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General Discussion / Re: Linux Foundation online course
« on: November 18, 2021, 07:33:57 pm »
Many thanks for reporting on this course, WT. 

The Linux Foundation provides many Linux courses, and this one looks like the one you are using:
My own learning has been from this forum and other websites, and from a book: "The Linux command Line" by Shotts which is very good, moving from the simplest examples to advanced functions.  It is available as a free PDF download here:
or as hard copy:

Perhaps other Members will tell us their prime source of Linux learning.....


Linux Support / Re: Boot problem
« on: November 18, 2021, 04:19:56 pm »
Glad to be of help, WT.

It might be possible to remove all traces of windows by reformatting the entire disc and reinstalling Linux, but it's a lot of hassle.
If you are happy with the outcome, please mark your first post as [ SOLVED].  Many thanks.


Linux Support / Re: Boot problem
« on: November 18, 2021, 03:13:11 pm »
The key expression here is "platform MSFT0101:00" where the MSFT indicates that the system has had a Windows OS installed.  Windows seems to cling on to bits of the disk even when removed. 

If the system is working perfectly then I would live with it.  How long does your PC take to boot up?  If it's less than 1min then I doubt that there is much value in worrying about the issue. 
I did find this:  "Usually the messages are an indication the Linux kernel was expecting the BIOS to be written according to certain specs and found it was not. Unless you are having problems, then you can ignore these." at


Linux Support / Re: Persistent menu how to cancel [SOLVED]
« on: November 18, 2021, 03:00:55 pm »
Pleased that it's all OK now - and many thanks for marking your post as solved.
Thanks also to Gaz & Brian for their contributions. 


Well, it doesn't look promising, but I'd wait a bit to see if you get any replies from people with Windows expertise. 


I can't help you at all with Windows - sorry: perhaps another member can suggest something.  But I advise you to back up all your personal files before you do anything else!   
If the PC is used solely for homework and basic office work, then is there a need for Windows?  Might be an opportunity to guide the family towards a real operating system.  [is my bias showing?]


If you want to install Linux and dump Windows, then you can do this easily.  What you can't do is re-install Windows if Linux is already on the PC.  Linux is happy to install alongside anything, but Windows is not that flexible.  Is it just Windows on the PC? 

First thing is to back up all your personal files, and you can do that easily by using a Linux Live Disc/USB.  If you've used Live discs before then you're almost there and we can help you over any hurdles. 


Linux Support / Re: Persistent menu how to cancel
« on: November 17, 2021, 03:35:11 pm »
You don't mention anything about your computer/OS - please always do so as it helps us to help you. 

In the absence of such info, try this: place your cursor over the offending icon, and hold down the right mouse-button. If this produces a drop-down menu scroll down to highlight "Move to Trash" (or similar), and release the mouse button.

Let us know the outcome. 

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Puppy Linux on Virtualbox
« on: November 15, 2021, 12:34:26 pm »
I think there's a misunderstanding.  I'm trying to test it out to see how to eventually install it on an old laptop, but the installation does not appear to be working on the VM.  I don't want to try it on the laptop until I can install it properly on the VM.

If I've understood correctly, you have two machines and you are trying to install Puppy in a VM before (all being well) installing it on "an old laptop". 
You say that the Live Disc works well on one PC (not the old one?) but not in the VM.  If that's the case, then I wouldn't have any qualms about simply trying Puppy on the old laptop via a Live Disc and installing it if it runs well.  I have not had any problems with installations and VMs always introduce an extra level of uncertainty. 


Linux Support / Re: Chkrootkit suspicious files?
« on: November 15, 2021, 10:51:54 am »

You are most welcome. 
I am pleased that you have enrolled on the on-line course and I hope you will give us some feedback about it in the General Discussion board when you are part-way through. 

Oh, and would you please edit the title of your first post on this topic by adding [SOLVED] to help others looking for the same explanation. 
Thank you.

Linux Support / Re: Can't connect to Bluetooth
« on: November 14, 2021, 02:47:29 pm »
That is very good news.
Please edit the title of your first post to read Can't connect to Bluetooth [SOLVED]
This will allow other people who have the same problem to find the solution quickly. 

Thank you.

Linux Support / Re: Chkrootkit suspicious files?
« on: November 14, 2021, 02:36:11 pm »

I found this at
Python library for separating TLDs
tldextract accurately separates the gTLD or ccTLD (generic or country codetop-level domain) from the registered domain and subdomains of a URL. Bydefault, this package supports the public ICANN TLDs and their exceptions,with optional support for the Public Suffix List's private domains as well..This package installs the library for Python 3.

Which I take to mean that it's for sorting out complicated web addresses. the .tld_set_snapshot appears to include the Japan country code "jp" which supports this idea.


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: November 13, 2021, 10:07:51 pm »
Ah;  Gmail.  Renowned for screwing up email clients.  If you are using Thunderbird, then that ought to remember your choice of not-spam but Gmail does have an unfortunate tendency to do its own thing.  My somewhat biassed suggestion is to dump Gmail and register with something like Proton Mail - although the free version is on-line only. 

To report forum problems, please use the Forum's Bugs Board and the Management will investigate.


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Puppy Linux on Virtualbox
« on: November 13, 2021, 05:28:33 pm »

I'm with David on this one. 
Have you tried Puppy on a live DVD/USB?    Very safe, a lot less hassle and quick to do. 


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: November 13, 2021, 05:22:04 pm »
P.S.  Is there an easier way to insert quotes?  I've been using 'Insert Quote' and deleting what I don't need.  Is this the normal way people do it?  Also, I'm not getting notifications for a reply.

"Insert quote" is the only way.  My method is to select/copy the text I want to quote, click "insert quote" then paste the text.  Very quick. 

Not getting notifications?  I've had that a few times, but if you are not getting any I suggest that you check your profile preferences.  I doubt that they have become corrupted, but worth a try.  If your preference is still set to receive notifications, your email address is correct and you are not getting any then do PM me and I'll get the management to look into it. 


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