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General Help & Advice / Scanner not working
« on: October 08, 2019, 09:16:16 pm »
Hey guys can't get my scanner to work on my netbook, Asus Peppermint latest version. It says unable to connect.

If you remember guys I bought a Dell monitor to plug into my Asus notebook that runs on the latest Peppermint distro. Last time I plugged it in it would immediately go live; that is the desktop comes on it with all the icons and I can use it ( go online, open files etc etc). Now the desktop comes on but with no icons. I just get my desktop itself but nothing else. It isn't live. The desktop is only live on the Asus notebook. I have tried doing the following:

Powering up the notebook, then plugging in the monitor/on

Powering up the notebook with the monitor already plugged in, switched on

Rebooting the notebook with the monitor plugged in/on

None of this works.

Something weird is going on with ITV player guys. It asks for me to tick some setting in my browser ( I use Chrome but also have Firefox on it) so it will stream. I did it in Chrome and it still said to tick that setting, so I tried it in Firefox, ticked the setting but it did the same thing as well. Yet it works on my Chromebook.

I had the netbook/notebook on all day yesterday as my Mum came for lunch and I thought she might wanna watch something , so set it up as I have the large Dell monitor for it now. She didn't, but I kept it running anyway for music, and decided to leave it on after she went, instead of using the Chromebook. I fancied watching that new period drama Sanditon, but ITV player has gone odd with this new setting.

I won't use the monitor/netbook that much for watching things ( it's more for me using it to do online tutoring and to do photo editing) but it's nice to have the option if I want to watch something on a bigger screen. BBC iplayer works on the netbook fine.

Hey guys I have had a notification that my Chromebook is on its last update and after that some applications may not work as well, and that it might not be "secure."

Here is the info on the Chrome page:

I just did a search to see what I could do about this, to extend its life as I like using it as it's got an SSD drive and light and portable with long battery life.

The options are, continue using it ( until it has problems) and then:

* install a Linux distro
*install CloudReady

Of course another suggestion is to buy another Chromebook, but not only is this wasteful but I can't afford it.

This is the article:

I was wondering if you guys could advise me on the best OS update for it (  I don't plan to do  this  right away but for when I notice "security issues").

The Chromebook is an Asus C300.  The system specs are below:

Platform: Linux x86-64

Processor: Intel® Bay Trail-M Dual Core Celeron N2830 2.16 GHz ~ 2.41 GHz Processor

Memory: DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, 2 GB, up to 4 GB

Display : 13.3" 16:9 HD (1366x768)

Storage : 16GB eMMC  32GB

Networking :Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n  Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0

Interface :
1 x COMBO audio jack
1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x HDMI
1 x micro SDXC card reader
1 x Micro Sim card slot

CloudReady is described as being very like operating it as a Chromebook, but I'd need to use another computer if there isn't 8 GB of space on the Chromebook to write it onto a USB stick ( I think the Asus Peppermint netbook would have the space, would need to check). I like the idea of keeping it Chromebook like OS wise, but I'm not good at putting OS onto computers and wondering if a Linux distro would be easier to put onto it? Which Linux distro would be the best?

I'd welcome your advice. Many thanks.

General Help & Advice / External monitor for my Asus notebook
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:27:37 pm »
Hey guys I am looking to buy an external large monitor to plug into my Asus notebook that runs on Peppermint 9. I thought it'd be a cheaper option than spending months and months saving up for a bigger laptop and also the screen will be bigger ( I need a large screen to do online tutoring using video conferencing like Skype). The notebook is pretty cool, having a touch screen and has all the cool Linux features ( some which even my Chromebook won't do) so it seems daft to me to buy yet another laptop. I've already got 3! ( An old Dell notebook too running on Mint!). All it needs really is a bigger screen and one day I'll get an SSD drive put into it. A big monitor is the ideal solution.

I've seen this one and would like to buy it but was wondering if you'd mind having a look and letting me know if it'd work on my notebook?

I would be using an external speaker or on headphones.

Here is my Asus notebook:


General Help & Advice / Background in Libre office writer SOLVED
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:10:49 pm »
Hey guys can I change the colour of the background of Libre office writer from dark grey to white?
I don't find it that easy on the eye.
(Peppermint 9 distro).
Many thanks.

General Help & Advice / No flash
« on: May 11, 2019, 11:12:50 pm »
Hey guys I like to use ipiccy online for photo editing as it's easy, but the flash is disabled and I don't know how to enable it. What do I do? I have got Pinta but I'm finding it tricky and it keeps closing itself down.

General Help & Advice / Bluetooth speaker won't work
« on: May 09, 2019, 07:17:14 pm »
Hey guys for some reason I cannot get Bluetooth to work on my Peppermint notebook- there is an icon there but it just comes up with a weird dialogue box and says the "daemon" is not there.

General Help & Advice / Netbook won't connect to internet (SOLVED)
« on: March 20, 2019, 06:57:25 pm »
I got a little netbook on Peppermint 9 and just can't figure out how to get to the network manager to connect it. Usually netbooks and laptops automatically have a box that pops up and starts searching for the wi fi. This does not happen.

General Help & Advice / HELP my Ubuntu notebook has crashed!
« on: October 28, 2018, 08:35:21 pm »
It's on a black screen with white writing/codes and I cannot get it to boot up! What can I do guys?

After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside.

The e-mails of the celebrated programmer Linus Torvalds land like thunderbolts from on high onto public lists, full of invective, insults, and demeaning language. “Please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place,” he wrote in one.

Torvalds has publicly posted thousands of scathing messages targeting programmers who submit what he deems flawed code to the Linux computer-operating-system kernel, which he brought to life more than twenty-five years ago and now administers as a collaborative, open-source project. Today, the Linux kernel is famous, running the enormous computers of Google, PayPal, Amazon, and eBay, and the two billion mobile phones using the Android operating system. Torvalds, though, retains final say over each precious line of code, just as he did when he first started working on the system as a graduate student at the University of Helsinki. For years, he has been known as Linux’s “benevolent dictator for life.”
More here:

Oh dear this is pretty damning and I hope it doesn't do harm to Linux's reputation. I'm no mad femo type but looks like women have not been well treated in the Linux working environment. I'm not PC mad and into "recruitment quotas" as much as some people are- the best person for the job is the one most skilled with decent behaviour- whatever their sex, ethnic group etc. If there are excellent women IT specialists then they should be given the same opportunities as blokes.

The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium / 4GB RAM laptop wanted
« on: September 27, 2018, 01:01:12 pm »
Hi Linux guys! I will be looking for a 4GB laptop with Linux on it over the next couple of months, as altho I love my Chromebook I need a laptop with 4GB of RAM and Skype compatible as I am working towards being a self employed tutor ( of which I'd be using Skype for online tutoring) and my Chromebook has only 1 GB of RAM and can't use Skype on it. If anyone has one or will have one please PM me. I'd rather get one that is already Linuxed as it will save me posting on here to get instructions on how to load a distro on it, which would take several posts as I'm not au fait with that really. The last time I did that it took me 4 hours live with Mark giving me step by step instructions lol.

P.S- I don't want a desktop as they are too big and unmoveable and I have no space to set one up.

General Help & Advice / Which is the best laptop?
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:23:02 am »
Since my Chromebook will not charge up and is at the computer repair shop ( and most likely dead so the fella won;t be able to get it working) I urgently need a new laptop as this netbook has a teeny screen which i have great trouble seeing ( I am getting eyestrain) and it's sloooooww- I need to get another laptop which would not be a problem if I wasn't currently unemployed and broke!
I have seen 2 second hand laptops which I could just about manage to buy as long as I live on rice and beans for a month.

Which one is the best?

1. ACER.
Extensior 5630EZ
Intel Pentium Dual Core
2.00 GHz
2,GB memory
Hard drive: 120 GB
OS- Win 7

Satellite Pro c660-167
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T6670
2,048 (1x) MB, DDR3 RAM (1,066 MHz)
Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
15.6 INCH screen
OS- Win 10.

Of course I'd want to get rid of Windows and get P7/8.

General Help & Advice / Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:34:17 pm »
I am having great trouble reading and typing on this tiny netbook, whose screen is less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. I of course zoom the text but then it goes off page and I cannot see a whole sentence and have to keep sliding back and forth. Is there any way to get the text to be large and keep it as a normal page?  I have looked on ebay for a screen magnifier but they only have ones for mobile phones and then there is only software for the partially sighted! They need a CD anyway and there's no CD drive on this netbook. My Chromebook has died and this is now the only computer I have and I have to do a lot of reading and typing ( as I have to do hours of job search and applications daily as I'm signing on the dole). I'm getting eye strain and headaches from struggling on this tiny screen.

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