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Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:09:12 am »
Thanks SeZo,

Under the Security tab, the 'Automatic lock the session:' is set to 'When the screensaver is activated'.  (The other option is 'When the screensaver is deactivated'.)
The 'Delay locking after the screensaver for' = 1 second.
The 'Lock screen when system of going for sleep' is unchecked.

I don't know where to find the screensaver settings.  There're not in Power Management or Display, or any of the other settings that I can find.


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 07, 2021, 08:08:32 am »

I've tried the various options and nothing seems to change. The screen blanks after closing the lid (which I have no problem with) and, after some time, the 'Enter PW' comes up.  I can't see anything else to change.  The system does not seem to lock itself into one state, as the options I set seem to stay set.

Thanks for the link re numlock.  Unfortunately, I have already tried all these options, as well.  There is an option for numlock state in the BIOS which is set to 'off', and the 'Restore Num Lock State on Startup' has been set to both with the same result, that of the numlock being 'on' at 'Enter PW', at boot up or on opening the lid.  Turning 'numlock' off is easy, but continually frustrating - particularly, considering I know it shouldn't be the case.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 06, 2021, 08:00:09 pm »
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?

Also, as aside, the numlock keeps turning on.  How do I get it to stay off on boot up?


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 04, 2021, 07:51:31 pm »
Sorry, I obviously didn't make myself clear.  When the problem was first occurring, the system was set to auto-login.  I have since turned that off due to security, but the problem remains.  What I need to do is turn the pw-entry after opening the lid if this is going to be a persistent problem.


Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 03, 2021, 06:57:53 pm »
Although it is now asked at boot time, it hasn't been.

Linux Support / Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 02, 2021, 04:41:27 pm »
Hi.  I have Lite 3.8 installed on my old Samsung NP-N110 laptop and it seems to work fine.  When I close the lid and reopen after a time, it asks for a password.  This is fine - although I can't figure out how to stop this - but when I enter the password, the screen goes blank and remains blank.  I am unable to do anything with it except for hitting the power button to shut it off.  It seems to close down OK, as when I hit the power button it chugs for a while then shuts down.

So if anyone has an answer to either of the following I'd be grateful:

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.)

2. What's happening and how do I prevent the blank screen after I've entered the p/w?

Thank you.


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: August 04, 2021, 08:26:09 pm »
Well, I finally decided on Linux Lite.  One of the problems I though I had with Mint, was that Dropbox wouldn't install.  So I decided to install Lite and now find that Dropbox still doesn't install.  I didn't notice if the error message with Mint gave any indication, but Lite certainly did.  The spec isn't high enough.  Accessing Dropbox was one of reasons for trying to re-use the laptop.  But I guess it's not meant to be.  It's not so long ago that Dbx would have worked fine on there, but I guess the Dbx team have decided that they don't want the older m/c to run it.  I understand the economic and security reasons, but it's a little frustrating.  I'm not the type of person that enjoys all the most modern tech.  Particularly if the old tech seems to work absolutely fine (except for the FORCED upgrading).

I think I'll stick with Lite, and if I need to access Dbx, I'll have to down/upload it directly via the website.  Thanks so much for your help; it's much appreciated.


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: August 02, 2021, 06:12:28 am »
If you are worried about security I am surprised that you use gmail as Google will know everything about you.

Thanks.  I'm aware of the majority of issues using Gmail.  The reason is simply legacy.  I had to change from when they closed and I decided, quite blindly at the time, to go with Gmail.  It was such a hassle to change various things connected with my e-mail account that I'm reluctant to do it again.  I appreciate that Gmail is collecting info and is able to use that info without the users knowledge, (under the terms and conditions, the fact that I'm using the service gives Gmail my permission to use that info when and how they like,) but I don't pass info along through Gmail that I consider sensitive.  That goes by a different route - I do have a Proton Mail account, and I also have Dropbox.

Thanks for your advice, though.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: August 01, 2021, 08:35:39 pm »
So with Windows, EOL generally means that there are no more security fixes, etc.  Is this the same with Lite?  Or is this a different set up?  Is it / will it be in the future just as secure as when it was first introduced?  I.e what are the general risks of running Lite 3.8 over something like Zorin 15.  (Sorry for the jumble of questions.)

PS.  For some reason, I'm getting the notification messages put in the Spam folder, despite repeatedly marking them as not spam.  What's going on?  I'm using Gmail.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: August 01, 2021, 04:48:32 pm »
I'm still considering going with Lite 3.8.  Do you know what the risks are with doing that?

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: August 01, 2021, 10:49:15 am »
I'm still playing around with this, and I'm not sure I'm happy with it (Mint).  I've looked at other OSs, in particular Zorin.  (These are on VMs.)  It generally seems to have a good write up, but there are still things I'm not too happy about, but this could be that I'm sort of used to other OSs.  I've experimented with Lite quite a bit, but I'm concerned about it's longevity.  Because of the age of the machine, I can only use 3.8 (32 bit), which apparently has already reached EOL last April.  I am comfortable with Lite, but am concerned about the security.  Zorin is a current 32 bit OS, but I'm concerned that it, too, will go the way of Lite and, soon, only serve 64 bit machines.  I appreciate that this is the way of the world, but I have, what I consider, to be a usable, reliable and good piece of equipment, and was hoping that I could install an OS that was also reliable and long lasting.

Any further advice?

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: July 27, 2021, 01:21:32 pm »
Thanks.  I notice searching on another thread (something I should have done first) that one user with a similar problem used:

fsck /dev/sda1

and it seemed to work for them.  I tried it and, after saying 'yes' to everything, it seems also to have worked.  Not sure if there are any further underlying problems that I may inadvertently caused.

Also, the speed has noticeably improved.  Although, not to the extent I was expecting.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: July 27, 2021, 11:42:07 am »
Hi.  I've tried to speed up Mint, using the link stated above by Rich J.  I have been very careful to follow the instructions as I am not very familiar with the OS.  However, when I turned the laptop on today I am only getting the BusyBox shell, with (initramfs) prompting me.  I've no idea what this is and I can't seem to get back to the main screen.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: July 24, 2021, 08:31:37 pm »
Cheers, Guys.


Hardware Compatibility / Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: July 24, 2021, 06:24:24 am »

I have an old laptop (Samsung NP-N110) which uses a 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1GB Ram and a 60GB HDD.  I've install a couple of different Linux OSs (currently running is Mint) but all of them seem to be very slow to do anything.  It used to run WinXP (which I know is an older OS compared to the current Linux OSs), but it was very fast with that.  In fact, most of the computers that I install Linux OSs on (even the more modern ones) seem to be very slow at running up the system and apps.  I was always very happy with using the Samsung, but since XP was dropped, I was hoping to install a Linux OS in its place.  Are there any suggestions as to what OS I might run on this?  It needs to be easy to install (I've noticed some Linux OSs are quite complicated); reasonably safe and secure; and will boot up, open and run apps with reasonable speed.  I don't expect the earth, but knowing how the system worked originally, I was hoping for something similar.


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