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Hello -
The version from the synaptic package manager seems to be 2.2.2-5 - this version is 4 years old.

According to
cat /etc/lsb-release
I'm running Peppermint version 7, fully updated

Is it possible to get a newer version of VLC ?

New Users / Re: HDD activity
« on: April 10, 2020, 09:31:51 pm »
Thanks for responding I'll take a look

New Users / Re: HDD activity
« on: April 07, 2020, 11:30:06 pm »
No tool in Linux that can show the current HDD activity in MB's per second?
I'm surprised

New Users / HDD activity
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:57:15 am »
HI all -
I don't think the inbuilt  Task Manager displays disk activity,
I'm looking for a tool that shows me current read/write speed and the process involved.


From a Linux newbie, thanks Mark for all the friendly, non-judgemental and supportive help and advice
you gave me in the "new users" section.  Really enjoyed our exchanges, you set a standard and fostered
a beautiful community here.  Thank you

New Users / Re: Is there a Hex Editor in the software repositoy ?
« on: June 02, 2019, 11:52:26 am »
Thank you very much, this seems like it will do fine

Hi All -
I'm used to HxD in Windows, but any suggestion appreciated.
I was not able to find anything using "software manager"

Hi all
running a basic system, legacy motherboard with built-in Radeon 3000 graphics.

The monitor I'm using has 3 gamma settings none of them are right.  Is there a way within Peppermint
to fine tune the gamma/brighness setting through the driver or similar?


Advanced Topics / Re: restoring "deleted" Linux partition and swap file
« on: September 21, 2018, 05:24:30 pm »
Well The problem is solved, Testdisk (using deeper search) did find the missing partitions.
They should be verified on the found summary screen by making sure they can display their files and ensuring
that the partition types are correct - then write it.  I will now make sure to keep copy of the fixed MBR's and put them
somewhere safe

Thanks all - do you still want me to remove these images?

PCNetSpec I fully understand your hesitation about giving advice in something critical like this.  Everybody is different in their PC tech comfort levels.
When this first happened almost a week ago, I couldn't even remember what programs I should be looking at.
I took my time and gradually felt more comfortable in what I was doing. When my disk lost it's partitions, neither Acronis TrueImage
nor Macrium would backup this disk in any shape or form, both stating that "the disk was empty"

Advanced Topics / Re: restoring "deleted" Linux partition and swap file
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:05:54 pm »
OK thanks for the advice about screen shots.   It would be nice if the forum itself offered storage
space then we could upload this kind of thing directly to the forum (I know it's a long show but I though I'd ask   :D
Of all the forums I belong to, very few offer this)  Ok I'll look into providing the info some other way

In the meantime I have noticed in Testdisk you have to run the full search when  the quick search doesn't find
everything  (I'll try that tomorrow)

Advanced Topics / Re: restoring "deleted" Linux partition and swap file
« on: September 20, 2018, 06:33:49 pm »
Perhaps I need to do a little bit more reading, I dont understand what / why Testdisk is doing what it is.

When it displays the current structure everything agrees with the Windows Disk Management image I posted before.
Then I do the "quick" search, the Linux partitions show up (in green) but some of the NTFS that were there before have now
disappeared.   What do I do now?  Add the back manually with cylinder , head & sector ?

Advanced Topics / (solved) restoring "deleted" Linux partition and swap file
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:36:43 pm »
Hi all,
I suffered some kind of "glitch" while using my  PC, the screen froze and filled with a strange diagonal pattern.
I had to clear CMOS and remove the motherboard battery before I could even get the PC to POST again.

When I attempted to boot my Linux boot loader (Grub) I get the grub-rescue > prompt.
Trying to boot Windows just a black screen.  To cut a long story short I used a rescue disk to save
and review the master boot record.  It had been partially overwritten with garbage, including the
partition table unfortunately.

At the end of disk1 is 49GB of unallocated space,
that's where my Peppermint Linux partition + swap are supposed to be.  This drive also contains the Windows 10
boot loader.  I have grub installed on disk 0

All those Windows partitions were also lost but a program run from Windows on another PC
(Easeus Partiton Master) after connecting this drive successfully found them and restored the partition table.
Unfortunately this program did not find the Linux partitions.

I'm wondering if there are any recommendations of anything else to try that might be able
to restore the Linux partitions in a similar way?  I have tried Testdisk which actually does find them
but i'm concerned about some reported overlapping of partitons that I have not yet attempted using it.

I have created the Knoppix DVD 8.1. but I have not found any useful tools.
Any suggestions appreciated

New Users / Re: trying to format a USB flash drive as ext3
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:38:29 pm »
Thanks for your comments pin and PCNetSpec, point taken

Got this to work using chmod.  Used this to provide a name "dave1" to the stick
sudo e2label /dev/sdd1 dave1

sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdd1
to format , then

sudo chmod -R 777 /media/davex1/dave1
where davex1 is my user name.  This allows all access

Thanks everybody

New Users / Re: trying to format a USB flash drive as ext3
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:58:11 am »
OK fair enough I guess if I want to use the command prompt for this i'll have to use sudo chmod afterwards.  Thanks.
BTW I did not mean "hole" bad word usage on my part, I meant "unnecessary restriction"

Why does mkfs.ext3 require root privilege anyway?

You can probably tell i'm a Linux user in the thinnest sense of the term, I use it but I never quite got to grips with it.

You guys on this forum have always helped me and I appreciate that.

New Users / Re: trying to format a USB flash drive as ext3
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:14:23 am »
The reason for requiring ext3 is a little arcane, I have an old WDTV media player and certain functionality (temporary firmware)
is enabled if the box is booted from the USB stick and apparently it requires ext3.

I still don't understand why
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdd1
cannot be executed under my own user and therefore gain the permissions associated with my user rather than root

Seems like a hole in the way the distrib works.  Cannot logon as root, nor can I issue certain commands under my own user.

This seems odd because when I run synaptic it works with the password associated with my user - I'm the only user of my system
therefore i'm the adminstrator.

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