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Software & Applications / Re: Alternative to silverlight?
« on: November 21, 2016, 12:20:05 pm »
Microsoft announced the end of life of Silverlight 5 in 2012. In 2013, they announced that they had ceased development of Silverlight except for patches and bugfixes.

Essentially it's EOL. The website you're trying to visit needs to switch to more modern technologies, like HTML5.

To the best of my knowledge this is only an issue with Peppermint 6 and Firefox 50.

FF 50 users will notice the following warning on many websites: "libavcodec may be vulnerable or is not supported, and should be updated to play video."

What it means: Libavcodec versions older than 54.35.1 will be blocked by Firefox due to security concerns. Ignoring the message will sometimes work, sometimes not.

How to fix it:

Open Terminal and type the following commands:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:heyarje/libav-11
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libav-tools
sudo apt-get upgrade

Press 'Y' (Yes) if the installer asks you about replacing old files.

A reboot is recommended afterwards.

News and Reviews / Re: Peppermint 7 reviewed in DistroWatch weekly
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:06:40 am »
I also scratched behind my ears when reading the review.

"In my opinion there is not enough distinction made between what is a native desktop application and what is an on-line app."

Well, that is the whole point. I actually point it out as an outstanding feature when showing Peppermint to potential users.

Installation / Re: Old motherboard: weird behavior during installation
« on: August 05, 2016, 04:34:27 am »
Unfortunately the system didn't allow any keyboard or mouse input without killing X. Replacing the internal S3 Virge card with an old ATI AGP card I still had, didn't solve the problem either (but did solve the poor video quality).

In the end I tried an older LTS version, Mint 13 in this case, and that one installed flawlessly. When support ends next year, the guy really has to dump his hardware and buy something decent!

Anyway, thanks for the help.

Well guys,

can't figure this one out (yet). One of my neighbors has an old system and wants to switch to Linux. The hardware specs are marginal, but Peppermint 6 32-bit should work.

The problem: as soon as I open terminal in live mode and try to type something, the screen goes blank and the system logs me out. The same happens when I start the installation and enter a password for the new user.

Basic system specs: Asus motherboard, Intel Celeron 32-bits, 768MB RAM, video S3 graphics on board. The latter isn't very well supported, if at all, so I put in an ATI card in one of the slots. That one works fine.

Tinkering with BIOS settings has no effect, nor has changing the keybord. Anyone ever ran into this weird problem?

P.S. Mint 17.3 MATE 32-bits behaves the same.

General Discussion / Re: Skype for Linux - Update?
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:25:25 am »
Well, too little, too late. Me and all my chat buddies switched to Firefox Hello some time ago. We're not gonna switch back to Skype.

That said, it's good news.


The title: "Here’s another really great reason to never touch Linux"

Say what? Ok, some forum has been hacked. It happens. It happens a lot. Now it's Ubuntu's forum. I like some comments on BGR's Facebook page ( under that article.

"If Chris Mills finds a pothole in a road leading to a Toyota dealer, will he advise everyone not to buy a Toyota?


Hardware / Re: CPU Temp High
« on: July 13, 2016, 12:13:51 am »

While we're taking a break in the action -- and since I live in a dusty, dry, hot environment ...

I challenge anyone to beat this pic (Classic Peppermint Stick added for authenticity)   8)

Sorry, I can't beat that... looks like a PC you picked up from a hoarder with 100 cats.  :(

Hardware / Re: CPU Temp High
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:14:02 am »
The maximum working temperature of the E2180 is 73.3 degrees Celsius. Assuming your cooler is working properly, it should never reach that temperature. Intel processors have a REAL temperature sensor baked into the processor (contrary to AMD, which uses an algorithm to estimate the temperature) , and should shutdown when you go over the maximum working temperature.

The temperature you are reporting would/should force a shutdown, or destroy the processor. Basically we have conflicting information here; the reporting system (BIOS) could have a flaw. The first thing you should do is check the cooler.

1. Remove the fan from the heat sink and clean it. Make sure it runs.
2. Take off the heat sink, and clean it. You'll need a vacuum cleaner.
3. Use alcohol or something similar (WD40 does a great job!) to remove ALL remains of the heat sink compound (aka thermal grease) from both the heat sink and the processor.
4. Re-apply new thermal grease. Make sure it is a THIN layer -- too thick and it will insulate the processor from the heat sink.
5. Re-assemble the cooling system and test it.

Below a picture I took a few days ago when I ran into a similar problem while fixing someone's computer. The amount of (insulating) dust was staggering. The thermal grease was hard and crystallized.


What about Linux Mint? Full-featured out of the box, and there is a torrent download.

Hardware / Re: More SSD Questions
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:11:14 am »
Well, if buying from China, always use a sales portal with guarantee (often you pay to the portal and they transfer it to the seller after you're approval [or after a certain period of time, if you're not doing anything]). And check if the offer is realistic, 20€ for 60GB is, for 1TB it's not. My experience with chinese things are pretty good...

I don't think I've got a USB Stick with 500 MB/s read... This would be more awesome than a SSD anyways^^

True. AliExpress is a prime example of such a reliable portal.

Hardware / Re: More SSD Questions
« on: June 02, 2016, 03:45:47 am »
Just try to avoid unbelievable cheap SSDs from China  >:(

This one was advertised as being an external SSD with a 1TB capacity. In reality you bought a partly disassembled 32GB USB stick; devious software made a computer believe it was 1TB. The nuts and bold were there to add some weight so it didn't feel too flimsy.

What are you running Peppermint on? / Re: Lenovo X230 SSD
« on: June 02, 2016, 03:36:16 am »

On the positive side: one victim of this phoned me that he was fed up with it now and wants Linux on his notebook. That' s #3 in less than 4 weeks.

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