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Linux Support / Re: Yet more update manager woes!
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:15:35 pm »
This is really bizarre - try:
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sudo apt-get install --reinstall mintupdate

Updated - v 4.4.7 installed.  No you say, bizarre!


Linux Support / Re: Yet more update manager woes!
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:40:32 am »
Before doing anything else, make sure you have an active internet connection, then run a full systgem update from the command line:
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get upgrade

When done .. REBOOT.

Did that fix it ?

If not, I doubt if this will work, but worth a shot...

Go to -

Mint Logo > System Settings > System Administration >. Startup & Shutdown > Autostart

Select "Add Program"

make the entry read

Desktop File: Update Manager
Command: mintupdate
Status: (checked) enabled startup

Then log off/on again


Hi - update/upgrade had no effect - system shows as up to date.  2nd method enabled icon in taskbar on startup (password box also opened automatically) but still disappeared when clicked (no effect when password entered  - no updates screen)


Linux Support / Re: Yet more update manager woes!
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:17:01 pm »
What's the output from:
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sudo lshw -C display

Hi Mark - now logged in via the lappy so should make things easier!

sudo lshw -C display
[sudo] password for xxxx:
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: RV380/M24C [Mobility Radeon X600 SE]
       vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
       physical id: 0
       bus info: [email protected]:01:00.0
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
       resources: irq:43 memory:c8000000-cfffffff ioport:3000(size=256) memory:b8100000-b810ffff memory:b8120000-b813ffff

Linux Support / Re: Yet more update manager woes!
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:22:50 pm »
Have you tried to run mintupdate from the terminal? It might give some indication of where it fails.
You could also try to reinstall MintUpdate from the Synaptic Package Manager.

Thanks for the reply.   

Now this is getting weird!  No sign of the taskbar icon on either pc or lappy on boot up this time .  Ran mintupdate on both - pc returned this -

QInotifyFileSystemWatcherEngine::addPaths: inotify_add_watch failed: No such file or directory
QFileSystemWatcher: failed to add paths: /home/xxxxxxx/.config/ibus/bus

but the password box appeared, opened and updated as normal!  Ticked icon reappeared in taskbar.

Lappy gave identical output (except name in string) password box appeared, disappeared, no update and added this line to bash -

Fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server :0.         (Got to type lappy output into here manually)

Any thoughts?


Linux Support / Yet more update manager woes!
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:46:35 pm »
Hi - I'm running Mint 13kde on my pc and am in the process of setting the same up on a friend's Toshiba lappy - (ex-XP).  I'm attempting to replicate my setup - as near as possible - as he is a complete beginner with Linux so if he hits a snag I should be able to walk him through the processes a little bit easier.

On my rig the update manager appears in the taskbar and is working normally i.e. shows blue when updates are available, green tick when up to date.  Clicking on the icon opens the manager screen ok.  On the lappy, the icon sometimes appears on startup (not every time) and when clicked, opens the password box.  Everything then disappears and the manager box fails to open.  I can run updates from the command line on both machines, no problem.

How can I fix this?   1/ where can I find the info in my pc referring to the config of the update manager?
                             2/ what do I do to replicate this in the lappy's config?

It's not too much of an issue for me but he is a long-time Windows user who hadn't even heard of Linux a month ago so needs his pointy/clicky things!  (I'm trying to persuade him to the dark side (or should that be 'into the light'?)....................................... ;D)

Thanks in advance


Linux Support / Re: The problem with Linux
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:46:04 am »
I believe the issue is one of perception. 

"Windows is easy because it works straight away" versus "Linux is hard because you have to install it and mess about to get it working"

In the non-technical computing world, your average user (ie most of us - worldwide) has never had to install Windows from scratch because we buy OEM versions! We never see the hoops that have to be jumped through to get it working correctly because a tech in a factory somewhere has done it for us!  And that tech is not interested in giving us the lowdown because he knows a whole industry has been built on us not knowing!  If things go wrong, Mr Average hasn't got a clue how to fix it so has to rely on support (cost) or upgrade (even greater cost).

With Linux, Mr Average now has a disk in his hand - possibly for the first time ever.  If he hits a snag, it's because "Linux is c**p" and won't load/ do what he expects. It never crosses his mind that Windows is probably "c**ppier" and is even harder to install.........!  He has nothing to compare it with, all he feels is frustration that this so-called o/s won't do what he wants.  If he just raises his eyes, uses our old friend 'google' he'll see that there is (literally) a world of help out there populated by people who will help, just because they can and with no other motive than that.  (Windows forums users are wonderful too, it's just that they work with one hand tied behind their backs - they don't have access to the code)

I choose Linux because I like to have control.  Simple as that.  The fact that I save (a lot!) of money, have far fewer computing headaches, can decide where, when and how I use my system and not to be driven down a route I have no wish to take is merely a happy by-product. 

I run Mint 13KDE at the moment and am more than happy with it. I'm no expert, just Mr Average.  But what my Linux experience has done for me has got me interested in a fascinating subject that I'm keen to explore. A lightbulb moment! 

Best wishes to everyone on this excellent forum - keep up the good work.  ;)


Linux Support / Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:40:16 pm »
OK, that confused me  :o .. I don't remember having said that, but hey memory like a sieve these days ;)

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Linux Support / Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:40:31 am »
How does that get added? At a PC shop?

Try googling 'adding memory to HP NX6325' and scan through the results.  Crucial's page will tell you the type of memory you require so you can compare exact specs online for best prices.

There's a Youtube video on how to DIY it - if you're not confident to try it yourself, perhaps a friend/colleague might help out?  ;)

hope this helps


Oops!  Apologies Mark - duplicated your post - missed reading the page it was on!  ::)

Linux Support / Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:41:11 pm »
How does that get added? At a PC shop?

Try googling 'adding memory to HP NX6325' and scan through the results.  Crucial's page will tell you the type of memory you require so you can compare exact specs online for best prices.

There's a Youtube video on how to DIY it - if you're not confident to try it yourself, perhaps a friend/colleague might help out?  ;)

hope this helps


General Discussion / Re: Howdy folks . . . . .
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:51:42 am »
Hi and welcome - from an even less sunny Bolton!!!

General Discussion / Re: Did I mention how much I hate Win8 ?
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:14:26 pm »
I only went from 98 to Vista and that was enough for me!   ;D

Now busy with Mint 13KDE (and doing my best to persuade others...............)  ;)

Many thanks  :)
I was going to purchase a new computer - apart from XP dying soon my computer's getting slow anyway (it's 6 years old).  But after realising how much they add to the cost of a computer for the Operating System (Windows 8) I decided to explore replacing XP on my current computer with Linux.  No harm giving it a go and if it works out I'll have a re-vamped computer at little or no cost - no brainer really!

Thanks again  ;D

Hi - I hope you don't mind me popping in a comment?

I'm a relatively new Linux user, currently running Linux Mint 13 KDE. I had the same experience as you (though with Vista) plus I got fed up with the constant updating of security, the endless 'warnings' about the latest threats and the frequent BSOD's that I was plagued by! 

In contrast, Mint runs very smoothly and fast with little or no interruptions to my work.  For sure, it is different to Windows in the way that it works and it does take a bit of time and patience to get to grips with it.  But Mint KDE is very 'Windows-like' in appearance so the transition is easier than you might expect initially.  The great beauty of Linux for me is, I can have exactly the system I want, running the software I desire and at no cost!  (Contributions are always welcome to the developers but compare that to what you'd pay for a commercial o/s!) There are literally thousands of programmes to choose from that will tailor your system perfectly to your specifications - compare that to commercial o/s's where 'you get what you are given!  (plus a whole lot of stuff that you don't want or need but still have to pay for?)

Good luck in your search!


PS - I forgot to say that Mint also ships with all the 'bits and bobs' in place that you need to play videos and music etc etc so there's no searching about before it will work!

Linux Tips & Tricks / Re: New beginnings!
« on: October 30, 2011, 11:10:18 pm »
Hi again and thank you both for your sound advice!

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 via Wubi and begun an evaluation.  As a complete newbie I find it a bit obscure in regard to the setting up and running of certain software - I mean in knowing where to find it and activating it!  No doubt it will all be ok in time!

With that in mind I've downloaded Mint 11.1 to have them side by side so I can assess the differences.  I read that Mint is more user friendly and more like Windows in appearance so may be easier to work with initially when making the changeover.  I made some space on the HDD and partitioned it in readiness should I choose to install it as well.  I burned and checked the iso file disk (all ok) and tried to run it as a live dvd but it won't get past the first window.  The splash screen with the options loads ok but when I choose any of the options the screen turns black and I get the following -

Loading /casper/vmlinuz..................
Loading /casper/initrd.lz...................         then the screen hangs.  I left it a while to see if it would load but no, still the same.

Is there anything I've missed in the process?  Does the fact I have already set up dual-boot with Vista and Ubuntu make a difference?  And if I choose to install Mint as well, will the system take it or is it a 'bridge too far'?

Thanks again for your help so far


Linux Tips & Tricks / New beginnings!
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:30:06 pm »
Good afternoon everyone from a complete Linux beginner!  I'm looking for some help and advice please - if you can!

My current set up is a PC running Vista SP2, 2Mb Ram, 3.2 Gigahertz Intel Pentium 4, 150Gb HDD - partitioned 110GB Vista, 40GB unallocated

I've been considering Linux for a while but, like many others, am too lazy/scared/ignorant to leave the familiar haven of Windows!  However - and I am not a Windows basher by any means - I have become increasingly frustrated by the endless need to update my system with security patches, bug fixes, work-arounds etc - ditto anti-virus, malware and firewall - to the extent that I seem to spend more time doing that than working!    Also, I gather that Vista support is to end sometime next year and I have no desire to upgrade yet again and render an otherwise excellent computer redundant!

My preference was to have a separate, dedicated Linux machine but alas a new roof on our house has put paid to that idea!  From past experience I know that Windows can be mighty finicky when messed with so I'm concerned about dual-booting but have no other option at present.  I ran an older, live cd version of Ubuntu as a trial and liked the look of it and have downloaded Ubuntu v 11.10 with a view to dual-booting alongside Vista until I'm comfortable with it and can affect a complete changeover.  Now to the nub............

I have burned a cd and created a memory stick and checked both for errors (1 error found on the cd and 2 on the stick).  When I boot from either of these I get to the Ubuntu logo, hit spacebar for the install screen and choose install.  After a short while a lot of script appears (very similar to the command screen in Windows) and the last entry states 'stopping system V runlevel compatibility'.  Nothing further happens and I have to manually power-off.

Am I doing something wrong?  Have I got a corrupted installation file?  Is there something within Vista that is preventing installation?  I've done a good deal of reading up on this and other forums but haven't come across this particular issue.

Any assistance on the above would be most welcome!

Thanks in advance


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