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Linux Support / Re: PIA
« on: February 10, 2021, 02:53:31 pm »
You might also try clearing the Firefox cache and browsing history in case it is picking up an incorrect entry.  You can choose which elements to delete.

See here -


General Discussion / Re: Computer Not Shutting Off
« on: February 07, 2021, 09:11:54 am »
At one point I was using live CDs of Hiren's Recovery Boot CD and at least two other Linux distros - this, without having a HDD attached at all, in order to see if it was the HDD that was causing the problem.  So, the answer is really that I had, at one time, no installed OS on the computer.  The original OS, I believe, was Win XP.  (I booted Hiren's (x86) up with both the Mini XP and the Linux recovery.  Neither solved the problem.)

And the computer?  Make, model, specs etc?

The OS. This is a custom version of Linux that has been made for this specific device and no other Linux works correctly.

Well I find that rather puzzling .........  Please post Make, Model and system specs - using the code below - of your computer so we have a clear idea of what you have.  ;)

Code: [Select]
sudo lshw

Running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 "Jauty". (Impossible to upgrade, please do not mention)

This device has never let me play or listen to any format, mp4, mp3, WAVs, OGGs, YouTube, etc

Recently tried installing ubuntu-restricted-extras to resolve this, but it has not worked. Uninstalled and reinstalled the OS plenty of times before and it has never fixed it.

Clueless as to what could be the issue. Would just like to listen to some tunes. Have asked this on several forums and nobody has helped ): Thanks

When you say "impossible to upgrade", do you mean the OS or the computer?  Please clarify.

General Discussion / Re: Chinese Chips
« on: February 02, 2021, 09:25:55 am »
Hi Folks,

I'm thinking of upgrading my old Aspire 5710 by installing a faster CPU.  Currently sporting a Core 2 Duo T5500, it would speed up, it appears, by about 30% if I could find a reasonably cheap T7600, say, or to be a little less ambitious, a TT7400.  I'm wondering, does anybody here know anything about those chinese manufactured CPUs available on the internet. Are they the real thing?/reliable?/worth considering?  These old processors are no longer made by Intel apparently, so the only other choice would be a second-hand one.  Both routes clearly come with attached risks, but which would be the best bet?  Another issue might be the BIOS.  Would that need to be changed before changing the CPU?  I'd certainly be happier if the answer to that question was a resounding NO!  :)  Anyone out there got an opinion?/information?/advice? (even if it's just 'get a faster computer'. Thanks for reading this anyway,

Best Regards,

Jeff C.

Personally, I wouldn't bother.  Commercial machines tend to be made to a budget and laptops are notoriously difficult to upgrade, unlike desktops.  The motherboard will have chips specific for the CPU installed so adding a more powerful replacement is fraught with possible issues.  The BIOS would most certainly need to be flashed - that's if you could find one - and that's a minefield in itself if you get it wrong.  Power requirements would be different too.  After all that, even if you were successful, you'd still have a very old machine........

Chinese products are in most things these days so to say they are/aren't suitable is neither here nor there: the  only way to find out is to install one and see if it works, I would guess.

A possible alternative would be to look for a more modern device with greater capacity.  There are plenty out there - is there a friend or family member that has a laptop lying around that you could purchase?  This way may save you time, trouble and money in the long run?


General Discussion / Re: Computer Not Shutting Off
« on: January 29, 2021, 09:50:47 am »
Hi.  Not sure if this is the best place to ask this.

I've been trying to install an OS on an older computer and what ever I do, whether through installed or live, when I come to close down the computer, the system shuts off but the computer stays on.  After that, I cannot turn it on or off with the power button - even with a hard shutdown.  The only way to restart is to turn the power switch off at the back (or remove the power), turn on and then restart.

Any suggestions?


You don't mention which distro you are trying to install.  ;)  Is the computer ex-Windows and does it still have Windows on it or have you successfully installed Linux?

Linux Support / Re: Getting to boot Menu on HP Pavilion Laptop
« on: January 29, 2021, 09:44:54 am »
Hi Rich,
Thanks for the reply, have passed on your advice to my friend and he will have a look at it and see if can sort it from there. Will come back and ask for further help if needed,
Many thanks


No worries!  They may have to try all the sequences in turn, depending on the particular computer.  There seems to be as many BIOS versions as there are Linux distros.... ::)

Linux Support / Re: Getting to boot Menu on HP Pavilion Laptop
« on: January 28, 2021, 09:52:11 am »
I am trying to assist a friend who is sick of Windows 10, he has a pavilion netbbok laptop, he has downloaded peppermint 10 to a USB but cannot get into the boot menu to try the peppermint with a view to replacing Windows.
Can someone please give a step by step guide to get into the boot menu, it seems much more complicated than on my Dell laptop.
your help is much appreciated,


See here -

There *should* be instructions on the BIOS page, when it appears, on re-arranging the boot order.   As I recall, some older laptops might actually show 'USB' in the list but boot capability isn't activated.  If that's the case, change the boot order to DVD (or CD if it's that old) and try an installation disk instead.  ;)


General Discussion / Re: Secure build for a newbie
« on: January 05, 2021, 09:53:31 am »
Thanks very much for the warm welcome and so much info!


The UX32 is relatively modern but my one needs a lot of tlc (mobo battery is dead and I'd want to upgrade RAM and put in a clean ssd) and was temperamental enough with windows (driver issues mostly), let alone Linux. My main concern would be the laptop specific stuff like trackpads etc.

I'd be happy to take on the refurbishment project after getting some experience on a "clean" build on a virgin machine (possibly being too optimistic there?).

As far as security goes I'd already been looking at protonmail & thunderbird, so thanks for the recommendation.

I normally use Nordvpn for Windows and Android devices.

 There are a few low spec nucs that can be had for under 200 quid and I'm currently leaning towards a self build (in spite of the "not recommended" from simplynuc....) or finding a supplier who can set up libreboot or similar on a refurb Lenovo.


Unfortunately I've been pwn'd twice in the last 15 years and both were data breaches at companies I'd entrusted with my data....

As far as the build goes, I have dealt with CCL in the past and they were very good so that might be an option.


Take a look here too -

I bought from these recently to do my first ever desktop build.  Good prices and service and advice if you need it.  (I have no connection to Scan other than as a satisfied customer)


Linux Support / Re: Linux Lite v1
« on: January 02, 2021, 09:36:59 am »
I've being playing with Linux Lite v1 on VB.  Realistically, what security and application problems might I encounter if I were to use this as a main OS on a proper machine?  The main use would be accessing the internet for business downloads, and spreadsheet display.

Hi Matt - Linux Lite is now up to v5.2 so you might consider getting that if you want the latest software etc?  You'll need to know what your system specs are on whatever machine you're thinking of using to determine if it will run 32-bit or 64-bit.  Many latest distros are now 64-bit only as the 32-bit technology is considered 'old-hat' but that's not to say that they are not available, just that the support for them is reducing and will disappear over time.

As for Lite as an OS - I have 2 old 32-bit laptops that I run Lite on, mainly as back ups if my main desktop rig plays up. Lite is still a proper OS, built with the same security standards as the full versions, it just has fewer software options available.  This doesn't mean you can't add stuff if you wish - you can - it just is 'small' to keep the ISO small.  For more information, look here  -

Hope this helps,


General Discussion / Re: How to tune reverse proxy
« on: December 22, 2020, 04:41:54 pm »
Hi, I want to configure firewalld (sorry no need additional proxy as apache, nginx or squid, I need configure redirect by firewalld or my existing reversy proxy). I have running reverse proxy polarproxy in machine (

I want to redirect all inbound request to domain from proxy-machine to machine (where working local clone, this site use not only port 80). Any other request to other domain need to going free to gateway of this network and to inet.

My common idea is debugging project worked with strong cryptography. I don't see what exactly request send my frontend to backend. TSL 1.2 is mandatory for this project (domain name and certificates processing manually in frontend and this is huge part of code and this code impossible to comment). Therefore I have selected polarproxy to decrypt request from fronend to backend. I have this backend locally and machine with polarproxy in the middle between backend and frontend. But I can not tune redirect all request from this domain to my local server.

What command I need? Or maybe polarpoxy config?

I have no knowledge of firewalld.  However, it is used by RedHat and CentOs, amongst other OS's.  Perhaps your query would be better answered elsewhere?

See here -  here - or here -

Hope this helps,


Linux Support / Re: Scangearmp2
« on: December 18, 2020, 04:47:49 pm »
As has been previously stated - if all you want to do is scan then Simple Scan 'should' fulfil that without further ado - and it would not work 'with' Scangear anyway, they would just exist side-by-side on the computer.  As Keith says, uninstall all Scangear files and test Simple Scan again to se if it does what you require.  You can always reinstall Scangear afterwards if needs be.

To completely remove Scangear:  Open a Terminal (click on the icon or press "Ctrl + Alt + T") and copy/paste this command after the prompt - sudo apt-get --purge remove scangearmp2 and hit Enter.  Type in your password when prompted and hit Enter again.

You may have to confirm this when Terminal halts (press Y to accept, then Enter) and all traces of scangear will be gone.  This should stop the error messages appearing when updating  ;)


Linux Support / Re: Canon Pixma Tr8550 printer
« on: December 04, 2020, 06:51:51 pm »
For my part - you're welcome!  Glad you got it sorted.

Can you mark this as Solved?  Go to your first post, open it, click on 'Modify' then add 'Solved' to the end of your title line.  This can be a big help to others who may have the same issue in the future.  ;)


Linux Support / Re: Canon Pixma Tr8550 printer
« on: December 03, 2020, 09:11:18 am »
I am new to Linux Forum and using Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon and have just installed a Canon Pixma TR8550 printer. I have installed Scangearmp2 from Software Manager and launched it. However it doesn't appear in the Graphics list. I find I have to launch it by opening Software Manager then Graphics and type in scangearmp2 in the question block. This opens the install block and from there I launch the scangearmp2 successfully see attachment. Is there any simpler way to do this?

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

I've not used Canon Printers so have no direct knowledge but printing /scanning issues in general can be problematic.  This is not a fault with Linux, more that the manufacturers do not always provide Linux compatible drivers for all of their products.  That said, look here -

to see if that helps?  Alternativey, if all you need to do is scan - in Mint, go to Menu/Graphics/Simple Scan and see if that works.  And make sure your printer is switched on when you open the app.  ;)


Linux Support / Re: new to ubuntu
« on: November 30, 2020, 08:54:25 am »
hi all, new to ubuntu ,just trying to listen to amazon music,wont play, tried updating firefox but still no joy,thanks for any help

Hi, and welcome to the forum. 

Which version of Ubuntu are you running and is this your first try-out with Linux? 

To find your version, enter this into Terminal - (Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by clicking on the terminal icon) -
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and post the output.


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