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Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: Yesterday at 01:18:36 pm »
Hi Mike.

The motherboard is the first one: https://www.ebuyer.com/1141623-asus-rog-strix-b450-f-gaming-ii-atx-motherboard-rog-strix-b450-f-gaming-ii.
And yes; that's the processor - https://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Processor-Wraith-Stealth-Cooler/dp/B07B428V2L?th=1
I built up a PC to MP's specs using these components and was very pleased with the result.  The cooler is silent! but the flashing LEDs on the board are for boy-racers. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 06, 2021, 10:30:42 pm »
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In 'Power Management', 'General' tab, 'Laptop Lid' section, 'When laptop lid is closed:' is on 'Switch off display' on both batt and plugged.  In the 'System' tab, 'System power saving' section, batt and plugged are 'Suspend', inactive: never.  Is this what you were referring to?
Yes; that's what I meant.  You might be able to change the behaviour using one of those controls.

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Also, as aside, the numlock keeps turning on.  How do I get it to stay off on boot up?
You might find an option in the BIOS to toggle the auto numlock.  If not then you could try using a Fn key command.  I found the following from https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/other-17/disable-numlock-on-startup-in-linux-lite/
Most laptops have a Fn key you can press in conjunction with other keys to turn off the NumLock feature. But the precise way to disable NumLock varies depending on your laptop model. The Number Lock indicator will light up when the NumLock is enabled and will be unlit whenever the NumLock is disabled. Here are the most common keyboard shortcuts to enable/disable NumLock:

Fn + F11 (Acer, Toshiba, Samsung)
Shift + Num Lock
Fn + Num Lock (Sony, Gateway)
Fn + F11 + Scroll lock
Fn + F8 (HP)
Ctrl + F11
Fn + Shift + Num Lock
Fn + F4 (Dell)
Fn + Nmlk (Lenovo, ASUS)

After pressing the keyboard shortcuts to enable the NumLock, press the shortcuts again and it will disable NumLock."


Fn+F11 works on my Lenovo Thinkpad as well as Fn + Nmlk

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 04, 2021, 10:06:52 pm »
Have you tried altering the power settings so that it doesn't go into hibernate or sleep  mode when you close the lid?

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 03, 2021, 08:58:26 pm »
I'm not familiar with Lite but as it's based on Ubuntu you will probably be able to change to "auto login" by going to System-Settings/Details/Users (or the equivalent path in Linux Lite) and entering your password to unlock the switch. 
Let us know how you get on. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 03, 2021, 11:40:24 am »
Hi Matt.

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1. How do I stop the p/w request from appearing when I've closed the lid for a time? (This is on mains as well as battery.)
Have you set your PC to ask for a password at boot time?  If so then that might be the reason for requesting a pswd when you raise the lid after a while. 
As for item 2:  I can't help you with that - sorry. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 30, 2021, 03:40:37 pm »
Hi TC,

Almost there.  This what you ought to do.....

Delete everything on your USB (by highlighting all the files and using Shift+Delete - that's important) then use Unetbootin to create a live USB like this:
Click the Radio Button "Diskimage" and search for your ISO file on the hard drive.
Click on the "Drive" window down-arrow and select your USB stick.
Click on "OK" and await your new live USB! 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 24, 2021, 05:39:55 pm »
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Do I now need to delete completely all the live installs on my USB stick before going back into Unetbootin to hopefully download onto it a live bootable distro which is smaller and more manageable for an older machine with limited memory and processor speed?
You can do, but if you intend to install one of the live OSs on a newer machine you might as well keep them and buy a new USB for trying out a lighter version of Linux. 
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1, Could I, alternatively, keep the live version on the stick to use whenever I wanted to on other, bigger machines? It's a PNY 64GB 3.1 usb stick.
As above, really.
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2, Could anyone recommend a suitable distro which would give me the option of surfing the 'net, writing e-mails, playing DVDs, writing documents on a word processor package which I could store on my Toshiba Equium L300-146?
All versions of Linux offer these functions, it's just a question of finding a light version (light on required resources) that you like.  Other Members will offer suggestions that they favour, but you can do a web search for a list.  Here's one site that looks at ten small Linux systems: https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-lightweight-linux-distro and there are plenty more that offer their own views.
Antix is one that crops up here occasionally, and I like Kubuntu.  There's also Linux Lite and Lubuntu. 
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3, How do I convert stored files on a Linux operating system to be transferable to a Windows system?
No need for any conversions.  From Windows version 10, Windows will read Open Document files favoured by Linux, so all your Linux-created office files should be OK on Windows, and all other file types (photos, music, videos, PDFs etc) are readable by all common operating systems. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Can't do a manual fsck on root system
« on: September 21, 2021, 09:47:00 pm »
Many thanks Sezo - that worked perfectly. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Can't do a manual fsck on root system [SOLVED]
« on: September 21, 2021, 04:15:19 pm »
Lenovo B50-10 running Ubuntu 18.04

A mate sent me his Lenovo laptop to fix as it wouldn't boot and indicated a manual fsck was necessary. 
It boots straight into the GRUB screen (without pressing the Shift key).  I selected "Advanced options for Ubuntu" and then selected "Recovery Mode" expecting to see another screen with a recovery mode menu so I could choose manual fsck, but it did an auto-fsck on /dev/sda2 and outputted two pages of stuff, exiting with Code 4 (which is just "File system errors left uncorrected"). 

Then followed the advice to run a manual fsck without the -a or -p options, finishing with "File system check of root file system failed.  Requires a manual fsck."

That it is performing fsck automatically at boot is making things difficult so I checked that the boot order is USB first then booted with an Ubuntu 20.04 USB in place with a view to running fsck from that - but this was ignored and it went into the usual routine. 

I found the GRUB command line screen (typing c at one point) but none of the commands I could think of were recognised. 

Any ideas, anyone? 

EDIT 1:  Discovered that Legacy Boot was not enabled!  I can now boot from a USB and will be able to back up files before messing with the system.

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 19, 2021, 10:13:16 pm »
Have a look at https://matadornetwork.com/abroad/the-ultimate-guide-to-computer-keyboards-around-the-world/ (eg Croatia and Czech layouts). 
and
https://www.technipages.com/linux-mint-change-keyboard-layout
If the latter does not help, try as a search term "linux mint change keyboard layout" and you'll find some more links.

Keith

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Many thanks for posting this news, Matilda.  Although beyond my price range at present, the concept is long overdue and to be welcomed. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 19, 2021, 02:19:38 pm »
I don't have a Mint computer working, but I would be very surprised if the on-screen keyboard didn't have a complete alphabet. 

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 15, 2021, 08:21:29 pm »
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Much of the confusion is caused by the fact that we cannot interface either online or in person so actual real time problems can be dealt with as they happen and as I report them on here. That is what I need, really.
In the moderation of comments on this platform, is there a time distance between me posting and you publishing what I write? If, for instance, I was to reveal my identity or yours then what would happen? What does "moderation" actually mean?
Any delay between you posting and your post being displayed will be a server issue - moderators have no control over displays of posts, except a member's very first post.  I'm sorry but personal interaction in real time will not happen on the Forum - a local Linux club might be your answer. 

"Moderation" is simply keeping an eye on the content of posts, ensuring that Forum Rules are obeyed (bad language, advertising, etc) and weeding out scam merchants who try to join the Forum. 

Revealing one's full name on the Forum is not forbidden but is discouraged and revelation of personal details might result in being banned. 

If Mint is displaying your full name then you must have entered it at some point during the installation.  This is  not regarded as a security issue unless you give others access to your computer. 
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The onscreen keyboard for Mint very strangely does not seem to include a Z. Why?
I bet it does! 
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I remembered my password last night and was able to log back in.
What can I say!!

The remainder of your post does seem to indicate some serious problems other than Mint being rather large for the machine. 
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It does appear that I am back to square one but with the vital knowledge that Linux can be installed on a USB stick and can function on an old laptop, bringing it back to life for me at no cost.
Yes; this is a valuable function, and a skill that will prove very useful.  You've done well.

Keith


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Linux Support / Re: Log in requested for samba shares in Peppermint
« on: September 15, 2021, 01:07:49 pm »
Hi Tramlink.

It's been too many years since I did this for me to be able to assist, but it might help other Members to offer advice if you can tell us which sharing system you are using.  e.g. Samba (good for Windows-Linux) or NFS (best for Linux-Linux). 
This might help some people: https://www.wikihow.com/Share-Files-Between-Linux-Computers-Using-NFS

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:41:58 pm »
Hi TC.

I am a bit overwhelmed now.  From your post #18 it looks like you intend to re-install Mint.  If so then you are right in saying that when asked to reboot the PC you must remove the USB before doing so.  The PC will then boot from the installed Mint.  You don't need to use the USB device ever again on that machine to run Mint (except to fix any problems, as Rich says). 

From your post #19:
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One of the issues I face is that the tab keys on the Equium do not seem to work so that the blue Unetbootin panel which first appears giving me a number of options cannot be navigated so the computer just goes into default rather than gives me the option of choosing.
I never use the tab key when using Unetbootin - I always use the mouse to highlight the appropriate box. 

From your post #20:
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I need to input a valid password to get back into the desktop but I do not remember giving a password and there seems no method of re-setting.
It's usual that the installation process asks you to provide a password for security, so I guess you must have entered one (or just pressed Return). 
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It now seems to be workable and a bit slower than MSN but not by a great deal. The keys seemed to work fine and the internet with an ethernet connection seemed OK. I imagine it will take much longer to boot up properly but when up and running seems ok.
Do you mean that you can access applications like office s/w and and the internet?  If so, then the system is working. 
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I do not know what the word "safe" means in this context and nor do I properly understand the need for strict anonymity in all communication.
Where and when do you see the word "safe" and in what context?
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Somebody, somewhere must have registered me somewhere and now know my details as my name is on the computer?
No: all the details you entered on your computer exist only on the PC - the information is quite safe.
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My broad assumption is that user names and passwords on that machine will now not be stored and that I will have to keep a record rather than have MSN keep one for me.
Names & passwords that you save (e.g. when registering on websites) will be stored in your browser application.  MSN will know nothing about them.
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My broad assumption also is that activity on it will not automatically default to a Google or MSN account for storage, meaning that nobody will have any record?
That is correct.  Google and MSN only know about you when you are using their services - which I don't recommend!
You can set the default search engine which might be Google at installation but I recommend using DuckDuckGo for security.

I hope this helps a bit.
   keith


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