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General Discussion / Re: Computer Not Shutting Off
« on: Today at 09:05:56 pm »
Sorry I'm probably not making myself clear: the system completely shuts down except for the power light and the fan (and possibly other things I'm not aware of).  I cannot do anything with any peripheral at all - including the power button.  The only thing that works is the power switch at the back - completely shutting power off.

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Hi.

I'm trying to set up a laptop for a friend who will need help occasionally.  I have tried to use Zoom in Firefox.  My computer has the Zoom app, but the laptop does not, so my friend will be accessing it through Firefox.  However, the screen share does not work from the laptop.  (The 'Allow participants to screen share' option is set.)  I have a virtually identical setup on VirtualBox and this works fine.  I've been through the various settings and can find no relevant difference.  Both systems are fully up to date.  I'm using Linux Lite 3.8.  (I know it's not the latest version, but I prefer it.)  Is there a setting in Lite that would allow/disallow this?  Giving screenshots would be difficult, but the only difference from a normal view of the browser's Zoom is that the Share Screen button is permanently greyed out.

Matt

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General Discussion / Re: Computer Not Shutting Off
« on: Today at 07:18:29 am »
Thanks SeZo.  However, the computer doesn't shut down whatever it runs.  I've tried Linux distros, Hirens boot CD, etc.  None of the OSs forced a complete shutdown.

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General Discussion / Computer Not Shutting Off
« on: Yesterday at 07:19:53 pm »
Hi.  Not sure if this is the best place to ask this.

I've been trying to install an OS on an older computer and what ever I do, whether through installed or live, when I come to close down the computer, the system shuts off but the computer stays on.  After that, I cannot turn it on or off with the power button - even with a hard shutdown.  The only way to restart is to turn the power switch off at the back (or remove the power), turn on and then restart.

Any suggestions?

Matt

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 10, 2021, 05:25:02 pm »
When you put it like that, it makes perfect sense.

Thanks again.

Matt

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 10, 2021, 05:06:29 pm »
OK!  Now here's the thing.   :-[

It's fixed!  Let me explain.

Right at the start I tried another two DVD drives.  Neither of them worked.  Or at least, so I thought/remembered.  Taking another laptop apart and pulling out a compatible drive, I have just tried that one.  It works fine - the HDD boots up and the OS reads the drive.  I retried all the other drives and found that the original one and one of the other spares caused the problem, but the third one of the original ones I tried also works fine.  (Not sure why I thought it didn't work originally - maybe I hadn't quite put it in correctly.)  This third one I have properly installed and tried several times.  It still works fine.  Conclusion: the original one and one of the spares are faulty - just like you stated.   ::)

There is one unanswered question, though.  Why was the problem drive causing the BIOS to ignore the HDD, despite it being first in line?

Whether this question is answered or not, please let me 'voice' my appreciation for all the help and patience offered.


Matt

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 10, 2021, 03:22:43 pm »
After, again, problems getting the HDD to load with the DVD drive installed, the results of a data disc  show the same as before: no results bar the guest's.


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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 10, 2021, 01:19:49 pm »
Just tried putting the drive back in and booting up.  Guess what?  The HDD booted.  It did seem to try to access the DVD drive first, though, which has a film DVD in.  The boot order is HDD, DVD/CD, FDD.  Going back to the question that was asked several posts ago (ls /media/…) as I can now access the OS with the DVD drive in:

from matt account:

/cdrom : no result
/guest : permission denied
/matt : no result

I've attached the screen shots of the BIOS.  Note: the info is basic.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 10, 2021, 11:06:50 am »
I have nothing else I can try the drive in, but I have two other drives of the same type that I'm pretty certain work.  Neither of them alleviate the problem.

I'll try the battery removal, but I'm sure I've done this before.

I can't find anything to turn the USB on or off.  The BIOS is so simple, I'm sure I'd find it somewhere.  If I can, I'll try to take a pic of the screens.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 10, 2021, 08:40:20 am »
The sticker on the back states that the unit is a LCi.  The drive is a DVD reader/CD rewriter.

There are three USB ports, but the BIOS does not allow the USB in the boot order - either through setup or F12.  According to the BIOS it is possible to boot from a FDD, which it doesn't have, and a network.  Plugging in a bootable USB (which I know works) into the USB port and starting the computer and pressing F12 doesn't bring up a USB bootable, either.

Both.  With and without a disc in place.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 09, 2021, 09:22:36 pm »
emegra, that's correct.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 09, 2021, 08:50:11 pm »
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The DVD drive only shows in the boot order

Well if it shows in the boot order then the system must be seeing it

Not really.  At present, I have removed the DVD drive in order to allow the HDD to boot up.  The DVD drive is still showing in the boot order.  I think it's a standard setting.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 09, 2021, 08:10:53 pm »
The BIOS is very basic, and only shows the very basic information.  The DVD drive only shows in the boot order.  Other than that, there is no indication.

Please note also that there are no Master/Slave jumpers on either of the drives.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 09, 2021, 05:49:32 pm »
You may have missed the description in the earlier posts.  The unit is a laptop.  The DVD and HDD are integral.  Although I will check the BIOS.

Edit: removing the DVD drive allows the HDD to load.  The Boot order is correct - HDD, DVD, so the problem is causing the DVD to take over even though it's second.  The result is Operating system not found.  It doesn't refer then to the HDD.

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Netbooks / Re: Operating system not found - DVD Issue
« on: January 09, 2021, 04:59:54 pm »
Honestly - no.

If I'm correct, the DVD drive seems to have a port on the back that can be seen on the back of this item in Amazon (B082XDSPNV - type this into Amazon uk/us and this item should come up.  The item displayed is only to illustrate the connector.)  It's not one of the 'double "L" shaped connectors - SATA?  The HDD is one of the older male multi-pin connectors - IDE, I think.  This probably means that the system is IDE not SATA.  Hopefully this isn't too confusing.

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