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Hardware Compatibility / Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 19, 2017, 03:58:46 am »
Can anyone recommend a fairly recent Linux-friendly motherboard/processor combination please?

Preferably one which doesn't cost the earth, but obviously one which is likely still to be available.



Ubuntu / [solved] Ubuntu not seeing removable media
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:08:40 pm »
I've just reinstalled Ubuntu and it no longer detects USB sticks or CDs...

Any ideas folks?


Ubuntu / Ubuntu getting slow [solved]
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:52:08 pm »
My main Ubuntu machine (Ubuntu 16.04, core2 duo + 4GB Ram) is taking almost 2 minutes from pushing the button to a functioning desktop.

I'm sure it used to be a lot quicker and I haven't made any changes lately.

Does Ubuntu gradually slow down like Windows?

Has anyone got any recommendations for another, preferably free, account provider?

We have two accounts going back years, hence a lot of messages/folders to transfer. Transferring them to gmail seems to be fairly straightforward, but I simply don't want to be involved with google and it's quest to know everything about everybody on the planet. I don't even use it's search engine.

So what I need is a new, non-google account into which I can import messages from fsmail, but I can't seem to find one. Yahoo would be ok, except it imports from only a limited number of other providers, excluding fsmail.

It doesn't have to be free. I'm wondering about buying a domain name and using it's email facilities without creating a website. Trouble is, I'd still have the problem of importing a multitude of old messages, contacts etc.

General Help & Advice / Permissions problems [solved]
« on: April 16, 2017, 06:57:59 pm »
I've just uninstalled vn 5.0.36 of Virtualbox, and installed vn 5.1.18. At least I think I have.. However, when I use the 'search your computer' feature in Ubuntu 16.04, it still seems to find the old version, although it says it's installed 'nowhere'.

Confused? Me too, but it gets better, or rather, worse.

Immediately after installing the new version I was able to add a VM from the previous version, start it, use it and suspend it while I went out to the Co-Op (I live life in the fast lane..)

Now I open Virtualbox to find the welcome screen and no existing VMs. What's more, I can't add the same VM again. I get the following message...

Runtime error opening '/home/mike/VirtualBox VMs/XP/XP.vbox' for reading: -38(Access denied.).
/home/vbox/vbox-5.1.18/src/VBox/Main/src-server/MachineImpl.cpp[485] (nsresult Machine::initFromSettings(VirtualBox*, const com::Utf8Str&, const com::Guid*)).

Result Code:
NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
IMachine {b2547866-a0a1-4391-8b86-6952d82efaa0}
IVirtualBox {0169423f-46b4-cde9-91af-1e9d5b6cd945}

I've tried moving the VM to my home folder in case that helped, but Ubuntu tells me I don't own it, so I can't move it.

I'm the only user of this PC and I created the old VM, so how can I not be the owner?

As always, thanks in advance for any/all help..

Internet Connectivity / loss of wi-fi connection [solved]
« on: April 05, 2017, 11:10:49 pm »
We have a laptop running Ubuntu 14.04 which routinely accesses the internet via wi-fi.

Today it won't connect, despite the fact that it reports the signal as strong/excellent (and my iPod connects effortlessly from the same room).

I haven't changed anything since yesterday. I've deleted the connection several times, rebooted, shutdown, and tried again. Nothing.

The router is set not to broadcast the SSID.

Any ideas folks, (Mark)?

Ubuntu / No sound in 16.04 [Solved]
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:23:22 pm »
Finally upgraded from 14.04 to 16.04 and the sound has gone awol.

In settings~sound the only option is Digital Output (S/PDIF).

I can't find any option to use analogue sound.


Update: I plugged the speakers into the rear jack instead of the front one and analogue sound kicked in. The front jack no longer seems to work (it did under 14.04).

Oddly, the right channel doesn't work with the speakers plugged into it directly, but it does with the headphones or with the speakers on an extension cable, as long as I wiggle the plug a bit. That trick just doesn't work with the speakers alone. I suppose it's a physical thing, to do with cables and plugs. Doesn't half annoy me though.

No idea why the front jack has stopped working. Any clues appreciated.

General Help & Advice / [Solved] Dual-boot and grub
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:20:36 am »
Hello Folks,

One of our boxes is a dual-boot with Windows and Ubuntu. Windows needs reinstalling and the question is, will this confuse Grub and break the dual-boot?

Thanks for any feedback..

General Discussion / More vandalism, than Linux.. (solved)
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:11:09 pm »
Not suggesting that Linux is vandalism.  Just that what I want to do may be...

Long shot. Can anyone give me any pointers on dismantling an old Maxtor Onetouch (external USB drive).

Two screws allow removal of the plate on one end, but there's nothing under it to allow any further access.

General Help & Advice / wireless printing problem (solved)
« on: December 11, 2016, 09:52:36 pm »
Hello folks,

I've been printing wirelessly for some time now (laptop running Ubuntu 14.04LTS, HP Envy 4502).

Since yesterday, nothing. Every job I send to the printer ends up 'held'. Releasing it doesn't help (CUPS 1.7.2). I just get a series of messages that FF has blocked a redirection, and when I finish clicking 'allow' I'm back to 'held'.

I've tried resetting the printer to factory defaults and starting again. I've gone through wireless setup on the printer (apparently successfully), I've tried Wi-Fi protected setup on the printer, which fails consistently. Still no prints. I've even tried banging my head on the desk, but that doesn't work either. Cheaper than drinking though..

Anyone got any ideas please? The original setup went very smoothly, I seem to remember.

General Help & Advice / A virus in Linux? [solved]
« on: December 04, 2016, 08:23:18 pm »
I'm having a problem with Yahoo in Ubuntu 14.04. Basically it's seized up, but the worrying part is that is says "transferring data from", which appears to be a virus.

Only Yahoo sems to be affected so far, but it's the same story on a laptop and a desktop, both running 14.04.

Any ideas please?

Ubuntu / Flash problems revisited (solved)
« on: August 10, 2016, 11:15:05 pm »
Hello folks,

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and Flash is working fine in Firefox - except on the channel 4 site.

It says I need to install or upgrade Adobe Flash Player.

However, when I run sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer, I get the following

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
flashplugin-installer is already the newest version.
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 43 not to upgrade.

What is WRONG with Flash (or me)?

Thanks for any suggestions..


..I've just bought a pack of socks from a major supermarket chain, with a little penguin motif..

Very tasteful they are too. Drive the ladies mad, I shouldn't wonder.


Hardware Compatibility / Wi-Fi adapters [Solved]
« on: June 05, 2016, 11:59:39 pm »
Can anyone recommend a Wi-Fi adapter, either PCI or USB that works with Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 in my case)?



Hardware Compatibility / (Solved) Printer problems..
« on: May 24, 2016, 12:21:08 am »
Just had the effing second printer fail in less than two years. It's only on it's second set of inks!

Can anyone recommend a reliable, cheap-ish printer? All it needs to do is print. No bells or whistles. We've had expensive multi-function jobs and cheapies. They've all failed too soon.

Would a laser be more reliable/cost effective?

I'm thinking of buying a cheap printer every time the ink runs out.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.


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