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General Discussion / Re: Mark Greaves (PC Netspec) - Passing Away
« on: January 26, 2020, 07:50:08 pm »
OMG!  Another one lost for words here  :( What sad news.

As many others, I came to Linux some years ago, actually from a Unix background, but I had forgotten most of that.

Mark was always brilliant, patient and super helpful, and I will miss him. I rarely needed to post a question as most of them had already been asked by some other poor confused user - and nearly all answered by Mark.

Thinking of his family and friends at this time.

RIP Mark.

 :) - marked as solved - thanks again.

General Help & Advice / Re: Unable to access outlook email in Firefox 57
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:37:57 pm »
That works ! = how very strange :o

Having hovered over the "stored" top sites icon in the new tab screen on FF - it has a great load of guff after the link you gave ::) - which pesumably is corrupt in some way ??

Thanks very much for your help, once again :)

General Help & Advice / Re: Unable to access outlook email in Firefox 57
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:40:31 pm »
Thanks for the reply  :)

FF says:-

"Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site.

We can’t connect to the server at
If that address is correct, here are three other things you can try:

    Try again later.
    Check your network connection.
    If you are connected but behind a firewall, check that Firefox has permission to access the Web."

Perceived wisdom on the web, from a search, seems to be that this is a common issue, and a few folk have cured the problem by clearing their cache, and disabling / removing add-ons - which I tried with no success  :(

Hi Folks, as the title says - have removed all two add-ons, and cleared the cache as recommended on both the ubuntu, M$, and Mozilla forums, and yet it still no worky  :o

I'm drugged up on Tramadol at the mo, so any help much appreciated

Thanks :)

Ah!! No worries - Thought I was losing the plot !!

Any idea what caused this? ( and does it matter ??! )

thanks again for your help.

Peppermint / Re: Neither software or package manager working ! ??
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:26:23 pm »
Well, it worked !! Thanks ever so much Mark. You're a star  :)

triggered 138 Mb of updates too !

Of course I'll spare you the details of how I typed in less than half of the commands and "all hell broke loose" .... and how I felt a complete plonker when I scrolled down and saw the rest of your post  ::) - I mean, honestly I just can't get the "staff" ..... oh, er...., wait..... yeah - I am the "staff"  ::) ::) ::)     ;D ;D

Thanks again  :)

I'll mark this as solved  :)

Peppermint / Re: Neither software or package manager working ! ??
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:04:48 pm »
Hi mark, and Thanks for the reply  :)

EDIT:- I didn't see your entire post  - I'll "do" the rest of the commands and come  back to you. Sorry  :-[


Peppermint / Neither software or package manager working ! ?? (SOLVED)
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:26:41 pm »
Hi Folks, So, here's a new one on me.... neither SPM nor Software manager are working....

SPM, having asked for, and received my pwd,  gives the following errors:-

E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_trusty_main_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

Sotware manager asks for my pwd, and is given it, and then closes the window (!!)

So..., I did a manual update:-

sim@sim-flaptop ~ $ sudo apt-get update
[sudo] password for sim:
Ign trusty InRelease
Hit trusty InRelease                                 
Ign trusty InRelease                                 
Get:1 trusty-updates InRelease [65.9 kB]         
Ign trusty InRelease                                 
Get:2 trusty Release.gpg [72 B]                       
Hit trusty/main amd64 Packages                       
Hit trusty Release                                   
Get:3 trusty-security InRelease [65.9 kB]           
Hit trusty/main i386 Packages                         
Hit trusty/main Sources                               
Get:4 trusty-backports InRelease [65.9 kB]       
Hit trusty/main amd64 Packages                       
Hit trusty/main Translation-en                       
Hit trusty/main i386 Packages                         
Get:5 trusty Release.gpg [316 B]                     
Hit trusty Release                                   
Ign trusty Release                                   
Ign trusty/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex             
Ign trusty/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex               
Hit trusty/main amd64 Packages                       
Get:6 trusty-security/main Sources [127 kB]         
Hit trusty/main i386 Packages                         
Ign trusty/main Translation-en_GB                     
Ign trusty/main Translation-en                       
Get:7 trusty Release.gpg [933 B]                 
Get:8 trusty-updates/main Sources [393 kB]       
Get:9 trusty-security/restricted Sources [4,637 B] 
Ign trusty/main Translation-en_GB                     
Get:10 trusty-security/universe Sources [50.3 kB] 
Ign trusty/main Translation-en                       
Get:11 trusty-security/multiverse Sources [3,203 B]
Get:12 trusty-security/main amd64 Packages [594 kB]
Get:13 trusty-updates/restricted Sources [5,911 B]
Get:14 trusty-updates/universe Sources [175 kB]   
Get:15 trusty-updates/multiverse Sources [7,513 B]
Get:16 trusty-updates/main amd64 Packages [963 kB]
Get:17 trusty-security/restricted amd64 Packages [13.4 kB]
Get:18 trusty-updates/restricted amd64 Packages [16.4 kB]
Get:19 trusty-security/universe amd64 Packages [154 kB]
Get:20 trusty-updates/universe amd64 Packages [402 kB]
Get:21 trusty-security/multiverse amd64 Packages [4,143 B]
Get:22 trusty-security/main i386 Packages [553 kB] 
Get:23 trusty-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages [14.0 kB]
Get:24 trusty-updates/main i386 Packages [924 kB]
Get:25 trusty-updates/restricted i386 Packages [16.2 kB]
Get:26 trusty-updates/universe i386 Packages [403 kB]
Get:27 trusty-security/restricted i386 Packages [13.1 kB]
Get:28 trusty-security/universe i386 Packages [155 kB]
Get:29 trusty-updates/multiverse i386 Packages [14.4 kB]
Get:30 trusty-updates/main Translation-en [474 kB]
Get:31 trusty-security/multiverse i386 Packages [4,292 B]
Get:32 trusty-security/main Translation-en [325 kB]
Get:33 trusty-updates/multiverse Translation-en [7,340 B]
Get:34 trusty-updates/restricted Translation-en [3,847 B]
Get:35 trusty-updates/universe Translation-en [212 kB]
Get:36 trusty-backports/main Sources [9,712 B]   
Get:37 trusty-backports/restricted Sources [28 B]
Get:38 trusty-backports/universe Sources [35.3 kB]
Get:39 trusty-backports/multiverse Sources [1,898 B]
Get:40 trusty-backports/main amd64 Packages [13.3 kB]
Get:41 trusty-security/multiverse Translation-en [2,201 B]
Get:42 trusty-backports/restricted amd64 Packages [28 B]
Get:43 trusty-backports/universe amd64 Packages [43.2 kB]
Get:44 trusty-security/restricted Translation-en [3,357 B]
Get:45 trusty-backports/multiverse amd64 Packages [1,571 B]
Get:46 trusty-backports/main i386 Packages [13.3 kB]
Get:47 trusty-security/universe Translation-en [90.2 kB]
Get:48 trusty-backports/restricted i386 Packages [28 B]
Get:49 trusty-backports/universe i386 Packages [43.2 kB]
Get:50 trusty-backports/multiverse i386 Packages [1,552 B]
Get:51 trusty-backports/main Translation-en [7,503 B]
Get:52 trusty-backports/multiverse Translation-en [1,215 B]
Get:53 trusty-backports/restricted Translation-en [28 B]
Get:54 trusty-backports/universe Translation-en [36.8 kB]
Hit trusty Release                               
Ign trusty Release                               
Ign trusty/main Sources/DiffIndex                 
Ign trusty/restricted Sources/DiffIndex           
Ign trusty/universe Sources/DiffIndex             
Ign trusty/multiverse Sources/DiffIndex           
Ign trusty/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex         
Ign trusty/restricted amd64 Packages/DiffIndex   
Ign trusty/universe amd64 Packages/DiffIndex     
Ign trusty/multiverse amd64 Packages/DiffIndex   
Ign trusty/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex           
Ign trusty/restricted i386 Packages/DiffIndex     
Ign trusty/universe i386 Packages/DiffIndex       
Ign trusty/multiverse i386 Packages/DiffIndex     
Hit trusty/main Translation-en_GB                 
Hit trusty/main Translation-en                   
Hit trusty/multiverse Translation-en_GB           
Hit trusty/multiverse Translation-en             
Hit trusty/restricted Translation-en_GB           
Hit trusty/restricted Translation-en             
Hit trusty/universe Translation-en_GB             
Hit trusty/universe Translation-en               
Get:55 trusty/main Sources [1,064 kB]             
Get:56 trusty/restricted Sources [5,433 B]       
Get:57 trusty/universe Sources [6,399 kB]         
Get:58 trusty/multiverse Sources [174 kB]         
Get:59 trusty/main amd64 Packages [1,350 kB]     
Get:60 trusty/restricted amd64 Packages [13.0 kB]
Get:61 trusty/universe amd64 Packages [5,859 kB] 
Get:62 trusty/multiverse amd64 Packages [132 kB] 
Get:63 trusty/main i386 Packages [1,348 kB]       
Get:64 trusty/restricted i386 Packages [13.4 kB] 
Get:65 trusty/universe i386 Packages [5,866 kB]   
Get:66 trusty/multiverse i386 Packages [134 kB]   
Fetched 28.9 MB in 58s (493 kB/s)                                             
Reading package lists... Error!
W: GPG error: trusty Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4DF9B28CA252A784
W: GPG error: trusty Release: The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG 40976EAF437D05B5 Ubuntu Archive Automatic Signing Key <>
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_trusty_main_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
sim@sim-flaptop ~ $

??? any idea please ??? TIA

General Discussion / Re: Possible move to Linux
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:30:35 pm »
Another vote for peppermint from me - but what is this "cloud" of which you speak? ;D

I don't have anything in the cloud - nada, zilch, zero... etc., ( Internet  in the sticks is too slow for such modern concepts )

the thing we love about Peppermint is the fact that the whole thing is completely customizable to your preferences - we've been running it for a good while now - Linux for even longer - NEVER going back to microbrain/micro$oft and the other more offensive "names" for Mr gates' rubbish  :P

General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:20:22 pm »
Greetings to all advisors,
Ministry of Freedom offer laptops withTrisquel GNU/linux pre-installed and with a wide choice of Ram and storage. The processor is Core 2 Duo P8400 2.2GHz. Is this the kind of set-up to suit a beginner like....


I ran an HP core2duo machine for donkeys years - :)  initially with Ubuntu 10 on, and then moved to peppermint. ;)  It was so good, i used it for more or less everything, and literally "wore it out"  :(  - I replaced it with a more modern machine, but am still running linux - peppermint 6 currently ( of course!). :)

Linux is very easy to get on with now - I have switched many of our friends over to it too!! none of have gone back, one went to Apple ( he's got too much money!) the remaining friends running windross ( not many, thankfully ), seem to have too many problems for my liking - and always "moaning" about something called "antivirus" ??????  ;D ::)

I'd try and stick to a mainstream distro for your first experience of linux.... my choice would be peppermint, but there are several other good suggestions above  :)

Peppermint / Re: Dell 5100cn colour laser printer on network
« on: June 21, 2016, 12:08:18 pm »
Thanks for the reply.  :) I expected it to "just" work - and still don't know why it didn't. ???  I do wonder if something has happened to the network side of the printer.  :( I'll set a static IP, and try to ping it - once I get that to work, I'll see if it will play the rest of the game  ::)

I'll be back !! :)

Peppermint / Re: Dell 5100cn colour laser printer on network
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:54:34 pm »
Well, until you asked the question, I was sure - but now you ask the question, I can see why - resetting the thing will have reset that bit too. Ooops! 

I'll try and get it back to a fixed IP..

Any advice on the next steps please?

Sorry,  :-[ and thanks  :)

Peppermint / Re: Dell 5100cn colour laser printer on network
« on: June 14, 2016, 09:15:55 pm »
Aye, the printer is turned on ! works fine over USB from the desktop....

IP and subnet of printer:- subnet ( I tried to use the top of the range after reading the FAQ on TalkTalks forum and reserving 240 to 255 out of the DHCP table - it didn't work )

IP and subnet of router:- subnet

IP and subnet of PC:-

sim@OCC ~ $ ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 74:d4:35:e2:9c:85 
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

I can't even ping the dell!! process just sits there until I ctrl+Z it (!)

I have tried setting the IP to a fixed IP within the Huawei 633 router ( as above ) - no joy, then setting the IP to x.x.1.4 - still no joy, installed snmpwalk, and tried
sim@OCC ~ $ snmpwalk -Cc -v 1 -c public | tee snmpwalk.log
Timeout: No Response from
sim@OCC ~ $

same command directed to the HP's IP works instantly

So I tried arp, which gives:-

sim@OCC ~ $ arp
Address                  HWtype  HWaddress           Flags Mask            Iface                    (incomplete)                              eth0              ether   08:00:37:2a:96:af   CM                    eth0      <--- supposedly the Dell              ether   58:7f:66:b1:52:77   C                     eth0        <-- router              ether   dc:d3:21:aa:7a:1f   C                     eth0        <--- ???              ether   c4:85:08:e5:43:40   C                     eth0       <--- set top box              ether   00:14:38:d1:e9:02   C                     eth0       <--- HP3392
sim@OCC ~ $

The x.x.1.245 was deleted using arp -d - but remains in the list for some reason (?) the MAC address at x.x.1.4 is the Dell's MAC

I've tried reseting the Dell, and more or less every permutation of protocol I can think of - still works fine over USB - would you like a test  page ::) - i have "several" spares free to a good home!!

lost? you betcha!


Peppermint / Re: Dell 5100cn colour laser printer on network
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:01:19 pm »
Thanks for the reply.

No new printers are found in CUPS on both the wireless connected laptop (P6), or the hardwired desktop running P6. ???

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