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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:47:05 pm »
Oh well, never mind guys. I will call the computer shop in town tomorrow and see how much they will charge me to wipe this Ubuntu off and put the latest Peppermint distro on this MacBook. This Ubuntu seems to have too many problems. My bro probably used an old version! I told him last time he put Ubuntu on a computer for me ( which was the netbook my other brother gave me, which Mark later on put Peppermint on) that he should only put Peppermint onto laptops and netbooks. Ubuntu doesn't seem suited to them.

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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:39:50 pm »
It still doesn't like it!

[email protected]:~$ cp ~/Downloads/PS1Dfw.usb /usr/share/sane/gt68xx/
cp: cannot create regular file '/usr/share/sane/gt68xx/PS1Dfw.usb': Permission denied
[email protected]:~$


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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:37:24 pm »
The command just created a directory.  You can check using
Code: [Select]
ls /usr/share/sane/gt68xx
Emegra will add file(s) later.

Ok. I have to admit I have no idea what a directory is unless I Google it. Do you think my brother put an old version of Ubuntu on this MacBook? It seems to be taking a lot of effort to load software unlike Peppermint. I had the same problem with Ubuntu with the little netbook my other brother gave me and then Mark Greaves (bless him) told me to post it to him, and he put Peppermint on it. He always used to say that laptops/netbooks work best with Peppermint.

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Linux Support / Re: MPV Media player doesn´t play my DVDs on Ubuntu
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:33:36 pm »
Had problems with that. When I put in the second command, a load of code, or whatever you call it started loading, then after that had finished a box came up with this message:

This package automates the process of launching downloads of the source   ?
 ? files for libdvdcss2 from videolan.org, compiling them, and installing    ?
 ? the binary packages (libdvdcss2 libdvdcss-dev).                           ?
 ?                                                                           ?
 ? Please run "sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg" to launch this process for  ?
 ? the first time.                                                           ?
 ?           

So I closed the terminal and opened it again and put in what it told me and then I got this message:

[email protected]Pro:~$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg
[sudo] password for avon:
debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
[email protected]:~$

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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: August 01, 2021, 06:27:08 pm »


Nothing much seemed to happen there Emegra!

[email protected]:~$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/sane/gt68xx
[sudo] password for avon:
[email protected]:~$



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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 31, 2021, 08:21:50 pm »
I'm not very impressed with Ubuntu as an OS to be honest. Peppermint is much better! I'll have to take this MacBook to the computer shop in the near future and ask them to get rid of Ubuntu and put the latest Peppermint distro on it.

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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 31, 2021, 08:20:00 pm »
No, it still doesn't work! It still says it is unable to connect to the scanner, so yet again I have to use my tiny Peppermint netbook, which takes ages to boot up, to scan documents..grrr--

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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 30, 2021, 12:54:29 am »
You might try this - https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=150579

Copy and paste the instructions, in turn, into terminal.

(found by googling your scanner model)

Rich

Started that, but got a scary response, so did not go any further.
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install xsane
[sudo] password for avon:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for avon:
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend. It is held by process 25667 (unattended-upgr)
N: Be aware that removing the lock file is not a solution and may break your system.
E: Unable to acquire the dpkg frontend lock (/var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend), is another process using it?
[email protected]:~$



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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 30, 2021, 12:49:31 am »
With the scanner plugged in try:
Code: [Select]
scanimage -L
and report the output.

[email protected]:~$ scanimage -L
device `gt68xx:libusb:001:016' is a Mustek BearPaw 1200 CU flatbed scanner
[email protected]:~$


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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 30, 2021, 12:48:18 am »
[email protected]:~$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/sane
[sudo] password for avon:
mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/usr/share/sane’: File exists
[email protected]:~$


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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: July 16, 2021, 06:55:17 pm »
Hi Matilda
Can you confirm you have the file I sent you in ~/Downloads ?

Yes I did in the above message, written on June 26th!

Quote
It's been sat there for a few days waiting for its instructions Mr. Emegra!

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Linux Support / Re: Ads in Firefox vs Google Chrome
« on: July 05, 2021, 07:16:13 pm »
I think there's been a bit of confusion here between my OP and Melissa's reply. For one thing I haven't found Firefox to be particularly "slow and clunky". I had simply noticed that I was seeing more ads when I use Firefox than when I'm using Google Chrome, irrespective of the origin of the ads. Yes I know Firefox is a browser, although if I go into the settings it shows my default Search Engine as DuckDuckGo. So is Duck an engine or not? Possibly enough to confuse anyone?

Now this may be purely psychological, but knowing the reputation of Google regarding ads and trackers, I would have expected to see more ads when using Chrome, not less. I was just curious as to what may be behind it. And I merely mentioned the fact I was using DuckDuckGo with both on the off chance it had any bearing on the issue. If it doesn't, fair enough.

Over the weekend I will have a look at some of the suggestions made, and see how things go.

Thanks

I'm glad you don't find Firefox slow and clunky, but I have found it so on both my Peppermint netbook and my Macbook running on Ubuntu. To explain: the engine itself loads up slowly when you launch it. when you type in something to search for it takes you straight to DuckDuck Go which yields far far less results than Google does.

I can't say I had problems with ads, but then I had enabled a Firefox ad blocker extension.

It was the slow clunkiness of it.

Google is fast fast fast! It also yields tons of useful search results, which being a writer doing research, I need. In fact the more I search for something (even if straight away the results are either not as much information as I want, or not quite right) it seems to go deeper and deeper and finds me obscure stuff I was looking for.

Google does have tons of ads by default, but if you use ad blockers then they barely show up!

DuckDuck Go is a search engine, but not a very good one. People tend to use it because it states that it gives the user anonymous searching, which is a good thing in some ways, but the trade off is a limited searchability.

You can also use a do not track me extension on Google.






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Linux Support / Re: Ads in Firefox vs Google Chrome
« on: June 27, 2021, 04:32:15 pm »
Well, I've 3 computers: a netbook running on Peppermint; a MacBook Pro running on Ubuntu, and a Chromebook. The Chromebook is my main one I use and I have ad blockers on it, so I rarely see any ads.

I did have Firefox on the MacBook as my bro put that on when he sent me it as a birthday gift. I got rid of Firefox (as you can see from my recent posts) and installed Chrome as 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 know people are a bit iffy about Google, given that it has the monopoly, but, it is the most competent engine out there.

I have also got Firefox on the Peppermint netbook but I also have Chrome, so I never use it on there. It's even slower on the netbook than it is on the MacBook! I'll have to get rid of it as it tries to launch itself sometimes!

I didn't really notice the ads on Firefox but I used it very little. I did, however use it exclusively a few years ago when I had an old HP laptop running on Peppermint. Firefox used to be so much better. I had adblockers on it and never got ads

Personally, I'd recommend getting rid of Firefox on your Linux laptop and installing Chrome. It is much faster and has lots of ad blocker extensions, including one for YouTube.

Firefox does have ad blockers in the extensions though. Have you added any?



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Linux Support / Re: My scanner doesn´t work on Ubuntu
« on: June 26, 2021, 03:26:05 pm »
It's been sat there for a few days waiting for its instructions Mr. Emegra!

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Linux Support / Re: MPV Media player doesn´t play my DVDs on Ubuntu
« on: June 22, 2021, 10:58:42 pm »
Thank you very much SeZo. I'll do that tomorrow!

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