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  1. Very, very useful.

     

    As I don't see my friend that often, it might be awhile before I can check all this out on his computer.

     

    Currently, his Linux Mint is running smoothly, and I managed to get all the programs he needs on it installed and settings made during setup. Just can't update anything because of the password issue. As long as he doesn't need Adobe Flash updated on his Firefox. That just stops working when it needs an update.

     

    Will keep you informed.

     

    Thank you very much. It's rare to find a real Linux expert.


  2. Very, very useful.

     

    As I don't see my friend that often, it might be awhile before I can check all this out on his computer.

     

    Currently his Linux Mint is running smoothly, and I managed to get all the programs he needs on it installed and settings made during setup. Just can't update anything because of the password issue. As long as he doesn't need Adobe Flash updated on his Firefox. That just stops working when it needs an update.

     

    Will keep you informed.

     

    Thank you very much. It's rare to find a real Linux expert.


  3. Thanks for this useful information Gumball. I'll definitely install the Fail2Ban app.

     

    The specific problem my friend is having is that when he tries to install updates on his Linux Mint system, the password I set up for him doesn't authenticate for some reason. Using the same password when logging in after computer starts up, I have no problem.


  4. 3 hours ago, TonyClifton said:

    YouTube has thousands of videos that can teach you how to use Linux. Use them.

    Believe me, I have looked at dozens of videos out there on Linux. Most of it is crap and way too technical for me. I have learned enough to at least get Linux installed on a computer and set up and customized the way i like it with a nice theme, icon pack, Google fonts, etc. That's all I need to know how to do for now.

     

    Like the Mark Twain quote, BTW.


  5. 13 minutes ago, Vacuum said:

    Try this: 

    
    $ sudo -i  and then enter your password.

    Yeah, I think this will work. I will give it a try. The Linux installation is actually on a friend's laptop, so will have to try this when I see him again.

     

    One other question, is the Linux password I set up during installation the same as the root password they ask for when making changes to my machine?

     

    Thanks.


  6. Caps lock off, and no keyboard layout changed.

     

    Luckily this problem started after I installed all the updates and drivers, but still very annoying when I want to install a program and my root password doesn't work.


  7. I set up Linux Mint on my laptop, and was successful.

     

    The only bug I have is that my root password stopped working for some reason. It was working at first after the installation, but doesn't authenticate any longer.

     

    Login to Mint after reboot using the password works, however. 

     

    Any ideas on what to do?

     

    Thank you.

     

    J Daubman


  8. Setup of Linux Mint was successful at last. Thanks for all the help guys.

     

    The only bug I have now is that my root password stopped working for some reason. It was working at first, but just doesn't authenticate any longer.

     

    Login to Mint after reboot using the password works, however.


  9. The D drive is a logical drive, and I will definitely be backing it up first before installation. A bit of a hassle, because all the files will have to be put back on the Linux OS for easy access.

     

    Good riddance to Microsoft.

     

    You're right about running Linux from a USB flash drive. It would be somewhat slower.

     

    Thanks for your expert advice, and I'll keep you updated. I'll be installing Linux and doing all the customizations all day tomorrow.


  10. 49 minutes ago, Oxx said:

    1. Have you run Linux from the thumbdrive? That would be the first thing to do to demonstrate that the available drivers are compatible with your hardware.

     

    2. Are you trying to have dual boot Linux/Windows? If not simply select "Erase disk and install" when you get to the "Installation Type" stage.  There's no need for you to do any partitioning.

    Thanks.

     

    Yes, I have tested the particular Linux Mint edition iso on my computer. No problems until the installation process and rebooting as I mentioned above.

     

    My next option will be to back up the more than 100GB of data on my computer's D drive, then select the "Erase the disk and install" option. This seems to be the most logical choice for a hassle-free installation.

     

    Another option is to install Linux on a separate flash drive from the iso. If it fails, it's easy enough to just reformat the flash drive. 


  11. 1 hour ago, FredLee said:

    There is a lot of good info on the Linux in Thailand forum.

    I just now saw the Linux in Thailand forum. I didn't know it was there. However, going through the topics, I didn't see anything that would help me in my situation.


  12. Hi. Are there any Linux users out there who have any experience in installing Linux on a laptop?

     

    I need help. I've downloaded the iso Linux Mint Mint 19.1 Cinnamon Edition and put it on a flash drive. I'm trying to install it on an HP laptop with a partition I need to save. Windows is gone. I'm having a nightmare trying to partition the C drive correctly to accommodate Linux. Whatever I do succeed in getting it installed by just ignoring all the warnings during installation, when I go to reboot the computer after installation I get a blue screen.

     

    I hope I've made myself clear enough as to my specific problem.

     

    Thank you.

     

    J Daubman

     

     

     

     

     

     


  13. I have an annoying problem with Google search using the latest version of Firefox. When I type in what I want to seach for in th bar, I only manage to get the first letter typed when the page turns white and I get up in the top left hand side you only get suggestions and you can't go any further. See the attached screen captures. My operating system is Windows 7 Utimate SP1 32-bit and the Firefox version is 20.0.

    Thanks for any kind suggestions.

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  14. <snip>

    Thanks for the insight into your desktop - fancy putting "Hatari" there, you must be a big fan haha.

    Windows doing all these tricky AI-type things pushed me towards the linux community. Good luck, AA

    And what a desktop! I guess you never worked in a company that had a "Clear desktop" policy. biggrin.png

    The Hatari folder is the movie I'm downloading, btw.


  15. I only get more problems when I do a system restore, so I don't even go there. Go into Safe Mode and fiddle around? Wouldn't even venture there. A complete waste of time, Mr. Gates. I think a complete reformat and clean Window 7 install is the answer. But only when the annoyances mount up to an intolerable number.


  16. Yeah, I've seen all that. Methods 1-4 check out OK, and methods 5 and 6 don't apply to my computer. I'm beginning to think that Windows is morphing into some kind of artificial intelligence. It seems to know that the first thing I do after startup is double click the Computer icon on the desktop, and it's beating me to the click.


  17. Windows Explorer opens up on startup. This is an occurrance which just started happening out of the blue. No changes to the computer or its settings just prior and no other annoyances except this. Running Windows 7 Basic SP1. Thanks in advance for any insight to this recent computer infliction.

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  18. Hey crab, this is annoying me as well. About a week ago, I upgraded my ADSL package and got a new Xyxel router from them. All I had to do to get connected was to plug it in. No username or password was ever required. I went to the True shop at Fortune to inquire about this, but all I got was more frustrated. I was directed from one "help" station to another, and all I got were clueless responses.


  19. I had one built for me at Banana IT for 8,900. I just chose the parts, case and power supply and they put it together for me. I'm using it for exactly what you'd be using yours for. Just a few suggestions. Go with an inexpensive Cooler Master case, a decent power supply, have the shop partition your hard drive (NTFS not Fat32), and you'll be just fine. Stick with Windows XP SP3 and install that yourself to make sure it's a clean install. This computer is the quietest, most stable and quickest computer I've had. Here are the specs and the programs I'm using.

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