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I've got a DVD which has bonus content if used on a PC.   The content is mp3 files

When I click on the option for bonus content in VLC it says insert disk into your PC.   Handbrake doesn't see the mp3 files either. Neither does file manager. The DVD is new so I'm sure the files are on there

Googled it with no joy, other than finding that this is a problem with windows 10

This is driving me mad (there's six concerts on there, and I was at one of them!) and I would greatly appreciate any ideas !!!

Many thanks


You will have to try hard to find a simpler tutorial on any subject ! 

Apple Music

There is no official Apple support, but there is an littlel known unofficial way that works extremely well. 

Goto and log in with your Apple ID and password

Now find ICE in your menu and add the website.  Label it "Apple Music", select "site favicon" then add to Multimedia.

Now goto Multimedia in your menu and there is the Apple Music logo.  Right click on it to add to your panel, desktop or favourites.

Google Play Music

The desktop app is a better option than using your browser as it uses less ROM and is harder to close by mistake.  It also has support for YouTube music.  You would need two bookmarks to visit either of these sites using a browser. Again you can use ICE in the same way as above to put this in your panel.

Easy installation and more info at!


Use the linux client. Again, this will be better for ROM use if you are also using a browser.
Easy installation
In your multimedia menu, right click if you wish to add Spotify to your panel.

Enjoy  8)

Software & Applications / Brightside and xfdashboard
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:33:08 am »
I've done a fresh install of Peppermint 9

I had Brightside working in 8, but I can't now find a way to install it.    This is what happens when I install the way that worked previously:

sudo apt-get install brightside
[sudo] password for rick:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package brightside

The other issue is xfdashboard.   I can only start it via terminal. When I do I get this:

$ xfdashboard

(xfdashboard:7005): xfdashboard-WARNING **: 19:29:26.170: Failed to connect to session manager: Failed to connect to the session manager: SESSION_MANAGER environment variable not defined

(xfdashboard:7005): xfdashboard-plugin-hot_corner-WARNING **: 19:29:26.347: Disabling hot-corner plugin because application is not running as daemon.hee

Any advice appreciated

GNU/Linux Discussion / The popularity of Peppermint...
« on: November 30, 2018, 03:38:10 am »

The strength of this distro is it's stability and speed..  This I think disadvantages Peppermint in reviews. A review cannot really look at stability, only for the time they are testing.  So the distros that get the attention tend to be ones with eye candy or special features.

I'm not sure how important it is to all concerned here to see Peppermint become more popular, but I have an idea:

Ice is a very special feature, one that doesn't get the attention is deserves. Probably because reviewers don't get given the best of it on a plate.  I think more could be done together by this community to make this the ultimate OS for the internet.

I'd recommend that for a future edition there be stacks of ICE menu entries, eg Word online etc   That would really make this OS stand out

Together we could also recommend useful websites.  I've never known an OS ship with a browser that is pre-loaded with hundreds of bookmarks, organised into useful folders. Again, that would be a standout feature

I should probably add a third idea, but I can't think of one  :D

GNU/Linux Discussion / Gnome desktop - my frustration
« on: January 10, 2018, 02:40:15 am »
I've really got to like Gnome. but I haven't found the right distro to implement it.

Ubuntu Gnome is discontinued. Ubuntu 17.10 is buggy, although the first long term release should be better.

I've been using Antergos for a month, loved it at first, but without having installed anything other than Chrome, it's already getting glitchy.   Installing Gnome in distros such as linux mint is very problematic, I'm told.

Once again I'm back to the same conclusion I've had for ages now, that Peppermint is the most solid OS there is.   Unfortunately for me, the DE ain't Gnome...

I'm probably being really cheeky even asking, but is there any chance of Gnome edition of Peppermint?

GNU/Linux Discussion / Backing up - what do you lot do?
« on: April 07, 2017, 02:22:25 am »

I have music, photos, videos and work etc etc backed to the cloud - which is my most important stuff - so as that's taken care of, I don't do anything else

I've installed dozens of things since installing Peppermint 7...just noticed that steam games wont start anymore.   Reckon it must be something I've done that has caused the problem.   Guess I need to learn how to put things back to an earlier time.   Rather than try to fix the problem, I will reinstall the OS...then spend hours getting it back to how I like it!!  So I'm learning the hard way that what I do is inadequate...

I've googled this and systemback seems to be the recommended thing to use - is that the best "system restore" for linux?

Installation / "elf magic" grub message (SOLVED)
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:01:41 am »
When I wiped windows and installed Peppermint to the whole HD, I couldn't boot - I was getting this "elf magic" grub error.   I fixed it with boot-repair.

I did some system updates yesterday and noticed they were grub updates.

Today, I've again had the same "elf magic" error. Again, it was easily fixed with boot-repair.

What is bizarre is that when I've logged in, the original wallpaper has been restored. How did that happen?

Is this something that is likely to happen again when one of the updates includes grub?   I'm tempted not to apply further grub updates, but I guess that then the system update will always show as needing attention...

Why did this happen on my machine on a fresh install?   Never experienced this on other machines (it's a Dell Latitude)

This not an urgent post at all - just curious!

Rick  :)

GNU/Linux Discussion / I've taken the plunge....
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:47:15 am »
Having treated myself to an old dell latitude with new SSD, I've wiped windows.  My machine is now 100% Peppermint.  Main reason is the SSD is smaller than I've been used to.   

I can always reinstall W7 later if I miss things.

In recent times, I've used Windows for games and linux for everything else.  Steam is getting better.   Off the top of my head, it's only "Age of Empires II HD" I'm going to miss!  For that, I'll try Play On Linux and see how I get on.

Btw, Peppermint boots so fast I can't actually see anything until the signing in page!

I'm trying to keep things low on eye candy to keep things fast.  Just using brightside with plank - does the job....

Software & Applications / Solved - Hot corners
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:43:44 am »
I would like a custom command for opening the menu.  Methinks if I use bottom left corner, it would make things just slightly more efficient....

Is this possible?

Hi all

I posted a bit here six or 7 months back, having loved P6. Unfortunately, I treated myself to a new laptop ( it's HP - trust me - don't get one!! ) and P6 didn't support my wifi.

The official buntus did. so I've had to make do til p7 came out.   

I was unable to settle !  Must admit, KDE is now amazing, a lovely desktop environment.   It's also slow and buggy.   I've learned a bit about linux during this time, and now have three linux partitions sharing with windows 10.   I found that the additional drivers tool is dead in Kubuntu.  I was surprised how much Ubuntu (Unity) has improved since I first saw it and hated it.  I merrily used it for a week, then realised I was struggling to find my apps!   Mate was enjoyable for a time but felt a little old fashioned somehow. As with Ubuntu, I can't get on with gnome 3

I find it madness that new laptops like mine have 2TB hard drive.   I'm finding I do more - and store more, online now.  There's much less need now for more memory, and installing a new OS is easier now because of that.  That said, I'm not ready for cloud only.  I like my music on my hard drive and I prefer a proper office app...and some steam gaming

The ice integration with this distro is extremely cool.  Now using it again, I realised I'd missed it.  Not seen it in other distros, and I've no idea why.

My early impression of P7 is  that it is extremely stable and reliable.  For reasons I don't really get, it is more so than the official buntu flavours.  Must admit I didn't like the default theme and icon this time (I thought p6 was great) - but changing it to my liking was enjoyable and easy.

Despite only a few days of use, this is already my main OS for everyday use.  What other distros do you use? I have netrunner (buggy but so cool) and Bodhi (still not sure what I think of it!) on my other partitions

But trust me...this laptop is a nightmare for dual booting.  Oh well, we live and we learn!! Anyway, good to be back!


New Users / restricted extras (SOLVED)
« on: June 26, 2016, 01:20:42 am »
Hi there

Are restricted codecs etc installed by default?  If not, which package should I chose, as there as different ones for different buntus....

Also, the release notes mention the menu being customisable. I've had a mess around but cant see how to

My first impressions of 7 are great, will post more feedback after I've used it solidly for a few weeks


Networking / Peppermint 6 live - networking disabled
« on: December 31, 2015, 05:26:46 am »
Hi there

I've just bought this laptop

WIFI works fine in windows 10.   After a lot of messing about (I need to press f9 and manually select usb hard drive) I have managed to get Peppermint 6 to boot

Unfortunately networking is disabled.  The copy of peppermint 6 I am using is fine and works on other laptops without this issue

I selected additional hardware but nothing was found. I don't think there is a wifi on/off button

Any ideas?

Many thanks

General Discussion / what specs are advised to enable Peppermint to fly?
« on: December 15, 2015, 02:12:01 am »
My peppermint is currently installed on a usb hard drive and booting into my work laptop...

This is almost brilliant...but almost isn't good enough

I'm going to buy a laptop. A few questions

I'm thinking 4gb ram. Does Linux ever need more?

Is Intel i3 sufficiently powerful to make it fly ?

Is Peppermint easy to install alongside windows 8/10?

Linux distributions tend to tell you the minimum spec, sometimes the recommended spec, but never the "enough to kick bottom spec" ! :)

Any advice appreciated, cheers!

Software & Applications / Suggest a cool website that works great with ICE
« on: December 12, 2015, 02:59:31 pm »
OK....can we make this a mega-thread?!

I'll start - here's one for ZX Speccie fans!


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