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General Discussion / Accidentally deleted Linux
« on: January 04, 2011, 11:55:59 am »
At the beginning of December I managed to wipe Linux mint from my system. :-\  To cut a long story short,I had a problem with the windows section of my PC,which required me to take my machine back to it`s original settings and re-instal Vista.I thought that since I had partitioned my hard drive to put Linux alongside Windows ,it would only instal using the Windows sector,but NO,it used the whole hard drive.I had no choice but to go back to my original settings,but I got the problem solved at least.I am now going to re-instal Linux mint.I still have the original CD I already used.Would it be better for me to use this or download a fresh copy from the net.Or,have there been any significant new builds out in the last couple of months?

General Help & Advice / Printing using Linux
« on: October 23, 2010, 02:26:05 pm »
An old topic of mine,but with a new slant. I have finally got a printer which will print from Windows and Linux.I am still using my Lexmark C730 series on my second PC(which does`nt have Linux anyway) but for my main PC,I got hold of a not quite new HP Officejet 5500 series all-in-one printer from my works stores.Drivers for this are already installed in Vista and they seem to be already installed in Linux too as I did`nt download anything but I can print fine under both systems.So for me,Linux has passed it`s final test with flying colours.Of course there will be some apps which I want to use which will only work with one system or the other but that is not a problem anyway. Regards Kenny

General Help & Advice / Not posted in a while.
« on: September 28, 2010, 08:55:56 am »
Greetings to everyone on the forum.I have`nt  posted in a while(since August) but I have been busy on holiday and working away from home.My linux system is still working fine.did`nt really get my printer problem solved but I am using my Lexmark C738 to print from Windows as the storeman in my work gave me a supply of cartridges for it and once they run out,(got about a years supply at normal usage) then it`s back to the drawing board. I have`nt had any other probs running Linux and in fact,a couple of people in my work have started using it on my advice.One piece of info which may be of passing interest to the forum users.The company I work for have recently started selling Samsung printers and with each printer they(Samsung) are supplying a Windows install disc and also a dedicated Linux install disc,as a lot of companies are beginning to use Linux to save on costs.I may consider a Samsung myself when the Lexmark cartrides run out.
                                                                                                                      Regards Kenny

General Help & Advice / Lexmark C738 printer
« on: August 14, 2010, 08:45:09 am »
Well;I finally got round to trying my second Lexmark printer under Linux.As was predicted by several people(including myself) it did`nt work.Came frustratingly close though.It recognised the printer and even let me queue up jobs,but just would`nt print.not a problem though,I will get an HP printer from the storeman at my work.

General Discussion / Linux Mint KDE
« on: August 07, 2010, 12:03:07 pm »
I downloaded the Image for this and gave it a try running it from the CD.I think,on balance,I will stick with the one I already have,which is Isodora 9,with (I think:the Gnome system)and also seems to be a lot more user friendly than the KDE version.
Kenny (that is one of the reasons I like Linux , because I can have my "main" system installed and still try out newer,and older systems from CD without having to reload into the hard drive

General Discussion / Re: Almost a week now
« on: August 07, 2010, 11:52:41 am »
I could find nothing on  the Lexmark site for either of these printers, although I *did* find Linux drivers for the X738, and after a bit of research it looks like these *are* the correct drivers for the Z738 printer, so if your printer drivers aren't included with Mint (which I doubt they are), they can be downloaded here:
Lexmark Z738 Linux Drivers (ppd)

Download the PPD-Files-LMACE.tar.Z file and (if necessary) rename it to PPD-Files-LMACE.tar.gz then unpack it and read the Readme-Install.txt file.

Any future printer purchases for Linux... as MP says go for HP... particularly for All-In-Ones.

Have`nt yet tried to install my second Lexmark,but may be switching from them anyway as they are very heavy on ink usage.Though they give great quality output

General Discussion / Linux Podcasts
« on: August 07, 2010, 11:45:42 am »
Some of you may know this already,but for those who don`t,there is a Linux podcast for free on Itunes. It is called "The Linux Action Show"and in spite of the presenters attempts(failing gloriously) to be the Ant and Dec of the podcasting world,is still worth a listen.It can be accessed via the free section of ITunes store and is updated once weekly

General Help & Advice / Printers compatible with Linux
« on: August 01, 2010, 03:37:09 pm »
How many of you on the list are using printers with Linux and what type? What would be the best one for compatability? I tried installing a Lexmark X1180 this morning and although Linux  recognized  it,I could`nt get the drivers installed.I will try my second printer(also a Lexmark but a Z738) and see how I get on.However,it is not a mega-problem as I can always use Windows for my printing needs,or get it done at my workplace,as I work for a photocopier company. 8) Kenny

General Discussion / Re: Almost a week now
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:19:33 am »
What printer do you have?
If you mean upgrade to a later version of Mint (eg. Mint8 -> Mint9), it *may* be much easier than a complete reinstall, but if you mean change to another distribution (eg. Ubuntu, openSUSE, etc.) yes you are right.

The printers I have are Lexmarks; an X1180 and a Z738,I don`t know if I will have to download specific drivers or whether the generic ones will do.I am not anticipating any problems but I will find out for sure on Sunday,when I install the printer.I will almost certainly opt for the 738 as I have at least 7 spare ink carts for this,whereas my X1180 is all out :) Kenny

General Discussion / Almost a week now
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:09:30 pm »
Well; almost a week since I installed Linux Mint on my PC.My verdict ,so far,is that I think it is a very good OS,it has done virtually everything I wanted it to,have still to configure it for my printer,but that will be a job for Sunday morning.I have so far encountered no problems.If I want to install/upgrade to another version of Linux,I presume I can just put in the partitioned section of my hard drive.though,as the Americans say"if it aint broke,don`t fix it. :D I don`t see myself ever giving up Windows completely but running the 2 OS`s is IMHO a very good compromise to get the best of both worlds. Kenny

General Discussion / Re: Whoops I did it!
« on: July 24, 2010, 07:52:53 am »
Thanks Mark.That did the trick.Will save a lot of handwriting and typing in.BTW,I gave the wrong version that I installed.It was actually Linux Mint 9 (Isodora),don`t know how much different from Helena it is,but it will do for me. :) Kenny

General Discussion / Whoops I did it!
« on: July 24, 2010, 05:06:30 am »
 :)  No,not Britney Spears, but Kenny.I finally made a decision about installing Linux on my hard drive.I put Linux Mint 9 (Helena) on to it.It seems to be working fine.It will be good to download favourites/progs etc knowing that they will stay in memory.Is there an easy way to transfer bookmarks from my Windows version of Firefox to the Linux one? Cheers Kenny
PS I used a program called Easy BCD to install it.

Ubuntu / Re: Ubuntu and/or Generic Linux books or text (?)
« on: July 16, 2010, 06:26:49 am »
I know the post is quite an old one but here is a link to the Linux Mint guide. you just click on read then when it opens up,save a copy to your hard drive.Cheers Kenny

General Help & Advice / Final choice of Linux
« on: July 14, 2010, 08:11:43 am »
I have more or less decided on the final choice of Linux to install on my hard drive.Couple of questions though.When I install it onto my hard disk,how easy would it be to install a different version,or even uninstall it completely if I wanted to? Now as we all know,Windows uses a registry;does Linux use one,or something similar? My last point is about the amount of space to allocate for the install,or is that done auromatically? Thanks in advance for any help  :) Kenny

I should have mentioned the Linux I am considering is Linux XFCE

General Help & Advice / Re: Linux Mint
« on: July 11, 2010, 02:18:32 pm »
Mark,I managed to download and use Ubuntu 9.10,though I am writing and posting this message from Linux Mint version 9 (Isodora) I lke the fact that I can play most of my audio/video files from Windows without having to download drivers and codecs. :) Kenny

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