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Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 18, 2021, 03:18:06 pm »
Hi Diggsy.

I've lost track of your setup, so we need to define what you have now and what you want to achieve.
If I understand correctly, you have bought an Ubuntu 20.04 DVD.  Yes?
And now you want to install it on your desktop - yes?
You say
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My old disc loaded itself and gave me options:
line 1 wipe hdd
line 2 wipe hdd and load ubuntu
line 3 install ubuntu alongside existing operating system  All I had to do was select option and press return
Well, that's all you have to do now:  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 and external HDD; so unplug any external drives first.

If you have any problems, let us know.

Keith

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General Discussion / Re: Toshiba Equium stuck in "BOOTMGR is missing"
« on: July 16, 2021, 02:03:30 pm »
The way to get into the BIOS is usually to tap the "Delete" key while rebooting the machine, but have a look at https://support.dynabook.com/support/viewContentDetail?soid=403623 for Toshiba machines. 
That it fails to boot into Vista is not necessarily a problem as Vista is probably u/s.

I suggest that you obtain a Linux Live Disc and boot from that as the disc is usually the first boot medium to be searched.  If it doesn't, then please post the error messages. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: The touchpad is not working
« on: July 15, 2021, 08:16:03 am »
Hello - and welcome to the Forum.

You might receive helpful replies to your post if you care to read this article|: https://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=14086.0 - especially the third paragraph.

Keith

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Internet Connectivity / Re: Bsnl or cable internet?
« on: July 13, 2021, 12:28:47 pm »
Hello Javier - and welcome to the Forum.

You haven't provided sufficient information for a useful reply, so we can't help you - especially as we have few members in India.
You can answer this yourself by simply comparing the costs and characteristics of the two plans and judging them against your personal needs. 

I know that BSNL speeds are very low (at least they were in 2012) and cable speeds might be better - but at what cost? This is for you to decide.
You could try BB Home Combo ULF 1499 or BB Home Combo ULF 2999 plans that come with the unlimited Fair Usage download speed of 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps respectively (see https://www.oneindia.com/2010/06/29/bsnl-new-plans-increases-broadband-speed.html?story=1) or go to https://portal2.bsnl.in/myportal/tariffs.do?FTTH_BROADBAND_COMBO and ask them for a better deal.

Good luck!
  Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« on: July 13, 2021, 12:09:07 pm »
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I remember seeing MD5 mentioned in what I was reading. So prob not much use then.
  On the contrary; it might show that the ISO file that you downloaded was corrupt.  Worth a try. 

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Anyone know if I could run fsck from the live USB to check my HD ? &/or how I'd go about that ?
  Have a look at https://phoenixnap.com/kb/fsck-command-linux for detailed instructions. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Frequent crashing of 18.04
« on: July 12, 2021, 04:09:15 pm »
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Would having to make hard shut downs (using the physical power on/off button) corrupt stuff ?
Oh yes!  I've just screwed up Pulse Audio due a hard shut-down.  Fortunately it sorted itself out after a couple of reboots, but only because some files are reconstituted automatically if missing. 
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Would upgrading to vs 20.04 possibly cure these problems ?
If the problem is hardware related, then no, but you lose nothing by trying.  Don't do a "software upgrade" (which uses many existing files):  use a live DVD and elect to remove the existing operating system. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 12, 2021, 12:09:49 pm »
Hi Diggsy.

I'm pleased that you managed to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.  As your first post mentioned Ubuntu 16 I guessed that buying a DVD would be the best way to go, but had I realised that you actually had Ubuntu 18.04 I would have suggested just what you have done - upgrade "via the airwaves".  Well done. 

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I would not even know what to put in a terminal as I have never programmed in my life.
"  You can with a little help from this Forum, but I warn you that learning to programme is very addictive!  Much of the help that you will receive here will require you to use terminal commands that will be provided, and you can find out how to do that by reading the "Guide for new members": https://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=14086.0 which you ought to have read anyway.   ;)

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"I would like to help others at my level to be able to use Ubuntu as a functioning desk top operating system."
  We are with you all the way with that one, Diggsy, and as all your posts & replies are visible to the world, other members may well chip in with their advice. 

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Any suggestions on getting my desk top computer to talk to a linux based mobile phone?
   Modern 'phones communicate with other devices using "Bluetooth" wireless, and if your PC is fairly new it will have Bluetooth built in and you can "pair" them easily enough.  Why don't you start a new topic on that very subject? 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 11, 2021, 11:14:15 am »
YOU DON'T NEED TO USE CAPITALS.  JUST ENLARGE THE FONT BY USING CTRL + WHICH MEANS "WHILE HOLDING DOWN THE CTRL KEY, TAP THE + KEY AS MANY TIMES AS NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE FONT SIZE ON THE SCREEN.  TRY IT IN ORDER READ THE REST OF THIS POST.   "CTRL -" REDUCES THE FONT SIZE.

I sent you a link, Deggsy.  It is https://thelinuxshop.co.uk/ubuntu-linux-2004-p-437.html

Just click on the link (or right-click and select "open in new tab"). 
When you get there, scroll down to the "Add to cart" button. 
On the new page click on the ">Checkout" button.
On the new page click on the ">Continue" button under "New customer" to register yourself.
On the new page fill in all your details and click on "Continue".
You're on your own after that but it's straightforward. 

I don't have a smart phone so can't help you about your Galaxy Note, but if it doesn't work under Ubuntu 18, then I doubt it will under 20.04

Keith


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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Printer install problem
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:02:58 am »
Thanks Rich.

As my rate of printing is rather low, I think I'll stick with ink-jet for now, but shall investigate Brother printers. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: ubuntu 16.04 on disc
« on: July 10, 2021, 10:16:43 pm »
Hi Diggsy - and welcome to the Forum.

Don't despair! 

Ubuntu 16.04 is well out of date and I recommend that you install Ubuntu 20.04 which is a "long term support" version as Brian mentions. When it comes to upgrade it, you'll find that very easy (and free!). 
If your computer is 64 bit (ask if you're not sure or if your PC is more than 5 years old) then you can buy an Ubuntu 20.04 disc from here: https://thelinuxshop.co.uk/ubuntu-linux-2004-p-437.html.  It costs £6.49. 

When you come to the installation, we can provide step-by-step guidance. 

Keith

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Printer install problem
« on: July 08, 2021, 09:23:52 am »
Rich,

How do you rate Brother printers compared with HP? In particular, does yours print photos well?   
My HP 7612 has just died (probably due to me using a non-HP cartridge that bunged up the works) so I need another printer. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Rsync
« on: July 07, 2021, 03:33:43 pm »
What kind of file is it (system, binary, *.odt, *.mp4 etc.) and its size?
Can you access and use the file in a normal manner? 
Your command: rsync -v -a --max-size=4GB --delete /home/users-name/.  /media/memstick/ indicates you may be copying the whole of your system - which will be a lot.  How big is your USB drive?
Try:
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du -sh .
and post the output.

Keith

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Printer install problem
« on: July 07, 2021, 10:36:22 am »
Hi Brian - and welcome to the Forum.

Your printer seems to be HP compatible and HP provides very good Linux support. 
Did you download the driver version "Samsung Print Driver for Linux  V1.00.39_01:17"?  If not, try downloading it from: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/samsung-xpress-sl-m2026-laser-printer-series/16462610/model/16462614.  Click on "Driver-Product Installation Software (1)" then the "download" icon. 

You would do well to first install the HPLIP (HP Linux Imaging & Printing system) which is very useful for installing/uninstalling & controlling HP printers. 

Hope that helps.
Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Ads in Firefox vs Google Chrome
« on: July 05, 2021, 10:32:37 pm »
I got it wrong about DDG: I was thinking of another (British) search engine called Oscobo which "licences its search index from Bing/Yahoo so does not have any semantic search tech of its own."  (https://aofirs.org/articles/oscobo-is-an-anonymous-search-engine-targeting-brits) And it has the same ethos as DDG but aimed specifically at British users (i.e. searches). 

As for speed - 1sec is fast enough for me.  But it's "horses for courses" and we each use what we find best for our individual purposes. 
If you really want to use Google but value your privacy, you could always use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) such as the free (and very secure) ProtonVPN.  Of course, that will slow up your searches - 3s. 

Keith

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Linux Support / Re: Ads in Firefox vs Google Chrome
« on: June 27, 2021, 10:03:07 pm »
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I found Firefox very clunky, slow and rather annoying when doing a web search, because, instead of going straight to a list of links, it refers you to Duck Duck Go which is not  a very good search engine when you compare it with Google.

I find it odd that Steve & Matilda think it is Firefox that is serving advertisements.  FF is just a web browser - it is the search engines such as Google that you visit with FF that provide the ads, and track you all over the web. 
DuckDuckGo can't be worse than Google because it is not itself a search engine.  A far as I can tell it acts as a "middle man" between the user and Google so that Google can't track the user - like a VPN, but better. 
Most people choose a search engine as the default home page for when FF starts, and you can specify in FF settings which search engine to use as default.   

Adblockers.  I use EFF Privacy Badger that is available as a FF Addon:
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https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/search/?q=privacy%20badger
It is very good and provides much user flexibility and info on who is trying to track you. 

Keith

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