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Messages - Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

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General Help & Advice / Re: List of Python commands
« on: July 13, 2019, 12:44:11 am »
The problem is that you're asking an meaningless question, python isn't a bunch of commands it's an object oriented programming language.

I don't mean to sound like I'm being awkward, but this really is one of those times when "RTFM" makes a lot of sense ;)

Even if it's only to learn what questions to ask the python pro's .. not that I'd likely be able to answer anyway, I'm only scratching the surface of python myself (I can make sense of what some of it is doing when I see it, but that's about it).



At a python shell prompt (not a bash prompt)>>>
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help('modules')
and say>>>
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help('os')
for example might help a little (if you can read that kinda gibberish) .. but the manual and online tutorials are where you'll find the most help if you wanna learn to program in python.

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: usb wireless adapter for Ubuntu18.04
« on: July 12, 2019, 11:48:13 pm »
I've always had good luck with these
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-EW-7811Un-N150-Wireless-Adapter/dp/B003MTTJOY
Ideal for a laptop too because they're so damn small :)

I have no doubt there are faster USB wirless 'AC' adapters available, but I haven't tried them personally and they'll only benefit from the faster speeds if you have an AC router anyway.

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Ubuntu / Re: Network manager icon missing in Ubuntu 18.04
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:27:16 pm »
does running
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nm-applet
make the panel applet appear (as long as the terminal stays open) ?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 07:15:04 pm »
As always, you're welcome Keith :)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:58:24 pm »
It's easy enough to do, but different for different distros/versions.

I mean I could explain how to do it for say Ubuntu 18.04, but that aint gonna apply to Manjaro (or even Ubuntu 16.04 which uses a swap partition as opposed to a swap file in 18.04).

Basically choose "Something Else" at the partitioning section of Ubiquity, then it will ask you to set up the partitions, and where you want the bootloader (which in your case would LIKELY have been /dev/sdb .. note sdb NOT sdb1)

I've crossed that out, not because it's 'wrong', but because it'd be specific to a users system, and I don't want to post something that if misunderstood could make their other OS's unbootable.

The reason I suggested the method I did was because it was the SAFEST method ;)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:49:01 pm »
You don't need to 'format' a drive in a particular way to add the bootsector (on Legacy BIOS systems).. but if you're installing to a second HDD (as you were), you'd need to tell the installer (Ubiquity) to place the bootloader on the MBR of the second HDD, otherwise it'd get written to the first.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 09, 2019, 04:22:57 pm »
Looking at how easy it is to remove the HDD from a T500
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCN8jp78VMQ

Wouldn't the easiest way to do this be to simply

1) take out the HDD from the T500 and place it safely aside.

2) Insert the SSD into the T500

3) Boot the T500 from an Ubuntu/Mint LiveUSB

4) Install Ubuntu/Mint onto the SSD using the automated defaults (overwrite entire drive).
(BTW, probably best NOT to select "download updates during the install")

5) when done shut down

6) move the SSD to the ASUS

7) replace the HDD into the T500

No having to do any manual partitioning, and no putting the T500 drive at risk if you get anything wrong.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:42:19 pm »
So you managed to install Ubuntu onto the SSD whilst it was connected (externally) to the T500 .. but you think you didn't install a bootloader ?

Okay can you put the SSD back into the external case .. attach it to the T500 .. then boot the T500 .. and post the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
and
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blkid

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:37:14 pm »
SEE THE NEXT POST FIRST

Okay I'm not 100% sure the ASUS is capable of booting a LiveUSB .. though the BIOS does mention "Removeablve dev"

So you're right, it may be easier to preinstall on the Lenovo T500, which can.

Which OS is currently on the T500 ?

And I'm not aware of any application that presents itself as "USB Stick Writer" .. on Ubuntu there's normally "Startup Disk Creator" which IIRC is broken.
On Mint there is "USB Image Writer"

You say you've tested the LiveUSB on another PC and it booted ?

If that's the case, when you hit F12 on the T500 is the USB stick listed as a bootable device ?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:20:01 pm »
Have you got the ASUS model ?

Do you know if it's UEFI capable, and if it's set to UEFI in the BIOS ?

How did you create the LiveUSB ?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Formatting an SSD for system use
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:56:16 pm »
Forget about mounting/formatting the SSD for now, that's a separate minor issue that's easily fixed.

First we should try get you booted to a LiveUSB (ON THE ASUS).

When you say:-

Quote
I tried to boot from an Ubuntu 18 live USB but the system just hung with a black screen.

Are you saying that's ALL that happened .. ie. nothing displayed to screen AT ALL ?

Have you tried booting the LiveUSB with the nomodeset kernel boot parameter applied ? .. do you know how ?



Have you got the model of the ASUS ?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Bluetooth speaker won't work
« on: July 01, 2019, 11:29:04 pm »
I'm not seeing any bluetooth hardware :-\

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General Discussion / Re: AntiX installed on HD does not boot
« on: July 01, 2019, 11:26:50 pm »
Can you install fdisk in antix, then post the output from
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sudo fdisk -l
otherwise you're going to have to give me text you see when trying to install Xubuntu/Peppermint

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General Discussion / Re: AntiX installed on HD does not boot
« on: June 28, 2019, 08:01:53 pm »
Can you boot to the LiveUSB and post the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
and
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blkid

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Peppermint / Re: What can cause a laptop to freeze?
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:18:18 pm »
Can you post the output from:
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inxi -Fz

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