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General Discussion / help needed again
« on: January 20, 2012, 01:15:01 pm »
I installed PeppermintOS 2 and found it excellent.
I bought UBUNTU FOR NON GEEKS, it came with a disc with UBUNTU 10.04.
I installed that exclusively on my computer and worked my way through the book learning lots of useful things.
I now find I would like to go back to PeppermintOS.
Can I install the PeppermintOS 2 on my disc ? and will it wipe (hopefully) the UBUNTU distro ?

take care
Don W

Linux Support / Re: More help needed
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:01:14 pm »
Hi Mark,
I created another account and it looks as if I can use the sudo command

[email protected] ~ $ groups don
don : don adm dialout cdrom plugdev lpadmin admin sambashare
[email protected] ~ $ groups craigw_1
craigw_1 : craigw_1 adm dialout fax cdrom floppy tape dip video plugdev fuse
[email protected] ~ $
I deleted the craigw_1 account as it din't help.

quote 'It IS possible to "unlock" the root account in Ubuntu/Peppermint .. but it's probably inadvisable.'
I agree, I will leave this option unused and will be careful when using sudo or indeed 'gksudu'
I have been advised of this book
UBUNTU LINUX for Non Geeks.
A Pain free, Project based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook.
I will try Amazon
thanks for the help, I will be back.

take care
Don W

Linux Support / More help needed
« on: January 05, 2012, 12:01:05 am »
Hi Mark,
Having sorted out my earlier problems I thought I would come back with my latest thoughts.
As these will be technical problems I have moved here out of the General Discussion board.
Firstly I am a bit worried that I may 'break' something when I am using Linux. When I log in I use my name and password. When I want to alter something it asks for my password again, I enter that and the changes are made. As I use the same password I am worried that I may break something.
The last time I used Linux I signed in did what I wanted and signed out. If I had to make any changes I had to log in as root with the root password.
Does this method no longer work ?
I am using the PeppermintOS and it seems to be doing fine, I am logged on to the and going through the tutorials there, but am having some problems, if I may can I use your brain again to sort out my problems ?

take care
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 30, 2011, 03:28:54 pm »
Thanks Mark, and all the other users out there who have helped.
I will have a look at the sites mentioned.

take care
Don W
EDIT I have saved the manual to disc and find it very good for brushing up what little I know
Thanks again
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 30, 2011, 11:36:34 am »
Hi Mark,
Xsane is working   :-[
Will need to check manual (if any) to see how to store the images.
I scanned the test page that I printed with the new printer drivers.
Very happy at the moment, but would like a book on using Linux for a beginner.
PeppermintOS forums may be able to help I hope.

take care
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 30, 2011, 12:23:21 am »
Hi Mark,
I hope this helps

When I preview I see nothing, but the files are not installed.
If I type in certain instructions (given) then all should be ok ?

Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:22:24 pm »
Hi Mark,
I used the CLI and typed in the instructions.
The first package installed ok
The second package installed ok
But when I run Xsane I get an error message
  Failed to open device 'epkowa:usb:003:002:
  Access to resource has been denied
I will get back to this in the morning.

take care
Don W
I enjoyed using the Terminal again. Only 2 mistakes

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 29, 2011, 12:34:30 pm »
Hi Mark,
I am having some problems
I installed the xsane scanning application as advised.

I had some drivers in 'Downloads'
The printer driver I installed last night was the one I got from Avasys and it installed the printer ok.
I printed out the Test page and it was very impressive, however I have printed the latest instructions from you and I am a bit mixed up.

1 I opened 'Downloads' , opened the first file (inkjet printer) and clicked on GDebi Package Installer.
   It said package already installed  ;D I was very happy.
2 However on trying the same with the other package (iscan) I get the error message
"Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: iscan-data

When I try to get the packages from your dropbox I haven't a clue
So at the moment I am happy the printer prints, but I have no scanning option, and I haven't tried to send a page from the printer/scanner to my documents as a PDF.
Hope you can help.
take care
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:12:45 am »
Duh  :-[  :-[  Problem solved
Will get back when I have tried the rest.
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 29, 2011, 11:04:22 am »
Hi Mark,
I have copied your instructions but have hit a problem.
In terminal, I type
Do I then press Enter or do I enter
sudo etc and then press enter.?
Sorry for being such a pain.

Don W
EDIT Whatever I do it says Code: Command not found

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 28, 2011, 11:37:06 pm »
Thanks Tramlink,
Did as you suggested, and printed out a test page,
Everything appears to be working ok.
As this is a printer/scanner I will leave the scanning until tomorrow.

take care
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 28, 2011, 12:42:56 pm »
Thanks for the encouragement chaps.
I booted with the USB Pendrive this morning and chose Install alongside XP.
I presume I can remove the Pendrive now that PeppermintOS is installed.
I have an Epson Stylus SX130 printer/ scanner and I have a Linux driver for it in my Windross files, I haven't found out how to copy from "there" to "here".
I will install the needed bits and pieces later when I have stopped playing around, using stage 5 in the tutorial Mark directed me to.
I was very surprised that I managed an Internet connection so easily, I literally did nothing, it was just there to use, hence this post.
Why it was surprising was I have never managed to get my email connection on this machine and Internet Explorer never seemed to work properly.
I may set up a GMail account.
Thanks again everybody for all your help and encouragement, I will be back when I encounter problems.
take care
Don W
PS I use an IBM keyboard that is at least 15 years old and built like a tank :)

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 24, 2011, 05:04:53 pm »
Thanks Mark,
I have just been told that Santa is on his way so I can install Linux on this machine.
This will be a job for after the holidays so you have a nice rest  ;)

take care
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 24, 2011, 04:04:05 pm »
Hi Mark,
My first foray into the Linux world has let me send you this thank you.
I have managed to lock the OS up and hit the reboot key on the front of the computer which has restarted PeppermintOS.  ;D
I may be able to wipe this machine and install Linux only, I will wait until the holidays are over to make sure.
My grandson uses this machine to log into Super Mario, but I think Santa may be bringing him a laptop. ::)

take care
Don W

General Discussion / Re: linux install
« on: December 23, 2011, 11:29:43 pm »
Again, many thanks Mark.
I have had a look at the tutorial and saved it to disc.
I will give it a rest over the holiday period and come back to you with my problems later.
Have a happy holiday and thanks again.

take care
Don W

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