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Hardware / Re: Graphics driver problem
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:31:21 am »
Well, it wrote a new X configuration file, which is actually a good thing.  For some reason, whenever I run that command, it never "finds" one and just writes a new one, even if the driver is running.

After rebooting, is the driver working now?

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: 11-Year Old Pepper Turion
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:18:37 am »
Your code tags were in the wrong place, I fixed it for you.

Nice looking system you have there.  :D

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News and Reviews / Re: Atari making consoles again
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:15:48 am »
You're showing your age there pin .. or lack thereof :)

No, this is showing your age:

The first video game console I ever played was a brand new Atari 5200.

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General Discussion / Re: Oh the joy
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:14:01 am »
I'm just going to leave this here...


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Hardware / Re: Graphics driver problem
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:16:13 pm »
It looks like the driver is installed but not activated.  Try running this in the terminal:

Code: [Select]
sudo nvidia-xconfig

Enter your admin password when prompted and reboot when it's done.  When you reboot, the Nvidia driver should be activated.

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I can go along with that.

Probably, if you had a hardware issue, the company would repair it under warranty and wipe your Linux install for a fresh version of Windows for "diagnostic" purposes.  ::)

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I've never seen a PC warranty where changing the OS voids your warranty.  Most OEMs even include drivers on their website specifically for changing your installed version of Windows, with no warranty warnings.  Besides, putting such a stipulation would prevent people from upgrading to the next version of Windows under warranty.

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They're not so easy to get in the US either, trust me.  It usually involves going to the website of a computer company and live chatting with a sales associate who doesn't really know what they're talking about.  You tell them that you want to buy X computer without an OS and they balk at you.  They say that computer isn't available without an OS, which shouldn't be true.  You go round and round and, if you're lucky, you get what you want.  From what I understand, it doesn't always happen.  It usually depends on who you're dealing with.

Truth be told, if a computer company wants a sale that badly, they'll do it.  It shouldn't realistically matter to them, they don't make any money on the Windows license anyway, it's included at cost.  All they're making money on is the hardware anyway.  Some will even insist on selling you the OS anyway, and you have to talk them into just including it on discs in the box.  It's a huge pill.  ::)

With desktops, you're better off either building one or getting someone you know to do it for you if you can't do it yourself.  The problem is laptops.  Nobody sells DIY laptop kits anymore, or at least not the big component stores.  So, you're pretty much stuck with either a few companies that actually make Linux computers, or you have to try the above method for getting one without an OS, or just wipe the Windows OS and replace it with Linux.  It's not an easy process, no matter what you choose.

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It was always available to me for personal use for my own computers from where I use to work as we had corporate copies of all Windows OS.

Your instance is different, but most people who buy computers in retail stores also think that, quite incorrectly.  They've paid for Windows, it's just included in the price of the computer.  Don't believe me?  Just go to any OEM and ask them what they'll charge for any computer without windows (any one that normally comes with it, that is.)  They're usually $90 to $100 cheaper.  Also, look at the $1049.99 configurations on this computer:

http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/productdetails/xps-13-9360-laptop?3x_nav=OS_BRAND%3DUBUNT&3x_page=1&filterCollapsed=true

For that price, you can get one with Windows 10 and a 128GB SSD, or you can get one with Ubuntu 16.04 and a 256GB SSD.  Same price, twice the hard drive capacity when you **don't** pay for that Windows license.  So, yes those people have indeed paid for Windows, it just wasn't itemized when they purchased computers with it preinstalled.

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News and Reviews / Re: Atari making consoles again
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:44:09 am »
I love Atari.  I hope it's something new and not just another console that runs old Atari games.  There are already several of those and I have 100 Atari games on Steam.  I could go for a new console that plays new games.  Atari got out of that race in the early '90s, but they've hung on by being a software only company.  They could shock the world by coming out with a brand new console that plays modern games.  Or do like Nintendo does, have your console play modern games and have a virtual console for playing classic games.

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This again.  As PCNetSpec said, it's never offered on the Home laptops, even though it would perform better on those than Windows.  The least expensive one is the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which is $850.

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: Firefox 54 lands
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:12:02 am »
Now we just have to wait for Canonical to "test" it and put it in their repositories.  ::)

(yes, I know there are other avenues)

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General Discussion / Re: Peppermint Forum Rocks...
« on: June 12, 2017, 06:43:26 pm »
Of course the Peppermint forum rocks.  Now for some Peppermint on the rocks.


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It's illegal to be root on your own device? Really?  :o

It's a gray area in a lot of countries.  In the US, it's fluctuated between being legal and illegal. (It's currently legal, I think) Basically, it's legal in most countries if you're still using the phone in a legal manner.  IE: unlocking your phone to use software that is legally obtained but can't be run on your phone without unlocking it.  However, if you're unlocking it to do something illegal, then it's not legal.  So, " yes and no" is the answer.  ;)

However, some people also don't own their phones.  I own mine, I bought it outright.  I know some carriers provide a phone as part of a contract and, if you drop your service, you have to return it.  So, therefore, it's not yours.

I rooted my first Fire tablet just to install Firefox on it.  Some days, I wouldn't mind doing it again with my current Fire, because Silk is a pain and can't use extensions and some sites have out of control ads.  However, on my phone, I just use Firefox with uBlock Origin.  But, I never did anything illegal with the Fire.  It was just to add a browser that Amazon doesn't have in their Appstore (because they're idiots.)

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It's a good thing I don't root my phone, because I've got to have my Netflix.  The funny part is that it's the app developers who decide if their app can be installed on your rooted phone, yet everyone is blaming Google.  All Google did was put the tools there, it's the devs who will use it or not.

It's this simple:  Illegally modified equipment is insecure.  It can be blocked from  certain content because of the security risks.  This is no different than Sony and Microsoft booting hacked Playstations and XBOXes from their networks.  Most people don't go to the trouble of hacking a device just to use it normally, they usually have something illegal in mind.  So, it's their fault for hacking (rooting) their phones.  If they had just used it normally, they would be fine.  So, I have no sympathy for them, nor am I applauding Google or the app developers for this move.  It simply is what it is.  If you use your stuff normally, it won't affect you.  I love Peppermint for home and laptop use, but it won't do anything for my phone or tablet.  For those, I need a mobile OS, so I have to play by Google's rules.  I'm sure Apple has something similar or worse in place for people who hack iPhones.  (besides, I won't buy or regularly use an Apple product)

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