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Hardware / External (USB) Audio and MIDI devices
« on: August 02, 2015, 02:44:13 pm »
I'm proudly moving on to my 'home studio' machine, and have installed Peppermint 6 after a brief 'trial' with the Live CD.

Two key pieces of gear in this system are the external 'sound card' (Tascam US200 USB Audio Interface) and the external MIDI interface (MOTU Micro Lite).

The only things I know for sure are:

1) I need to do a lot of studying about Linux sound and ALSA,

2) My system appears to recognize the two devices, as evidenced by this:

rone@FionaP6 ~ $ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0644:8034 TEAC Corp.  <- the Tascam Audio Interface
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 07d1:3c16 D-Link System DWA-125 Wireless N 150 Adapter(rev.A2) [Ralink RT3070]
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 10d5:55a2 Uni Class Technology Co., Ltd 2Port KVMSwitcher
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 093a:2510 Pixart Imaging, Inc. Optical Mouse
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 045e:00b0 Microsoft Corp. Digital Media Pro Keyboard
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 058f:9254 Alcor Micro Corp. Hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1a40:0101 Terminus Technology Inc. 4-Port HUB
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 07fd:0001 Mark of the Unicorn FastLane Quad MIDI Interface <- the MOTU MIDI interface
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
rone@FionaP6 ~ $

Is there a good tutorial (either a video or a document) that goes through, step by step, how to get these devices connected so that I can use them? I'm planning on using Rosegarden as my primary recording/mixing tool once I get things playing together.


Two machines, both P6, one laptop the other desktop, both fully updated.

I have a wireless network here (Cisco router) with seven or eight 'devices' connected. This morning we had some indications that a router reset was needed (it had been a month or so), and did that, followed by a reboot for all devices. All of the Win7 machines are fine, as is the Android tablet; but neither of the two P6 machines have network access now. Both have internet access.

EDIT: Opening 'Network' with the File Manager shows a 'Windows Network' icon, and clicking on that icon returns an error dialogue that says:

          Unable to mount location
          Failed to retrieve share list from server: No such file or directory



- Ron E.

My network uses a printer common to all users, an HP Envy 5530 series that is connected via wireless, and other Linux distros had built-in support for it. It seems Peppermint does not. During the printer installation there are options offered (like choosing from  a very long list of HP printers, none of which work), one of which is to supply a 'PPD' file.

Where can I get this PPD file (HP does not supply them).


Software & Applications / Pitivi timeline 'box'
« on: July 19, 2015, 02:39:44 pm »
Quick story ... the primary reason I chose Peppermint over the other distros I tried (Ubuntu and Fedora mostly) was that Pitivi successfully rendered video under this OS where they all failed under the others. So it's important that I figure this one out.

There is a 'box' that sits adjacent to the timeline on the Pitivi desktop (lower left of the screen) that is somewhat critical to using the program in a useful way. It contains controls associated with each 'track' in the project. On my screen the box (and the controls) are there; but I cannot see them.


EDIT: Never mind. I found KdenLive, and it works well.

Networking / Can't 'see' Peppermint machines on my network (solved)
« on: July 19, 2015, 02:28:53 pm »
without making the story too long, I have many devices/machines on a home/business wireless network, so not new to the concepts, and with other distros (Ubuntu, specifically) this wasn't a problem; but...

I have two different machines with fresh Peppermint Six installs, both are connected (with no issues) to my network, and I can see the other devices; but they cannot see either of the Peppermint machines. I have tried the 'Unlock' button in the Network dialogue, and it doesn't seem to do anything (and doesn't remain 'unlocked').

How do I share these systems such that the other network clients can see them?


- Ron E.

New Users / New to Peppermint - first issues
« on: July 19, 2015, 12:05:34 pm »
Hey gang. New to Peppermint, although not to Linux in general (first experience was with Red Hat in about 1990).

I have Peppermint Six installed on two different machines, a dual core Intel laptop (4G ram) and a quad core AMD (8G ram), both 64 bit machines, and both setup as 'dual boot' systems (with Win 7). My primary reason for choosing Peppermint was that video renders using Pitivi were successful, where they failed on other distros I tried (Ubuntu, Mate, and Fedora); but I have other 'issues' with Peppermint ...

Common to both machines:

1) I cannot see these machines from Win machines (or Android) on my network, and I would like to. I've tried the 'unlock' button in the 'Network' tool; but that doesn't seem to help anything.
     -> How do I 'share' these machines to the rest of my network?

2) My network printer is an HP Envy 5530 series 'all-in-one', which was supported in Ubuntu and Fedora; but is not in Peppermint. The 'default' printer from the 'HP' menu does not work at all.
     -> Where can I get the 'PPD' file so Peppermint can use this printer? (HP does not provide these)

3) In Pitivi, everything appears to work, except that the dialog area next to the timeline is all white (no information is visible), although hovering the mouse over it brings up the 'mouse help' info).
     -> Is there a known fix for this issue?

Thanks in advance!

- Ron E.

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