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Hello my friends.  I just successfully installed Peppermint 5 on and old XP computer, and I have an Internet connection, but I can't bring up Chromium browser to get any work done,.

I'm stuck!

Any suggestions?

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« Last Edit: July 18, 2014, 09:48:57 pm by perknh »
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Re: Have Internet Connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014, 02:22:00 pm »
You might try reinstalling.....
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apt upgrade && apt install --reinstall chromium-browser
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Re: Have Internet Connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014, 02:31:19 pm »
Hello Mac,

I get apt-upgrade command not found.

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I'm more than happy to install Chrome itself at this moment in time  -- if I can!

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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2014, 02:40:48 pm »
It's apt upgrade not apt-upgrade.  Leave the hyphen out.
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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2014, 02:51:21 pm »
Mac,

Thank you!  Something is happening now.

I'm in tough scene right now, but alone for the time being.

I'll have to get back to you on the rebound.  I'm pinched for time before things might get crazy here.

I'm in a scene where no good deed goes unpunished! 

I'll get back to you when I can.

And thank you very, very, much.

perknh

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Nothing happened!  I'm downloading Firefox now.  I'll see how that goes.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2014, 02:59:37 pm by perknh »
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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2014, 02:54:43 pm »
No problem, perknh.  Just come back and see us when you can.   And, BTW, can you call up Chromium from the command line?
Just type "chromium-browser' in the Run command window or in your terminal (without quotation marks).

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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2014, 03:18:44 pm »
Hi Mac,

No I tried that -- nothing.

I could Install Firefox, but I could not install Chrome either.  The message I got was for "permissions" or of it being a "corrupt" file.

I'm re-installing Peppermint 5 completely right now -- third time for this computer.

I'll let the chips fall where they may -- but something funny is happening here.  That much I know.

This is my third installation, on three different computers, and this is the first problem I've had like this.

This is an old XP computer.

Thank you, Mac.

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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2014, 03:26:08 pm »
Would have been useful to know if there was any output if you tried to start chromium-browser from the command line.

Also .. how did you try to install google-chrome ? .. and where from ?
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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2014, 08:08:00 pm »
Thank you, Mac, and thank you, PCNetSpec,

That was a rough scene, but I'm home now.

I was moving as fast as I could with the installation.  Only Firefox browser worked for me, but eventually, after going to the Chrome Release Channels - The Chromium Projects, I downloaded Chrome Browser Unstable.  That's when I got this message: 
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This computer can no longer run Google Chrome because its hardware is no longer supported.

That's why I figure, Chromium, Chrome Stable, Chrome Unstable, Maxthon, Maxthon beta, and Midori browsers would not work for me.  That's the only conclusion I can come up with.  Also, I could not get YouTube to work in Firefox. 

Needless to say, things did not go so well for me today with this installation.  Peppermint 5 is currently installed, but its capabilities appear limited on that old XP machine.

Thank you,

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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2014, 09:20:38 pm »
Hi perknh, whew, it sounds like you are having fun and games with that old rig.  :'(.  Have you installed the Lubuntu Restricted Extras package.  This has Flash, MP3 etc.  The propitiatory stuff.  If you haven't, it may help.  Copy and paste the following command into the terminal window:
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apt install lubuntu-restricted-extras
Hit enter and do the password thing, if asked..  Close all of your browser instances and re-launch them. 

The  upgrade command you are looking for isn't apt-upgrade.  There's no hyphen.  It is just as mac posted. 
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apt upgrade && apt install --reinstall chromium-browser
Its an easy mistake when you are used to sudo apt-get upgrade.  I like using just apt - thanks Linux Mint for that  :)

I was having a horrible time with the new Aura Chromium and Chrome browsers.  I downgraded the browsers to an earlier version and low and behold - everything works  ;D.  Here is the link with the instructions: http://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,494.0.html.  I hope this helps.  Your old rig needs Pepperminting  8)!  Have fun!
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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2014, 10:33:30 pm »
Thank you, AndyInMokum,

Not only has that computer been difficult, but it's a difficult environment to work in.

If I can get back there, and do these things, I will gladly run these commands.

That computer really has half an OS right now.  I need the Chromium-based browsers, and YouTube, to be working.

These are great ideas, and I will pursue them if I can.

Thank you very much.   :)

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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2014, 01:04:13 am »
Thank you, AndyInMokum,

Not only has that computer been difficult, but it's a difficult environment to work in.

If I can get back there, and do these things, I will gladly run these commands.

That computer really has half an OS right now.  I need the Chromium-based browsers, and YouTube, to be working.

These are great ideas, and I will pursue them if I can.

Thank you very much.   :)

perknh

No problem, I'm running Google Chrome Version 34.0.1847.137 and I've got Chromium Version 31.0.1650.57.  They both run well and don't exhibit strange wobbly, flickering and general instability that happens with the new Aura versions ; just very polite and well mannered  ;).  If you do decide to install "lubuntu-restricted-extras",  you will be presented with a EULA that you need to accept to complete the installation.   I found that you will also need to remove or backup the EXISTING Chromium/Google-Chrome config files from ~/.config before installing the retro-browsers.  To backup the folder(s), open a terminal window and enter:
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mv ~/.config/google-chrome ~/.config/google-chrome.bak
Substitute chromium for google-chrome if necessary. Again good luck with it  ;)!!
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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2014, 06:50:52 am »
Easiest solution in Peppermint 5 would probably be to use the non-aura version of Chrome.

Follow thee instructions in this posting:
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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2014, 12:26:07 pm »
Thank you PCNetSpec, AndyInMokum, and Mac,

As soon as I can get my hands on that computer, I'm going to get to work on this project.  All of this information has been extremely helpful.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.  By hook, or by crook, I'm going to get a Chromium-based browser, that can play YouTube, working on that old XP computer.

I really appreciate all the help I've received here.

Thank you,

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Re: Have Internet connection but can't get Chromium browser to work
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2014, 07:59:11 am »
We PCNetSpec, AndyInMokum, and Mac,

I finally got Linux on that old HP Pavilion 061 that had been running XP.  I could find nothing, Chrome or Chromium-based, aura or non-aura,  that would will work on that old machine.

I tried installing Peppermint 3, Peppermint 5, Ubuntu's Unity 12.04.4 LTS, and Mint 17's Xfce version on that old and obstinate machine.  Chromium-based browsers and YouTube would not function on that machine.

Finally, after eleven hours of effort, and after becoming brainless, tired, and desperate, I tried this:   I removed all traces of Chrome with PCNetSpec's following command : sudo apt-get remove --purge google-chrome*

Then I removed any traces of Flash I could find.  I removed Pepper Flash, and I removed all traces of Adobe Flash.  Yep, I removed all Flash.*

Then, like magic, YouTube began to work as it should again. Yes, that's right -- with no installed Adobe Flash.

But at that point I had Xubuntu 14.04 on that old machine, and that's where this tale ends.

I don't know if removing Adobe Flash would have got our Peppermint 5 up and running on that old machine. I just don't know.  But It was too late for me to try another installation.  So that's where I left things.

What I can say for certainty is that when I left that house, an old XP machine was Windows free, and humming along just fine on Linux.

I'm considering this to be a story with a happy ending, due, in large part, to all your help from a week earlier.

Another computer is working again, and is XP free!

So, thank you all for all of your help. 

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*Doesn't make any sense, does it -- that there would be no installed Flash of any sort on that machine?  Maybe Flash is build right into YouTube now.  I don't know.
 
« Last Edit: July 06, 2014, 07:33:14 am by perknh »
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