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 If you can remember part of the directory name then one can use the find command.
Here's a test example:
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mkdir mydirectory
echo "data" > mydirectory/newfile
ls mydirectory
rm -r $(find -iname *direc* )
ls mydirectory
If you can specify the whole directory name then you don't need the "-iname".  Perhaps you'll need sudo for your config file.
So to check that there is only one directory of that name: 
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find {directory name} 
then:
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rm -r {path to directory}
Works for me, anyway.

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: Scanner not working
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:17:14 pm »
Yes:  very sad about Mark - he helped me a lot to get to grips with Linux.

Peppermint 9 is nice and is based on Ubuntu, I think, and I am guessing that Mint is very similar.   So I would suggest going ahead and trying it as it's unlikely to do any harm. 
But remember that I am no expert!

Let us know how you get on. 

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General Help & Advice / Re: Scanner not working
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:51:02 am »
I'm not sure what Linux flavour you are running, but this link for Mint may well solve you problem - and it has good instructions.
Installing Packard Bell Diamond 1200 Plus Scanner Driver
https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=150579

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: Scanner not working
« on: February 18, 2020, 09:34:56 am »
Hello Melissa.

The dearth of replies to your posts is mainly due to Mark's passing away recently - you may not be aware of it. 

Scanner problems are outside my limited expertise, so I'm sorry that I can't help you, but if I find anything on the web I'll pass it on.

Keith

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General Discussion / Re: I want to have dual boot. What can go wrong?
« on: February 17, 2020, 11:28:47 am »
Hello Prakashmane.  Welcome to the forum - and welcome back to Linux.

I can understand that you want to take advantage of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) and that most of that is Windows-based - hence your need for dual boot.

There is always a risk that things can go wrong in making changes to ones system and all that I can tell you is that I've never had a problem in creating a dual-boot system.  Perhaps the most likely worst-case scenario is that the installed Linux simply doesn't work but one would still be able to select Windows at the dual boot screen.  And then you could try reinstalling Linux over the existing faulty installation.  (By the way: always check the md5sum of your ISO before installing!)

If you are very risk averse, then I would recommend that you create an image of your disk before doing anything.  That way you could always recreate what you have now - although I've never done that.  Have a look at these for Windows:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=windows+10+how+to+create+disk+image&atb=v180-1&ia=web
....and these for Linux:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/19901/how-to-make-a-disk-image-and-restore-from-it-later
https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Disk-Image-from-a-Linux-System-Using-Systemback

If you decide to go ahead - let us know how it went.
   Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: Laptop freezes or restarts
« on: February 15, 2020, 04:40:07 pm »
Might be worthwhile to re-install the viewer application.
In Ubuntu the viewer is eog and one can uninstall it with:
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sudo apt-get purge eog
.... then re-install it.

I think the default viewer in Mint 18 is Pix.  Worth trying?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Laptop freezes or restarts
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:58:10 pm »
Can you run Mint from the Live Disk/USB in demo mode and see if it freezes then?

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 15, 2020, 02:27:18 pm »
That's wonderful!  Well done, Frank. 
I've been through all this myself so I understand the difficulty. 

Mint is a nice operating system and well suited to your Dell.  We hope to see you on the forum again.

    Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 15, 2020, 12:27:20 pm »
Don't worry about the time, Frank - we are here to help if we can. 

The way you set up the BIOS is something like:  Keep clicking the F12 key during the boot up process. 

This should boot the system into the BIOS editing suite.  If that key doesn't work, then some computers use the F2 key or perhaps the delete key - you may have to experiment but one of them will work.
Peruse the menus and find something like "Set Boot Order".  Usually, the RHS of the screen has some advice on what to do to change the boot order.
When finished, look for the "Save & Exit" instructions.
Then, with DVD installed, reboot. 

Good luck
    Keith




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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 14, 2020, 08:47:43 pm »
Yep:  That's good if one is confident about doing it but lots of people have come unstuck as errors are only too easy to make.  Re-installation is probably the safest option.

Frank,

Wishbone's advice is good if you want Peppermint (which is excellent) but Wishbone's  second link shows "Install Peppermint alongside (your present version)" and you definitely don't want to do that.  You need to choose the second option: "Erase disc and install Peppermint" as that will then reformat the disc. 

If you prefer Mint try https://linuxmint.com/download.php and choose 32bit Cinnamon or Mate. 

If you choose the live DVD route, do check the live disc in demo mode before installing!!!!
Let us know how you get on.

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:57:21 pm »
Did you not install it yourself the first time?
Did you create a "live USB" for the installation?  If so do you still have the ISO file?

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:43:09 pm »
Thanks for the image, Frank.  I see what you mean. 

Don't despair!  I would be reluctant to advise you on re-assigning/deleting partitions although I have done it successfully.  I don't mind risking screwing up my own computer, but not yours. 
Have you considered my other, safe, suggestion of re-installing Linux?  You clearly know how to do that and as long as you back up all your files first I am confident that your problems will go away.  What do you think?

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:01:08 pm »
Thanks Frank.

It's clear that the old Vista partition is occupying about 80Gb. 

Your first post does indeed show a paperclip icon indicating an attachment, but I can't open it (can you?). 
Can you upload the screen shot to (for example) imgur.com?  Registration is easy and any images that you upload are there for ever as far as I can tell.  Once uploaded, you can copy a link to the image and then paste the link into a Forum post. 

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:48:33 pm »
Hi Frank.
I didn't see any disk-map on your post, and screen shots can't be displayed here, I believe, so please copy the inxi output from the terminal (highlight by left-click-drag cursor) then use Ctrl+Shift+c to copy the highlighted text.
Then come back to the Forum and Ctrl+p to paste it into a new post.  We do a lot of cutting/pasting on this Forum!

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: problem with removed partition
« on: February 14, 2020, 12:43:04 pm »
Hello Frank - and welcome to the Forum.

Messing about with partitions is scary for me but there are mentors here who will be able to help you if you can supply a bit more info. 
Please start a terminal session and enter the following code:
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inxi -Fx
..... then post the output here.
This will provide lots of info about your system including partitions.
You might like to install the "Gparted" partition manager, if it's not there by default, as this is one way to solve your problem. 

Another solution is to backup all your files then re-install Linux.  You will be offered several choices, one of which is to reformat the whole drive (I use Ext4 but FAT32 is fine).  I think that should do the trick.

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