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Linux Support / Re: Hdmi overscan problem
« on: Today at 06:17:38 pm »
No problem, Labrat.

Thank you for your contribution.


Linux Support / Re: Hdmi overscan problem
« on: Today at 02:05:24 pm »
Hi Labrat - and welcome to the Forum.

I took the liberty of modifying your text to remove an ungentlemanly phrase.  Please read the Forum Rules here:  We don't want to ban you.
I mention it here because you have switched off Personal Messaging.


Hi Sezo. 

I use VLC to play music but found that I can drag/drop files into the blank MPV window and they play successfully, despite the MPV window remaining quite blank. 
Thinking that your instructions in Post #1 might provide a more informative MPV window I followed your instructions.  My PC told me that the packages were already installed and latest version, but the MPV window remains steadfastly blank, although moving the cursor around does display some info, although very briefly and then back to blankness.  Is this the usual way MPV works? 


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: Today at 01:25:46 pm »

Do let us know which OS you decide upon, and why you choose it - readers are bating their breath. 

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: Yesterday at 09:38:15 pm »
That's right: EOL means that there are no more security fixes, etc for the life of a particular version, and for the OS if it is abandoned, and Lite is just the same. 
An extant OS should remain just as secure throughout its life as when it was introduced - perhaps better as bugs are ironed out. 
I can't comment on comparative risks between Zorin & Lite, or indeed any OSs. 

You are using gmail and wonder why mail goes to spam?    If you are worried about security I am surprised that you use gmail as Google will know everything about you.  And it often messes up Thunderbird, if you use that.  I suggest very strongly that you use a secure email provider.  Although these tend to be paid-for services, some have a free version with reduced facilities.  I recommend highly proton mail.  Do read  Proton also has a free Virtual Private Network (VPN) to enhance your privacy further:
Similarly, if you use something like Dropbox cloud storage, I recommend Mega:

Hope that helps,

Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: Yesterday at 06:33:48 pm »
The command just created a directory.  You can check using
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ls /usr/share/sane/gt68xx
Emegra will add file(s) later.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: Yesterday at 06:06:27 pm »
I'm not aware of any serious issues with Lite, Matt.  Indeed I have had no problems with any Linux operating system. 
To be fair, all computer systems have some vulnerabilities - we can't get away from that fact - that's why we have frequent bug & security updates.  You can find some info on Lite here and here

Hope that helps.


Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: Yesterday at 04:18:00 pm »
If you are happy that all is well, please mark the title of your first post on this topic as [SOLVED].

Thanks you.

Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: Yesterday at 03:56:17 pm »
It looks like everything is working normally.

Unless I have misunderstood, from your description Firefox has started and sent you to the very secure DuckDuckGo search engine, which has been set as your default start page, rather than Google or Chrome (both of which track you all over the web and create a profile of your habits).  This is good. 

To access your emails, type into the address bar either or (or is that's where you registered). 
Then log in as usual. 


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: Yesterday at 01:55:24 pm »
32-bit OSs will disappear eventually - there's little doubt about that.  There are still several available at present (search for "32 bit linux distros 2021" and you will find lots of sites reviewing them) but it always comes down to personal choice. 

You say " there are still things I'm not too happy about" but that's a personal thing that you will have to assess for yourself.  You say also that you are concerned about security - anything in particular?  Linux is generally very secure and I'm not aware of any common risks bar giving people ones email address and bank details.  As Forum member David McCann says "the biggest risk to security lies between your computer and your chair".

Overall, I suggest only that you try as many as possible and choose the one that fits your criteria best.  Do let us know what you decide upon, and why.


Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: Yesterday at 01:38:02 pm »
For future backups, plug in your USB HDD then wait a bit for it to be recognised, then
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rsync -a -delete Documents Pictures Downloads sky_stuff Pictures .mozilla $usb 2>/dev/null
If necessary we can make this simpler using "aliases" - (leave that for another time, I think). 

Not sure what you mean here. 
1. By "Start page" do you mean the screen that appears once Peppermint has loaded?
2. Do you mean clicking on the FF icon (or the Chrome icon) in the menu?  And do you mean that clicking on it has simply no effect?
3. Are these the only icons that don't work?


Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: July 31, 2021, 08:29:28 pm »
This is very good news, Don.  Well done. 


Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: July 31, 2021, 06:44:38 pm »
Full marks for trying Rufus! 

Searching the web ( came up with two possibilities to try before attempting the installation:
1. Make sure that your USB HDD (and any other device) is removed
2. "Try installing without an Internet connection (disable any wifi connection / disconnect the network cable). There is an issue affecting some users where GRUB fails to install when connected to the Internet."


Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: July 31, 2021, 04:25:40 pm »
OK let's try installing Unetbootin.  If your Linux box is working reliably then why not use that?  It's ages since I installed Unetbootin so I'm not sure if this will work.  I found the instructions on
In a terminal enter:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get install unetbootin
And report progress.

Linux Support / Re: peppermint won't boot
« on: July 31, 2021, 02:15:22 pm »
That's a relief!  You can now disconnect the USB HDD if you want to. 

You mention Rufus live-usb creator:  I have no experience of it, but if you have it installed and can remember how to use it, follow the instructions here:  If your Rufus is a very old version it might not look like what you are shown there, in which case it would be good to update it. 

Alternatively you could install Unetbootin as it's easy to install and easy to use.  Your choice.

Keep us informed of progress.


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