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Not being a Debian user or familiar with apt, I can't offer direct help, but this page may be useful:

@ Keith — you've confused arch (architecture) with Arch!

Linux Support / Re: Change the Linux kernel
« on: December 09, 2021, 04:31:44 pm »
There are a lot of reports on line discussing similar problems, generally with Windows, and it's been around for several years. Obviously the monitor, computer port, and cable are satisfactory. So, what happens if you connect only the HDMI port and reboot?

Do you have Nvidia graphics? If so, the proprietary driver might help. If you are using Wayland graphics, switching to X might work. Some have solved it by disabling secure boot in the BIOS.

Linux Support / Re: Change the Linux kernel
« on: December 08, 2021, 09:49:07 pm »
Those kernels will be very little different from each other — the difference will probably be quite invisible to the user. Information on selecting a kernel when booting and permanently changing the default is in the wiki:

For adding a second monitor, see

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: December 03, 2021, 04:27:42 pm »
Just for the record, I've checked the CCL site using both Pale Moon 29 (Addblock Latitude) and Firefox 94 (Addblock Plus). I roamed all over the site with no problems, so I'd still recommend them to anyone wanting a ready-made or custom-built computer — they do components, too.

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Puppy Linux on Virtualbox
« on: November 13, 2021, 04:41:29 pm »
I'm still not sure why testing needs a VM, but your computer, your rules. Of course, it may matter whether the VM is running on another Linux or on Windows. If you search "puppy linux virtual machine" you'll get a lot of information from people who know more about it than I, like

Hardware Compatibility / Re: Puppy Linux on Virtualbox
« on: November 12, 2021, 04:28:17 pm »
Why try to use Puppy with a virtual machine? Normally a live CD or USB will be slow, but Puppy avoids that by loading into a RAM disk, which will actually be faster than a VM. In fact, that's how it's designed to be run: the normal method of installation, a "frugal installation", just puts a file on your HD that's loaded into RAM rather than actually installing onto a partition in the normal way.

Incidentally, I once introduced a naval officer to Puppy, since the uninstalled mode was just what he needed. As he traveled from base to base, doing something mysterious, he just carried a couple of USB sticks instead of a laptop. At each base, he'd requisition a laptop and run Puppy off the USB; when he'd done there was no trace of him left on the computer.

The current version of Puppy is 95. Fossapup; Bionicpup dates from 2019.

Linux Support / Re: Linux terminal is not responding to any keyboard signal
« on: November 09, 2021, 04:47:25 pm »
There's nothing wrong with the computer or the keyboard — the problem is just that the Python program is written in such a way that ^C is trapped. The only solution is to suspend it with ^Z and manually kill it, as explained here:

If you think that's old, you should see my 18-yr old Thinkpad,  with a Pentium M!

Most distros have been dropping 32-bit support and there will no doubt be more to come. The one that will keep on going — they support all manner of things — is Debian, but it's not too friendly on the PC as opposed to the server. There are two good distros that use the software from Debian to create a carefully-designed package for older, smaller computers. Both have good forums with helpful members — like us, and not like the snooty bunch at Debian.

One is MX Linux. That should probably be your first choice. It uses the Xfce desktop (you actually get to choose your GUI in Linux), which is said to be not too great a contrast to Windows, and would work well on your machine.

The other is Antix. That would be faster, as it uses the Ice Window Manager — the first GUI I ever used some 20 years ago! It's more hands-on to configure and manage, but not rocket science by any means — just different to what you are used to. I'd say consider it if you find MX a bit sluggish.

A lot of sluggishness on older computers comes from Firefox. Sometimes it's the only thing that can access a site, but it's a good idea to install something lighter like Midori as a default.

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 20, 2021, 05:04:48 pm »
If you built up your £250 PC yourself I am sure many readers would be very interested in your solution - perhaps a post in General discussion? 
I've only built a PC once, in 2005, and I didn't fancy doing it again. I went to CCL, a very helpful firm in Bradford, who offer a range of basic designs which you can tweak — anything from a basic office machine to a state-of-the-art games box.

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 19, 2021, 05:18:54 pm »
It's all very complicated, isn't It? I'm surprised that anyone would spend £200 on a processor that has no graphics, but then my new PC last year only cost £250 including delivery!

Most people have no problem with Nvidia, but when you find some-one with a video problem, that's usually the source of it.

On the subject of keyboards, this site is the go-to place:,_blocking_and_ghosting

Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: October 18, 2021, 04:41:04 pm »
As far as I know, all AMD Ryzen processors have Radeon graphics. Personally, I'd say they are overkill if you aren't a games player. The computer I got last year has an AMD A6-9500, with a Radeon 5 core, and is fine for me. If your are a gamer, steer clear of Nvidia — not Linux-friendly.

The single PS/2 connector is there for hard-core gamers with expensive keyboards which still use it for for multikey-rollover. These days most mice and keyboards are usb. I'd never get a wireless keyboard — the fewer batteries I have to buy the better. If you are short of usb ports — not a common problem these days — you can get an adapter to run a usb keyboard or mouse off a PS/2 port for £3.

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!

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