?

General Help & Advice / Which distro ln my old laptop?
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:58:41 pm »
Remember the Peppermint 3 laptop that died ( went to grub and stopped booting)? The LUG guys got it booted but it died again. He said when he has time he will help me boot it again and put the new HD in it. I'm getting more RAM from Tramlink. What distro would you recommend? It is from 2006, so quite old. The HD has plenty lof space the LUG guy said. Not sure how much RAM I will have but it will be plenty for general surfing etc.
He asked me to save a distro to my data stick before he comes- where can I find the links?
Thanks guys.

General Help & Advice / BBC iplayer not working on my Chromebook- SOLVED.
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:45:12 pm »
It's stopped working- it was working great for days. Suddenly now when I click on a video it says that only UK residents can watch BBC iplayer. It thinks I am outside UK. What can I do?

General Help & Advice / Web cam on Linux
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:21:12 pm »
My old laptop is gonna get fixed up (new HD, more RAM, reloaded distro etc) and I would like to use it for Skype.   It doesn't have a built in web cam so I would need to get one. What models work in Linux?

« on: February 06, 2016, 01:07:29 am »
PLEASE HELP ME GUYS! I am freaking out here, and have no idea what to do. I am posting this from my little Mint netbook. I was watching an mp4 video that is on a portable HD when all of a sudden a beeping noise sounded out, and the video went off and the screen went black with writing on it.  Then it shut down. It happened very fast and I only could see the word kernel out of all that writing. I have switched it on a few times and the screen is black and it says:

error:unknown file system
grub rescue>
and there is a flashing cursor.

Oh what can I do~?!

General Help & Advice / Adobe error
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:42:16 pm »

I am getting this on my Firefox page on Peppermint 3 laptop:

Flash Player Plugin on Linux to (click-to-play) has been blocked for your protection.

What can I do?

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