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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Fast OS for an Old Laptop
« on: July 24, 2021, 11:33:13 am »
Hi Matt.

With 32-bit, 1.6GHz & 1GB RAM you are going to struggle a bit, but there are still Linux OSs that will be suitable.  I haven't tried them myself but searching on DuckDuckGo for "linux for very small 32 bit computers" comes up with many lightweight versions for you to try.

I'm sure other Members will chip in with their experiences.


Linux Support / Re: why dont linux make a search engine
« on: July 22, 2021, 09:34:12 am »
Thanks for the correction, Mike. 


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: July 22, 2021, 09:31:48 am »
A friend once had a problem with wired contacts dropping off the motherboard when she mistreated her desktop.  Might be worth checking, although USB cables are generally very tight. 


Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
« on: July 21, 2021, 10:11:59 pm »
Why r e i s u o?
This article explains it well:

Upgrading to Xubuntu 20.04 might not help an existing s/w fault, so no surprises if the freeze is still happening.  Have you considered a complete re-install? 


Linux Support / Re: Rsync
« on: July 21, 2021, 01:14:00 pm »
With regard to suspect device;  I found this useful web page for checking the block integrity of USB sticks:

A test with a very old 1GB USB stick gave this:
[email protected]:~$ umount /dev/sdb1
[email protected]:~$ sudo badblocks -nvs /dev/sdb1
Checking for bad blocks in non-destructive read-write mode
From block 0 to 1004527
Checking for bad blocks (non-destructive read-write test)
Testing with random pattern: done                                                 
Pass completed, 0 bad blocks found. (0/0/0 errors)
[email protected]:~$

During the test, which took 1hr, progress is reported continuously:  %done, minutes, error numbers.


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Wifi adaptor not adapting
« on: July 21, 2021, 10:56:58 am »
Re my post #3:  I failed to find a computer that I could use to try Peppermint 10 - they were all duff.
Do try Emegra's suggestion.


Linux Support / Re: why dont linux make a search engine
« on: July 21, 2021, 10:54:25 am »
Hi Diggsy.

Firefox is a "web browser" rather than  search engine.  It goes to wherever you have set it to go (in the address bar), and at start-up, your default destination is - guess what? - Google, which is a search engine.  It is true that Firefox does use "back-office" software provided by Google, but I've not seen reports of it being misused, and Mozilla is positive about personal privacy - see

The best search engine that I have found is DuckDuckGo about which Wikipedia says "DuckDuckGo (also abbreviated as DDG) is an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.[3] DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by showing all users the same search results for a given search term.[5] " See
You can set DDG as your default search engine by following the instructions here:

You can improve your privacy by installing the "Privacy Badger" Firefox Add-On.  Click on the Application menu (top right of search bar) and select "Add-ons & themes";  search for "Privacy Badger"; and click on it to install. 

You ask "Why can't Linux create a search engine where there is no collection of data or sites visited, no cookies or adverts".  You forget that Linux is not a company; it is an operating system developed and maintained by volunteers in their spare time - they are not obliged to provide other software - and it's all provided for free.  You might like to as yourself how it's funded.  And good search engines exist already, as I've shown above. 


Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 21, 2021, 10:10:33 am »
If this Ubuntu 20.04 disc is one that you have bought, it ought to work as a "live disc" and boot straight into Ubuntu 20 for you to try or install (as you have set the boot order).  As it doesn't, and you are getting lots of error messages, then it looks like you have a hardware problem and I am not sure how I can advise you further - perhaps someone else will offer suggestions.

As for downloading Ubuntu:  what one downloads will not work as a "live disc" - it is an ISO file that is downloaded to your Downloads directory and has to be unpacked onto a DVD using appropriate software. 

You mention having lots of Ubuntu 16 computers.  I strongly recommend that you persevere with an up-to-date version of Linux - (Ubuntu 20, Peppermint 10, Mint 20, etc.) - as very old versions may be susceptible to bugs. 

I like your idea of distributing Linux computers and I do much the same, but always with the latest versions.  I'm pleased to hear that schools are training in Linux command language - this is very encouraging.


Linux Support / Re: What is "Hancom Linux mobile 2"?
« on: July 21, 2021, 09:36:06 am »
Hi H3 - and welcome to the Forum.

As far as I can tell, Hancom provides office software for various operating systems including Linux.  It's aimed at the far east market, although supporting English moderately well. 
Have a look at


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Wifi adaptor not adapting
« on: July 20, 2021, 06:13:58 pm »
I'll boot up a Peppermint 10 disc tomorrow and see if I can reproduce the symptoms. 
Meanwhile, Rich et al might have some ideas.


Hardware Compatibility / Re: Wifi adaptor not adapting
« on: July 20, 2021, 04:56:02 pm »
Hello PJ - and welcome to the Forum.

It won't connect automatically.  You will need to select your router from the list then enter all the required info such as the router name (ESSID) and router password, and then authenticate with your computer password.  Or did you do all this? 


Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 19, 2021, 03:31:39 pm »
Your PC must be set up to boot from your HDD before any other medium and you need to change that to boot first from the DVD.

When you boot up the computer, there is probably a brief message at the bottom of the screen that shows for a few seconds.  The message will tell you what key to press to access the "boot menu" - or some phrase like that.  It might be "press the Delete key" or the "F2 key" or something else.  The trick is keep tapping the suggested key immediately you switch on, until you get the boot menu.  It's usually a blue/white screen with tabs along the top.

Once into the menu, use the "left/right arrows" on your keyboard (the mouse has no effect) to select the Boot Order tab.  The instructions down the right-hand side will tell you how to make the DVD the first device to boot from (if it's present).  Do so then press the appropriate key to save your changes and the PC will continue to boot from your DVD and you know what to do later as you've done it before. 


Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 18, 2021, 05:54:03 pm »
1. Insert the disc into your DVD reader on the PC and close the drawer as usual.
2. Close down any running applications
3. Close down the computer in the usual way.
4. Restart your computer with the DVD still in the drawer.

If your computer has been set up to boot from the DVD before the Hard Disc (which is usual), then the PC will boot from the Ubuntu DVD and you will be given the opportunity to:
1. Try Ubuntu 20.4 without installing
2. Install alongside your existing operating system or
3. Overwrite everything and install Ubuntu 20.04 on its own.

Your choice.


Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 18, 2021, 05:04:58 pm »
Sorry Diggsy,  I am away from home at present and don't have a working DVD device to check what's on a Ubuntu disc.

It occurs to me that if you already have (an old version of) Ubuntu on this PC you could simply upgrade to the next higher version via the "software updater" facility.  What operating system is on it at present? 

If it's not Ubuntu, then I suggest that you do as I suggested in my earlier post:
Insert your new Ubuntu 20.04 disc in your computer, reboot and choose "wipe hdd and load ubuntu" (if that's what you want to do).  But remember to back up all your files first!
I suggest that you install onto the primary (internal HDD) not an external HDD; so unplug any external drives first.

If you do this I do hope that you have another PC if the installation does not go to plan. 


Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 18, 2021, 04:15:04 pm »
That's nice, but you didn't attach them!  If you can reduce them that would be good, but don't worry about it. 

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