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Hi All!  This is a (sort of) follow up to my last, aborted, post!

My Samsung printer has suddenly decided to play up - it's now producing multi-colour vertical streaks on the printed page.  I've researched the net and found many 'reasons why' videos and have given the printer as thorough a clean (inside and out) as I can - including emptying the waste tank - without (yet) dismantling any internal components .  I refilled all the toners about 3 months ago and it has run fine since, so I'm reasonably sure they aren't the issue.

After cleaning the printer and to test it, I've run a blank page document through it and there's no streaking.  I've then run a simple b&w text document through and it streaks in colour and lastly run a multi-colour document through and again, it streaks.  It seems that when the printer is asked (by the computer) to actually print something, it is dragging in unwanted toner from somewhere. 

I conclude that it is either a) there is residual toner powder within the machine that needs removing, or b) the printer software is somehow corrupted and is asking for colour when none is required?

My suspicion is b) because if I print an info page directly from the printer's control buttons it prints out fine with no streaking......!  Weird?  I'd prefer to run through any software options first before stripping the printer so any advice from your good selves would be welcome!

So - how do I remove, then reinstall all of the CUPS software and print manager software on my machine? 

Then - Samsung have an 'Easy Printer Manager' available (but not in Linux - no surprise) but they do a MAC version.  I've downloaded it's zip file as standby and wonder if there's away to run it on my machine (Linux Mint 17)?  This would be very useful as you can do printer component re-sets with it which aren't available otherwise.

Thanks in advance and a very merry Christmas to one and all!


Linux Support / Printer not found (Abandoned)
December 08, 2016, 08:07:03 PM
Ignore this - I'm an idiot!!!
General Discussion / Streaming Apps
May 17, 2016, 09:04:44 AM
Hi All

I'm beginning to dip my toe into the streaming world........ ::)  and am looking for advice! 

A pal has recommended an app, MOBDRO, designed for Android phones, but unfortunately my phone won't run it as it's too early a version to support it.  Is there a way to install Android apps on a Linux box?  My old laptop (Mint 17.1) is currently connected to my tv and runs ok with iPlayer, YouTube etc. so would be an ideal platform for MOBDRO.

Any ideas?


Linux Support / USB not booting SOLVED
March 08, 2016, 10:51:38 AM
Hi All - I downloaded Mint 17 Xfce and wrote it to 2 different USB sticks using Mint's own USB image writer.   The downloaded MD5 sum is correct.

Attempting to boot from the stick into a Compaq mini netbook initially brings up the Mint start screen but when 'Start Mint' is selected I get failed, with error - ....probe failed.... and then nothing. (ditto other options in the list - nothing will boot it)

Back at my main pc, when I look in 'Computer', the sticks are seen. lsusb in Terminal also lists them. In GParted, I get this - Invalid partition table - recursive partition on /dev/sdg but when I click on 'ignore' the stick(s) are listed but are shown as unallocated space.  I formatted both sticks first in Fat32 then again in Ext 4 before writing to them and Image Writer reported they were successfully written each time.

In the past, all sticks have shown up on the desktop automatically, but not now.  Clicking on the icon in 'Computer' brings the message - 'Unable to mount location' 'Can't mount file' thus I can't check the MD5 to see if they have written correctly.  Have I missed something?  I've successfully installed several distros in the past using the same methods but something has gone awry this time.

Doing this on main pc, Mint 17 Cinnamon.

Thanks in advance, as always


General Discussion / Firefox 42 problem (SOLVED)
November 30, 2015, 12:31:03 PM
Hi All - I hope someone can help with this......!

In previous versions of Firefox, if I needed to access my 'preferences', I simply clicked on Edit>Preferences and a tabbed box appeared which gave access to all the relevant settings etc.  Now, a browser page appears and shows the 'General' page only, but no buttons are active upon it, so no information can be accessed or changed.   ???

Typing 'about:preferences#Security' in the address bar brings up that page, but again, no active buttons........ ::)

In previous versions, typing in a new page address bar 'about:config', then 'pref', in the search field brought up the string 'browser.preferences.inContent' showing (user set>boolean>false).  Double-clicking on this string changed the value to 'true' and upon restarting Firefox the old preferences box was restored.  This no longer happens in v42 and a web search says the feature is no longer supported.

Is there a way of  getting this feature back?  Even if it means reverting to an old FF version?

Alternatively, if the new 'style' is what we must put up with (crap, IMHO, as it makes things more difficult!) then how do I get the buttons on said pages to work?

This is a real bummer for me as I have a lot of different passwords for different sites and it is nigh-on impossible to keep track of them all!  Having access to my preferences is an easy way to check on the password for a site I haven't visited for a while and this new 'feature' well and truly puts the mockers on that!  >:(

Thanks, as always


Edit:  Mint 17 Cinnamon, if it helps?


Not being one to give up with the Compaq Mini, I've installed Debian Jessie on it to try it out.

I believe the install went ok as I didn't get any error messages, however -  I wonder if I slipped up when setting some of the parameters?  On boot, I get to the Grub screen ok, Debian GNU/Linux is selected and the boot process begins.  After a few seconds the screen goes blank and sits there, no cursor flashing or any sign of life, though the computer hasn't shut down.  Ctrl/Alt/Del will re-boot it but it just repeats the cycle.

I remember that I had this issue before when installing Peppermint 4 and you gave me instructions on how to modify the Grub file?  I booted it with my Puppy usb stick and mounted the Debian drive (sda1). I found the file '/etc/default/grub', modified it to "quiet splash nomodeset" and saved it.  I tried to update grub but the terminal in Puppy only works in Puppy - if you see what I mean?

Is this the right way to go or am I way off base?  And is it possible to update Grub on one drive with a terminal on another?

Thanks in advance


Mark, I've copied your reply to here in the hope others will be able to follow it:-


OK, the following instructions are for a single boot ONLY.

Turn ON your PC, and as soon as your BIOS POST screen disappears, press the SHIFT key and hold it, until you are presented with the GRUB menu .. SIMILAR to this:
(you won't have long to hit the shift key, and the timing can be a little awkward, so it may even be easier to hit AND HOLD the Shift key DURING the BIOS POST .. ie. immediately after turning on your PC)

Select the 'default' kernel (usually the top one), and rather than pressing enter, press E to edit.

You will be presented with a screen SIMILAR to this:

Press DOWN ARROW until you get to the line that starts with:

Quotelinux /boot

and press the END key to position the cursor at the end of the that line... it *usually* ends with "quiet splash".

Now you can enter additional kernel boot options... so add nomodeset as in the above screenshot .. so it now reads:

Quotequiet splash nomodeset
(doesn't matter if it moves down a line, as long as there is a space between splash and nomdeset)

Now hit Ctrl+X to boot.

If the PC boots properly, make the edits to /etc/boot/grub that you mentioned in your last response and then run:
sudo update-grub


My Grub screen looks nothing like your images and there's no line starting linux/boot......  Grub is version 2.02~beta a2-22

page starts   
setparams  'Debian GNU/Linux'
insmod gzio
  etc etc

then a whole lot of stuff that bears no relation to anything I've seen before.  I'm happy to type it out if you need it but it might take a while...

It says near the bottom 'Minimum Emacs-like screen editing is supported'

Sorry again for the cock-up!


Edit:  I'm not really doing very well here...... :-[ :-[  I hadn't seen there's more of the page lower down - I'll change the settings and report back.
Linux Support / Broadcom b43 woes - again! Abandoned
October 12, 2015, 03:11:18 PM
Hi Guys!  Any Puppy enthusiasts out there?

I've installed Puppy (Lucid) on a HP Compaq Mini Netbook and I'm struggling to get the wi-fi running.

The network manager 'sees' wireless (wlan0) but won't connect properly even after setting it up with the correct keys etc.  In fact, sometimes it connects for a minute or two, then drops, or doesn't connect at all on startup.  After it drops, a search states 'no wireless networks available'...... ???

Mark provided a replacement for the Broadcom b43 software when I had this issue after installing Peppermint.

(OK, with the netbook connected to your router with an ethernet cable (so it has an active interweb connection), open a terminal and run:
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sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
When that's finished .. REBOOT
Did wireless come to life .. ie. if you click the networkmanager icon in the system tray (by clock) does it list your network ?

I'm assuming that this software will work the same in Puppy as it is changing the wireless card software not the o/s? 

The problem is this file doesn't appear anywhere in the Puppy Package Manager and Puppy doesn't use 'sudo' or 'apt-get' to download via the Terminal and I can't find out the correct command or method to install it!  (I found references to 'wget' on the internet but that isn't in PPM either!)  Any ideas please?

Thanks in advance, as always!


Hi All - something a bit different, this time!

I have a SkyCaddie Gimme rangefinder that needs to be re-registered every 12 months.  In order to do so, I have to download a program (from SkyGolf) called CxSetup.exe.  But, when downloaded, the file has changed to CaddieSync.dmg or CaddieSyncExpress.dmg. 

I would have expected to be able to run a .exe file in Wine but have no idea what to do with a .dmg file.  It seems a .dmg file is a Mac application?  This software needs to be installed to allow the device to 'talk' to SkyCaddie and therefore update it.

Is there any way to get this to install in Mint 17, run it in Wine (or similar) or will I need to beg a friend with a Windows pc to do it for me?  (I'd rather not, naturally, if I can avoid it!)

Any advice on this one would be most welcome!



Linux Support / Boot partition full (Solved)
April 04, 2015, 12:05:02 PM
Hi all - happy Easter!

My lappy has Zorin 9 installed and will no longer accept updates, stating there is no room on the /boot partition.  Checking Grub menu shows 15 entries! 

I want to remove all kernels bar the latest kernel + the one before it (for insurance!)  I've researched the net and there are many (confusing) recommendations of how to achieve this.  How may I safely do the necessary and would it be advisable to expand the size of the boot partition for the future, though I did manually set the partition sizes before installation as per instructions from this site? Or is there a method to automatically purge Grub of redundant kernels when the list gets to a particular length?

Thanks as ever for advice!

Got this in my inbox this morning.....  :o  Really had me going for a while!  ::)

Linux Support / Peppermint 5 not booting
February 19, 2015, 07:54:46 PM
Hi All - Mea Culpa!!!  I've managed to screw up my wife's Compaq Mini .........  :-[

She wanted the lock-screen theme changing and I thought I remembered how but......

I installed MDM themes and changed the default file (etc/usr/bin) to reflect that.  Obviously I've boobed - cos now, at boot, the progress bar moves very slowly across the box but doesn't complete to the password screen.  I've tried opening a terminal to re-edit the file (Ctrl/Alt/T) but that  doesn't work either. 

I'm now in deep doo-doo so any help would be great!  (Just going to find my shovel  ::) )


General Discussion / Browsers
February 19, 2015, 11:00:26 AM
Hi All

Does anyone have a recommendation as to the best/better browser for Linux?

I've used Firefox for years but now I'm finding it a bit problematical, especially in the playing of youtube videos - buffering/stuttering and the like and audio out of sync.  I'm on Virgin cable, upgraded to 100Mbps so wouldn't expect the problem to come from there.......  More likely my ageing hardware would create a bottleneck.......   ::)

I've tried the well-documented 'tweaks' but nothing seems to improve it.  I read that Flash is now very out of date in Linux so wondered if there is a better alternative?  Or are there any other tweaks that you find work?

I had a look at Palemoon which is a sort of 'lite' Firefox but the development of that seems to lag way beyond Ffx itself.

Running Mint 17 Cinnamon at present on the main pc.


General Discussion / Terminal
December 23, 2014, 02:53:51 PM
Probably not important but I've just noticed this when opening Terminal -  running Zorin 9

[email protected]:~$

when I used to get this -

[email protected]:

How can I return it, or doesn't it matter?


Linux Support / Wifi dropouts
December 02, 2014, 09:26:35 PM
Hi All

Having sorted (after a fashion) my Dell D520 heating issues, I now have an intermittent problem with the wifi dropping out randomly. 

General use, such as using this site/surfing, the wifi is stable.  Viewing video however the wifi can, and does, drop out frequently but with no set pattern.  Youtube clips seem particularly afflicted. 

With the lappy near the router I get full signal strength, in another room approx 50% signal strength but the dropouts occur no matter where.

Running Zorin 9 OS, if that helps.

Any advice would be welcome!

Thanks in advance

Linux Support / Dell laptop fan
November 13, 2014, 11:23:45 PM
Hi All

I have a Dell Latitude D520 laptop (ex-XP) now running Zorin 9 as a test rig.  The lappy gets quite warm (well, quite hot, actually) even when placed on a hard surface, though it has never, so far, shut down due to overheating.  The main fan has never spun, as far as I can remember, since I've had the lappy. 

A search on the net came up with i8kutils (which I found in Synaptic and installed) but it doesn't appear in the menu and searching brings up 'no matches'.  I then tried 'sudo apt-get install i8kutils' in terminal but it reports it is already the latest version.  Where might I find the utility?

I did manage to get the fan spinning briefly by entering 'sudo i8kfan 0 1' in terminal so the fan is operable but it stops after just a few seconds.

Any advice welcome!


Linux Support / File sharing (Solved)
August 22, 2014, 05:07:58 PM
Hi All - apologies if this has been asked before but I'm having a problem with the above..........

There are 2 users on my Mint 17 pc - self and wife - and both are 'Administrator' accounts.  I have a pile of photos in my 'Pictures' folder which said wife wishes to access and have a dabble with.  I've tried several ways of copying them across to her account or sharing through 'Public' folders but can't get it to work?  I'm sure it's really a simple matter (if you know how  ::)) but even googling the problem hasn't helped!

Could anyone please furnish a simple method I could follow?


Evening All

I have Mint 17 as my main o/s (installed on sda) and Zorin as a test-bed (installed on sdb). 

While updating Zorin, I was offered an Ubuntu upgrade to v14.04 LTS, which I accepted.  The download seemed to go smoothly but on restart the login screen is wrong (half of the usual bits are missing and the password box is very faint) and when I enter my password, it won't boot into desktop.  I just get the default  wallpaper, then after a couple of minutes, a pop-up appears saying 'system program problem detected' and do I want to report it? I can get a Terminal screen via Ctrl/Alt/T but don't know the commands to run to get the system up.

(Zorin is only a test-bed and Mint boots as usual so I'm not desperate!!  But, I'd prefer not to have to reinstall all over again if possible!)

Any ideas, please?

TIA  Rich   
General Discussion / Flightgear
August 12, 2014, 04:14:56 PM
Hi All

I'm having a dabble with the above - has anyone on here any experience of it?

I've got it installed ok and I'm trying to add a few more aircraft.  The aircraft files are in my Downloads folder but when I try to move or copy them to the specific Flightgear folder, I get a pop-up saying 'permission denied'.

I've also tried following the instructions from the Fightgear WIKI -

(Ubuntu 12.04)
Download the aircraft
Open Terminal and log in as root

sudo -i

Navigate to /usr/share/games/flightgear/Aircraft

cd /usr/share/games/flightgear/Aircraft

Extract your aircraft file into the folder

unzip XXXXX.zip

this is where I hit a brick wall!

I suspect I'm using incorrect commands in terminal or perhaps I need to change permissions of the aircraft files?  I've no experience of doing this so any pointers would be welcome!



Linux Support / Upgrade to P5
August 05, 2014, 08:04:31 AM
Hi All!

A while ago I put Peppermint 4 on to a little netbook for my other half and wondered if it was worth upgrading to P5?  (I have to whisper this cos any mention of touching the netbook sends her into a rage!  "Don't you dare - everything is working perfectly!"   ::))

Is it a case of 'upgrade in place' or a complete wipe/new install?  Naturally, I would back everything up first but I don't think she has much in the way of data on it - more a case of important emails and browser bookmarks etc........


Linux Support / Pale Moon browser (SOLVED)
July 23, 2014, 07:33:07 AM
Good morning All!

I've downloaded the above into Zorin o/s on my Dell lappy and it runs ok from terminal.  I would like to add it to the menu and taskbar but there's no obvious way to do this.

Any clues please?