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Hello Melissa.

I've settled on HP as they are very reliable, their customer service is good and they support Linux with the HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging and Printing system). 

I've also had Epson which are very good, too, except that unlike other manufacturers one doesn't replace the whole cartridge, just the ink reservoir.  I've had one instance of the ink stylus (fitted permanently) becoming blocked - but only the once, and one can get a very cheap cleaning kit that works well.  I find Epson's photo printing is better than HP but the installation of HP printers is usually easier. 

I have a friend running an HP printer on Peppermint 9 and she is very happy with it. 

Hope that's some help,
    Keith

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Netbooks / Re: MSI Wind U100 revamp project with Porteus
« on: May 22, 2020, 12:38:18 pm »
1. Where exactly do you see the code sdXN?  Is that what you see when examining partitions on your drive? 
2. You didn't mention what operating system you are using - that would also be very helpful. 

In Linux all devices are allocated an "sd" reference, so that sda would be the drive on which the operating system resides, sdb might be a secondary drive or a USB stick, etc.  Partitions on these devices are simply numbered:  sda1, sda2...etc.  So in the instructions that you quote, I am guessing that the "X" is the drive and the "N" is the partition on that drive.  In other words you are expected to provide these values yourself when installing the software. 

This is why I suggest strongly that you go the easy route and simply download the ISO file and use it to create a "Live USB" from which you can try Porteus without committing yourself then, if you are happy, install it. 

Your call.

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Netbooks / Re: MSI Wind U100 revamp project with Porteus
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:40:52 pm »
That looks good. 
If the BIOS allows you to boot from a USB or DVD I would strongly suggest creating a "Live USB/DVD" of Porteus as this method avoids a lot of hassle and specialist knowledge. 
The link in my previous post should be helpful but you will find other sources on the web. 

If by "optimising" Porteus you mean doing something fancy then you are out of my league. 

Keith

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Hi Nogueira.

You might be better off using a dedicated CD ripper.  I find "Asunder CD Ripper" is very reliable and is available here: https://mintguide.org/audio/154-asunder-cd-ripper-graphical-audio-cd-ripper-in-linux-mint.html

Good luck.
   Keith

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Netbooks / Re: MSI Wind U100 revamp project with Proteus
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:18:25 pm »
Hi DaGloom - and welcome to the Forum.

This looks like very hard work.  I am not familiar with Porteus but looking around the web it seems it is not originally a Linux OS and some people used WINE (Windows Emulator) to run it. 
However, Linux versions are available that might be much easier to install.  If you are set on Porteus, have a look at https://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Operating-Systems/Linux-Distributions/Porteus-64578.shtml#disqus_thread

There are other Linux operating systems that might be appropriate for your computer.  A good procedure would be to make "Live USBs" of several Linux OS and try them without installing, then install the one that suits you best.  "Bodhi" is often recommended for small computers (https://sourceforge.net/projects/bodhilinux/) and I am sure other Forum members will offer further advice.  It would be helpful if you tell us details about your particular laptop - present operating system, RAM, CPU, speed, SSD, etc. 

Keith

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General Discussion / Re: Newest Member
« on: May 17, 2020, 01:40:01 pm »
Hello Sighsmum - and welcome to the Forum.

Most people download a compacted "ISO file" then use some software to unpack it onto a USB stick or DVD.   Using USBs is more common but if you are having "USB issues" and not too familiar with computers (excuse me if I am wrong!) then you may be better off simply buying a DVD ready to go. 

For your DELL (which I guess must be 32 bit) I suggest something like Linux Mint 19.3 which is available on DVD for £6.49 from https://thelinuxshop.co.uk/linux-mint-xfce-p-413.html.
If you prefer to go the download route (which is free but a bit tedious) then you can do so at https://linuxmint.com/download.php

Whatever route you decide on, let us know and we can talk you through the installation. 

Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: Looking for new email client
« on: May 16, 2020, 06:27:42 pm »
As far as I can tell, Pegasus is not available for Linux: http://www.pmail.com/sundry/pmlinux.htm

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Peppermint / Re: file suffices
« on: May 08, 2020, 03:17:19 pm »
These are the suffices used by the LibreOffice & OpenOffice software.  The "od" bit represents "open document format, which is becoming so ubiquitous that even Microft Office will read it.  "ods" refers to Open Document (format) Spreadsheet, and "odt" to Open Document (format) Text document. 

When using LibreOffice you can save a document/spreadsheet in Microsoft *.doc format if you wish but there is no advantage, and LibreOffice will open *.doc documents. 
In fact Linux has no use for suffices as it looks at the file contents to determine what it is and opens the right application.  But people sometimes find it convenient: for example if you click on a text file it will open in LibreOffice although "gedit" (a simple text editor) might be more appropriate.  And if you save a temporary backup copy of a file you can add a ".bak" suffix to remind you. 

Hope that helps.  come back if you need more info.
   Keith

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General Help & Advice / Re: dongle to headphones?
« on: May 08, 2020, 03:02:55 pm »
Glad that helped.   8)

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General Help & Advice / Re: dongle to headphones?
« on: May 08, 2020, 12:37:46 pm »
Well, your headphones would need to be wireless and that usually means Bluetooth, so you won't need a dongle - just Bluetooth headphones, assuming your PC has Bluetooth. 

Bluetooth has a short range (~10m) but you can buy non-Bluetooth wireless headphones reasonably cheaply.  If that's what you need, have a look at https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=non-bluetooth+wireless+headphones&rh=n%3A4085731&ref=nb_sb_noss.  Such devices have much better range and allow one to roam around the house and garden listening to Rock & Roll.  No?  Just me then! 

Keith

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General Discussion / Re: Ubuntu 20.04 LTs
« on: April 29, 2020, 06:09:15 pm »
Hello Colin - and welcome to the Forum.

I guess you have downloaded the ISO file to your Downloads folder.  The next step is to create a "Live USB" of Ubuntu.  This will allow you to try it out first on your PC without installing it then, if you are happy, actually installing it either alongside Windows or in place of it.

The process is:
Download and install UNetbootin for Windows.  Try https://unetbootin.github.io/
Insert a clean USB stick.
Run UNetbootin.
UNetbootin will offer you a choice of Linux distributions but I expect Ubuntu 20 is too new to be available yet, so...
Click on "Diskimage" and select your ISO file by clicking on the "...." button and navigating to it.
(At this point you can reserve some reboot space if you wish - a few MB should be OK)
Click "OK".

Your ISO file will now be expanded onto the USB - it will take a while.  You may be asked to remove the USB device when it finishes.

Now reboot the PC with the USB plugged in, but interrupt it to check/alter the BIOS to boot first from a USB device, save the BIOS changes and let the boot continue. 
At the window that opens, you will be offered a choice of actions.  I suggest that you choose "Try Ubuntu without installing" just to be sure.
If you are happy with Ubuntu 20 then reboot and choose "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows" (assuming you want to keep Windows).
The installation can take about 1/2hr and you will have to enter some information such as name, etc. 
Enjoy!

Keith

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Glad that you solved the problem,Juli - and thank you for providing the link.  With my schoolboy German I can almost understand it.

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General Help & Advice / Re: How to install wifi drivers Tenda model u6
« on: April 28, 2020, 09:33:33 pm »
Thank you.

I shall have a think about it.  In the meantime I suggest that you look again at matching interface names between router and U6 adapter.

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General Help & Advice / Re: How to install wifi drivers Tenda model u6
« on: April 28, 2020, 09:20:12 pm »
The "mismatching interface name" should provide a clue. 
I can suggest only that you check very carefully that changing the router ID hasn't changed anything else.

Just satisfy my curiosity, would you please issue this command and post the result:
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iwlist scan | grep ESSID

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General Help & Advice / Re: How to install wifi drivers Tenda model u6
« on: April 28, 2020, 08:14:01 pm »
As you haven't used inxi yet I have to guess at the next action.

If there is a wifi symbol at the top of your screen, click on it to reveal the connected adapters. 
If the built-in adapter is still connected (expected) and the U6 is shown as present but not connected, then disconnect the old one and connect the U6 by clicking on "Connect to Hidden WiFi Network" and completing the boxes with information about the router, password etc.

If there is no wifi symbol shown, you'll have to go to System_Settings/Network and work from there. 




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