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Installation / Encrypted Pm7 UEFI install on SSD
« on: September 10, 2016, 02:05:28 pm »
For some reason I can't get my system to do a clean (encrypted drive) install. I  have a 128GB SSD and I have my bios set to the default except it has a cms "Windows 8" switch that I switched to "other OS" and I have IOMMU turned on (if not, my USB ports wont work and I can't boot into the install USB).

I hit f12 to get the bios boot menu and boot into the UEFI version of the USB stick. It loads Grub and I choose 'Install Peppermint'.

It will let me choose the language but once it asks if I want to download updates and 3rd party software it "hangs" no matter what I choose and click continue. I can only click 'quit'. This puts me on the live desktop.

I then try again clicking on the install icon in the desktop. This time it gets past the last hang but when I choose to encrypt the disk it gives an error about un-encrypted swap space, it says to use 'swapoff' or create an encrypted swap. I open a terminal and run:
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sudo swapoff -aThen try again. This time 'ubi-partman crashed' :  ubi-partman faild with exit code 141

And I can't get beyond that... here is the syslog:

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Software & Applications / Tilda!
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:50:34 pm »
Hey all,

I recently started to play around with the terminal emulator Tilda. If you use guake (or something similar) Tilda is close to the same but "slimmer".

Tilda has all sorts of options and one of them is to 'mount' itself onto the desktop as a widget that is always there.

My issue (not sure if this is a Tilda bug or a Peppermint incompatability) is that even when I set the options (in the GUI config wizard) to "set as desktop window", when I click on the Tilda window (mounted to the desktop) then click anywhere on the empty desktop, the Tidla window disappears (I'm assuming by the desktop wallpaper). If I hit the hide/unhide hotkey <f1> it takes 2 presses to make the Tilda window visable again (Im assuming one <f1> press 'hides' it even tho we can't see it and the second press 'unhides' the window and brings it above the desktop wallpaper).

Anyone have an idea how to fix this? :-\

New Users / [SOLVED]Changing desktop wallpaper from command line.
« on: August 21, 2016, 10:38:38 am »
Hey folks,

I have been trying to get xplanet to work on Peppermint 6. I successfully installed xplanet and can generate/save an image but I can't seem to figure out how to automatically change the lxde background. The FAQ has instructions for gnome and kde. Google seems to not be much help. Is there a way to update/refresh the lxde wall paper from the command line? Everywhere I look the solution has been to use pacmanfm, but Peppermint does not have it installed and I don't feel like I should have to.  :D

General Discussion / Thoughts on Bitcoin
« on: October 06, 2015, 01:38:40 pm »
I'm curious to hear every(any)ones thoughts on Bitcoin. I am well rooted in the Bitcoin world and always like to hear the opinions of others on the subject.  ;D

Software & Applications / Installing Cuda and Nvidia drivers
« on: October 04, 2015, 10:06:43 am »
So because of my previous troubles:,2550.msg25010.html#msg25010

I will be documenting what I do (step by step), in an attempt to make a stable peppermint os with cuda (7.5) and a feature rich nvidia driver installed and allow everyone to help me along the way (because I need it  ::)).

First I added ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa (which is a recommended ppa for more "up-to-date" nvidia drivers). Really, this could be the reason everything keeps breaking... but... ONWARD!

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa -y
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

I see this during the upgrade (and it hangs there for a minute):

So i give what it recommends a try:
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gdk-pixbuf-query-loaders > /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders.cache
It gave me issues:

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sudo apt-get install libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev

And that is where I gave up... I am about to wipe clean and try again... not sure about these errors, I don't want to start putting packages on top of a potentially broken system if it will just cause problems in the future.  ::)

So I started with:,2453.msg24098.html#msg24098

Then I continued to play with it mostly because I was noticing other things here and there going wrong, all involving nvidia. Some programs were seeing nvidia and some were not.

So I  went to the Update Manager and choose a different driver (this time back to nvidia-346) but after a reboot the system only gets as far as the Peppermint startup screen (with the loading progress bar fully loaded).

I let it run once for about an hour (hoping that it was just having a brain fart) but nothing. Only way to turn it off it holding the power button down (clt alt del [hold] just makes my cpu fan run super high  :-\)

In grub I tried just about everything under the recovery kernel but nothing seemed to make it boot proper. While leaving the recovery mode I was able to access tty and login.

While logged in via tty I :
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apt-get purge nvidia*
apt-get update
apt-get install nvidia-340

It seemed to install fine but still wont boot, I think it is a kernel<->driver issue but have no idea anymore.

I made a new partition and started from scratch (still have the old bootable/unbootable partition). I really need to figure out a clean way to install both cuda-7.5 and a decent nvidia driver so that when a kernel update comes around it doesn't break everything.

So to document, I will start a new thread (not sure where yet) and record my adventures in "Nvidia Land of the Lost".

All the needed personal files have been backed up so my broken partition is open for suggestions. Although, for the moment, I will be working on making a stable system on the new partition.

Artwork, Themes, and Icons / Conky work in progress
« on: September 26, 2015, 04:02:52 pm »
I've been working on this Conky conf and had everything working fine until (stupid me) I wanted to try conky manager out. I moved the alignment of the conky window using conky manager and my window background went black. The config is still set to transparent but still black. ???

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What are you running Peppermint on? / Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« on: September 18, 2015, 04:13:26 pm »
      Kernel: 3.16.0-49-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six

      System: Gigabyte
      Mobo: Gigabyte model: 970A-UD3P version: x.x Bios: American Megatrends version: F1 date: 08/06/2013

      CPU: Octa core AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core (-MCP-) cache: 16384 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm)
      Clock Speeds: 1: 1400.00 MHz 2: 1400.00 MHz 3: 1400.00 MHz 4: 1400.00 MHz 5: 1400.00 MHz 6: 1400.00 MHz 7: 1400.00 MHz 8: 2800.00 MHz

      Card-1: NVIDIA GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti]
      Card-2: NVIDIA GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti] 1.16.0 driver: nvidia tty size: 152x31
      Advanced Data: N/A for root

      Card-1: 2x NVIDIA Device 0fbc driver: snd_hda_intelsnd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: k3.16.0-49-generic
      Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel

      Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169
           IF: eth0 state: down
      Card-2: Atheros AR9271 802.11n driver: ath9k_htc
           IF: wlan0 state: up

      HDD Total Size: 1160.2GB (0.9% used)
           1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD1600JS size: 160.0GB
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10EZEX size: 1000.2GB

      ID: / size: 84G used: 9.9G (13%) fs: ext4
      ID: swap-1 size: 8.55GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap

      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
      System Temperatures: cpu: 30.8C mobo: N/A gpu: 32C

Installed Peppermint 6 (64 bit) via USB alongside Windows on a separate drive. All UEFI and GPT

Had issues with installing nvidia drivers and cuda 7(but who doesn't :P).

The .deb (local and online) from the Cuda website wouldn't work for me, kept giving me dependency errors on a fresh Peppermint 6 install. I tried installing nvidia-current then installing Cuda 7 but still dependency errors.

I could only install Cuda 7 via the .run in tty and the .run seemed to overwrite any nvidia driver I had already installed with whatever the .run contained.

So from a fresh, updated, Peppermint 6 I installed Cuda 7 using the .run via tty (install instructions on Cuda website).
Installed nvidia-352
And everything worked fine.

Purpose of this setup is for 3D rendering on Blender using the x2 GTX 750 Ti

New Users / Adding Addons to Ice Firefox SSB (SOLVED)
« on: September 13, 2015, 03:45:33 pm »
Howdy all,

I have been working with Peppermint OS since Peppermint 4. I was intrigued by Ice and messed with it a bit in Peppermint 4. The main thing I did not like about Ice was how much processing power Chromium was using for just one SSB. In the task manager I was seeing at least 2 Chromium processes hogging all the resources  :'(

I never liked Chrome (or Chromium) over Firefox, I have been using Firefox before Chrome existed and never needed a reason to switch. So Ice (as far as Peppermint 4 goes) was lame in my book... but intriguing none the less.

Peppermint 6 is released and now Ice supports Firefox! First thing I tried was

The actual Ice program ran much better then the previous version I was using (Peppermint 4). The older version seemed to have a few bugs (as the new version does as well, but only because I like to throw wrenches in the gears :P), things like not grabbing the right icon or freezing . The creation of the Pandora SSB was perfect and fast. Opening the app, Pandora loads with no tool bars, sweet.

But there are a bunch of ads! And I cant use a nifty javascript bookmark to tell Pandora I am still listening! :'(

At first I thought: "I can just add an adblocker right?"*

*According to this thread you can just add Adblock+ to your normal chromium/chrome browser and the add-on will roll over to the chromium/chrome SSBs... (I have not tested it)

Well it didn't work with Firefox (firefox was installed with apt-get).
I'm guessing Firefox is handled differently... ::)
I'm also guessing that Ice creates a SSB from a template of some type. It being just a fresh, light weight copy of Firefox, loading just the bare minimums to run a webpage. Every time you create a new SSB it is like its own installation of Firefox. So how does one install addons such as Adblockplus?

The Right Way:
You find a way to modify the template so that all the new Firefox SSBs have addons already installed.

My Way  8):
Use Google to install addons and change some files around

1. Create SSB:
  • Open up Ice and enter "Pandora" as the name and "" as the URL. (I did not misspell google. I do this just in case, later on, I don't overwrite something I shouldn't of. still redirects to
  • Google image search for a Pandora icon you like and manually set it.
  • Click Firefox
  • Click Apply

2. Install Addons:

  • Open up your "Pandora" SSB (it will take you to
  • Google this thread
  • Add this link to Bookmarks Menu: I'm still listening...
  • Google "firefox addons"
  • Go to the addon website and install the following addons (do AB+ first so you don't accidentally restart the browser): AdblockPlus, Context Bookmarks
  • Close Pandora SSB

3. Terminal Work:
(You may need to sudo or sudo -s)
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cd ~/.local/share/applications && grep -rl '' ./ | xargs sed -i 's/' && cd ../ice/firefox && mv
And Presto! Open your Pandora SSB and it should open up without ads and you can right click and click on the "I'm still listening" bookmark ;)

No more interruptions when listening to Pandora through a Firefox Ice SSB! 8)

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