Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Peppermint 10 OS, Still Awesome

I was just saying the other day that Deepin was giving me that not-so-up-to-date feeling. For fun, I checked the version of Firefox that it was running 60.0.1.

That's bad.

The next day everybody else running Firefox updated to 70.0.1.

I knew that Deepin hadn't updated in a while so I looked it up - Deepin hadn't updated since July!

That's really bad.

The worst thing, the Deepin installation was what I did all my banking and bill-paying on.

Eeks!!!

A writer for a popular magazine had written about Peppermint OS recently and how amazing it was. I already knew this, but it was a solid reminder I need to swap OS's before I do anymore online banking.

(previous article on Peppermint https://www.atnpc.com/2019/08/peppermint-10.html )

(original Pepperming 9 discovery https://www.atnpc.com/2019/02/peppermint-os-linux.html )

Peppermint 10 went right on my dual-booted work machine. The monitor on the right started to flicker during instal; I knew this was Nvidia driver related so I didn't panic.

Upon restart, there was no monitor flicker. I went straight to the additional driver tool and checked for necessary drivers. Peppermint had already installed the right drivers.



If you've been following my adventures with Linux this year, you'll understand how happy I am about this.

With everything that is behind it, and with everything that goes into it, Linux certainly SHOULD BE this easy.

From here I went to Display settings and configured my monitors correctly.


After system/software updates, it was time to put a few other programs on it

(a list of addition software is started here https://www.atnpc.com/2019/11/peppermint-os-mods-and-addons.html )

Simple.

Now I feel safe, secure (up-to-date), and can get back to computing.

Thanks to everybody that makes Peppermint OS!

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Peppermint OS Mods and Addons

Icon Theme
 elementary Xfce
 or
 Elementary Xfce Darkest


Google Chrome

Gnome System Monitor


GtkHash

LibreOffice

Variety



Grub Customizer
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install grub-customizer






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Sunday, October 27, 2019

HP/Compaq Salvage

HP Pavilion a6303w
https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01294321

https://www.cnet.com/products/compaq-presario-sr5214x-tower-pentium-e2140-1-6-ghz-1-gb-160-gb/

Sunday, October 6, 2019

NVidia Graphics Card AFTER OS Install

Here we go again...

I went through all my computers and realised some of them are close to being retired. This being due to *some* components reaching dinosaur-like ages in computer-to-human years, which leaves other components to be scuttled and used in other machines to enhance their performance.

My HTPC, the computer attached to the TV, got upgrade with 8 whole gigabytes of RAM.

The beloved Dell Optiplex 755 SFF is just getting too old for service. At 11 years old, it equates to 110 "human years". Most humans have retired from this world at that age... Granted, it may find service as the *new* feed computer for the online scanner, but that is a project for later.

For now, I removed the PNY Geforce GT 710 graphics card. At 2GB, and having DVI and HDMI ports, it's a dandly little card with low power requirements.

So, now I find myself with parts to build up the loathed and infamous Dell Optiplex 7010 DT.

(read more about it HERE, HERE, and HERE)

It received the PNY graphics card, and 10GB of RAM. The RAM was an accidental combination - it was supposed to be 8, but my tired eyes misread the small print. And, I know full well that RAM needs to be congruant, or you will have issues. The speed/frequency all matches, it's just the capacity that differs. I might remove the 2GB stick later, but, hey, the silly thing is running...

I thought about installing a SSD from another machine, but decided against it. The current hard drive was already partioned. It has Windows 10, Xubuntu 18.04, and Peppermint 10, and extra partitions for whatever. So it stayed.

I thought it would be easy enough to get all the drivers sorted.

Windows, right-click, Device Manager, Display Adapters, Update Driver...

Then Peppermint, additional drivers, nvidia-driver-430, Apply Changes...


But the progress bar would go half way, then the whole process stopped.


I restarted, tried again, and got the same results.

Next, I booted into Xubuntu, same process, same results.

I didn't record how many cold boots and restarts I performed between attempts, but the results were the same.

I installed Xubuntu fresh, updated, and then went to Additional Drivers. The process worked this time.

Today I booted into Peppermint and went through the process just to get screenshots, and guess what...


It worked.


Pressing the Restart button in Additional Drivers failed to restart the computer to finish the driver install, but the regular Restart button for the OS did the trick.

WTF?

There is a meme floating around that says something to the effect off
"we see you have hit the [whatever] key 517, 402 times; your selection has now been accepted"

I guess that's what happened here. It's not the second cold boot, it's not the second restart, it's not the combination of the two, it's the fact that I went to the internet to post a snarky article... THAT'S WHEN IT WORKS, just to make me look/feel stupid...

Too funny...

My advice has ALWAYS been to configure your computer the way you want it with all the hardware you desire in it's proper place, THEN install your Linux distro while connected to the internet via ethernet cable (not Wifi).

I stand by this.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Streaming TV and Movies



Car Crash TV

Idiot TV

Lost in Transmission

Midsomer Murders

Peaky Blinders

Simon's Cat

Superstore

Young Sheldon



BumbleBee TV

CW Seed

IMDb TV

PopCornFlix

Pluto TV

Sony Crackle

Tubi 

Xumo

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Pluto TV

If you've been following my posts here, you know I am less than enthused with Amazon Prime Video

https://www.atnpc.com/2019/08/standard-definition-restriction-for.html )

Their user interface, their Amazon branded devices, their website, their lack of communication, their lack of customer service...


And I'm paying for this?!

Not for much longer...

Another complaint that echoes from my mouth frequently is,

"Where did my show go?!"

One day it's there. The next day it is gone. Then it's back. Then gone again. Then it's back...

Then, there's the other times when the show is just gone. No warning. It's gone for good.

How about a little heads-up?!

How about a "These are on their way out; watch them before their gone" category.

An email? Amazon sends enough useless emails. They certainly could let me know via email what shows were leaving and when.

But, they don't.

You know who does? Pluto TV


See, wasn't that easy?

Oh, and it's free. Yep, it's free.

They do have commercials, but it's not the annoying onslaught like you get with network channels.

Speaking of channels, the "Live TV" interface reminds me of the channel view of a cable box


Some may like it, some may not, but it is familiar. That's not a bad thing in my book.

There is also a "on Demand" view that lets me select what I want to watch when I want to watch it.


Did I mention, it is free?

Oh, bonus - it works with my VPN. Amazon Prime does NOT work when my VPN is on.

Oh, another bonus, some of my favorite shows are available like Midsomer Murders, and Rutledge Wood's Lost in Transmission.

In fact, if you can't find something to watch on Pluto TV, you obviously didn't look.

As far as I know, Pluto TV works on EVERYTHING! Computer, phone, all streaming tv boxes, Apple stuff, tablets, game consoles, and even in a regular internet browser.

Give it a try; you will love it!

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Linux Kernel Known Bug

"Dell Latitude D630 Laptop and the Known Bug with the Linux Kernel"

There is a known bug in one or some of the Linux kernels that is missing the appropriate drivers for the Intel graphics chips in some older laptops.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1685442

The Dell Latitude D630's are one of the affected models.


 There is no questioning your laptop is affected by this when your fresh install of your favorite distro takes 4-1/2 minutes to boot.

That's right, 4.5 minutes.

For some reason the computer is busy looking for an S video connector, but there isn't one.

The first fix I came across was adding a kernel boot parameter

 GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=SVIDEO-1:d"

That may have helped a little bit, but it didn't help me anywhere near as much as other users reported.

The next suggestion was to remove some video drivers with

sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-intel

but, since they weren't installed in the first place, that didn't help.

Since the problem is at the kernel level, change the kernel.

There is a very nice tutorial here:

https://phoenixnap.com/kb/how-to-update-kernel-ubuntu

Skip to "Option C: Manually Update the Kernel..."

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install ukuu


Then run

sudo ukuu-gtk


I chose kernel 5.2.

The start from reboot took 1-1/2 minutes (instead of the previous 4-1/2). Start from cold boot 1-1/4 minutes.

Nice.

I used the Ukuu tool on Xubuntu 18.04.3 and Peppermint 10.


I'd imagine this would help with Zorin 15 too.



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