Hi all, since the Mint forums are down, I thought I’d post here. My laptop running Win8 lost the use of the USB ports and the WebCam a long while back. I have 300gigs of files that I want to save with no real way to back them up as I’m out in the woods on DIAL-UP.
My thought was to install Linux along side windows and copy files to that partition then maybe format the C: drive in hopes of whatever was causing my USBs to fail would be gone.
It makes sense, but there’s probably no need to install Mint if you don’t want to … the files could be copied whilst booted to the LiveCD/LiveUSB.
Can I ask when you downloaded the Mint ISO image … the reason I ask is their server was recently hacked and for a day their server was offering a hacked version of mint that contained malicious software … the hacked version was only on their site for a day (20th Feb).
I’m NOT trying to talk you out of using Mint which is a great distro … if you have an original (unhacked) ISO image Mint is a solid and secure OS, but they cannot secure a version that comes with pre-installed malicious code.
Oh, and welcome to the forum
If you’re unsure when you downloaded the Mint ISO and it was “around” the 20th … I’d suggest you download it again.
Just a thought, but have you tried removing the USB hubs/drivers from within the Windows device manager … then letting Windows rediscover them ? … that might solve the problem in Windows.
Thanks! I d/l’d the ISO on the 19th, but I still checked the MD5. I hope that was enough to be sure I had a good ISO.
I am done with windows. The more I fool around with Mint, the more I like it.
I didn’t make the partition big enough to copy all my files. I deleted enough on C: to have room, but not sure how or what I need to do to enlarge the Mint volume. If I get Gparted can I resize the partitions to make room?
Is there a way in Linux to scan for hardware changes? I mean once I format the windows partitions, how do I (or can I) get the USB ports to be recognized? If it is a hardware problem then I’m done and this will be just a fancy music player. I just don’t see how the camera and usb’s all quit working near the same time. There’s got to be some bad stuff in the windows files…how’s that for good geek lingo?
Linux (just like Windows) talks direct with the hardware. Any changes are automatically detected and the appropriate drivers are loaded.
Unlike in Windows, this is done silently. If you have Mint already installed then all you need is to plug in a USB stick and the drive will be automatically available in the File Manager. That is if it is not a hardware failure.
If it does not automatically show up then you could launch the Terminal (CTRL+T) and enter (that is a lowercase L):
sudo fdisk -l
That would also list all other partitions including the USB
So if you could post the result of the above command that would would give us an idea of what to suggest in case you want to increase the Mint install partition size.
@SierraDave … can you not attach images please, unless they’re specifically requested for by the forum admin
a) whenever possible copy/paste terminal output directly into your posting … it allows people to copy/paste parts if it in their responses
b) host the mage on a site like http://imgur.com
and post a link to it.
First let’s check the USB ports are working … in Mint, plug something into a USB port and post the output from:
dave@dave-300E4C-300E5C-300E7C ~ $ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
I plugged a stick in and also a camera turned on. Same result.