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General Discussion / MOVED: CK2 on Steam
« on: June 17, 2020, 11:29:44 pm »

Hi everyone,

I installed Peppermint 10 on this nice, fast laptop that I recently purchased for my wife (although, it is so blindingly fast that I might keep it for myself  :P ):

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System:    Host: Aspire-5 Kernel: 5.0.0-25-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0
           Desktop: JWM 2.3.7 Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Aspire A515-52G v: V1.06 serial: N/A
           Mobo: WL model: Raticate_WL v: V1.06 serial: N/A
           UEFI: Insyde v: V1.06 date: 11/05/2018
Battery    BAT1: charge: 45.6 Wh 100.0% condition: 45.6/48.9 Wh (93%)
           model: LG PABAS0241231 status: Full
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i7-8565U (-MT-MCP-)
           arch: Kaby Lake rev.11 cache: 8192 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 15936
           clock speeds: max: 4600 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 799 MHz 4: 800 MHz
           5: 800 MHz 6: 800 MHz 7: 800 MHz 8: 800 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Device 3ea0 bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce MX130] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: nvidia)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.01hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel Device 9dc8 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-25-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Device 9df0 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 00:14.3
           IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 port: 3000 bus-ID: 02:00.1
           IF: enp2s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 512.1GB (12.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: WDC_PC_SN520_SDAPNUW size: 512.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 11G (34%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
           deb bionic main restricted
           deb bionic-updates main restricted
           deb bionic universe
           deb bionic-updates universe
           deb bionic multiverse
           deb bionic-updates multiverse
           deb bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb bionic-security main restricted
           deb bionic-security universe
           deb bionic-security multiverse
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/peppermint.list
           deb bionic main
Info:      Processes: 203 Uptime: 25 min Memory: 596.8/7823.3MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56

IIRC I installed without the option to install third party software. Then later it was announced here on the forum that the NVIDIA 430 drivers were now in the standard repository, so I installed the packages. However, I have no idea how to switch to the GeForce MX130 card. When I run the nvidia-settings app it is almost empty: in the left-side panel there are  only two entries:

Application Profiles
nvidia-settings configuration

which cannot be correct.

Some additional info: I can only get to the GUI using the current kernel 5.0.0-25. I installed kernels 5.2.9, 5.2.10 and 5.2.11. During installation the nvidia stuff was indicated as being set up / installed, but when I try to boot into them I only see several lines and then a black screen with the cursor in the upper left corner (not blinking). I thought that the keyboard was dead but pressing

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gave me a login in tty4. After logging in, when I run inxi -Fz the Graphics section indicates N/A from xorg. I really have no idea what I should do to fix this (also in kernel 5.0.0-25) so that the nvidia driver and MX130 card can be used.  :-\

BTW here the contents of the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:

Spoiler (click here to view / hide)

Thanks in advance for your time.


-- Slim


I'm trying to install Peppermint Ten (64bit) on a notebook computer that has a harddisk with Peppermint 7 (and, until now, also Peppermint 8.5 on another partition, but I think that is now history). The bios is set to "Legacy" in the boot section. When I select "Do something else" during the installation, then select the partition to install Peppermint Ten, tell the installer to format that partition to Ext4 and to use it as the root (/), and tell it to place GRUB in /dev/sda, then click on the Install button, I get a warning that no EFI partition was found. True: I never have had one and all installations have been without any problems. And I admit: I know basically nothing about UEFI or EFI, as all of my machines are rather old (except for this one -- but, as I mentioned, I've always installed things on it in Legacy boot mode and never was asked by an installer to create an EFI partition for GRUB).  :)

 After aborting the installation, I repeated all of this several times, always with the same result. I thought, "Well, let's give it a try anyhow. Maybe that message was there before for the other installations (done several years ago) and I just forgot about having seen it back then."  :-\

 So I hit the continue button and the install seemed to continue well ... until finally it aborted with a message that GRUB could not be installed, again because of the EFI partition missing (or something to that extent). I now have left the machine running in the Live session (fearing that the old GRUB in the MBR is now toast) and hope that someone can tell me how to save this installation by getting GRUB installed in the MBR or even if that is necessary, or whatever ...  ??? ::)


-- Slim

News and Reviews / Peppermint 9 32-bit on Linux Welt XXL DVD
« on: May 09, 2019, 02:11:42 am »
Hi folks,

Here in Germany the current issue of the german language magazine Linux Welt XXL has come out with various distros on its included DVD, one of which is Peppermint 9 in the 32-bit version. Unfortunately I did not see any article describing PeppermintOS (although I must admit that I did not buy the magazine and only looked at the table of contents and skimmed around the articles a little).

Just thought I would mention this, mostly as FYI.


-- Slim

Hi fellow PeppermintOS-users,

I have two installations of PeppermintOS (release 7 and 8-respin) on two different partitions (don't ask why -- I just like it that way  ::) ). What I would like to do (without using the Firefox synch option) is to share a common bookmark file. I currently have (in each installation) a soft-link in

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~/.mozillafor the directory

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firefox that points to a unique directory for each installation that is on my separate /mnt/data partition. Does anyone know if it is possible to share a common set of bookmarks between these two?  :-\


-- Slim

Advanced Topics / console-kit-daemon.service
« on: August 04, 2018, 01:53:21 am »
Hi Peppermint-Users,

I have been looking at this service

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console-kit-daemon.service and what it does. It seems to be needed if you are running a graphical desktop (but not needed if you run, for example, a server without a graphical login to a desktop).


However, in my readings I also have found this service (which is present and used in PeppermintOS):

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systemd-logind.servicewhich seems to be doing the same things (and perhaps some more) as the console-kit-daemon. So, my question is: can I safely disable and even mask console-kit-daemon ??  :-\

I would simply try it out, but if I cannot login then I am not sure what to do -- perhaps login to a console and run

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sudo systemctl unmask console-kit-daemon.servicefollowed by

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sudo systemctl enable console-kit-daemon.serviceto restore things again?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.  ;)


-- Slim

I finally found some free time and installed Peppermint 9 on this old workhorse machine:

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xxx@P9-530 ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: P9-530 Kernel: 4.17.5-041705-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: Fluxbox 1.3.5 Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Dell product: Inspiron 530 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Dell model: 0K216C v: ��� serial: N/A
           BIOS: Dell v: 1.0.15 date: 06/20/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo E7200 (-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2534 MHz 1: 1981 MHz 2: 2442 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV610 [Radeon HD 2400 PRO]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x1024@60.02hz
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD RV610 (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.17.5-041705-generic, LLVM 6.0.0)
           version: 3.3 Mesa 18.0.5
Audio:     Card Intel 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.17.5-041705-generic
Network:   Card: Intel 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (28.8% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3320620AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 19G used: 5.3G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.10GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 64.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 135 Uptime: 24 min Memory: 502.2/1991.9MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

No problems getting it installed, updated to kernel 4.17.5 and running !! I then installed Fluxbox and here is my RAM usage following a fresh reboot and login to the desktop:

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xxx@P9-530 ~ $ free -h
              total        used
Mem:           1.9G        117M

Needless to say: very light on resources and fast as lightening (considering the old hardware).  8) Love my Peppermint !!  :-*   


 -- Slim

GNU/Linux Discussion / Ubuntu mainline kernel downloads [SOLVED]
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:56:43 am »
Hi everyone,

Being one of those who likes to experiment with the newer kernels in some of my PeppermintOS installations, I have noticed at the Ubuntu mainline kernel download site that the recent kernel releases v4.16.4 and v4.16.5 have (for the amd64 builds) some packages that I have not noticed before, namely the ones whose names begin with:

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Can someone here tell me what these are and why they are present? And where are the ones named simply linux-image-xxx ??  :-\


-- Slim

Hi Media-Streamers,

I am trying to set up minidlna to stream at least music mp3 files (but videos, pictures, etc would also be nice). When using a Toshiba "smart" TV I cannot see the minidlna server, but using a Sony Xperia X phone with Android  8.0.0 and following the config given by PCNetSpec in this thread I can see the minidlna but none of the folders contain anything.  :-\

I'm doing this on a computer with an up-to-date Peppermint 8 Respin installed

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


-- Slim


Hi PCNetSpec,

What is(are) the change(s) from the old versions

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peppermint-default-session 5.9.1
peppermint-default-settings 5.9.1
and the new 5.9.2 versions?

I ask because when I did the update on one of my computers my customized login screen (different background image, different items in the top bar, different clock and date formats) reverted to the stock login screen -- and I would prefer not going through all of the necessary changes (to get back to my customized login screen) after performing the updates to my other computers.  ???

Can I just back-up the file

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/etc/lightdm/slick-greeter.confbefore updating, then after updating, restoring the back-up file -- or are there some other things I should also back-up and then later restore?  :-\


-- Slim

What are you running Peppermint on? / ASRock model: AMCP7A-ION
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:14:17 am »

I installed Peppermint 8 on this nice little 8 year old compact box and it runs well.  8) The hardware is definitely nothing to get excited about, so it is not a very fast computer, but fast enough for surfing and running simple tasks. Because of the limited RAM I would not expect anything special but youtube and music play just fine!

Output from inxi -Fz:

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System:    Host: asrock Kernel: 4.4.0-98-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   Mobo: ASRock model: AMCP7A-ION
           Bios: American Megatrends v: P1.60 date: 08/26/2009
CPU:       Dual core Intel Atom 330 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 512 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1599 MHz 1: 1599 MHz 2: 1599 MHz 3: 1599 MHz
           4: 1599 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA ION VGA
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x1024@60.02hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVAC GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card NVIDIA MCP79 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-98-generic
Network:   Card: NVIDIA MCP79 Ethernet driver: forcedeth
           IF: enp0s10 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (8.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320325AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 28G used: 5.5G (22%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 167 Uptime: 29 min Memory: 626.0/1747.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

-- Slim

News and Reviews / Linux Welt
« on: October 02, 2017, 11:40:32 am »
Hi Everyone!

The latest issue of the German magazine Linux Welt has Peppermint 8 64 bit (as a live version and as an ISO) on one of its included DVDs. There is also a one page description which (although so short) seems to me to be quite good: e.g. they point out how well the hybrid desktop components harmonize with each other (rather than claiming that the desktop is LXDE or other such lunacy).

All in all: a short but nice exposure for the German speaking markets!!  8)


-- Slim

What are you running Peppermint on? / Lenovo B50-10
« on: July 29, 2017, 01:49:19 pm »

I just picked up this cheap little 15" screen notebook (for my wife) for 249 € "without" an OS (but it had FreeDOS installed) and with 4 GB RAM plus a 128 GB SSD.

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inxi -Fz
System:    Host: B50 Kernel: 4.10.0-28-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   System: LENOVO product: 80QR v: Lenovo B50-10
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Lenovo B50-10 v: No DPK
           Bios: LENOVO v: CCCN20WW(V2.06) date: 08/25/2016
CPU:       Dual core Intel Celeron N2840 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2582 MHz 1: 2559 MHz 2: 2582 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series Graphics & Display
           Display Server: X.Org 1.19.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Bay Trail GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card Intel Atom Processor Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-28-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8723BE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: rtl8723be
           IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 128.0GB (9.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_MZYLF128 size: 128.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 20G used: 5.6G (31%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 6.29GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda6
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 166 Uptime: 24 min Memory: 595.8/3834.5MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

Installation took me a while to figure out as this is the first computer I have had with UEFI/EFI or whatever that crap is called. Legacy USB, AHCI for SATA or not, and other options that are all new to me. Anywho ... after trying all sorts of variations I finally found one combination that permitted installation. What a pile of bull*** that all is, thanks (I am sure) to Micro$oft.

But now it all is working, except for a problem using PCNetSpec's shutdown-button tutorial, where I have asked for assistance.


-- Slim

What are you running Peppermint on? / MSI MEGA BOOK M670
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:16:44 am »
It's old, has only 1GB RAM, the VGA output port no longer works, the battery is shot -- but my friend wanted to try putting Peppermint 8 on it (he also has Peppermint 6 on it in another partition).

And it worked!  8)

The output from inxi -Fz is:

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inxi -Fz
System:    Host: MSI Kernel: 4.10.0-27-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Eight
Machine:   System: Micro-Star product: MEGA BOOK M670 v: Ver 1.000
           Mobo: MSI model: MS-1632 v: Ver 1.000
           Bios: American Megatrends v: A1632NMS Ver7.06 date: 02/06/2007
CPU:       Dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-50 (-MCP-) cache: 512 KB
           clock speeds: max: 1600 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA C51 [GeForce Go 6100]
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.05hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NV4E GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 17.0.2
Audio:     Card NVIDIA MCP51 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-27-generic
Network:   Card-1: NVIDIA MCP51 Ethernet Controller driver: forcedeth
           IF: enp0s20 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Ralink RT2561/RT61 rev B 802.11g driver: rt61pci
           IF: wlp4s9 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (5.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MK1234GS size: 120.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 18G used: 4.3G (26%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 1.99GB used: 0.10GB (5%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 75.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 68.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 162 Uptime: 22 min Memory: 613.9/864.2MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

We had some trouble with the wifi card dropping the connection several minutes after booting and not wanting to reconnect until a reboot. But turning off the the wifi power management seems to have solved this. We will see after a few more days of use.



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