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New Users / VM options for peppermint....
« on: February 25, 2020, 05:35:39 pm »
I wish to try out a few other OS's, but don't want to kill my present installation. 
Since I don't expect to actually use the other OS's for a long period of time, VM seems to be the way to do it. 
What VM's options exist IN peppermint and which ones are recommended both for peppermint and in general.
Obviously a link to a how to for the suggestions would be very welcomed

New Users / Re: which version of peppermint for old netbook?
« on: February 23, 2020, 04:14:23 pm »
On my systems at home, I am using Peppermint 9 at the moment.  But I doubt there will be any issues with P10.
For reference, one is a shuttle pent 2, but with a lot of main memory and a good gpu attached.  (2 gigs of ram and an old nvidia card from the 2005 or earlier era)
The other one is an acer laptop running a triple core athlon.
While both of these machines are more powerful than your netbook, they are seriously out of date and old enough that the difference is really no difference.  For light duties, both run P9 very quickly.  so quickly that I was surprised, since it was obviously faster than the original windows installations on both. 
I think P10R, if there is still a 32 bit version, would run just fine on your netbook.  The real limitation is the memory and more than that, the fact that in the near future, 32 bit will probably be deprecated by ubuntu.  tho... what that means for Mint... I am not certain. 
 :D to summarize, Go with the newest version, I don't think it is worth it, nor do I think it helps, to regress.  BTW, windows 10 runs better on that acer laptop than windows vista/7 ever did.  so even in the windows world, it isn't worth regressing, except if you absolutely must because of driver issues or something similar

New Users / Re: linux not booting up due to storage issues
« on: February 23, 2020, 03:58:16 pm »
"... won't boot up, by hard drive or by live USB..."

Make sure the Live USB is setup correctly.  if you still have the original USB that you used to install Peppermint, that one already, obviously, should boot up.  But you might have to change the boot sequence. 
As mentioned above, a Live USB should be able to boot into the system and get you to look into the boot disk to make changes.  But boot sequence can change depending on the way the system has been setup by the manufacturer, and therefore make it impossible to use the Live USB without changing the sequence again.
Also as mentioned above, if you still can't start the system, then it is most likely a hardware problem that you need to fix before you can get into your boot partition.
What is your hardware?  Make and model number?

TestDisk did the trick.  It rebuilt the partition table and everything was good.
obviously I never overwrote anything, except obviously the partition table.  it just got caught up in the partition madness when using the image writer (not sure again, exactly what happened and what I did wrong since I wasn't really awake when I was doing this).
But everything is good now.
Highly recommend TestDisk.  Just be careful, it is obviously a very powerful tool that can easily compound your mistakes if you don't pay attention to what you are doing

New Users / Re: Data recovery ??
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:27:54 pm »
I would suggest, if you are using windows still, to look up minitool.  This seems to have a good result with my external HDD. in a few minutes I could see that I had a lost partition and most of the files were recoverable, even after a few mintues.  but given the size of my drive, it will be twelve hours more before it can tell me for certain if i can recover everything

I would recommend using TestDisk.  but be careful.  make sure you understand every step so that you do the right thing

New Users / Re: Data recovery ??
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:16:48 pm »
this might help me with my issue, which I just notice is similar to this one.
I do have most of my data on a second drive, but there are some specific files that I have not had a chance to backup yet.  in my case due to being tired and forgetting to do proper backup steps. 
In my case, I would say 99% of my data is backed up on the second drive, it might be only 90%... since I don't remember the last time I synced...
But I do know that I have some important files that are NOT yet backed up made during the last few days ((((
I will try your option.
BTW I used to know a Danish... or Dutch... guy... I don't remember which, who could in fact fix these exact type of issues... in a semi automatic way
but it has been at least a decade since the last time I talked with him and I don't even know if I can find his information now
I will look for that information too

New Users / emergency.... I overwrote my external HDD partition (SOLVED)
« on: February 23, 2020, 01:06:49 pm »
First, a little disclaimer.  I am normally very careful about these things, but I am tired and made a bad mistake. so now the problem:

I left my external HDD connected to the computer when I decided to write an image to an usb stick. 
I should have noticed that the tool being suggested was "Disk Image Writer" ... tho I don't remember if I actually followed through with that tool or if I used the usb image or usb formatter...
What I do know is that there is now no partition that I can see with linux or windows on my external drive. 
How do I recover it?  how to I make sure I don't do more damage while I try to recover it? 
This is an NTFS partition, but it might be either just corrupted or it could have been overwritten.  I think, from what I saw before I disconnected it on my windows machine, that I have at least two 2 gig partitions on it now.. which might contain a BSD image file written over it.. or might just be simply partitioned but no formatting or writing of image.  I didn't notice this issue until after I had already tried to overwrite the ACTUAL usb stick (8 gig stick) with the image file, or I might have just reformatted it with the USB image tool when I decided to clean the USB stick ... Like I said, I didn't really notice or think.  I am tired and now I am trying to reconstruct my steps...

I might have already solved my problem.  Also I just noticed a few minutes ago that somebody else had a similar issue, tho not necessarily caused by the same steps made in error, the end result seems to be the same.  Between both the suggestion in that thread and one I came up with for windows users, this seems to be recoverable

New Users / Re: Second internal HDD encryption and auto mount on boot/login
« on: February 23, 2020, 12:51:56 pm »
this might help.  I will read it after I fix a different problem I just managed to cause myself  :'(

While I haven't fully solved my issue here, and haven't tried out the above suggestion yet, I am going to mark this thread as solved because for the main part, DISKS/LUKS does what I need and intend.  The extra issue of auto loading the keyring is really a distant secondary issue.  Thanks for the suggestions and again thanks to the Peppermint team for the wonderful distro

New Users / Re: Second internal HDD encryption and auto mount on boot/login
« on: February 23, 2020, 09:47:48 am »
I met with a different problem.  the "forever" option, requires the keyring to be loaded, which of course, requires that I do the password for the keyring.  this poses a problem, because it basically defeats the forever option, by essentially not being really forever.  LUKS/DISKS might think it is forever, but in fact it just moved the authorization one level.  So the question is, how to make the keyring load automatically, so that DISKS loads the HDD automatically?

New Users / Re: Second internal HDD encryption and auto mount on boot/login
« on: February 20, 2020, 01:51:47 pm »
yes I am finding the limitations but I must say that way "Disks" and "LUKS" has been implemented on Peppermint/Mint/Ubuntu, well it does serve my needs.  It has the ability to retain the password for one time, the session, or even forever.  That is what I was looking for specifically, tho everything else I have been doing seems to work just fine, as far as encryption is concerned.  I might wipe the system and see if I can install it with ZFS.  I might be able to have a three drive setup or if I can find a good m.2 format SSD with a bay that can fit 3 or 4  and one or maybe even two ssd for the original drive bay, then I can get a 4 or 5 way ZFS setup.  which would be perfect for what I want to do. 
I am happy with peppermint as it is  ;D
It makes me so happy :D :) 

PS the one thing I haven't tried yet is the forever option.  I assume it will auto load when I click on the shortcut to the file or files on the desktop.  But as I said, this is much easier than I expected, just wish it was easier to find this information online :D

PPS to the Peppermint team.  Since I found your distro, way back when I was looking for a way to automate google drive on linux, I have been impressed at the ease of use, the intuitiveness of the system, the clean setup, and the almost no brainer install and use.  It just works, out of the box.  Damn but I miss that feeling in most things software today.  THANK YOU!!!

Basically I have a 1 tb hdd internally as well as the SSD.  I would like to have the exta hdd encrypted and to be auto loaded when I login.  I am ok with the use of a fido2 key for this, but I really don't want to mess with constantly having to type the password/passphrase for the second hdd.  if possible I would like to make this as transparent as possible or even invisible to me.  I don't want to have it constantly in my face interrupting my train of thought.  how to do this?
is there a linux app already baked into the distro for this?

Edit: Well... I found LUKS...  in Disks.  for the moment this works and I will continue to try it out.  It might fit all my needs

What are you running Peppermint on? / Acer E5 574g-54y2
« on: February 18, 2020, 03:17:17 pm »
Acer E5 574g-54y2
  • Intel Core i5 6th Gen 6200U (2.30 GHz)
  • 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940M
  • 1920 x 1080
In additon it has an intel SSD (don't remember the exact model) 256 gigs, and I replaced the DVD with a caddy and put the HDD as a secondary drive

I had problems with the UEFI with installing ubuntu, so I tried peppermint 9.  Let me be clear, I had trouble with ubuntu even when in legacy mode.  It installed but the UEFI couldn't find a system disk.  At first I thought it was because I selected ZFS or Disk Encryption.  but even with all the options disabled, so it was a basic installation, it just wouldn't find a system disk.  I tried Peppermint 9 (because I had an USB stick with it, and because I love Peppermint OS) and it installed just fine in legacy mode.  even with full disk encryption.  so I downloaded v.10 and it works like a charm.  Tho presently I am only using the open source nvidia drivers, so I don't know if the closed source will work well or not. 
One other problem is the touchpad.  while the scrolling around portion of the touchpad has been disabled when I deselected the "touchpad" option in the control center, the mouse clicking function of the touchpad is still enabled.  when i accidentally press the touchpad.... well it can cause a lot of random problems  :-\ :P
Honestly, I love Peppermint so much because it has almost always installed without problems on any old hardware I have sitting around.  and it has a more intuitive, tho old school, desktop interface, and the web integration is awesome

System:    Host: XXXXXX-Aspire-E5-574G Kernel: 5.3.0-40-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Aspire E5-574G v: V1.18 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Acer model: Zoro_SL v: V1.18 serial: N/A
           UEFI [Legacy]: Insyde v: V1.18 date: 05/25/2017
Battery    BAT1: charge: 32.5 Wh 100.0% condition: 32.5/37.0 Wh (88%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-6200U (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 500 MHz 2: 500 MHz 3: 500 MHz 4: 500 MHz
Graphics:  Card-1: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520]
           Card-2: NVIDIA GM108M [GeForce 940M]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.5 )
           drivers: modesetting,nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.05hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 940M/PCIe/SSE2 version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 435.21
Audio:     Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.3.0-40-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: ath10k_pci
           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1256.3GB (24.8% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: INTEL_SSDSC2KW25 size: 256.1GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10JPVX size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 233G used: 6.3G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
           ID-2: /boot size: 704M used: 171M (27%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 1.03GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 41.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 40C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 222 Uptime: 1:13 Memory: 1599.0/7829.0MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

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