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Installation / Re: Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:31:35 am »
First of all, I want to apologize if I may have offended any or all moderators and administrators. I am truly sorry. My typed words did not reflect my intentions. Please accept my apologizes.

From Windows 98se to 10 and from Peppermint 4 to Peppermint 9.2 turning the monitor off after a certain length of time has been a function I have used. With Peppermint 10, I can set it up to turn off the monitor and it will turn off the monitor, but it will not come back to the desktop when I touch the keyboard or touch the mouse pad or mouse clickers.

 I have downloaded Peppermint 10 twice from I have made 2 live usb sticks using peppermint image writer, I have installed Peppermint 10 twice on each of 2 completely different machines.( one laptop,one desktop)  I have the same results from both the live or installed and updated Peppermint 10. I have wrongly assumed that if I got the same results from 2 iso on 2 different usbs, on 2 different machines with both the installed and live session, that maybe something is wrong somewhere and maybe someone would like to know.

The main feature of Peppermint 10 is "Kernel 4.18.0-18 which is now on the rolling hwe-18.04 track so will eventually roll onto the 5.xx kernel automatically as the HWE is updated upstream and the updated xorg stack". I believe the rolling hwe-18.04 is the problem and is probably not correctable from here. As it stands right now I can use it but I have to turn off the functionality of turning off the monitor. Easy enough to do and it may come to that.  Other than that everything seems to work just fine.

This is a great forum with great people and I truly apologize if I offended anyone.

Installation / Re: Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: July 07, 2019, 09:06:14 am »
FWIW, I did an manual upgrade from 9 to 10 on my Dell E 5530 laptop following these instructions.,8442.0.html      I stopped short of installing HWE 18.04. I checked to see if it performed as in the original post.  It worked just as it did in Peppermint 9. (A-OK)  After several reboots and things looking good I decided to try the HWE 18.04. It was no surprise that it was the cause of this issue. After all, before installing I was warned that it could break something and it did. Sort of. With that warning in red why put it on P10 Live. I'm not educated on this but could HWE be optional during install.

I still can't fathom why the Live session, that I downloaded twice from the Peppermint website and everyone else downloads from,would cause this issue on 5 different computers. Two of them Dell laptops not far off from what PCNetSpec runs. I am also surprised that none of the other moderators have not chimed in. If nothing more then to say there Live Session does not have the issue. How can the Live Session not work on 5 different computers and I am the only one this is happening to in all of Peppermint land.  If this isn't a bug what would you call it.

I realize this is not a big deal. Just put Peppermint 10 power management in Presentation mode and problem solved. Maybe in the future it would be corrected.
I would suggest to anyone that wants to move to Peppermint 10 to make sure that the Xfce Power Manager works for you while using the Live Session  before installing permanently.   

I am going to put 9.2 back on the laptop and this desktop and do a manual upgrade to 10.  Peppermint 10 does have some good stuff about it. Like it picked up my Network Attached Store out of the box.
If this rant reads like I'm irritated I'm not. I like this OS very much. I just want it to be the best.  Thank you and all for making it happen.

Installation / Re: Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:41:32 pm »
Using the OP machine that is a desktop. yes. Both Live and installed. With and without light locker,  All other machines just the Live session.

Installation / Re: Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: July 04, 2019, 08:42:35 am »
Here's all I need to do to replicate the blank screen not responding to a keyboard or mouse touch.
With Light Locker installed--- open Xfce Power Manager settings by right clicking the tray icon---> a Desktop has 4 tabs and a laptop will have 5 tabs---> General,System,Display,and Security. with the laptop adding Devices----> Open Display Tab----> Set Blank after to 1 minute---> Open Security tab---> Set automatically lock the session: Never. After one minute,I will not be able to come out of the blank screen unless I restart or blindly restart the lightdm service.

The Security tab ---> offers 3 choices under Automatically lock the session. If I choose anything other then "Never" Peppermint reacts as one would expect that is i get a locked screen and I need to login.  If I remove Light Locker altogether I still have the issue as if the Security--> Automatically lock the session was set to Never.

I have replicated this on a Dell E5530, a Dell E6440,an Asus K55A, and two Desktops using 2 different Live Peppermint 10.iso install media USB sticks. Certainly someone else has this issue. I can't believe i am the only one and I have 5 bad machines reacting the same way.

Installation / Re: Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: July 03, 2019, 08:53:48 am »
I downloaded Peppermint 10 again. I made another USB live install media. Checked the md5sum and the sha256sum and they matched the download. Put both live USBes into three completely different machines at different times of course. . (1 desktop 2 laptops different manufactures)  I set everything up as before and I got the same results as the original post.
Am I doing something wrong?
Could someone else setup a live USB and see if you get the same results?

Software & Applications / Re: Stop Kaffeine Updates
« on: July 01, 2019, 02:22:00 pm »
 ;D :P Once again thank you. That did the trick.

Software & Applications / Re: Stop Kaffeine Updates
« on: July 01, 2019, 08:19:18 am »
So in my Download fold it says:  kaffeine_2.0.5-1_amd64.deb
Synaptic refers to it as just kaffeine
Update Manager ignores it with just using the word kaffeine.
So I copied and pasted your suggested command and got this error.
Spoiler (click here to view / hide)
~ $ echo "kaffeine hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selected
[sudo] password for buz:
dpkg: error: unknown option --set-selected

Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages
  • ;

Use 'apt' or 'aptitude' for user-friendly package management;
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files;

Options marked
  • produce a lot of output - pipe it through 'less' or 'more' !


Software & Applications / Stop Kaffeine Updates (SOLVED)
« on: July 01, 2019, 07:12:40 am »
Kaffeine in the repositories is version 2.0.14
That version does not work completely. One can't schedule a recording.
I have downloaded and installed 2.0.5 and that version works just fine. I have stopped the Update Manager from upgrading to 2.0.14 by adding kaffeine to the ignore group but if I try to update Peppermint through the terminal it will install the broken 2.0.14.
How can I stop Kaffeine from being upgraded through the terminal?

Installation / Re: Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: July 01, 2019, 06:31:25 am »
I was thinking at first this might be a bug. Looking at the possible solutions maybe not. Possibly something on my end like hardware.
Here's what I'm going to do. I'm not going to trouble you with this further. After all you do all the work. I just copy and paste.  I can always go back to P9r2. It works just fine and I don't see much difference between the 9 and 10. I think for now though I will just leave it as it is and turn off all Display settings. The monitor will never go Blank not a big deal. Maybe after a month or two and a few updates it will work again.

Thanks again for taking the time.

Installation / Xfce Power Manager Blank Screen
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:40:07 pm »
inxi -Fz
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inxi -Fz
System:    Host: MPC Kernel: 4.18.0-25-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: desktop Mobo: ASRock model: H97 Anniversary serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: P1.70 date: 03/07/2018
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-4370 (-MT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3800 MHz 1: 1509 MHz 2: 1557 MHz 3: 1681 MHz
           4: 1361 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.1 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Desktop version: 4.5 Mesa 18.2.8
Audio:     Card-1 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 Intel 9 Series Family HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-25-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 628.1GB (8.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_840 size: 128.0GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST500DM002 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 117G used: 9.1G (9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 36.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 188 Uptime: 20 min Memory: 882.4/7672.5MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

Late last week installed P10 on my desktop that was running P9 r2. After getting it all set up I clicked on the power manager to set it up the way I had in the past. Under the general tab Power button pressed is Shutdown. Sleep and Hibernate is Do Nothing. Under System tab: Sleep Never  Under the Display tab: Display Power Management turned on, Blank after 30 minutes, Put to Sleep after and Switch Off after both Never.
I then went to do something else that took longer than 30mins. When I came back the screen was blank as it should be. When I touched the space bar or the left or right mouse buttons the desktop did not come back. Pressed the restart button and when P10 came back I changed the Blank After to 1 minute and turned off Display Power Management button. After one minute screen went blank and I could not get it back with keyboard or mouse. This time I restarted using Ctrl+Alt and Delete, arrow down once, then pressed enter. P10 restarted. Waited another minute. Screen went Blank. Again no recovery from keyboard or mouse. This time I opened a terminal Ctrl+Alt+T. Now remember the screen is Blank as in Black. I typed  on the keyboard "sudo service lightdm restart" ,enter, and then entered my Password. The screen came back on.

I shutdown completely and inserted the live USB with Peppermint 10. I set it up the same way as above. After one minute the screen went Blank and would not recover with mouse or keyboard.
I shutdown completely again and inserted a live USB with Peppermint 9 r2. I set it up the same again. After one minute the screen went Blank but this time it came back with just a touch of the mouse. I waited another minute, screen went Blank then came back with a touch of the space bar.

Any ideas on how to correct it? I tried removing Light Locker and Light Locker Settings and no Joy

Networking / Re: New to VPN [SOLVED]
« on: April 12, 2019, 12:53:52 pm »
Once again Thanks for your help. Ralph

Networking / New to VPN [SOLVED]
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:57:22 am »
I'm new to the VPN concept. I am trying out different methods.  I have tried GNULINUX openvpn tutorial. I was able to get it to work. Nice tutorial by the way. Then I found a tutorial by AndyInMokum about a PPTP VPN. Found here:,2213.msg72207.html#msg72207
I can't get past the first step. I click on Network icon then VPN, then add a VPN but nothing happpens.  It appears I need a plugin or something. Would the Networking metapackage for Peppermint be what I need? Or PoPToP Point to Point Tunneling Server or something else so that I can try the tutorial out. I'm using Peppermint 9.?

Advanced Topics / Re: Desktop Issue After Boot
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:50:15 am »
Another update and the last. Earlier, I thought Peppermint 9 solved my original post. As it turned out it did not. When 9 started acting like 8r I was beside myself. What the heck is going on. I have figured out over these past months that booting up on this machine with this hardware setup just doesn't like cool ambient temperatures of around 50 degrees F. (10C.)  I noticed that the issue showed up again during the same months as the original post. So,because rebooting would work every time I thought I would try and delay the boot in the bios leaving the POST screen on for 20 seconds or so. It worked. Default on the POST screen was 1 second. No other computer that I store at that temperature acts like this machine. So all this is hardware related and why it's happening I'll never know.

New Users / Re: Youtube Video Recording
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:37:32 pm »
I did not know about YouTube DL GUI.  I wanted to try it out so I clicked on the Peppermint 8 link. It did not install because I was missing one package. After doing some digging I was able to find a ppa with all the packages needed and get it installed. After looking it over, it reminds me allot of ClipGrab.  ClipGrab installs as an appimage and installs with all the packages it needs. I installed it on my desktop. Then made it executable.  I have used it and it seems to work just fine for my needs. If and when I don't want it anymore I can just delete it and it is all gone.

If anyone is interested you can find it at:
PS. It works with Windows and Mac also.

Advanced Topics / Re: Desktop Issue After Boot
« on: August 21, 2018, 10:03:57 am »
Since this goes way back and I thought I'd share what has happen since then. Because I could not use wifi with the solution I got here I thought I would keep looking for another distro that would work better. To make a long story short I settled on Solus Gnome. I tried the Budgie but just didn't like it. I don't know why but SG just worked. The issues I had just disappeared. Solus isn't bad but it's not Peppermint.
This week I installed Peppermint 9 and so far all those issues discussed priviously have not materialised. I really like Peppermint and I'm very pleased to be back using it on this machine.

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