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Hardware / Re: Minimal specs for a server
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:58:00 pm »
For what it's worth, I've used my wifes old computer as a media server which only has a dual core AMD processor and 4GB of RAM, this setup works OK for streaming movies/shows while hosting a minecraft server for a few friends. I'd say my biggest bottleneck with my current setup is the processor, a quad core AMD processor and 4GB of RAM should work great! :)

Out of curiosity what are you planning on doing with your media server?

New Users / Re: Peppermint 5 Does Not Detect Windows 7
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:56:54 am »
Seeing you have Windows on one partition, you have the ability to make a further three logical partitions or, two before you have to use extended partitions to make further  partitions.

Sorry for going off on a tangent and I'm not trying to nit pick here, but I did a little research on GPT vs MBR partition tables after reading this thread.  It turns out the 4 logical partition table limit doesn't apply to a GPT partition table.  According to this article GPT theoretically supports an unlimited number of partitions, see

Another couple of fun facts in the above article.  MBR limits each partition to 2TB, GPT supports up to 9.44ZB for a 512-byte block (1 ZB is 1 billion terabytes).  GPT stores a backup header and partition table at the end of the disk so it can be recovered if the primary tables are corrupted.

I'm not trying to hijack this thread at all, I just thought this was interesting and wanted to share... I'm actually considering switching to GPT on my own PC now, this seems worth it for the backup part alone.  ;D

New Users / Re: Peppermint 5 Does Not Detect Windows 7
« on: July 02, 2014, 12:35:02 pm »
I have a different problem.  Peppermint 5 install does not recognize that I have windows 7 installed on the PC so I cannot install beside of windows 7 at all.  Thanks.  Jeff
That is odd. I'm just taking a shot in the dark at this point, I noticed in your previous post that you had a GPT file system setup for Windows.  I've only ever used NTFS for Windows, I wonder if GRUB 2 is having issues with the GPT file system...

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38761 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0000e0ea

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1  4294967295  2147483647+  ee  GPT

In a previous post you had three NTFS partitions on your primary drive.
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0fe76135

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048     3074047     1536000    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2         3074048   592367706   294646829+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       592371712   625139711    16384000    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

I don't have extra hardware to test, but it might be worth investigating if the GPT file system is supported in GRUB 2.

I just looked and GPT is just a partition table type, not a file system...  :-[  So if you've formatted your drive with a NTFS file system I don't really know why GRUB wouldn't be able to detect it.

New Users / Re: Peppermint 5 Does Not Detect Windows 7
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:15:28 am »
OK, I think I've got some info that could be useful for others.  Last night I installed Peppermint 5 using the "Something Else" option, I formated an old ext4 partition that previously had Linux Mint 13 and installed Peppermint in it's place.  After restarting I was surprised to see that no grub menu showed up at all.  This definitely didn't use to be the default for grub, to fix this issue I installed grub customizer using the following:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
After launching grub customizer, I clicked on "General settings", selected "show menu", and changed the "Boot default entry after" time to 3 seconds.  For some reason the "Boot default entry after" option reverts to 10 seconds unless you first click on another tab (e.g. List configuration), then click "Save" in the top left corner.

Another option is to manually update /etc/default/grub, changing "GRUB_TIMEOUT" to the desired time and commenting out "#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT".  Run sudo update-grub after making any changes to grub settings.

New Users / Re: Peppermint 5 Does Not Detect Windows 7
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:16:47 pm »
Can anyone walk me through how I could install Peppermint 5 now since even the 32 bit version does not recognize windows 7?  Thanks.  Jeff
I was able to detect Windows 7 Pro from the beta version of Peppermint 5 (64 bit version)... is there any way you could post screen shots of what you're seeing jlschwartz?

As an aside I just took a peek at the "Running the Installer" guide here, this could probably be updated with some screen shots to make it easier to confirm the "correct" options are being selected, this might not be straight forward to people who are completely new to Linux.  The following piece of information on the "Running the Installer" guide should probably be emphasized a little more too,
Other options here are to simply wipe the entire disk or to set up a more advanced partitioning table. If you're unfamiliar with setting up a partitioning table, it's advisable that you not select this option.

This is just my opinion but pictures are worth a thousand words...

News and Reviews / Re: How an Idiot reviews a Distro.
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:45:36 am »
It's probably best to just ignore reviews like this (and not repost them)...  Anyone can post something on YouTube, it's only relevant when people pay attention.

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