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Well I'm retired since 2017 and enjoying it so hanging around the house is the norm.

I've been going through boxes of old electronics parts  / old radio chassis / old TV chassis / old test equipment and whatever else.

I have everything loaded in the truck to take out to the farm to be used for a better purpose where it will be blasted full of holes.  ;D

Why do this is you ask.  ???  Simple answer it's a lot of fun.  ;D

And.

I haven't been able to sell any of it.  :(
I haven't been able to give any of it away.  :(
I'm unwilling to put forth anymore effort to find useful outlets to repurposed it.  ???  :o  :(

I also have scrapped out around twenty old desktops and laptops and they will also be going out to the farm to be blasted full of holes.  ;D

And.

I set up my reloading equipment and reloaded quite a pile of 357 magnum rounds and 38 special rounds so I can go out to the farm and do some shooting.  :)  ;D  8)

The Wife and I enjoy shooting firearms.  :)

So that's kinda what we've been doing to try and make the best out of this situation.  :)


Life is good.  ;)




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Yep I saw that on the news last night and it makes good sense. :)

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General Discussion / Re: migrate Linux Mint panel add in to Peppermint
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:18:01 am »
Peppermint is Linux Mint painted red so this must be doable.

Perhaps this explains what Peppermint is.

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I was adamant on using the same distro for everything, until I learned about how Peppermint OS was ďFrankensteinedĒ
 together.

Linux is all about choice. Itís modular. Like the Borg, it adapts to any situation. So why try to force a square peg into a round hole? Peppermint CEO Mark Greaves cherry-picked the best elements of the LXDE, Xfce and Cinnamon desktop environments! He used both the Mint and GNOME software centers. Multiple package managers.

On paper, Peppermint OS should be a disaster, but itís brilliant Itís just not the ideal distribution for one of my machines (without putting some serious effort in, anyway).

Thatís when it all came into focus. I use Linux because Windows users donít have this kind of flexibility. You want a version of Windows 10 that runs like a dream on your crappy dual-core laptop with 4GB of RAM? Sorry, not an option.


The above from this article.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2019/11/05/my-search-for-the-perfect-linux-os-just-ended--with-an-unexpected-surprise/#279e3cf55cd6

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General Discussion / Re: I have a new toy to play with
« on: January 04, 2020, 04:57:09 pm »
i guess I did OK then since this was the first build project I did all by myself with no help

Yes you did A-OK and the more you do the better you become. (practice makes the master)

About the kernel, I have decided not to "mainline" the kernel since that sounds like drug abuse to me, lol, but more because I like the idea of using the 4.15 kernel that comes with long term support and Im always told constantly, "If it aint broke, DON'T fix it"

I prefer the LTS kernel over the HWE short term stack kernels as the LTS kernel seems to work better with the old Frankenstein builds I'm using.

the thing works pretty good for what it is.

Check ebay in the far back pages for laptop memory I find it dirt cheap and I'm talking for $5.00 to $10.00 a stick just depends on what it is.

Bottom line if it is working decent than use it as it is. :)


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General Discussion / Re: I have a new toy to play with
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:33:08 pm »
These are the specs i can give and am looking for any advice for how i can do any better with this, although I think I did pretty good.

If it runs decent than I suggest use it as it is.

I know this thing should be in a museum but i found it fun to play with. I was 5 yrs old when this thing was brand new.

Nonsense!
Just because something is old doesn't mean it ain't still useful or capable and the old saying Linux gives new life to old hardware is still true.

I am open to all suggestions.

If you can run across some memory for dirt cheap or free and increase it to 4.0 GB that would help.

My "heat" is at 63c right now. And the battery is a suprise, It is original battery and reports, Fully Charged Design 48.8 Wh, and Fully Charged aslo at 48.8 Wh (100%)

That temp ain't hot at all for a laptop and that's great that the battery charges and works I've never been that fortunate with my gifted laptops.

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General Discussion / Re: I have a new toy to play with
« on: January 03, 2020, 09:08:38 pm »
Hello The Omen,

I'm not meaning to hijack your thread it just seemed the right place to post so hope you don't mind. :-\  :)


It must be the time for giving. :)
I was gifted an old desktop computer which I immediately took apart and gave it a good dusting with my air hose.

Then I replaced the Intel Pentium 4 661 (3.6 GHz) Cedar Mill processor with an Intel Core2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz) Conroe processor.
       
An Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT [G86] graphics card replaced the Nvidia 6150 integrated graphics adapter.

Increased memory from 2.0 GB DDR2 to 4.0 GB DDR2 and used the 160 GB hard drive that appears to be original.

All new replacement parts were free from my spare parts box so zero cost other than my time which I've plenty of. :)

Put it all back together and installed Peppermint 9 Respin-2 (64 bit) and updated it and then installed a few bits of software and then did a few performance tweaks and here I am and it runs great. :)

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thomas@hp-pavilion ~ $ systemd-analyze
Startup finished in 5.589s (kernel) + 29.649s (userspace) = 35.238s
graphical.target reached after 29.635s in userspace
thomas@hp-pavilion ~ $


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thomas@hp-pavilion ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: hp-pavilion Kernel: 4.15.0-72-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: desktop System: HP-Pavilion product: GG750AV-ABA a6100y serial: N/A
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: Lancaster v: 1.xx serial: N/A BIOS: American Megatrends v: 5.19 date: 03/04/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 4400 (-MCP-) arch: Conroe rev.2 cache: 2048 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 8000
           clock speeds: max: 2000 MHz 1: 1200 MHz 2: 1219 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G86 [GeForce 8500 GT] bus-ID: 04:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1152x720@59.97hz
           OpenGL: renderer: NV86 version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-72-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d800 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (5.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3160815AS size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 146G used: 8.5G (7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 37.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 51.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 158 Uptime: 7:37 Memory: 438.0/3253.3MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56
thomas@hp-pavilion ~ $


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General Discussion / Re: I'm back
« on: December 22, 2019, 03:15:11 pm »
I've got an old HP Office type desktop from 2007 a curb find that has a core 2 duo processor and Intel integrated graphics adapter and 4.0GB DDR2 ram and runs like a bat out of hell with Peppermint 9 Respin-2 on it.

It's well made seems to be a good desktop computer.


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General Discussion / Re: I'm back
« on: December 22, 2019, 11:58:29 am »
My computers are refurbished hp8000 sff models. The small ones from around 2008. They have 4 GB of RAM.

Welcome back rmcellig.

Pretty generic description of the computers.

https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01926347

I'm curious as to the processors and graphics card or integrated graphics adapter,  you've already mentioned using 4.0GB of ram.

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General Discussion / Snow falling on the forum.
« on: December 21, 2019, 07:53:36 pm »
Falling snow, nice touch Mark. ;D

Merry Christmas Peppermint Forums.

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GNU/Linux Discussion / Re: LibreOffice becoming way too sluggish
« on: December 20, 2019, 06:16:03 am »
I've not noticed any slow down or sluggishness of Libre Office and I'm using a computer from 2007.

Peppermint 10 (64 bit)
LibreOffice Version: 6.0.7.3

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Hello TacoHammer,


Not hijacking your thread but I to also have poor audio output quality on a Dell-Inspiron-660 desktop.

I believe the problem is the lack of the proprietary audio driver because when running Windows 7 or Windows 10 the audio output quality is fantastic. (No Disrespect to Linux or Peppermint)

Fortunately I have several other Linux desktops where the audio is excellent so when needing excellent audio I use one of those desktops.

Here's my output.

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thomas@Dell-Inspiron-660 ~ $ cat /proc/asound/card0/codec* | grep Codec
Codec: Conexant CX20641
Codec: Intel PantherPoint HDMI
thomas@Dell-Inspiron-660 ~ $


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Here's the desktop.

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thomas@Dell-Inspiron-660 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: Dell-Inspiron-660 Kernel: 5.0.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Dell product: Inspiron 660 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Dell model: 0XR1GT v: A00 serial: N/A BIOS: Dell v: A05 date: 07/26/2012
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-2130 (-MT-MCP-) arch: Sandy Bridge rev.7 cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 13573
           clock speeds: max: 3400 MHz 1: 1672 MHz 2: 1703 MHz 3: 1678 MHz 4: 1702 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 ) drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1152x720@59.97hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Desktop version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-36-generic
Network:   Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 port: e000 bus-ID: 04:00.0
           IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (2.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320423AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 293G used: 7.8G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 28.0C mobo: 28.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A fan-2: 485 fan-3: 995
Info:      Processes: 191 Uptime: 1:34 Memory: 732.7/5827.6MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56
thomas@Dell-Inspiron-660 ~ $


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General Discussion / Re: Proprietary Drivers
« on: November 18, 2019, 03:00:00 pm »
Hello PCNetSpec,

Yep kinda what I figured and why I asked for another opinion.

I've always given the open source driver a chance to see how it preforms.

Will leave it as it is using the open source driver.


Thanks  :)

151tom

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General Discussion / [SOLVED] Proprietary Drivers
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:46:43 am »
Hello Peppermint Forms,


I have a new curb find and so I installed Peppermint 10 and all is working well OOTB.

OK so I checked additional drivers and noticed a proprietary driver for the wireless adapter.

OK since everything is working great is there any need to install the proprietary driver for the wireless adapter.

I'm not a purest however do prefer open source software over proprietary software being this is Linux.


Thanks  :)


My curb find.

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thomas@Aspire-7551 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: Aspire-7551 Kernel: 5.0.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Aspire 7551 v: Rev serial: N/A
           Mobo: Acer model: Aspire 7551 v: Rev serial: N/A BIOS: Phoenix v: V1.02 date: 03/29/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 43.4 Wh 100.0% condition: 43.4/47.5 Wh (91%) model: Panasonic AS10D51 status: Full
CPU:       Triple core AMD Phenom II N830 (-MCP-) arch: K10 rev.3 cache: 1536 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm) bmips: 12569
           clock speeds: max: 2100 MHz 1: 1500 MHz 2: 1500 MHz 3: 1500 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Madison [Mobility Radeon HD 5650/5750 / 6530M/6550M]
           bus-ID: 02:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 ) drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x720@59.97hz
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD REDWOOD (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.0.0-36-generic, LLVM 8.0.0)
           version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5000 Series]
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 02:00.1
           Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-36-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom and subsidiaries NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
           driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43225 802.11b/g/n driver: bcma-pci-bridge bus-ID: 06:00.0
           IF: wlp6s0b1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (1.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000BEVT size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 458G used: 7.7G (2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.5C mobo: N/A gpu: 47.5
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 166 Uptime: 23 min Memory: 790.7/3941.3MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56
thomas@Aspire-7551 ~ $


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General Discussion / Re: New Purchases 2019
« on: November 07, 2019, 08:06:30 pm »
I guess, nobody @ Walmart wants hot-pink SanDisk 32GB USB sticks, even at $1.00 USD each.

So, I did 'em a favor and took them off their hands - 14 sticks for $15.16 USD, out the door.




One of my sons suggested that I load them up with  malware, and leave 'em laying around the mall  :))
For a dollar each who cares what color they are.

Good find. :)

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