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Linux Support / Re: Lite 3.8 Blank Screen After Opening Lid
« on: October 09, 2021, 04:44:30 pm »
I've just been trying Linux Lite. In the menu, the Settings - Power Manager tool has an option to disable locking the screen when blanking it. Evidently your version doesn't. Looking more closely, I see that the current version is 5.6 and you are using 3.8, so it seems that your problem was addressed. I also see that 3.8 is no longer supported — running an OS past the end-of-life is not generally a good idea and it also means that there are not many people who can help you, since they will have all moved on.

Linux Support / Re: Booting Linux mint
« on: August 24, 2021, 04:06:56 pm »
I couldn't trace the L300-140 — did you mean the L300-146? The L300 is definitely a 64-bit computer, so there's not much point in using a 32-bit distro. That version of Mint will be supported until 2023, but after that it's all over — no more 32-bit Mint. As Keith said, the Cinnamon desktop may be a bit too much for that machine. Xfce would be the best choice.

It may be a silly question, but is your disk bootable? Look at it using Windows and see that it actually has a lot of folders and files. If it just has one file, ending .iso, then you didn't burn it correctly. If the disk is bootable, what actually happens when you choose BIOS option 4, cd/dvd?

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: July 24, 2021, 05:25:12 pm »
The bad news is that this is never going to be fast. According to Wikipedia the Atom N270 has only half the performance of a Pentium M with the same clock speed. Now I have a laptop with a Pentium M (an IBM Thinkpad from 2003!) and that does run Debian with Xfce, rather sedately, but I wouldn't want to use that setup on anything that had only half its performance.

The solution for you will be AntiX — built from carefully selected Debian components, so very stable, to run on the slowest and smallest computers. I've used it and it's good — the only reason I don't use it is that it's not convenient if you need multiple keyboard drivers, which I doubt that you do.

Linux Support / Re: Not seeking help really, just an observation
« on: April 29, 2021, 04:27:31 pm »
i may be mistaken, but I don't think that Microsoft does support printers. The hardware drivers available to install on Windows are, I believe, provided by the manufacturers. I've had no problems with HP or Samsung, but then I don't use wireless technology — you can't go far wrong with a cable!

If the hard drive is being used, something must be using it! In the command line, you can use top to see what procedures are running and how much CPU activity and memory they are using. That will generally show anything suspicious.Have you looked in the Deepin menu to see if there are any GUI tools for monitoring processes and network traffic?

Linux Support / Re: I can't install Linux Ubuntu/Mint
« on: February 24, 2021, 05:16:06 pm »
You said you chose the option to install Ubuntu next to Windows. Did you actually make space on the drive for the installation? Defragment Windows and shrink the Windows partition before running the Ubuntu installer?

Linux Support / Re: Wine
« on: February 13, 2021, 03:10:57 pm »
This site will help you:
The wiki option at the top will take you to the FAQ and documentation, which explain how to install and run programs. Not every Windows program runs well, or at all, and the Applications Database will enable you to see what runs and what doesn't.

You can set up menu entries or keyboard shortcuts to launch programs using Wine, once they have been installed. A typical example command on my computer is
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wine "/home/david/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/MorinusWinEng/morinus.exe"

Don't forget many of the Windows programs you might consider have good or better native alternatives:

Ah, the touch screen is the one thing I never knew about — I should have searched the make and model on the web. Looking at the responses to your posts on other sites, I think this is a lost cause. More memory would make a modern distro possible, but where would you find it? A mouse might make it possible to use a distro with no touch-screen support, if it worked, but that would rather cancel the convenience of the physical format of the tablet. Old hardware eventually reaches the end of its life — my laptop is facing the same fate, unfortunately.

That's a very modest computer, but there's nothing weird about it: Intel 32-bit Atom processor and support chips with American Megatrends BIOS. The challenge is the 512MB memory, but that's not a complete show-stopper: AntiX Linux will run on half of that. It's worth getting that and trying it.

That version of Ubuntu was based, I believe, on Debian Lenny. The repository for that is still available and may contain the codecs you need in versions that will work qith your program versions:
You need ffmpeg and the gstreamer good, bad and ugly plugins.

General Discussion / Re: Computer Not Shutting Off
« on: January 26, 2021, 04:40:33 pm »
Try the "magic SysReq" key. Holding down Ctrl and Alt, press first SysReq and then (not to quickly) REISUO and that should cleanly shut down the computer. To make sure that this is enabled, type in the terminal emulator
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cat /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq
If the reply is not 1, then use the command
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echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq

General Discussion / Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
« on: January 19, 2021, 04:46:38 pm »
Again, you've run two command into one!
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cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
ls -l
That's why I recommend the use of the GUI rather than the command line. You obviously can use that, as you say you saw a padlock on a folder or file. Right-click on the offending item and select the option Properties. There you can check the permissions and see who owns the file and what access is allowed.

General Discussion / Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
« on: January 18, 2021, 05:15:26 pm »
Firstly, have you checked the permissions of the locked files using your file manager? It may be as simple as that, although I'm not sure how the permissions could have gone wrong.

Secondly, did you remember to unmount the devices before unplugging them? If you didn't, then this can cause corruption. Usually this makes the whole device read-only, though — the idea behind that is to stop you making a bad thing worse. You can try to clean up any corruption with fsck.

General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint.
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:46:49 pm »
It doesn't seem to be. It's reported as having problems on modern systems, which is not surprising since the last version dates from 2010.

A photo-editing tool might do the same job — have a look here

Linux Support / Re: Linux Lite v1
« on: January 02, 2021, 05:09:17 pm »
My laptop, only used to take out and as a backup, is an original IBM Thinkpad from 2002 or so, with the original Pentium M. It currently runs Xubuntu, although that will have to change now they've dropped 32-bit support. It's quite happy running Firefox and Apache OpenOffice, although the boot-up is slow.

Since Lite is Ubuntu based, I'm not sure what will happen to it. For elderly computers the best bet is probably MX Linux, or Antix if they are really challenged.

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