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Hardware / Re: Laptop Camera SOLVED
« on: September 06, 2020, 03:27:38 pm »
Those both work fine  - thanks guys!

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Hardware / Re: Laptop Camera
« on: September 05, 2020, 04:53:33 pm »
Thanks . I'll give these a try tomorrow.

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Hardware / Laptop Camera SOLVED
« on: September 05, 2020, 01:46:22 pm »
I'm trying to set mu laptop up for a Google meet. How do I turn the camera on/off?

I've never used the camera so I'm really uncertain what to do. Normally I have it taped off.
(I have removed the tape.)

How can I test the camera under Linux.

(I'm a real newbie to Linux)

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Networking / Re: VPN
« on: April 30, 2020, 08:29:14 am »
Thanks.
I usually use Firefox on e my other (win7) computer. I tried a couple of free VPNs but I wasn't convinced they were working properly. So then I got Opera which seems to work fine.
I still prefer Firefox though so end up with 2 or 3 browsers. I was thinking of trying to keep things down to fewer progs on the laptop with its limited space.


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Networking / VPN
« on: April 29, 2020, 06:26:08 am »
Not sure if this is the right place to post this - move if it's better elsewhere.

What's the thoughts on VPN software? Is it worthwhile with Linux or a bit unnecessary?

Is a standalone VPN better than one included in a browser, like Opera, or is one as good as the other?

I found this page also. Is this a good way to go?
https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/how-to-setup-a-vpn-for-free-or-paid-on-linux-62e1a93d04f3/

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 29, 2020, 06:19:29 am »
The page has some updated info with it working on Ubuntu 19
http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2019/04/nstall-rtl8723de-wifi-driver-ubuntu-19-04/

I think that is the page I used to install the rtlwifi software.

Whether Peppermint uses ubuntu19 or not, I'm not sure but it is now working. (As mentioned in my previous post.)

The problem seems to be the Secure Boot in the BIOS which was preventing software changes. I'm not sure why it was only affecting that one thing, but poking around in the settings of the BIOS has got the wifi working.

The thing I initially installed was rtlwifi_new-extended. The 'extended' bit wasn't mentioned in various guides, so whether it is updated or Peppermint is updated so it works, I'm not sure - but it works!

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 28, 2020, 02:47:56 pm »
I may have solved it myself.

It seems to be something to do with secure boot. I've had a play in the Bios and rebooted and got online.

https://askubuntu.com/questions/762254/why-do-i-get-required-key-not-available-when-install-3rd-party-kernel-modules/762255#762255

Could it be something in the Bios that is stopping windows booting? I did try to follow steps to wipe the drive and install Windows but it wouldn't accept a different boot DVD.

I looked at various online instructions to wipe Linux and none worked. (I could always go back and reinstall !)

I'm going to hold my breath and cross my fingers etc before marking this solved. - But it may be working !!!

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 28, 2020, 01:46:44 pm »

The inxi sample you posted, which says: 
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IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Confirms the wifi switch is turned off. Either by an external toogle switch or the internal switch needs to be switched on.


That is for Card 1 which is the ethernet. Card 2 is my wifi and for that it is now saying
IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 28, 2020, 01:29:52 pm »
There's no wifi switch on my laptop.
It came with no manual.
The online manual shows you how to turn on wifi via Windows.

When I installed the drivers using Spider's link, it says at the end if it doesn't work do -
sudo modprobe -r rtl8723de &&sudo modprobe rtl8723de
This fails.
I tried going through the list again and it was telling me it was already there.

My list looks different to Cavy's. I don't see any networks to connect to . There is no 'More Networks' option. I can only edit network connections which takes me to the 'network connections'  box where I tried to manually enter my connection details with no success.

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 28, 2020, 06:59:04 am »
I did find this in a search:
http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2019/04/nstall-rtl8723de-wifi-driver-ubuntu-19-04/

I think the drivers installed, but I went through this process anyway. It seemed to work OK but at the end it asked me to make a password to change the drivers and said I would be asked to enter the password on bootup. So I put a password in and booted up and it didn't ask me for a password.  So I'm not really sure if the new drivers are inforce or not.
(How can you tell???)
Anyway - still no wifi.

If I do the inxi -Fz it says for the wifi card if: N/A state N/A.   which seems like it's not responding(?)

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 28, 2020, 05:54:13 am »
I didn't know what Broadcom was. It sounds like broadband communication thing, doesn't it? I just saw it wasn't there and wondered if it was what was missing.

I haven't entered the wireless PIN as there is nowhere obvious to put it. As I've said the options I'm presented with don't match the information I have. Should I just keep randomly entering things?

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 27, 2020, 04:58:07 pm »


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Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8723DE 802.11b/g/n PCIe Adapter

Card 1 is your ethernet card, this should work simply by plugging in your ethernet cable with no other input from you.

Card 2 is your wifi card, which also uses Realtek drivers... let me track down @PCNetSpec's tutorial on those...


Does the 'state: down' mean that it's not working?

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 27, 2020, 04:27:35 pm »
With the sudo thing I typed in my password even though nothing came up and it worked. Previously I think a little box came up for me to type in, but I didn't see it and nothing appeared when I typed.

A tried to manually enter a wifi connection. My modem info doesn't seem to exactly match what is in the options so I'm not sure if I've entered what I need to.
I have SSID - name of modem.
WEP number - but I'm not sure which type of WEP it is - there's a couple of options in the settings.
I've put it in Wep 40/128-bit key hex or ASCII, and put the details in Key

Wireless PIN  - I never need to enter this normally. Not sure if it's needed. Haven't included it

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New Users / Re: 'My Computer' for Linux ? (SOLVED)
« on: April 27, 2020, 12:44:44 pm »
Ah, OK - thanks.

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Installation / Re: Internet on laptop
« on: April 27, 2020, 12:38:58 pm »


Card 2 is your wifi card, which also uses Realtek drivers... let me track down @PCNetSpec's tutorial on those... [/color]

Is there a link to this tutorial? I tried to search for it and can't find it.

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